The New Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook: 150 Fresh Ideas for America’s Favorite Pan

Cast iron skillets are booming in popularity: they’re versatile, they’re relatively inexpensive, and they don’t have the toxic chemicals released by artificial nonstick pans. Though cast iron was the only pan in grandma’s kitchen, these 150 recipes are fresh and updated, from cornbread with Parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomatoes to frittatas, Vietnamese spring rolls, and to-die-for sticky buns. 

Cuisinart 722-36H Chef’s Classic Stainless 14-Inch Open Skillet with Helper Handle

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware 12-inch open skillet with helper handle

Bringing the Good Life Home

Inspired by the great French kitchens, Cuisinart began making professional cookware over 30 years ago. Constructed of the finest materials available, to perfectly perform all of the classic cooking techniques. Designed to last a lifetime, Cuisinart cookware makes family meals memorable and entertaining a pleasure. Savor the good life right at home, with family and friends. Cuisinart makes it absolutely delicious.

Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless is an investment that will prove its worth every time you use it. Exclusively designed aluminum encapsulated base provides superior heat conductivity and even heat distribution to meet the demands of gourmet chefs everywhere. When properly cared for, your Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless Cookware will give countless years of service and pleasure. Follow the use and care suggestions in this leaflet to preserve and maintain the cookware’s original beauty.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware 8-inch open skillet

Whether you’re a serious gourmet, a regular entertainer, or cooking for the family, these skillets are an excellent option for browning or frying. Available in a variety of sizes, this kitchen staple is perfect for the home chef.

Product Features

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Unsurpassed Heat Distribution
Pure aluminum encapsulated base heats quickly and spreads heat evenly. Eliminates hot spots.

The Coolest Touch in Home Cooking
Cast stainless steel Cool Grip stick handles are contoured for a secure grip and designed to stay cool on the stovetop.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Superior Cooking Surface
Stainless steel cooking surface does not discolor, react with food, or alter flavors.

Perfect Balance
Riveted stainless steel handles, including side grips and helper handles, are professionally riveted to ensure a lifetime of perfect balance.

Chefs Classic Stainless Cookware

Drip-Free Pouring
Rims of cookware are tapered to make pouring clean and easy.

Versatile Performance
Oven safe to 500°F. Cook on stovetop, in oven, or under broiler. Freezer safe for easy food storage.

Dishwasher Safe
Brilliant stainless steel comes out of the dishwasher looking like new.

Lodge L9OG3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Round Griddle, 10.5-inch

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.5-inch Griddle is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with all your favorite foods. This griddle is essential for big breakfasts, tortillas, quesadillas, roasted vegetables and grilled sandwiches. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this griddle evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron cookware looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Measures 10.5-inches diameter and .5-inches deep. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

The Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri, with 100% PFOA-Free Stone-Derived Non-Stick Coating from Germany

Utilizing STONEHENGE — a safe and natural stone-derived coating from Germany, the Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri is the world’s leading frying pan, delivering non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PFOA, a harmful chemical used in traditional cookware. Conventional pans achieve their non-stick performance with the aid of PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid), which the EPA has classified as a ‘persistent pollutant of the environment’. According to the EPA, once ingested PFOA is capable of remaining in people for a very long time, and has been shown to cause developmental and other adverse effects in laboratory animals. With the Stone Earth Pan’s stone-derived coating from Germany, even under high temperatures, no harmful substances are ever released into the environment. This is because the Stone Earth Pan utilizes a natural coating derived from nature – not from a laboratory. The Stone Earth Pan’s stone-based coating is completely free of PFOA, and far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Stone Earth Pan allows you to saute, fry, bake, boil and braise with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and cleaning is a breeze. The Stone Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality die-cast aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat-resistant silicone coated handle. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. STONEHENGE coating made by Weilburger GmbH, Germany. Final pan assembly in China.

Cook N Home 8 to 10 to 12-Inch Frying Pan/Saute Pan 3-Piece Set with Non-Stick Coating Induction Compatible Bottom, Large, Green

What’s in a box, frying pan 8-inch diameter by 1.7-inch Height, frying pan 10-inch diameter by 2-inch height, frying pan 12-inch diameter by 2.2-inch Height. Nonstick coating is premier grade quality, cadmium and lead free, durable double coating system. Cookware use thick gauge aluminum material which provide super heat conductive without any hot-spot in bottom, bottom is specially designed for induction stove/range, handle is soft feeling and comfortable to handle, and stay cool during cooking, handle attached to pan with 2 strong rivet. Do not use metal utensil, it will scratch nonstick coating, over-heating will damage nonstick coating, put hot pan in cold water will reduce nonstick coating life span. See detail in use and care.

Oster CKSTSKFM05 16-Inch Electric Skillet, Black and Stainless Steel

A true chef’s companion, this 16-inch electric skillet from the Oster brand makes it easy to cook up family favorites from the comfort of home. The unit provides a smooth cooking surface (measuring a generous 16 by 12-inch) that heats quickly and evenly. Use it for anything from scrambled eggs, pancakes, and French toast to frying bacon for BLTs, making grilled cheese sandwiches, and much more. A secure-fitting tempered-glass lid comes included, which helps trap in heat and moisture and allows for checking on cooking food at a glance. With the lid in place, the skillet works exceptionally well for frying chicken, baking a casserole, or cooking a stew. To set or adjust the temperature, simply turn the dial on its user-friendly temperature probe. Other highlights include a sleek modern look, cool-touch side handles for safe transport, and a dishwasher-safe design (with the probe removed) for quick cleanup. This Oster electric skillet has a one-year limited warranty.

The 12″ Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)

Utilizing GREBLON — an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany, the Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is one of the world’s first frying pans to achieve non-stick perfection while remaining absolutely free of PTFE, PFOA and other harmful chemicals. Conventional cookware and other ceramic cookware brands achieve their non-stick performance through a coating of PTFE (PolyTetraFluoroEthylene), a synthetic substance that has waxy properties. At very high temperatures, PTFE begins to decompose and release fumes which are documented to be lethal to birds and small pets, and which can be harmful to humans. In addition, traditional pans incorporating PTFE are often manufactured with the aid of PFOA (PerFluoroOctanoic Acid), which the EPA has classified as a ‘persistent pollutant of the environment’. With the Green Earth Pan’s GREBLON ceramic from Germany, even under high temperatures, no harmful toxic fumes are ever released into the environment. This is because the Green Earth Pan utilizes a 100% ceramic coating inspired by nature – not a laboratory. The Green Earth Pan’s ceramic coating is completely free of PTFE and PFOA, and far more durable and scratch-resistant than other non-stick surfaces. With better non-stick properties, the Green Earth Pan allows you to saute, fry, bake, boil and braise with as little as half the amount of oil normally used, and cleaning is a breeze. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality die-cast aluminum that allows for even cooking and fantastic browning without hot spots. It boasts a magnetized bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant silicone coated handle. This version of the Green Earth Pan features a textured ceramic cooking surface. The elevations of the textured cooking surface create air pockets which distribute heat underneath food to enhance cooking performance. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. GREBLON ceramic made by Weilburger GmbH, Germany. Final assembly in China.

Universal Housewares Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron 3 Piece Skillet Set

Flavor-enhancing The preseasoned skillets enhance the flavors of the food you’re cooking, whether it’s peach cobbler or bacon. Includes 3 different skillets Includes a 6.25″ skillet, 7.825″skillet and 10″ skillet

Universal is one of the oldest names in the cast iron and housewares business. Universal was established in 1842, we originally started with our cast iron food and meat choppers. 15 years ago Universal decided that their next natural decision was to add pre-seasoned cast iron cookware to our already well established cast iron line. When you think of Universal cast iron you think dependability and reliability.

Universal pre-seasoned cookware is ready to use once it enters your kitchen. We have our factory coat each skillet with vegetable oil and bake it at a high temperature to make your cookware a natural and easy-release cooking surface.

The secret to home-style cooking is in the pans you use the Universal 3pc. Skillet Set is just the set your kitchen needs. This set contains 3 of our most popular skillets. Just like the ones Grandma use to have. Best used with a wooden, silicone or nylon utensils.

Care Instructions:

For best results hand wash, dry immediately. To prolong the life of your cookware we do recommend re-seasoning your cookware when needed. If you notice your cookware starts looking dull, gray in color, food starts sticking to the surface of your cookware, or you notice rust, just follow the following steps to re-season your cookware.

How to re-season cookware:

When you wash your cookware make sure you dry it really good. Place aluminum foil to the bottom rack of your oven to catch any dripping during this process. Pre-heat your oven to 350 or 400 degrees. Apply a thin coating of melted vegetable shortening (or cooking oil of your choice) over the entire piece of cookware inside and out. Place cookware upside down on the top rack of the oven. Bake your cast iron cookware for one hour. After one hour shut off your oven and let your cast iron cookware cool off in the oven. Repeat this process as necessary. Once cookware is cool to the touch, store it in a dry place.

What to do if rust occurs:

If rusting occurs, simply scour the rust until it is all gone, clean, dry, and follow the steps for seasoning.

Benefits of Cooking with Cast Iron

Factory Pre-Seasoned and ready to use Seasoning helps prevent rusting Use on most cooking surfaces, grills or campfire Go from the stovetop to oven with ease Flavor Enhancing Superior heat retention and heat distribution Great for searing in natural juices Keeps food warmer longer Naturally adds iron to foods Eliminates hot spots Easy Clean up Professional Results Do not use in the microwave or dishwasher Long Lasting cookware with minimal upkeep

Lodge L8SGP3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Square Grill Pan, 10.5-inch

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.25-inch square Grill Pan puts restaurant stripes on your grilled favorites like a pro. Helps with low fat cooking as the ribbed bottom pan lets you keep foods from simmering in fatty drippings. Cast-iron is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this cookware evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron grill pan looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

Maxware 8-Inch Aluminum Specialty Nonstick Fry Pan Skillet/ Saute Pan Cookware

Superior nonstick interior coating for perfect heat conductivity. Scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean polished Hard Anodized aluminum exterior surface for durable operation.Professional style handle has been ergonomically designed for balance, control and comfort Handle is permanently attached with aluminum rivets.frying pan helps to cook better and healthier food with just the right amount of oil, every time.Specially, it is Dishwasher safe.

Lodge LCC3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Combo Cooker, 3-Quart

The Lodge Cast Iron 3-Qt Combo cooker is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. It’s a deep skillet, a fryer, a Dutch oven and the lid converts into a shallow skillet or griddle. This versatile piece of cast-iron cookware allows the preparation of almost any recipe. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Combo includes: 3-Quart Deep Skillet, Dutch oven base, and 10.25-inch lid. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

Cuisinart 622-30G Chef’s Classic Nonstick Hard-Anodized 12-Inch Skillet with Glass Cover

Inspired by the French kitchens, Cuisinart began making professional cookware over 30 years ago. Constructed of the finest materials available to perfectly perform all of the classic cooking techniques, Cuisinart continues its commitment to superior quality and innovation. Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Non-Stick Hard Anodized skillets have sloped sides and wide flat bottoms for frying, sautéing, or browning. An extremely durable exterior with a smooth, hard anodized finish creates a look of professional elegance to complement any kitchen. Designed from the inside out for today’s healthy lifestyles, this collection is constructed with 100% aluminum-free Quantanium® nonstick cooking surface reinforced with titanium.

Lodge L8SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.25-inch Skillet is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Fry up a mess of catfish, roast a chicken, or bake an apple crisp in this generous 10.25-inch pan that features two handles for heavy lifting and two subtle side lips for pouring. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

The American-based company Lodge has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century. No other metal is as long-lasting and works as well for spreading and retaining heat evenly during cooking. Lodge’s Logic line of cookware comes factory pre-seasoned with the company’s vegetable oil formula, and is ready to use right out of the box. After cooking, simply scrub the cast iron with a stiff brush and hot water, no soap, and dry immediately.

Breakfast in particular somehow tastes extra hearty when cooked in a heavy cast-iron skillet. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching and sear meat at higher temperatures. A good all-purpose size at 10-1/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep, this skillet can fry up eggs, pancakes, steaks, chicken, hamburgers, and can bake desserts and casseroles as well. A helper handle aids in lifting, and the looped primary handle allows hanging. Two side spouts pour off grease or juice. Even though the pan comes pre-seasoned, applying a little vegetable oil before use helps prevent food from sticking. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, this virtually indestructible pan should last for generations and is covered by a lifetime warranty. –Ann Bieri

Farberware Skillet Set Triple Pack with Stainless Handles

One of the most used shapes in cooking, you’ll want to outfit your kitchen with skillets in a variety of sizes. This triple pack will get you started. The sloped sides let foods slide out easily, and the nonstick surface makes cleanup effortless. Use the smaller pan for frying a few eggs, grilling a hot ham and cheese, or making “silver dollar” pancakes, and use the larger pan for searing steaks, sautéing vegetables, or creating one-dish meals.

Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet L10SK3ASHH41B, 12-Inch

The Lodge Cast Iron 12-inch Skillet and Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with slow-cooking recipes and all your favorite foods. Fry up a mess of catfish, roast a chicken, or bake an apple crisp in this generous 12-inch pan that features two handles for heavy lifting and two subtle side lips for pouring. Cast iron loves a campfire, a stovetop, or an oven, and can slow-cook foods without scorching. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. Whether used in a kitchen or camp, theses virtually indestructible cookware should last for generations. Made of cast iron, this Skillet evenly distributes heat from the bottom through the sidewalls. Sporting a stylish black color, the cast iron Skillet looks good in most kitchens and it doubles up as an excellent source of nutritional iron. Cast Iron, like your grandmother used, still ranks as one of the best cooking utensils ever made. It gives you a nearly non-stick surface, without the possible harmful fumes generated by preheating chemically treated nonstick cookware. The American-based company, Lodge, has been fine-tuning its construction of rugged, cast-iron cookware for more than a century.

T-fal A91082 Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Jumbo Cooker Cookware with Glass Lid, 5-Quart, Black

T-fal A9108263 Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Jumbo Cooker Cookware with Glass Lid, 5-Quart, Black Heavy gauge aluminum construction

Durable heavy gauge aluminum construction ensures this pan will perform to your delight time after time. The 5-Quart capacity is perfect for cooking delicious, large family meals

Superior nonstick interior and exterior coating

The high quality nonstick interior and exterior coating makes cleaning easy and quick. The total nonstick construction delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking results

Comfortable riveted silicone handles

The riveted silicone handles are sturdy and comfortable to grip. The silicone also resists heat to stay cooler while cooking

See through glass lid with steam vent

The see through glass lid with a steam vent makes it easy to monitor foods and release the steam properly while cooking.

PTFE and Cadmium Free

PTFE and Cadmium Free for healthier cooking. This jumbo cooker is dishwasher safe and oven safe to 350 Degree F

Feature Points 5-Quart cooking capacity offers huge cooking surface for large meals Superior nonstick interior and exterior make it easy to cook and clean Base delivers even heat distribution for reliable cooking results