6 Easy Weeknight Meals to Cook in a Cast-Iron Skillet

Nothing quite captures the essence of down-home cooking like a cast-iron skillet. Not only does it offer the taste and aesthetic of traditional home cooking, but it also reduces the hassle of kitchen clean-up by eliminating the need for multiple pots and pans. On top of that, cooking on a cast-iron skillet crisps foods to perfection. Whether you’re serving chicken, steak, tofu, or a pasta dish, the results of your efforts will be irresistible!

Try any of these cast-iron skillet recipes for a delicious down-home dinner.

1. Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

Gnocchi pasta

Fresh gnocchi | iStock.com

Gnocchi are delicious at any time of year, but this dish hits its peak when prepared with freshly ripened tomatoes and basil. This dish takes just a few simple ingredients and can be thrown together by a cook of any level in just 15 minutes or so. A cast-iron skillet is the ideal method of preparation for this dish, as it lends the best color and sear to the tomatoes and sausage. This recipe from The Kitchn yields 4 servings.


  • 1 pound gnocchi
  • Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 9 ounces (about 3 links) cooked chicken sausage, sliced into ¼-inch-thick coins
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 to 2 ounces fresh basil, julienned (½ to 1 cup loosely packed)

Head to The Kitchn for the full recipe. 

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