A Cast-Iron Skillet Can Make Anything—and These 14 Recipes Are Proof

One culinary tool that every home cook should have is a cast-iron skillet. The sturdy and long-lasting pan, which conducts heat like no other material, is ideal for searing meat and caramelizing vegetables. Fortunately, a well-seasoned skillet is naturally nonstick (be sure to read up on how to clean and season a cast-iron skillet) and a truly versatile cooking vessel. You can deep-fry chicken, bake eggs, and even make an apple pie in a cast-iron skillet. Plus, it goes from the stovetop to the oven in one swift movement.

Of course, because cast-iron skillets transfer heat so well, it’s important to take care when using one—you don’t want to burn yourself! Always use an oven mitt when you reach for that handle. But back to the good stuff. Wondering what sort of delicious dishes you can make in the pan? Here are 14 excellent recipes to encourage you to experiment with your cast iron.

What do you love to make in your cast-iron skillet?

This story was originally published in December 2015.