I’ll admit, I’m not much for using a cast iron skillet, it’s too heavy for my liking. But when it comes to cooking up a yummy meal, I can’t seem to resist! Here are some 5 recipes to make with a cast iron skillet.
- Cornbread: Who doesn’t love cornbread? I grew up in the south, so this is by far my favorite thing to cook in a skillet. There are many ways to cook cornbread, but for this you’ll need: shortening, 1 1/2 cups of cornmeal, 3 tbsp of self-rising flour, 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk, 1 egg, and 2 tbsps of oil. Before starting, make sure you preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Now a lot of stoves work differently than some, so instead of heating it to 450, you can put it on 350(gives you less of a chance to burn the bread). Prepare the cast iron by rubbing the shortening on it and then place the skillet into the oven(This will make the crust that more delicious!), while the pan is heating, go ahead and mix the flour, cornmeal, 1 egg, and oil into the bowl and mix(Here’s a tip my nana and mother always used; instead of using regular cold oil, use boiling oil. It gives it a rich and moist taste. Just be careful not to burn yourself!). Then stir in the buttermilk(if you don’t have this, milk works just as good) and let sit for 3 minutes. Make sure there aren’t any lumps. Now take out your skillet and pour it right on in and stick it right back in the oven to bake for 20-25mins.
- Steak: Normally when cooking steaks, I like to satay it just a little on the outside in a skillet and then throw it on the grill. But there are many ways to cook up a delicious steak in a skillet by itself, too. What you’ll need is: sea salt, olive oil, and black pepper(feel free to add any seasoning you like to it to give it a kick that you’ll enjoy). My mother always told me to never put cold meats into a hot pan, because then it won’t taste right and you’ll end up ruining a perfectly good meat! She would always let it sit out or if she was in a hurry, she’d run it under hot water until it, I called it, “loosen up”. So make sure your meat is room temperature before starting. Rub the olive oil(or any other kind of oil you prefer) onto the skillet. Then heat the skillet to a high-medium heat, season the steak to your likings on both sides, and brown the steak on both sides. Then transfer the skillet into the oven where it will cook until done.
- Eggs: It doesn’t get any easier than this! When I’m cooking eggs in a skillet, I like to add a bunch of stuff and scramble them. Cheese, spicy tomatoes, a little garlic, and a touch of lemon juice. I promise you, it will be heaven in your mouth!
- Shrimps: I’m not big on seafood, I used to be but at one point in my childhood, my parents would constantly go to the Harbor seafood restaurant and we went so much that I just got tired of seafood. But with that being said, I can never give up shrimps. Cooking shrimps in a cast iron skillet is so easy! First you pour in olive oil or any other kind of oil you prefer(or butter), turn the top stove on and let it come to a simmer. Don’t make it too hot, because then it’ll burn the shrimps the second you put them in and the oil will burn. Make sure the shrimps are room temperature, if the shrimps have veins, go ahead and de-vein them. Season the shrimps however you like, adding a glove of garlic can also give it a great taste. Add the shrimps into the skillet and stir frequently and cook for about 2-3minutues or until you get the desired color. Remove from the skillet and serve. This recipe is very common in my family, we always seem to be making this and never have enough after we finish it.
- Fish: Once again, not a fan of seafood and to be frank, I don’t eat fish much. But every and then, I’ll make myself some salmon. The way I prepare mine is before starting, I rinse the salmon off under cold water(or warm if it’s slightly hard in the middle), set the skillet on the stove and pour olive oil in it and let that heat up on medium-high heat. You can either season it before or after cooking it, I do it before because I like for the flavor to be cooked into the salmon. After doing so, lay the fish into the pan with the skin side down. I like to add some drops of fresh lemon in the pan so it has a slight kick. Cook this for about 5 minutes and then flip over for another 5 minutes. After you are finished, lift the fish and put onto a plate and dig in!
There are many things you can cook in a cast iron skillet. And it’ll taste just as good as if you cooked it in a regular pan.