Cooking with a Cast Iron Skillet

Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, is here helping families use a cast iron skillet for their family meals! Alice is sharing tips for using a cast iron skillet and three of her favorite family meals she cooks in her skillet.

Alice loves sharing easy family meals and helping families learn to meal plan. She has put all her favorite tips and tricks in her eBook, Family Meal Planning and it is available for purchase for $5.


Ranch Keto Chicken Thighs

This Keto Chicken Thighs recipe is flavored with ranch and sautéed with garlic. This easy one-skillet recipe makes crispy Keto chicken thighs and is perfect for a family-friendly weeknight meal.

Mushroom and Beet Black Bean Burgers

This mushroom and beet black bean burger recipe is made with sautéed Portabella mushrooms in a cast iron pan and then baked in the oven. These smoky veggie burgers with a bit of sweetness will make both vegetarians and meat-eaters happy!

Lemon Dutch Baby

This Lemon Dutch Baby pancake recipe is a simple weekend breakfast idea that you can make in your cast iron skillet in 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite berries and some powdered sugar! This easy Lemon Dutch Baby pancake recipe is a puffy, skillet pancake and your whole family will love this new weekend breakfast idea and you’ll love it because it is so easy!


Tips for Using A Cast Iron Skillet

What heat temp should you use when cooking with a cast iron skillet?

High heat is not needed with Cast Iron because it retains heat so well. If your pan is too hot you’ll burn your recipe and things will get very smoky! Your cast iron will need time to heat up so give it a few minutes to warm up!

Is there anything I shouldn’t cook in my cast iron skillet? Highly acidic foods like tomato sauce will remove the seasoning/non-stick of the pan and it will give your food a metallic taste. You might want to try browning what you need in the skillet (like meatballs or vegetables) and then transfer to an enameled cast iron (dutch oven) to add the sauce.

Favorite brand? Alice loves the Lodge brand of cast iron products. It is made in the USA! Alice has a cast iron griddle as well and it is great for grilling steaks, chicken, vegetables, and making breakfast on the weekends. You can find Lodge cast Iron Skillets on Amazon and they cost around $25.

My cast iron skillet is rusted, is it ruined? Absolutely not! Your skillet just needs to be re-seasoned so it can get back its incredible non-stick powers! A quick google or view of the Lodge cast iron website gives the simple trick of recoating with oil and baking it empty and upside down with a piece of aluminum foil for an hour.

How do I clean it after I use it? Use water! Yes, After cooking Alice used a cast iron brush with water and scrub out any food pieces. Then she rubs it with a small dab of olive oil and lightly rub it on the pan with a paper towel and let it sit out on my stove.

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