31 Fun[ny] Things To Do With A Cast Iron Skillet

by | Feb 17, 2010


I recently acquired a cast iron skillet and have been dreamily brainstorming all the fun I get to have with it.

Obviously my first adventure had to be this Spanish tortilla recipe, which turned out awesome. But I also had visions of recreating my grandmother’s slow-cooked spaghetti sauce and being able to make perfect steaks in my BBQ-less apartment.

But I knew there had to be more I could do with such a big, heavy object–so I turned to the coolest people I know for suggestions:



I must admit, my favorite answers didn’t exactly involve food:


But by far the most touching reply I received was a link to a Posterous post from @GregKnottLeMond. I encourage you to click over and read it, it’s short and sweet:


The post describes how the adorable skillet bird above came to be:

For @SummerTomato ‘s Consideration

The creativity was not, of course, restricted to metallic critters and demolition:


These blogs that specialize in cast iron cookware were also recommended:

Cooking In Cast Iron

Black Iron Blog

Derek on Cast Iron

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the collective inspiration! Here is my consolidated list of ideas:

  1. Clonk someone (@thescramble)
  2. Cure alcoholism (@mcnee)
  3. Bicep curls (@JeffACSH)
  4. Nut crackin’ (@RtReview)
  5. End a romance (@cookerguy)
  6. Fry chicken (@cookerguy)
  7. Break stuff (@cookerguy)
  8. Work on two-handed tennis backhand (@cookerguy)
  9. Fight zombies (@benhamill)
  10. Frame a picture (@omewan)
  11. Plant bonzai trees (@omewan)
  12. Stop burglars à la Home Alone (@leslieconn)
  13. Burn thermite (@mcnee)
  14. Hit John Mayer (@foodiemcbody)
  15. Make metal critters (@GregKnottLeMond)
  16. Deep dish pizza (@bob_koss)
  17. Squeeze paneer (@newtomato)
  18. Burgers (@thescramble)
  19. Steaks (@thescramble)
  20. Corn bread (@lonelygourmet)
  21. Spoon bread (?) (@virginiagriffey)
  22. Roast meats (@jameswcooper)
  23. Crustless pies (@blee27)
  24. Pancakes (@bob_koss)
  25. Sauté zucchini (@JeffACSH)
  26. Pineapple upside-down cake (@HeatherHAL)
  27. Hashbrowns (@arielmanx)
  28. Seared meat (@arielmanx)
  29. Spanish tortilla (@FBloggersUnite)
  30. Bibimbap (@annemai)
  31. Tarte tartin (@annemai)

What are your favorite things to do with a cast iron skillet?

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7 Responses to “31 Fun[ny] Things To Do With A Cast Iron Skillet”

  1. If you’re wondering what spoon bread is, it’s a soft, pudding-like bread made with cornmeal. You serve it hot and eat it with a spoon. I learned about it in a cookbook I bought in Louisiana: “Big Mama’s Old Black Pot Recipes.” This recipe isn’t the same as the one in my book, but it’s the most similar one I could find online: http://southernfood.about.com/od/spoonbreadrecipes/r/bln153.htm.

  2. Roasting a chicken. Get it really hot at 450. Put in chicken; it will sizzle and cook in one hour.

    Pizza on grill.

  3. I should have added I have six cast iron pans and use them all the time. I can’t imagine cooking without them. I have them hanging and they are seasoned and always ready to go. I use them for my baking pans, frying pans; can’t live without them.

  4. Hi Darya,

    I just was introduced to you by Max (@NU_FIT) and I absolutely adore your blog! So much great info, and I really enjoyed reading your story personal story about eating/dieting.

    My husband just became a vegetarian because of health reasons, and we are really changing our eating habits. I will check in frequently for new inspiration!

    Cast iron? Haven’t tried it yet, am struggling enough with my other pots and pans 🙂

    Dagmar’s momsense http://DagmarBleasdale.com

  5. AJ says:

    Hi, Darya! I’ve never owned or used a cast iron skillet, and I was wondering: do you use your skillet often? Do you find that this cooking method is worth the work required to season, clean, and maintain it?

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