With today’s on-the-go lifestyle, one-pan meals have become a huge lifesaver. Cast iron in particular is a great choice for the single skillet supper, as these naturally non-stick pans retain heat far better than your average pot or pan.
While cast iron skillets might bring to mind the same old pan-fried meat, these cookware lifesavers are actually quite versatile! Does Sweet Thai Chili Glazed Salmon strike your fancy? How about a Paleo Pizookie with Banana Ice Cream? I thought so.
If you enjoy quick, 3-ingredient Paleo recipes, you’ll love that how quickly you can bring together a meal all in the same cast-iron skillet. In fact, it takes less time to get a hot meal on your table than the time spent watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead—that you are clearly not missing this week.
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Whether you are looking for a hearty breakfast or brunch, appetizers to share, quick and versatile dinners, or even desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth—your cast-iron skillet will come through for you.
Perhaps you are reading this with an eyebrow raised saying, “I don’t have skillet—now what?” Here’s a quick reference to 15 essential tools that every paleo kitchen must have, this will help you through the pan-demonium.
Whether you have cast-iron skills that are renowned in your household or you are just warming up to the idea of meals that only require one pan—we found 47 recipes that are guaranteed to leave you and your family wanting more.
1. Spicy Green Skillet
When you are looking to spice up your day from the get-go, why not kick breakfast up a notch with some jalapeños and chorizo? Talk about feeling hot, hot, hot!
Recipe: Paleomagazine.com | Spicy Green Skillet
2. Eggs Poached in a Spiced Tomato Sauce
Who said eggs must be served with meat and potatoes? Ghee, Kashmiri chili powder, paprika, and cumin can do the trick too!
Recipe: Paleomagazine.com | Eggs Poached in a Spiced Tomato Sauce
3. Paleo Huevos Rancheros
Keep this classic Mexican recipe on your morning menu with the help of some simple substitutions. Paleo tortillas and grass-fed butter are good for your body and your palate!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Huevos Rancheros
4. Eggs with Fried Bacon Tomato Sauce
Think cracked eggs simmering on a bed of bacon tomato passata. Enjoy.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Eggs with Fried Bacon Tomato Sauce
5. Berry Skillet Pancake
Instead a heaping stack of pancakes, whip up a flavorful pancake filled with fresh berries. One large, delicious pancake that’s all yours, that is.
Recipe: Primally Inspired | Berry Skillet Cake
6. Keto and Low Carb Creamy Shrimp and Bacon Skillet
Make this one for either the beginning or the end of the day! Skip out on the heavy whipping cream and opt for the recommended coconut cream for a dairy-free recipe that still is satisfyingly creamy!
Recipe: The Nourished Caveman | Keto and Low Carb Creamy Shrimp and Bacon Skillet
7. Pizza Frittata
A yum-tastic pizza recipe for breakfast including mouth-watering pepperoni, oregano, and mushrooms that make a traditional recipe! Who would have thought?
Recipe: Against All Grain | Pizza Frittata
8. Kale and Mushroom Ghee Frittata
We know, two frittatas in a row. But don’t fret about this frit, especially the veggie-loving folk out there! This is one meal that is packed with a ton of your fresh favorites!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Kale and Mushroom Ghee Frittata
9. Blueberry-Lemon Cashew Scones
Scones are a staple at any British breakfast table, and they can be at yours too! Blueberries, lemon, and cashews make for a great scone recipe!
Recipe: The Paleo Princess Blog | Blueberry-Lemon Cashew Scones
10. Scrambled Eggs with Rosemary & Capers
Scrambled eggs, grass-fed butter, capers, rosemary, and salt. That’s it. And it’s amazing.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Scrambled Eggs with Rosemary & Capers
11. Dutch Baby
Typically, this dish consists of carbs, sugar, and more sugar. However, this version is lighter, leaner, and all around cleaner.
Recipe: Prevention.com | Dutch Baby
12. Creamy Jalapeño Popper Dip
Whether you are having a meal of hor dourves or waiting for the entrée to cook to completion, this dip will always prove to be a crowd pleaser.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Creamy Jalapeño Popper Dip
13. Chestnuts Three Ways
Do you like chestnuts over an open fire? Have you ever had them any other way? Well, now you can have them BBQed, roasted, or grilled thanks to your handy cast-iron skillet!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Chestnuts Three Ways
This versatile dish can be eaten during breakfast, lunch, dinner, holidays, or when you feel the need for a simple nosh. It’s the perfect filler food, really.
Recipe: Plated with Style | Cornbread
15. Big Cast Iron Skillet Chili
This is comfort food at its most comfortable. Warm meaty chili that doesn’t need anything besides your pajamas to accompany it! Just skip on the optional dairy ingredients tacked on at the end.
Recipe: Eat Nourishing | Big Cast Iron Skillet Chili
16. Roasted Mussels with Endive & Celery
It’s fresh and easy. What more could you want? 15 minutes is all you need for a meal’s worth of Paleo-friendly mussels.
Recipe: Coconut and Lime | Roasted Mussels with Endive & Celery
17. Roasted Chicken
If you are looking for something with a little more meat on its bones, maybe a whole roasted chicken is what you are looking for. Four ingredients and this bird is golden—literally.
Recipe: Life in Recipes | Roasted Chicken
18. Sweet Thai Chili Glazed Salmon
No MSG, soy sauce, or any other additives are included in this salmon dish. Only sweet chili sauce, raw honey, garlic, and Thai chili peppers.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Sweet Thai Chili Glazed Salmon
19. Hot Beet Noodle Salad
Beets, bacon, Brussels sprouts, and baby bella mushrooms—this recipe is brought to you by the letter “B” for beautiful flavors.
Recipe: Comparison | Hot Beet Noodle Salad
20. Brussels Sprouts, Hemp, Raisin & Apple Winter Salad
If you like a little fruit in your savory salad, then look no further. Apples and raisins round out this yummy Brussels sprouts salad with pecans and hemp seeds.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Brussels Sprouts, Hemp, Raisin & Apple Winter Salad
21. Winter Vegetables
This dish is as colorful as the rainbow with its snow peas, carrots, onions, and broccoflower. If you think you can’t make a full meal out of this veggie dish—think again. You won’t be able to put your fork down until it’s gone.
Recipe: Whitney Bond | Winter Vegetables
Sometimes you just want a big slab of meat, and why not bite into the very tuxedo of its kind—steak!
Recipe: The Rising Spoon | Steak
23. Tuscan Chicken Skillet
Take your taste buds on a vacation to Tuscany with this tomato-packed recipe. You’ll feel like you’re dining in a high-class vineyard without even leaving home!
Recipe: PaleoLeap | Tuscan Chicken Skillet
24. Paleo Asian Chicken Stir fry
No soy sauce involved in this stir fry, nor is it needed! This dish packs a punch when it comes to Asian flavors.
Recipe: Sweet C’s Designs | Paleo Asian Chicken Stir Fry
25. Cashew Beef
Add a little crunch to a beef dish with some cashews. Bell peppers, water chestnuts, and fresh ginger also help round out this Asian-inspired dish.
Recipe: Prevention.com | Cashew Beef
26. Mediterranean Chicken
Tomatoes, olives, spinach, and artichokes send this dish along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Opa!
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Mediterranean Chicken
27. Skillet Pizza
Well, of course there had to be a pizza on this list. Not only can you get a gooey pizza from this recipe, but you can also make the crust in your skillet too! Skip the optional Ricotta cheese topping and you are set.
Recipe: PaleoLeap | Skillet Pizza
28. Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
A quick and easy surf and turf recipe for the Paleo community, this dish is loaded with shrimp, sausage, and a ton of colorful veggies.
Recipe: Delicious Meets Healthy | Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skillet
29. Chicken Divan
Casseroles are a staple to American cuisine, but they typically pack a ton of heavy dairy to boot. Not for this recipe for Chicken Divan, but it still proves to be creamy and satisfying anyway!
Recipe: Popular Paleo | Chicken Divan
30. Pork Chops with Paleo Mushroom Gravy
Well, of course you can make pork chops in a skillet! Finish them off with a hearty mushroom gravy, and you got yourself quite a meal!
Recipe: Daileo Paleo | Pork Chops with Paleo Mushroom Gravy
31. Pan Fried Pork Chops and Apples
It might not be pork chops and applesauce, but it’s arguably better than the classic dish. It also doesn’t hurt that this dish is incredibly quick and easy to prepare.
Recipe: Paleo Porn | Pan Fried Pork Chops and Apples
32. Lazy Layered Eggplant
Lamb can be done in a skillet—on one of those lazy weekday nights too! Toss some eggplant, lemon, tomatoes, onion along with it and your taste buds will thank you!
Recipe: Grok Grub | Lazy Layered Eggplant
33. Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Kale
Who needs noodles? Spaghetti squash stands a versatile veggie that takes on the flavors it is cooked with, and also boasts a low level of calories.
Recipe: Ultimate Paleo Guide | Garlic Spaghetti Squash with Kale
34. Moroccan Chicken Skillet
Sweet meets spice in standard Moroccan cuisine, and this dish is no exception. Oranges and dates cross paths with cumin, allspice, and cinnamon to create a flavorful punch of flavors.
Recipe: Food Faith Fitness | Moroccan Chicken Skillet
35. Smoky Steak, Potato, and Pepper Skillet
Add a little flavor to steak and potatoes by cooking with tri-color sweet peppers, yams, and cilantro. Not only will these ingredients add color to your dish, but to your palate as well!
Recipe: Running to the Kitchen | Smoky Steak, Potato, and Pepper Skillet
36. The Easiest Steak Recipe Ever
Steak is a mystery to many. How do you know when it’s done to your liking? What should you pair it with? This recipe will simplify tonight’s steak dinner.
Recipe: Pop Sugar | The Easiest Steak Recipe Ever
Gooey, delicious brownies just like Mom used to make—except with a healthy Paleo twist!
Recipe: Food Gawker | Brownies
38. One-Pan Apple Pecan Coffee Cake
This is a cake that provides versatility, as it is perfect for dessert as well as breakfast or even holidays. Cinnamon, pecan, and apples are always a great combination.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | One-Pan Apple Pecan Coffee Cake
39. Paleo Pizookie with Banana Ice Cream
If you have ever ventured over to BJ’s Restaurant, you’ve noticed that their famous (non-Paleo friendly) Pizookie looks like heaven on earth. Never fear, now us Paleo folks can get in on the action!
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Paleo Pizookie with Banana Ice Cream
40. Almond, Apple & Blackberry Moist Skillet Cake
Fruity and earthy all in one. This cake gives you all of the flavors of fall, bite after bite.
Recipe: A Tasty Love Story | Almond, Apple & Blackberry Moist Skillet Cake
41. Snickerdoodle Skillet Cake
Who didn’t nibble on Snickerdoodles while growing up in your grandma or mother’s kitchen? Now you can relive the experience in a much cleaner way.
Recipe: Purely Twins | Snickerdoodle Skillet Cake
42. Chocolate Rose Skillet Cake
Chocolate can mix with so many things, but have you tried roses? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did!
Recipe: My Heart Beats | Chocolate Rose Skillet Cake
43. Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake
Have an ooey-gooey chocolate dessert on your plate with only 10 minutes of prep time in this easy skillet recipe. Coconut ice cream optional… but recommended.
Recipe: Get Inspired Everyday | Chocolate Fudge Skillet Cake
44. Apple Crisp
It’s as American as apple pie! Seriously, there isn’t anything in this recipe that wouldn’t make our forefathers proud!
Recipe: Wife Mama Foodie | Apple Crisp
45. Banana Upside Down Cake
What a great way to use those ripe bananas! Besides, who doesn’t like a cake comprised of walnuts and bananas? Yum.
Recipe: Beauty and the Foodie | Banana Upside Down Cake
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