Here are 19 of my favorite vegetarian cast iron skillet recipes, from hearty breakfasts to deliciously caramelized casseroles.
One of my favorite items in my kitchen isn’t a fancy gadget or specialized tool…it’s my cast iron skillet! With a large surface area and thick bottom, the humble cast iron skillet is great for holding and evenly distributing heat. This makes it great for everything from caramelizing to frying to everyday cooking!
It’s also oven-safe, meaning you can move it from stove to oven without having to move the contents to a new pan (perfect for pot pie!). Can you tell I sort of love it? So today I’m sharing a handful of my favorite vegetarian recipes that can be made in a cast iron skillet!
Is it seasoned?
P.S. Do you have a brand new cast iron? Be sure to season it before cooking with it, which will prevent it from rusting and make it non-stick. To season a cast iron skillet:
- Scrub your skillet with hot water, then dry well.
- Spread a thin layer of vegetable oil over the skillet, rubbing it all over the surface with a paper towel.
- Set skillet upside down in the oven at 375°. Place a baking sheet or foil on a rack below to catch drips.
- Bake for 1 hour, then let your skillet cool completely in the oven.
After seasoning, don’t wash your cast iron with soap. Hot water should do the trick (especially given that we’re not using meat in any of these recipes). Enjoy!
Sweet Potato & Spinach Quinoa Breakfast Skillet
This Sweet Potato and Spinach Quinoa Breakfast Skillet is a veggie-packed, delicious, and filling breakfast that comes together in less than 30 minutes! Making it in a cast iron provides the best heat distribution to cook it perfectly.
Easy Chickpea Pot Pie
This Easy Chickpea Pot Pie is packed with a creamy vegetable filling and wrapped in a buttery crust (and best of all, you just need one pan to make it)! The cast iron skillet allows you to move from sautéing veggies to baking the pie seamlessly.
Want to make easy, authentic, Indian-style naan bread at home? This easy naan bread recipe is perfect to serve with your favorite soup, salad, or stew and even as a base for pizza. Making it in a cast iron skillet provides the most even heat so they cook perfectly!
Sweet Potato Fettuccine in Gorgonzola Sauce
Who knew you could do THIS with sweet potatoes?
Oyster Mushroom Philly Cheesesteak
This vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak transforms oyster mushrooms into the perfect substitute for beef! With sautéed peppers and onions and loads of melted cheese, this is the best meatless cheesesteak.
Berry Bulgur Breakfast Bake
An easy, healthy breakfast bake that comes together quickly and fills your home with the warm aroma of oats and berries. Using a cast iron skillet will let you move the whole dish from the stovetop to oven, where it bakes into warm deliciousness.
Showing you how to make the BEST Tofu Scramble recipe! These vegan scrambled eggs are flavorful and fluffy (and easy to make).
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
With melted sharp cheddar, the perfectly meaty texture, and best-ever Fancy Sauce, these panfried Portobello Mushroom Burgers are the vegetarian recipe that’ll have you craving mushrooms for dinner.
How to Make Croutons (With Any Bread)
Your salads will never be boring again after you try this homemade croutons recipe! Here’s how to make croutons with any bread you might have leftover.
How to Make Cauliflower Fried Rice
If you’re looking for a low carb dinner idea (or just a plain and simple healthy yet tasty recipe), you’re going to love this guide on how to make cauliflower fried rice!
Vegetarian Egg Roll In A Bowl
This Vegetarian Egg Roll in a Bowl is the laid back egg roll you didn’t know you needed. It has all the tasty fillings found in your favorite egg rolls, subbing out the pork for pulled oyster mushrooms!
King Oyster Mushroom Pulled Pork
By shredding king oyster mushrooms, seasoning with spices, and baking, you can create a vegan mushroom pulled pork that rivals the real stuff! Bake the mushrooms in the oven, then finish them off in a hot cast iron skillet to give them a bit of caramelization and crisp.
Swedish Vegetarian Meatballs
These Swedish Vegetarian Meatballs are a healthy combination of quinoa and cauliflower, smothered in simple cream sauce and served atop fluffy mashed cauliflower!
Portobello Mushroom Gyros
These vegetarian Portobello Mushroom Gyros are seasoned with a flavorful blend of Mediterranean spices and sautéed to meaty perfection, then drizzled with a quick homemade feta tzatziki and wrapped in pillowy pita (oh, and all in under 15 minutes). A delicious contender to the spot of “family favorite dinner”, right here guys!
Vegan Green Bean Casserole
A healthy twist on a classic Thanksgiving staple... Vegan Green Bean Casserole with crispy pan-fried onions!
Eggplant Parmesan Poppers
These Eggplant Parmesan Poppers have all the deliciousness of eggplant parmesan, in bite-sized form!
This 1-dish shakshuka recipe is a traditional North African meal that’s incredibly easy to make and packed with flavor!
Mexican Street Corn Salad
This Mexican Street Corn Salad recipe is a healthy, simple take on elote, the delicious Mexican street vendor version of corn on the cob! Sear the corn in a hot cast iron skillet to char the kernels a bit, replicating that traditional elote char.
Crispy Air Fried Tofu
The secret to ridiculously crispy tofu? Press out as much liquid before cooking? If you don't have a fancy tofu press, simply wrap the tofu in paper towels and set a cast iron skillet on top!
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