15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time!

15 One Skillet Dinners

My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome:

  • When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make a sauce, all the little bits of cooked meat that stick to the bottom of the skillet get worked into the sauce, adding all kinds of flavor. It’s a great little trick.
  • You can move from the stovetop to the oven with ease! This is great for getting chicken partially cooked up on the stove, and then moving to the oven to finish cooking the meat, brown cheese, and/or bake biscuits on top.
  • There’s only one dish to wash! Now that’s worth saying.
  • I picked meals that are kind of stand-alone meals, which I love. These have your protein, starch, and some veggies all mixed in, so there’s not much left for you to do or add to the meal. That really ups the appeal for a quick and easy meal in my book.

I have a couple of different sized cast iron skillets that I love and use a lot. I think most people should own a 10-inch skillet. It’s great for things like cornbread, frying eggs or making scrambled eggs, frying up donuts, and will work for most of these one skillet meals just fine.

I also have a 14-inch skillet that I love and use all of the time, though. It’s pretty big, but I have found that I really like the size. I’m cooking for a family of 7, so large dishes are great. The large size is also nice for this kind of meal though, because it leaves you with lots of room to stir, cook, sauté, and otherwise create a great meal without overcrowding the pan. It’s also nice because the pan isn’t overfilled too often either. I don’t have food bubbling and dripping over the edge of the skillet on to the oven floor when I use a big skillet. It’s up to you, but I’d recommend getting them both. 🙂  You can never have too much cast iron!

Here are those great one skillet meals. I sure hope this gets your dinner juices flowing. Enjoy!

Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole from Bless this Mess

One Skillet Meals - Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Andouille, Greens and Beans Pan Stew from Souffles and Sawdust

One Skillet Meals - Andouille, Greens and Beans Pan Stew

Skillet Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese From The Delish

One Skillet Meals - Skillet Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Easy Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna with Kale Olive Pesto from The Endless Meal

One Skillet Meals - Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna

Pineapple Tuna Quinoa Skillet from DelishPlan

One Skillet Meals - Pineapple Tuna Quinoa Skillet

Rustic Italian One-Pot Chicken and Rice from Simple As That

One Skillet Meals - Cheesy Italian One Pot Chicken and Rice

Easy Chicken Nachos from Bless this Mess

One Skillet Meals - Nachos


Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples from The Seasoned Mom

One Skillet Meals - Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples

Kielbasa, Brussel Sprouts, Potato & Pear Skillet from Food Done Light

One Skillet Meals - Kielbasa, Brussel Sprouts, Potato & Pear Skillet

Farmhouse Egg Bake from Bless this Mess

One Skillet Meals - Farmhouse Egg BakeSanta Fe Chicken with Rice from A Zesty Bite

One Skillet Meals - Santa Fe Chicken and Rice

Bacon Cheeseburger Gnocchi Skillet from Cheese Curd In Paradise

One Skillet Meals - Bacon Cheeseburger Gnocchi Skillet

Deep Dish Skillet Pizza from Bless this Mess

One Skillet Meals - Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

Green Bean Frittata from Recipe Fiction

One Skillet Meals - Green Bean Frittata

Leftover Spaghetti Frittata from Wholefully

One Skillet Meals - Leftover Spaghetti Frittata

Portobello Fajitas from Cafe Johnsonia

One Skillet Meals - Portobello Fajitas

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Thank you for sharing my Andouille, Greens and Beans Pan Stew! I, too, am a food lover, chicken wrangler and house builder (renovator). Lovely website!

Those look great. You are inspiring me to drag out my old ancient frying pan and season it so I can start using it again. -Jenn

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.