21 Things to Cook in a Cast Iron Skillet on the Grill (or Over the Fire)

21 Things to Cook in a Cast Iron Skillet on the Grill (or Over the Fire)

No kitchen is complete without a cast iron pan, and that's especially true if you also own a grill. You can adapt just about any stovetop cast iron pan recipe to be prepared on the grill. Yes, even if you have a charcoal grill. All it takes is some time to preheat the grill and the pan, and then you can get cooking. It's also a good idea to invest in a simple surface thermometer so you know just how hot your pan is. Otherwise, follow the instructions for heating oil just like you would on the stove and have the grill lid handy — it's essential for recipes that are traditionally baked.

Whether it's imbuing a smoky tinge into a skillet hash of turnips and eggs or making the fast dinner of classic pork tenderloin outside with a beer in hand, here are 21 of our favorite cast iron pan recipes to try on the grill.

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1. Balsamic-Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

While you don't necessarily need the cast iron pan to cook this flank steak on the grill, it helps to keep the stuffing from falling into the flames and prevents flare-ups. This recipe also provides some good tips for how to preheat your cast iron pan on the grill.

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2. Mushroom-Asparagus Frittata

Frittatas are great for the grill — especially since you can recreate the finishing step of the oven by simply closing the lid on the grill. Just be sure that your cast iron skillet is well-seasoned to prevent the eggs from sticking.

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3. Cheesy Corn Bake

When cooked on the grill or even over a campfire, we like to rename this dish "smoky, cheesy corn bake." We won't blame you if your mouth is watering right now.

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4. Skillet Cornbread with Bacon and Cheddar

Cornbread is one of those recipes that just tastes better when it's baked over an open flame. And we'll always take the outdoor variety over a gas stove any day. A closed lid is key to getting this to bake through.

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5. Smoky Baked Hash Browns

If you're willing to fire up the grill for breakfast, try making this crispy hash brown pancake. Since it's harder to maintain a consistent temperature on your grill, monitor this more frequently than you would when cooking it in the oven.

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6. Vegetarian Paella with Red Peppers & Chickpeas

If your grill is large enough, you can keep your vegetable broth simmering off to the side in a Dutch oven. Preparing this on the grill gives a smoky flavor that you don't normally get in vegetarian dishes.

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7. Grilled Nacho Platters

The trick to making these nachos is to load up your cast iron skillet with chips and cheese and then stick them on the grill and close the lid. We guarantee you won't end up with soggy nachos.

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8. Rhubarb and Brown Sugar Skillet Pork Chops

These pork chops get two rounds in your cast iron pan: first to sear them, and second to cook them in the rhubarb sauce. Make sure you use a meat thermometer to make sure they are fully cooked.

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9. Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs

We love this dish for a camping breakfast, mostly because you can prep all of the hash ingredients before you set out, and they don't require much refrigeration. Then it's easy to cook safely over a campfire.

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10. Gnocchi Skillet with Chicken Sausage and Tomatoes

Preheat the skillet while the grill is warming up, then simply sear the sausage before adding the tomatoes to blister, and the gnocchi to cook at the end. This is the perfect backyard dish to break the barbecue mold.

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11. Baked Egg and Chorizo Enchiladas

Layer the enchiladas in a cast iron skillet, then cover them with cracked eggs before cooking for an unforgettable breakfast. We wouldn't blame you if you decided to make it for lunch or dinner either.

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12. How To Roast Shishito Peppers

While you can roast your peppers on the grill directly, putting them in a cast iron pan ensures that you won't lose any between the grill grates.

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13. Cheesy Tex-Mex Rice

This dish involves a fair amount of waiting to get the rice to crisp up in the skillet, and we find it easier to wait when standing outside by the grill instead of inside at the stove — especially if we have friends over, and a drink in hand.

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14. Roasted Cherry Dutch Baby with Brown Sugar-Cinnamon Sauce

Yes, you can make a Dutch baby pancake on the grill. You'll just want to make sure you have a good sense of the temperature, and that you keep a close eye on it. This is ideal for a gas grill, where you can more precisely control the temperature. Don't forget to close the lid so it "bakes."

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15. Southwestern-Spiced Pork Tenderloin

Instead of preheating your oven, preheat your cast iron pan on your grill with the lid closed, and use the surface thermometer to check when it reaches the right temperature. Be sure to use a meat thermometer toward the end to check the internal temperature of the tenderloin.

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16. Savory Tex-Mex Dutch Baby Pancake

Not all pancakes are created equal, and that's never been more true than with this savory Dutch baby. The skillet pancake gets a dose of flavor from black beans, tomatoes, onions, and plenty of cilantro.

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17. Mediterranean Tri-Tip Steak

The ingredient that makes this steak so memorable is the pomegranate molasses that you use as the glaze. Whether you make it on the grill, stove, or campfire, you'll want to make it again and again.

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18. How To Make Skillet Pizza

There are plenty of ways to make pizza on the grill, and this is one of our favorites. The cast iron pan makes the crust nice and crispy, without the worry that it will get too charred.

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19. Double-Crusted Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are traditionally baked in the oven, but work just as well in a closed grill. Just check them a bit more frequently to make sure they aren't cooking too quickly.

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20. How to Deep-Fry Outside

Donuts on the grill? Absolutely! One of the best things about deep-frying outside, whether it's donuts or fried chicken or sweet potato chips, is that oil splatter is much less of a problem since you're in the great outdoors. You can even make these apple fritters on your grill.

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21. How To Bake No-Knead Bread on the Grill

Okay, this is technically in a cast iron Dutch oven, but we couldn't leave it off this list since it is a great recipe to try on the grill. It's one of the few ways we're able to bake bread during the summer months since it doesn't make our air conditioners work overtime.

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