20 One-Pan Recipes to Add to Your Weeknight Meal Plan

updated May 1, 2019
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Along with the trusty sheet pan, a skillet (preferably cast iron!) is one of the very best tools to help you get a great dinner on the table quickly without breaking a sweat. Your whole meal — everything from the main course to the sides — comes together in a single pan. You can’t ask for much more on a weeknight. If it sounds too good to be true, I assure you that it’s not.

From Italian-inspired chicken skillet to easy, saucy salmon, let these 20 fast and fresh recipes inspire you.

Chicken Skillets

Lean on your favorite skillet and tonight’s chicken dinner will leave you feeling like a total superstar. Not only does the whole meal come together in a single skillet, but you’ll also love what a breeze cleanup is.

Easy Seafood Skillets

If you need more proof that fish and shrimp can be the base for quick and easy weeknight dinners, these fuss-free skillet meals bring it.

Comforting Pasta Skillets

Reach for your cast iron skillet when pasta night rolls around, and you will be rewarded with an easy and blissfully comforting dinner.

Fresh Veggie-Friendly Skillet Dinners

When you can’t decide between comfort food and veggies, choose both! These skillet dinners put vegetables at the forefront for a meal that will hit both cravings.

Skillet Meals That Nail Breakfast for Dinner

When breakfast-for-dinner is on your meal plan, these are the fresh, weeknight-friendly recipes that help you go beyond scrambled eggs and pancakes.