20 Ways to Use Your Cast Iron Skillet on the Grill

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No kitchen is complete without a cast iron skillet, 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.

Whether it’s imbuing a smoky tinge into a skillet hash of turnips and eggs or making a juicy pork tenderloin in the middle of the week, here are 20 of our favorite cast iron pan recipes to try on the grill.

Adapting Stovetop Cast Iron Recipes for the 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.

Double-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Sriracha-Honey BBQ Sauce(Image credit: Gabriela Herman)

Meaty Mains

Just because it’s too hot to turn on the stove doesn’t mean you need to put all your favorite meat-filled skillet dinners on the sidelines. Turn to the grill for help with dinner.

Grilled Nacho Platters(Image credit: Casey Barber)

Veggie-Friendly Skillets

From nachos to cheesy rice, you’ll be hard-pressed to find summery sides your skillet can’t handle.

Radish and Turnip Hash with Fried Eggs(Image credit: Elizabeth Stark)

Breakfast for Dinner

Your cast iron skillet is the best tool to keep breakfast for dinner firmly parked in your meal plan and make the most of grilling season.

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