25 Vegetarian Dinners to Make in Your Cast Iron Skillet

updated Aug 8, 2023
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The beauty of a cast iron pan is its universality — which means if your kitchen is a hub for delicious vegetarian dishes, then this most-beloved pan has a place in it as well. It can help you sear veggie burgers, make a mean tomato cobbler, and cook up frittatas. Consider this list of vegetarian recipes to make in a cast iron skillet our love letter to all the cast iron pan can do.

Cast Iron Skillet : Vegetarian Dinners

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Skillet Eggplant Parm
An easy recipe for roasted eggplant Parmesan that calls for just one skillet and zero frying.
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Tomato Cobbler with Cornmeal-Cheddar Biscuits

Not all cobblers have to be sweet. Case in point? This delectable tomato cobbler topped with cheesy biscuits. And because this is made in a cast iron pan, you can bring it directly to the table for serving and know it’ll stay pretty warm throughout the meal.

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Santiago Salsa

While this might have originally been thought of as a side dish or appetizer, this bean and rice dip has enough nutritional value to be dinner. Serve it with a big side salad and a handful of your favorite chips and call it a meal.

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Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka is one of those versatile recipes that can be served for any meal of the day. Our green version replaces the tomatoes with Swiss chard, spinach, and plenty of leeks.

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Upside-Down Tomato Corn Cake

Think of this like a fancy take on cornbread, but one that works for dinner. All you need is a simple salad of greens and a light dressing to go alongside.

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Tex-Mex Migas

This tortilla-filled egg dish is another one that can be served at any meal, and it’s easy to toss together with items you likely already have in your fridge and pantry.

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Caprese Grilled Cheese

Cast iron pans were practically made for fancy grilled cheese sandwiches — helping them get all nice and crispy on the outside as the cheese melts into a dream inside. This pesto, tomato, and mozzarella version will make you a culinary hero in your family.

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Summer Squash Gratin
This summer squash gratin is the perfect way to use up that bumper crop of zucchini in your garden.
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Greek Scramble

Scrambled eggs will always be appropriate for dinner in our book. And this Greek-inspired version with spinach, feta cheese, and tomatoes is made even better by the pita triangles served on the side.

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Spinach and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Using refried beans instead of canned black beans makes them easy to assemble and even easier to eat. Making them in a cast iron pan is a sure ticket to a crispy exterior.

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Warm Chickpea Salad with Cumin & Garlic

This recipe starts with cooking cumin and red pepper flakes in a bit of hot oil before the chickpeas are added in. You can serve this dish warm out of the pan and enjoy it chilled the next day.

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Skillet Mac and Cheese

The beauty of this mac and cheese recipe is that you only need to use one pan — your cast iron one. That means you can have delicious, creamy comfort food without a ton of dishes. We call that a win-win situation.

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Mexican Skillet Lasagna

Think of this somewhere between enchiladas and lasagna — it’s layered with plenty of sauce, cheese, beans, soyrizo, and veggies, but instead of noodles you’ll use tortillas.

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The Best Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures that are the best, like this tomato grilled cheese. Your cast iron pan plays a key role in getting the sandwich just right.

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Veggie Burger Recipe
A simple vegetable and bean burger recipe that's sturdy enough to hold up on the grill.
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Scramble Tofu

If you’re looking for something new to add to the breakfast routine, then tofu scramble can be an excellent option. This recipe ends up looking a bit like scrambled eggs, thanks to the turmeric.

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Pimiento Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

We’re bringing our love of pimiento cheese to grilled cheese sandwiches. You’ll find yourself grinning as you cook these gooey sandwiches to golden perfection in a cast iron pan.

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Grilled Nacho Platters

This recipe was designed to use your cast iron skillet on your grill, but if it’s too chilly out or you don’t have a grill, these can easily be made in the oven instead. Just gather your toppings and have at it.

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Radish and Turnip Hash with Green Garlic and Fried Eggs

Filled with peppery radish and mild, tender turnips, this hash is an incredibly hearty breakfast or dinner option that comes together in a cast iron pan.

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Savory Tex-Mex Dutch Baby Pancake

A savory pancake is perfect for those nights when you need to come up with an idea for dinner, but you’re drawing a blank. You can top it with whatever beans and veggies you have in your kitchen — just don’t forget the cheese.

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Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop
Besides eliminating the need for a hot oven, stovetop pizzas are super fast and perfect for making just one or two personal pizzas.
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Vegetable Paella with Chickpeas

Just because paella is traditionally made with seafood, chicken, or sausage doesn’t mean you can’t make a mouth-watering veggie version.

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Gnocchi Skillet with Sweet Potatoes, Greens & Goat Cheese

For those chilly nights when you need a comforting pasta dish that’s not mac & cheese, turn to this gnocchi dish instead.

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Broccolini with Butter Beans
A quick and easy side dish recipe. Vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb. It all comes together in one cast iron skillet!
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Mushroom-Asparagus Frittata

Once you start making frittatas in your cast iron pan, you might never go back to using any other. Just make sure your pan is well-seasoned so you can remove the frittata easily.

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