If you love your cast iron pans as much as I do, you’re probably looking for ways to utilize them even more in your kitchen. Main dishes and meat such as pork chops, chicken thighs, roast chicken, and juicy steak cook particularly well in cast iron but when it comes to side dishes and cooking vegetables this traditional cookware is a great choice as well.
Cast Iron Benefits
Cast iron pans and skillets are renowned for their durability, seamless transitions between cooking methods from stove to oven, and the iron’s even heat distribution. Versatility is another reason why I love using iron skillets in my kitchen. Cast iron pans are a popular choice for cooking a one-skillet meal but the traditional cookware also shines when it comes to side dishes.
10 Must-Try Cast Iron Sides
Explore these 10 must-try cast iron side dish recipes that will quickly become the star of the meal.
Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Burrata
A delicious blend of creamy burrata, sweet, slow-roasted tomatoes, and fresh herbs including loads of fresh basil. Each mouthful is packed with summer flavors, best enjoyed with some fresh garlic bread!
Cast Iron Brussel Sprouts
Cast iron Brussel sprouts with a creamy sauce and tender vegetables are the best side dish made at home, on the barbecue or campfire. This is a great way to cook frozen Brussel sprouts in a single layer to ensure they turn out amazing.
I love to sauté silverbeet on medium heat in a cast iron pan to take advantage of the even heat distribution. Silverbeet, aka Swiss chard, is cost effective alternative to kale and spinach, silverbeet packs a punch with extra nutrients and flavor. Olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, and chili add extra spice to silverbeet’s earthy flavor and tender texture. You can top it with grated parmesan cheese to add savory umami flavors.
Garlic & Butter Sautéed Mushrooms
These garlic butter mushrooms are definitely not another boring side dish. In fact, they quickly become the star of the show, they’re just so flavorful.
Hot German Potato Salad
Hot German potato salad cooked in a large cast iron skillet makes an easy one-pan meal but is also a great addition to an easy weeknight dinner. Tangy, savory, and slightly sweet, this delicious meal is loaded with crunchy bacon and sautéed onion and tossed in an addicting apple cider vinegar, mustard & bacon fat dressing.
Skillet Green Bean Casserole
This easy green bean casserole is made in a skillet with homemade mushroom sauce, fresh green beans, and crispy fried onions. You can make it over your campfire, or on your camp stove, grill, or stovetop.
Slightly sweet, so buttery, with the most incredible golden brown crumb. An easy recipe the whole family will enjoy – not only for a special occasion such as Thanksgiving.
Honey Butter Skillet Corn
This easy corn skillet dish with honey butter might just be your next family favorite. It's one of those perfect sides that can be made using fresh ears of sweet corn, frozen or canned corn. Great choice on a busy weeknight!
Easy Skillet Potatoes
Crispy cast iron skillet potatoes are one of those quick and easy sides to make on the stove top. All you need are roasting potatoes such as Yukon gold or red potatoes, spices, and a hot skillet to make perfect cast iron potatoes.
Quick Cheese Dip
Comfort food at its best! This quick cheese dip with cheddar makes the perfect last-minute snack or a great addition to your go-to party appetizers.
Cast Iron Care Tips
When preparing your favorite cast-iron skillet recipes, prioritize cooking at a high temperature and provide your trusty cast-iron skillet with the care it deserves using these tips:
- Season regularly: Keep a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet by applying a thin layer of oil after each use as part of your cooking process to prevent rust and maintain its non-stick surface.
- Hand wash only: Avoid using soap; instead, clean with warm water and a brush or sponge for optimal results, preserving the skillet’s seasoned layer.
- Dry thoroughly: After washing, ensure the skillet is completely dry to prevent rusting. Place it on low heat on the stove to evaporate any remaining moisture for best results.
- Use the right utensils: Opt for wooden to avoid scratching the seasoned surface.
For more delicious side dishes, check out the following recipes: