Top Quick and Easy Skillet Meals

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Skillet meals are quick, easy and delicious! Most of these recipes can be thrown together in 30 minutes or less making them perfect for those on-the-go nights!

With so much variety, I know that you will find a skillet meal that you and your family will go crazy over! A few that you should try first are this amazing Skillet Lasagna, Mexican Shrimp Skillet and this Unstuffed Pepper Skillet. These meals are all easy and amazing!

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The BEST Skillet Meals

I absolutely love a good meal that I can cook in under 30 minutes. A skillet meal is an awesome way to do that because it all cooks in one pan! That makes it not only easy for cooking but an easy clean-up as well! It’s a win-win. These meals are so amazing and delicious. Filled with so many different bold flavors, there are so many options! You can try them all and have a new meal every night if you wanted!

I have rounded up my very favorite recipes to be cooked with a skillet. And, if you want to cook the entire meal this way, try out some skillet desserts! This Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie or this Simple Skillet S’mores Cookie is SOO good. They are absolutely delicious and you MUST try them! Go ahead and take a look at all of these skillet meals in this post and pick a few of your favorites. There are so many that I’m sure that you will find at least one or two that you absolutely love!

Skillet Tips

Skillet meals are a great way to get so much flavor because all of the ingredients are cooked together in a pan! Here are a few tips that are good to know, especially if you haven’t cooked a lot in a skillet before! Good luck and enjoy!

  • How to clean a skillet: You never want to put your skillet pan in the dishwasher! This will eat away at the coating. You can use mild soap and hand wash it.
  • Preheat your pan: When you are cooking with a skillet, you want to take the time to heat it up on the stove before adding ingredients. This will help so that your food doesn’t stick to it. start it out on low heat and then gradually move it up to medium and then high. Heat it up for about 5 minutes before you want to use it to cook your skillet meals!
  • Dry your pan: Skillets can rust very easily (which is bad!) so make sure that after you cook with it or clean it that you dry it off all the way!

Skillet Honey Lime Chicken

Delicious spiced rubbed chicken cooked to tender and juicy perfection. It gets glazed with the most amazing honey lime sauce and is sure to be a huge hit!
Ingredients: boneless skinless chicken thighs, olive oil, ground cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, honey, Juice of one lime, zest of one lime, soy sauce, garlic clove

The BEST Skillet Lasagna

Skillet lasagna is the absolute best comfort food! It is so full of flavor that creates that authentic Italian taste. It is quick and easy and a family favorite that you MUST try!
Ingredients: lean ground beef, ground sausage, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, lasagna noodles*, homemade marinara sauce, ricotta cheese, parmesan, mozzarella cheese, fresh chopped basil for garnish

Mexican Shrimp Skillet

Mexican Shrimp Skillet is full of thick, plump shrimp with black beans, golden yellow corn, ripe cherry tomatoes, chopped bell peppers, black olives mixed together in my famous taco seasoning all in sautéd in one pan. All under 20 minutes!
Ingredients: olive oil, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, large shrimp, recipe for Taco Seasoning, corn, black beans, cherry tomatoes, chopped olives, cilantro

Tuscan Garlic Skillet Chicken

A quick, easy and impressive 30 minute meal that is packed with delicious flavor! Tender and juicy chicken, sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms, fire roasted tomatoes, onions, and garlic come together to being you a meal that is sure to wow the family!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, thinly sliced chicken breasts, salt and pepper, chopped onion, garlic cloves minced, sliced mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, 15 ounce fire roasted tomatoes, grated parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, fresh chopped basil for garnish

Thai Peanut Skillet Chicken

A 30 minute one skillet meal that is full of amazing flavor and veggies! The Thai peanut sauce glazes the chicken perfectly and this will be a hit for dinner!
Ingredients: chicken, Oil, Large Carrot, Red Bell Pepper, Orange Bell Pepper, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, white vinegar, brown sugar, garlic cloves, Juice of one lime, steamed snow peas, Red pepper flakes, green onions

Skillet French Onion Chicken

Skillet French Onion Chicken is a tender and creamy chicken dinner recipe that is easy to make at home, and is better than you anything you can find at a restaurant.  Your family will be so impressed with this incredibly delicious meal, and it will become a favorite right away!
Ingredients: Oil, large onions, chicken breasts, salt and pepper, butter, flour, beef broth, dried oregano, dried thyme, swiss, provolone cheese

Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad with Honey Sesame Dressing

Asian Pan Seared Salmon Salad is bright and vibrant and complete with an amazing honey sesame dressing that takes this salad to a whole new level of delicious!
Ingredients: 4 ounce salmon fillets (I used sock eye salmon), olive oil, salt and pepper, fresh romaine, red cabbage, shredded carrots, mandarine oranges, edamame, sliced almonds, Tablespoons[url:1]Pearl River Bridge Light Soy Sauce[/url], Gold Plum Chinkiang Vinegar, honey, garlic, fresh ginger, olive oil, Sesame oil, sesame seeds

20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

Ingredients: large shrimp, Chili Powder, paprika, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper, olive oil, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, medium sized onion, optional toppings: avocado

Creamy Sausage Tortellini Skillet

This sausage tortellini skillet is perfect for a creamy and savory dinner that is simple and tastes amazing with all the flavors blended together. It is a family favorite! 
Ingredients: ground sausage, heavy cream, Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper, grated parmesan cheese, chicken broth, cornstarch, cheese tortellini, spinach

Skillet Pork Chops with Maple Dijon Vegetables

Skillet Pork Chops with Maple Dijon Vegetables is marinated Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Flavored Pork cut into pieces and sautéed with tender vegetables covered with a golden maple glaze. All under 30 minutes!
Ingredients: package Smithfield Steakhouse Mushroom Flavored Pork, olive oil, Salt and pepper, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, baby red potatoes, dijon mustard, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar

Skillet Potatoes with Peppers

Amazing skillet potatoes sauteed with peppers and onions then steamed until tender. Serve up easy flavorful spuds every time.
Ingredients: baby yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, kosher salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, diced red onion, diced bell pepper, garlic cloves, chopped serrano pepper

Skillet Pork Cacciatore

Skillet Pork Cacciatore is made with tender, slow roaster pork, mixed with garden vegetables and mushrooms, Italian herbs all simmered together for an easy 30 minute meal that will be loved at the dinner table.  An Italian favorite made with simple ingredients! 
Ingredients: package Smithfield Slow Roasted Rotisserie Flavored Pork, olive oil, garlic cloves, mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper, chicken broth, can diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, fresh chopped basil for garnish

California Avocado Skillet Chicken

California Avocado Skillet Chicken is marinated in honey balsamic and cooked in the skillet to tender and juicy perfection. Topped with ooey gooey cheese, tomato and avocado this will become a family favorite!
Ingredients: balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, boneless skinless chicken breasts, mozzarella cheese, avocados, Roma tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar for drizzling

Skillet Pizza

This Skillet Pizza is made supreme style, topped with a colorful mix of pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives.
Ingredients: olive oil, fresh pizza dough, pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, small pepperoni slices, thinly sliced bell pepper, thinly sliced red onions, sliced white mushrooms, sliced olives, Italian seasonings, Black pepper

Skillet Salisbury Steak

Skillet Salisbury Steak is a classic meal with a mouthwatering tender beef patty drowning in a rich homemade brown gravy. Serve it over some mashed potatoes and peas and you have yourself a winner!
Ingredients: ground beef, bread crumbs, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, egg, salt and pepper, butter, olive oil, mushrooms, large onion sliced, beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, water

Egg Roll Noodle Skillet with Ground Pork

Egg Roll Noodle Skillet with Ground Pork is filled with tender bites of ground pork, soft cabbage, crunchy carrots and celery mixed together with ramen noodles to make this meal light and filling! The vegetables and noodles are coated with a sweet and spicy sauce that is full of flavor. This is all blended together in one simple skillet meal!
Ingredients: sesame oil, Ground Pork, garlic, small head cabbage, shredded carrots, stalks celery, mushrooms, ramen noodles or rice noodles, hoisen sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, red chili paste, chopped green onions for garnish

Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice Skillet

Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice Skillet is made in just one skillet and perfect for busy nights! The rice has wonderful flavor and is filled with black beans, corn, and fire roasted tomatoes. Topped with taco seasoned chicken and smothered in melted cheese this meal will be loved by the entire family!
Ingredients: olive oil, chicken thighs, McCormick® Organics Taco Seasoning Mix, long grain rice, chicken broth, black beans, diced tomatoes with juice (I used fire roasted), corn, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced olives, avocado

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry is the easiest meal to make and only requires one skillet! This meal is packed with amazing flavor and crunchy cashews and will become an instant favorite!
Ingredients: soy sauce, garlic cloves, brown sugar, sesame oil, chicken, chicken broth, cornstarch, fresh broccoli florets, cashews, sliced green onions for garnish

Skillet Monterey Chicken

Skillet Monterey Chicken is a 30 minute meal that the entire family will fall in love with! Smothered in BBQ sauce, monterey jack cheese and bacon this meal is full of flavor!
Ingredients: chicken breasts, Olive oil, Salt Pepper, Honey, Soy Sauce, Worchestershire Sauce, minced garlic, salt, barbecue sauce, shredded monterey Jack Cheese, apple-smoked bacon, green onions, roma tomato

Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet

Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet is a quick and healthy one pan meal loaded with fresh citrus flavors.
Ingredients: shrimp peeled and deveined, kosher salt, black pepper, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, minced garlic, chopped shallots, asparagus spears, baby tomatoes, Lemon wedges

Queso Chicken Skillet

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Chicken Broth, Yellow Rice, Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast, Diced Tomatoes, Diced Green Chilis, Queso Fresco, Fresh Cilantro, White American Cheese, Heavy Cream
One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie is a comforting family favorite classic made easy by using only one skillet and topping with a delicious flaky puff pastry.
Ingredients: butter, onion, stalk celery, carrots, garlic, salt, flour, dried thyme, poultry seasoning, black pepper, chicken broth, milk, cooked chicken or turkey, frozen peas, sheet frozen puff pastry dough, egg + 1 tablespoon water

Easy Greek Lemon Chicken

Easy Greek Lemon Chicken is made with just a handful of ingredients in a cast iron skillet along with roasted lemon wedges that make an easy pan sauce.
Ingredients: chicken thighs, olive oil, garlic cloves, Kosher salt, black pepper, dried oregano, crushed red pepper, dried thyme, lemons

Skillet Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

Ingredients: medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, corn starch, broccoli florets, honey, ketchup, sugar, brown sugar, white vinegar, soy sauce, garlic powder, cold water + 2 tablespoons corn starch, sesame seeds

New York Steak

Skillet seared New York Steak is one of the best steaks you'll ever have!  It's tender, juicy and full of flavor!
Ingredients: New York Steak Strips, Salt and Pepper, olive oil, butter, garlic cloves, Fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs

Skillet Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie

Skillet Sweet Potato Shepherds Pie is such a classic comfort food that is perfect for busy nights. This hearty meal is easy to make and will please the entire family!
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, Butter, Salt and Pepper, ground beef, small onion, frozen mixed vegetables, 12 ounce McCormick Simply Better Beef Gravy, Worcestershire sauce, Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice Skillet

Cheesy Fiesta Chicken and Rice Skillet is made in just one skillet and perfect for busy nights! The rice has wonderful flavor and is filled with black beans, corn, and fire roasted tomatoes. Topped with taco seasoned chicken and smothered in melted cheese this meal will be loved by the entire family!
Ingredients: olive oil, chicken thighs, McCormick® Organics Taco Seasoning Mix, long grain rice, chicken broth, black beans, diced tomatoes with juice (I used fire roasted), corn, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced olives, avocado

Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Skillet

Italian Sausage and Vegetable Orzo Skillet is an easy to make dinner filled with sausage, peppers, spinach, and orzo all in a rich tomato sauce. Made in one skillet with Italian spices, this will become a family favorite!
Ingredients: olive oil, pork or chicken sausage, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, Italian Seasoning, (24 ounce) jar Riserva Classico Roasted Garlic Sauce, cooked orzo, spinach, freshly grated parmesan for topping

Thai Basil Beef

Thai basil beef is simple and delicious! It's made with a homemade Thai sauce that has a bold and brilliant flavor and can be thrown together in less than 30 minutes. It is SOO GOOD!
Ingredients: vegetable oil, shallots, garlic, fresh ginger, red bell pepper, lean ground beef, brown sugar, fish sauce, low sodium soy sauce, oyster sauce, Asian garlic chili paste, low sodium beef broth, water, cornstarch, basil leaves*, Cooked Jasmine rice

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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