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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 you will find a skillet meal 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!

A collage of 6 skillet meals with the text "30 quick and easy skillet recipes" on top of the pictures.

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 to cook but easy to 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 for cooking 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, you dry it off all the way!

Skillet Honey Lime Chicken

5 from 10 votes
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!
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The BEST Skillet Lasagna

4.70 from 10 votes
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!
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Mexican Shrimp Skillet

5 from 2 votes
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!
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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!
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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!
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Skillet French Onion Chicken

5 from 4 votes
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!
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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!
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20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas

4.73 from 18 votes
20 Minute Skillet Blackened Shrimp Fajitas are such an easy and flavorful meal packed with blackened shrimp, peppers and onion. This classic meal is perfect served up in tortillas with avocado and chopped cilantro!
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Creamy Sausage Tortellini Skillet

4.42 from 12 votes
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! 
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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!
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Skillet Potatoes with Peppers

5 from 1 vote
Amazing skillet potatoes sauteed with peppers and onions then steamed until tender. Serve up easy flavorful spuds every time.
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Skillet Pork Cacciatore

5 from 1 vote
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! 
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California Avocado Skillet Chicken

4.60 from 5 votes
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!
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Skillet Pizza

This Skillet Pizza is made supreme style, topped with a colorful mix of pepperoni, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and olives.
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Skillet Salisbury Steak

4.90 from 19 votes
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!
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Egg Roll Noodle Skillet with Ground Pork

4 from 4 votes
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!
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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!
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Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Cashew Stir Fry

4 from 3 votes
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!
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Skillet Monterey Chicken

5 from 1 vote
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!
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Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet

5 from 14 votes
Shrimp and Asparagus Skillet is a quick and healthy one pan meal loaded with fresh citrus flavors.
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Queso Chicken Skillet

4.41 from 5 votes
This Queso Chicken Skillet has the potential to become your families new favorite weeknight dinner. Creamy queso melted together with tender chicken, diced chilis and tomatoes, all mixed into tasty yellow rice create the perfect cheesy dinner.
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One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

5 from 1 vote
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.
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Easy Greek Lemon Chicken

4.76 from 45 votes
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.
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Skillet Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

5 from 1 vote
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New York Steak

4.78 from 9 votes
Skillet seared New York Steak is one of the best steaks you'll ever have!  It's tender, juicy and full of flavor!
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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!
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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!
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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!
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Thai Basil Beef

4.67 from 6 votes
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!
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Chicken Madeira

4.34 from 3 votes
Juicy chicken is covered in creamy Madeira sauce, melty cheese, mushrooms, and asparagus in this easy skillet recipe! Chicken Madeira brings all of those delicious Cheesecake Factory flavors right to your kitchen!
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Originally Posted on June 1, 2016

Updated on September 26, 2022

About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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