Easy Cast Iron Meals Recipes for Cast Iron

Cast iron pans are a beauty to behold and can prove very durable if taken care of…think generations to come as they are typically heirloom treasures that most people will fight over. Many people know the value of a well seasoned cast iron pot or pan that has been handed down from generation to generation and others well don’t. If you are fortunate to have an heirloom cast iron cooking pot then you know the importance of taking food care of it. And one of the best ways to take good care of any cast iron vessel, be it heirloom or today’s modern standards of cast iron, is to use it as much as possible. There are so many easy cast iron meals you should create to help maintain that beautiful black patina that every cast iron fanatic covets..

What Meals can I Cook in Cast Iron

Before you start cooking up a storm, you should know what not to cook in your cast iron skillet or pot such as highly acidic foods. If you have a well seasoned cast iron pot you can bend the rules a little as long as you do NOT leave such meals (like highly acidic foods) sitting in your cast iron pot for long periods of time.

Deep Frying in Cast Iron

Fried Turkey is an excellent meal to make in a deep cast iron skillet and will help hasten the seasoning development on cast iron. Any fried dish will help your cast iron develop that wonderful, shiny, black, seasoning we all love. Making homemade French fries is a simple, but great way to develop seasoning on cast iron skillets, pots, and or pans. Deep fried chicken, fish, pork; creating breakfast foods such as frying bacon, sausages, and any fatty meats will do.

Shallow Frying in Cast Iron

Shallow frying in cast iron is helpful in creating seasoning in cast iron, but as the name implies, “shallow” meal very little oil is used so your seasoning is limited to the immediate area the oil touches.

Stir-Frying in Cast Iron

Stir-frying in cast iron is a nice way to develop seasoning on any cast iron cookware; but much like shallow frying, the seasoning is limited to the immediate area that is being coated with oil on a regular basis, which in turn can result in uneven coating or seasoning. However, you can remedy this issue by making sure that you coat all areas inside of your cast iron that will not be in constant contact with oil prior to starting your shallow frying so there is some amount of seasoning being “baked” onto the sidewall of your cookware.

What Not to Cook in Cast Iron

You are by now already aware what you can cook in cast iron, but are you aware of what not to cook in cast iron? There are many foods you should not cook in cast iron. Highly acidic foods being at the top of the list, since such foods will strip the seasoning off of your cast iron with each use, especially if left in contact with your cast iron for a long time. Foods that are tomato based or have a lot of vinegar or are citrus based are not the kind of foods you should be preparing in your cast iron. Foods that are easy to burn or are extremely delicate or fragile (i.e. start to fall apart and burn) will create etchings in your seasoning which will in turn cause hotspots in your pan noticeable the next time you use it.

Eggs are best cooked in cast iron with ample amount of fat to help keep them from sticking, otherwise it will be quite difficult to remove the bits of eggs that are stuck on and in the process of removing these bits you will be removing your seasoning and creating the need to reason your pan.

Cooking Desserts in Cast Iron

Cooking desserts in cast iron can be done; however, try to stick to the non-sticky kind of dessert, such as cakes, cookies, pies. Anything sticky like caramel or something with a thick sugar or syrup base, may prove detrimental to the condition of your cast iron vessel as they will lift off the very seasoning you are trying to build up.

Recipes for Cast Iron

Here are some recipes that will get you started with your cast iron. We know you will enjoy these recipes and more.


For the best experience when it comes to fried foods, cast iron is your best bet. There are plenty of recipes on the world wide web, that are sure to please when it comes to cooking them in cast iron. We have included sone of the many recipes we enjoy cooking in our cast iron cookware and hope you will enjoy them too. There are many reasons to use cast iron and we have given you a few of those reasons that should nudge you to giving cast iron a try or using the cast iron you already have to get the best of your cooking done.

Navajo Fry Bread | Native American Fry Bread

Today, we are going to share with you a new favorite of ours when it comes to flat breads and that is Navajo Fry Bread, otherwise known as Native American Fry Bread. We hope you enjoy making this recipe and even more so eating this recipe as much as we did.


3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 – 1 1/2 cups warm water

1 1/4 tsp salt

2 1/8 tsp baking powder

Optional: 1/2 tsp dry milk (milk powder)

Optional: a pinch of ground sage

Optional: a pinch of ground thyme

Optional: a pinch of ground rosemary

3 cups shortening (frying grease)

Tools Needed:

1 medium cast iron skillet or shallow dutch oven

A pair of metal tongs (or a wooden chopstick)

A large carving fork or a regular fork


Step 1

Combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) including ground spices if you are using them.

Step 2:

Add in about 1 cup to 1 1/2 cup of warm water and gently knead your dough – you want a slightly tacky dough, not sticky. Be careful not to overwork or knead your dough too much or the end result will be a tougher bread….

Step 3:

Let your dough rest and get to rising for 30 minutes.

Step 4:

Next, divide dough and roll into round balls about 2 inches wide or about the size of regular sized lemon.

Step 5:

Place prepared dough balls onto a floured surface – flour parchment or wax paper, baking or cookie sheet, or a floured cooking board will do just fine. And in the mean time heat up your shortening on low.

Step 6:

Increase the heat of your vegetable shortening or oil to medium low to medium high, once you are almost done with rolling the dough into round balls.

Step 7:

Flatten balls or dough one at a time and stretch out the dough balls in circular motion. Then flip stretch dough from your left hand to your right hand to help stretch dough even thinner. It should stretch at least to a six inch diameter. Alternatively, you can roll out the dough with a french rolling pin or any rolling pin.

Step 8:

Place flat bread into heated oil to fry. It will bubble quite a bit in the center so use your fork to poke holes in the center and throughout the frying dough or to save some time, do this before hand (this works if you prefer to roll out your dough, then it would be easy to prick your dough with a fork). 

Pop any enlarging bubbles in the frying dough and fry until golden.

Step 9:

Turn bread after a minute or less or until golden on both sides and continue frying until other side is nice and golden.

Step 10:

Remove bread and drain as much oil from it as you possibly can and set it aside. Repeat steps 1-9 and finally top with ingredients of your liking. here are some toppings worth considering: chili flavored beans, seasoned ground beef, Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese or Colby Jack Cheese (any cheese of your liking will do); layered with shredded lettuce (Buttercrunch Lettuce, Romaine or Iceberg Lettuces are great) and some freshly diced tomatoes (optional: diced chilies), plus a dollop of sour cream or sour yogurt. When it comes to toppings, the possibilities are endless – think tacos! Pita bread….😉😋 This bread is best enjoyed the same day it is made as it can get tough and chewy the next day, so be forewarned (not that you will have any leftovers or anything😉…absolutely delicious!)

We hope you enjoy making this Navajo Fry Bread Recipe and if you decided to give our recipe a try, please let us know in the comments section below and share, share, share!!! We love you for taking the time to check out our site and be sure to check out our other recipes.

For Your Enjoyment Always!! Buen Provecho!!

Sesame Brittle Candy Snack Recipe

Today we are sharing with you all our version of this Sesame Brittle Candy Snack recipe adopted from the site referenced below.

We really enjoy this snack and wanted to adopt to it to fit our desired taste. So, feel free to take a look at our variation of this recipe & give it a try, but be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section, we would love to know whether you like it as much as we do.


1 cup sugar
1/8 cup honey
1 cup Sesame seeds (slightly toasted or untoasted or half of each)
2-3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp of water
2 tsp butter
Pinch of salt
Pinch of nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (high quality)
Pinch of cardamom (optional)
1/4 tsp baking soda


  1. Combine cup of sugar with honey, brown sugar, a tablespoon of water, a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cardamom, along with a pinch of salt.
  2. Mix well until well combined and mixture begins to look syrup like. Then add in vanilla extract and butter. Mix well.
  3. Add in toasted Sesame seeds (see below for instructions) or raw Sesame seeds if you prefer (you can also go half and half – toasted and untoasted for a blend of flavors). Mix well until all seeds are coated and well incorporated into the caramelized sugar mixture. Mixture will turn a slightly darker amber color once done.
  4. Remove mixture from heat source and spread out mixture into a ¼ inch thick layer onto a parchment lined cast iron skillet or griddle.
  5. Let cool for 20 minutes. Then with a wooden spatula or a butter knife, make rows in the slightly warm mix. Let cool all the way and break into pieces along the row indentations.

Directions for toasting Sesame Seeds:
Toast the sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet by putting in a 350⁰F preheated oven for 5 minutes.

After, 5 minutes, stir sesame seeds to prevent burning of the seeds at the bottom and let seeds toast another 5 minutes then add to your mixture.

Our recipe was adopted from this recipe.

A Hearty Breakfast Egg Omelette Recipe

Looking for a hearty breakfast egg omelette recipe, then look no further, because we have come up with one of the best egg omelette recipe for you to try using your favorite cast iron pan.

It is great for indoor cooking because you can easily pop it in the oven. Or, if you would like a more flavorful omelette with some smoky flavor added to it, you can simply cook it outdoors over some charcoal lit fire or wood fire.

Alternatively, you can add a splash or two of liquid smoke to give the effect of cooking outdoors, but nothing more than 1/8 of a teaspoon to keep it from over powering the flavors of the other ingredients.


10 duck eggs or large chicken eggs

1/2 Green Bell Pepper

1/2 Red Bell Pepper

1/4 cup finely diced Spring Onions

1/4 tsp dried basil

1/4 tsp seasoning salt

A pinch of pink salt

2 large garlic cloves (3 small cloves will work as well)

5 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled into pieces)

1/2 cup ham (diced)

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

1/4 cup grilled chicken (chopped)

2 Tbsps water (optional)

5 to 8 Fresh Basil leaves (optional)

A pinch of White Pepper


1. Preheat oven to 305 degrees Fahrenheit with your cast iron pan in it. Leave pan in the oven to preheat for 10 minutes. Slice your bell peppers and onions. Meanwhile, combine all your ingredients.

2. Add seasonings and any other spices or seasonings you may desire.

3. Pour mixture into your favorite deep cast iron pan.

4. Bake at 305 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. If cooking over an open fire, then make sure to pay close attention to your omelette. Typically 8 to 10 minutes on open flames will do.

5. Serve with your favorite pancake or French toast or any meal of your choosing. You can also enjoy this meal as is as it contains meats that can help provide a more filling meal.

Egg Omelette

If you find yourself having an abundance of eggs that are sure to go to waste. Then here is a variation of our family’s Egg Omelette recipe we would like to share with all our readers to give a try. It is packed full of flavor and is sure to please. Eggs are a favorite in our family and if you like eggs like we do or are looking for a different spin to your breakfast meals, then give this crowd pleasing recipe a try. Feel free to adjust or eliminate any ingredients you don’t have or would like to include and make this recipe your very own, according to your taste.

So, here are the ingredients you will need.


7 Duck Eggs
5 Chicken eggs
1/2 Cup of cooked ground Turkey or diced grilled chicken
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup onion or shallots
2 Tbsps Water
1/2 a Zucchini diced
1/4 cup Malabar Spinach
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp Tony Chachere’s
1/2 green Bell Pepper (diced)
1/2 Orange Bell Pepper (sliced)
1 small Chipotle Pepper (optional)
1/2 tsp Dill (dried)
1/2 tsp Basil (dried)
1 cup Shredded Cheese (fresh is best)
White Pepper (a pinch)
pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)


1. Mix all eggs in mixer or with an egg beater.
2. Add all spices, milk, and water to your eggs.
3. Combine all other ingredients, onions, shallots, and meats into your mix and place in a large oval Dutch oven or large glass baking dish. You can choose to mix in some of your cheese or simply sprinkle on top of your mixture and the pop it in the oven.
4. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or until knife inserted into omelet comes clean.
5. Sprinkle with some fresh dill (optional) and enjoy while hot.

Moringa Tea

Now this is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea (pun intended), but this powerful plant is a good addition to any healthy breakfast. So, make it count when it comes to making your breakfast cup of tea by having some Moringa Tea.


Brief History on Moringa

Moringa is a plant known as “never die”or the “drumstick tree” in certain parts of the world. It’s scientific name is Moringa Oleifera and is common to tropical, as well as, subtropical areas in South Asia. However, it can be found in various tropical regions in Africa.

Moringa is a tree that is highly beneficial and rich in nutrients that are vital to the body. Calcium, Phosphorus,  Iron, and Zinc are just a few minerals that give Moringa its high nutritional value.

It helps cleanse and heal the body of various conditions  and diseases. It leaves you feeling energetic and your skin can also benefit from including this plant in your diet.

Moringa has also been said to prevent and kill certain cancers.

Various parts of the Moringa Tree are use extremely useful in treating and prevent a variety of healthy conditions, so not only are the leaves very useful, but the seeds and roots are also extremely useful.

Overall, this plant is highly valuable to your health and is worth adding to one’s regular line up of teas. If not for the taste, but for the health benefits.

So, give this recipe  a try.


1 – 2 cups filtered water

1 Tbsp Moringa powder (1/2 cup fresh Moringa Leaves)

3 Tbsps Honey

1 tsp lemon balm tea leaves (dried)

A small handful of peppermint leaves (about 8 to 10 leaves)


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add peppermint leaves and lemon balm tea leaves and let steep on low heat for the for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn OFF heat source and add Moringa Powder. Note: If using fresh Moringa leaves, wash and boil with the peppermint and lemon balm leaves and let all steep together for 10 to 15 minutes.  
  4. Let Moringa powder steep with the other herbs for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain out the tea leaves using a fine cloth or fine mesh strainer. You can also transfer this tea to a coffee french press and strain out the leaves and settled Moringa powder. We find that the cheesecloth method works very well, but for simplicity sake and for the sake of saving time, using a french press may be the best way to go, but you should expect some silt like residue from the Moringa powder, but nothing too overbearing.
  6. Once cooled to desired drinking temperature, add in up to 3 Tbsp honey (adjust sweetness to your liking).
  7. Enjoy warm with your favorite breakfast or meal.

If you enjoy this recipe and any of our other recipes, then please take the time to share with your family and friends, as well as, on social media sites.

Let us know what you think about this recipe and if you have tried Moringa powder and or currently use this incredible plant as a part of your meal prep the n let us know, we would like to hear from you.

Takoyaki | Japan

Takoyaki is a Japanese based Street food that when prepared well can bring extreme flavors together that are sure to delight your tastebuds. This Japanese originated snack is more or less an octopus meat filled dumpling soft and crispy and rolled in one.

The soft meat in the center makes for a delicious and flavorful meat filled treat. But you don’t have to make this an octopus centered treat (pun intended). You can certainly use other substitutes in place of octopus meat, especially if you are not a fan of octopus.

So, in this recipe we will be sharing with you all how to make  an alternative to this octopus based snack.

Tools You Will Need

Takoyaki Pan (or an Æbleskiver Pan), we love this cast iron Æbleskiver Pan pictured below

A teaspoon

wooden skewer or knitting needle (if you have neither you can use a fork)

First, your batter ingredients:

1 1/3 cup all purpose flour

2 cups or 1 pint of water

2  medium eggs

1/8 tsp Dashi stock powder (fish stock cube or powder maybe substituted, but will lend a different flavor)

A pinch of onion powder

A pinch of ginger powder

1/2 tsp finely chopped spring onion mixed into batter

2 to 3 Tbsps Oil for frying or cooking Takoyaki

Second, your filling ingredients:

3/4 cup Calamari (squid meat) or shrimp – cooked & chopped (Chicken and for the vegans out there, shiitake mushrooms can be used as well)

1/2 Tbsp pickled ginger (minced)

1/2 shallot

3 Tbsps Tempura Flakes

2 Tbsps Panko

1 spring onion chopped

Prepping the filling:

1. Cook your choice of meat until tender or to desired softness.

2. We like to mix the meat and other ingredients together, so in a small bowl combine filling ingredients and add in your chopped cooked meat (shrimp and or calamari)- cooked accordingly until nice and tender – chop meat in medium to small chunks.

If you want to keep the meat dead on the center, then we suggest mixing your other filling ingredients separate from the meat and spoon them into the center of cooking batter then add a chunk of chopped meat into the center.

Third, the directions:

1. Preheat you Takoyaki pan on medium heat and add a few drop of oil in each well, then scoop about 2 tablespoons of batter into the preheated wells of your Takoyaki pan.

2. Using a teaspoon, spoon your filling mixture into the center of your batter already cooking in the well of your pan. Add your meat chunk into center of mix if you choose to scoop it in separate from the filling mixture.

3. Scoop about 1/2 a tablespoon to a tablespoon worth of batter on top and let mixture cook in wells until the batter around the edges of the wells start to darken and pull away slightly…now it’s time to turn.

Depending on how hot your pan is this will take about 1 min per side in order to cook to doneness or simply cook until medium brown.

You can choose to turn 4 times (left, then right, then top, and the bottom) if you want a perfectly rounded ball or you can simply flip over and cook top side of takoyaki and you will end up with a more flattened looking or compacted ball.

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It is best to use a wooden skewer to pick at the inner edge of the cooking Takoyaki, “hooking” it onto the skewer or a knitting needle and then pulling in desired direction quickly in order to turn. The batter will ooze out into the well creating a somewhat hollowed ball.

4. Keep rotating each Takoyaki ball to keep them from burning and to ensure each side is golden brown. Your total cooking time Will be about 4 minutes, especially, if cooking rounder Takoyaki.

5. Place freshly cooked Takoyaki on cooling rack and let them cool off slightly and serve them will warm! Dip the in your favorite sauce with a sprinkle of bonito flakes and or some seaweed powder.

You can serve these snack treats with your choice of or a mixture of any of these:

  • Takoyaki Sauce
  • Katsuobushi Bonito Flakes (dried, shaved pieces of Bonito Fish)
  • Seaweed powder (Aosa Nori or Seaweed is great for milder seaweed flavor)

Lastly, time to enjoy the fruits of your labor….

For your enjoyment always! TAKOYAKI! ??

Shuku Shuku | West Africa

Shuku Shuku is basically coconut balls or coconut macaroon like dessert. Popular in West Africa, in particular Nigeria, this coconut dessert will satisfy any coconut lover’s desire. It is chewy, sweet, and can serve as a quick sugar fix for any coconut lover with a sweet tooth.

This bite size treat is highly addictive and super easy to make so we hope you will choose to give it a try and make a part of your regular line up of home made snacks or treats.


1 1/4 cup sweet coconut flakes or chaff
4 1/2 Tbsp extra fine sugar or Caster Sugar
1/4 cup Coconut flour
3 egg yolks

1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F or 175⁰C for approximately ten minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, mix coconut flakes, sugar, and egg yolks.
3. With a small scoop, scoop out half dollar sized ball of your coconut mix and set aside in a baking pan.
4. Roll each bal into coconut flour and place onto a baking sheet 2 to 3 inches apart.
5. Bake in preheated oven for about 18 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Enjoy with your favorite cup of Java or Tea and savor every delicious bite.  This treat is absolutely tasty and super delish so don’t shy away from giving it a try and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

For Your Enjoyment Always and…. Happy Snacking! 

Note: coconut chaff or flakes is simply grated fresh coconut meat of a matured coconut.

Heart Shaped Pancakes | Heart Shaped Cast Iron Skillet

This heart shaped cast iron skillet is sure to please in more ways than one. Not only is it great for pancakes, but it is useful for miniature cakes, eggs, cornbread, omelets and other baked goods. So, we hope you give this heart shaped cast iron skillet for your heart shaped pancakes and we have just the recipe for that – see below for a quick but delicious recipe. Es maravillosa! ?




Cast Iron ToolsYou Will Need:

1 or 2 medium heart shaped cast iron skillet

1 small silicone spatula

1 medium mixing bowl





2 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 1/4 cup Milk

2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter

2 Tbsp Sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

1/4 tsp Lemon Extract



  1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together your dry ingredients.
  2. Melt your coconut oil or butter.
  3. Add in your wet ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Heat your heat shaped cast iron skillet on medium heat.
  5. Once skillet is ready, usually in 2 to 3 minutes, pour in pancake batter until half full.
  6. Let pancake cook for a little under a minute or until bubbles start to form on surface.
  7. Once bubbles start to form through out the surface of your pancake, get your silicone spatula or any spatula that is small enough to fit along the side wall of your skillet and gently flip the pancake over and let cook until golden brown.
  8. Keep your pancakes warmed in a 200°F oven until ready to serve.
  9. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup with a side of fruits for a really delicious breakfast treat – fresh sliced mangoes, blueberries, strawberries, make excellent side options for this meal.

Heart shaped pancakes really add an extra touch of love when it comes to breakfast and will make a great addition to meal planning for special occasions such as upcoming Valentine’s Day.

So, do give this recipe a try and let us know what you think. We would love to hear from you, so leave a comment in the comments section below and be sure to share our page with others you think would love to give it a try.


Best Apricot Jam

Homemade jellies, jams, and preserves are absolutely delicious. There is no substitute when it comes to anything well made in the comfort of your own home. And what’s even better is when you use home grown fruits to make your jellies, jam, or preserves. So, we are going to be sharing with you all our favorite recipe for homemade Apricot Jam with a hint of Apple for one of the best Apricot Jam you have ever tasted.




A Recipe from Our Family to Yours


Here is a simple, but delicious family recipe made in a copper pot, so there is no need for adding pectin, the copper does a wonderful job of thickening jams, jellies, and preserves very nicely on its own.

If you find yourself at a loss for what to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon, then, adding jam making to the list of hobbies or activities you engage in is a sure fire way to make good use of your time and you get the added bonus of enjoying the fruits of your labor (pun intended) throughout your work week.


Oh the Ways to Enjoy Homemade Jam!


We make use of the jams and jellies we make by enjoying them on English Muffins for breakfast, as well as, the occasional substitute on our dinner rolls and or biscuits for a lovely sweet treat in place of dessert.



There is no greater reward than having the ability to grow and or make your own food.

Give this wonderful recipe a try and let us know how it works for you. We would love to hear from you, so feel free to leave us a comment in the comment section below.It is a simple recipe with easy to find ingredients (most of which you may already have in your fridge or pantry), but quite tasty and we know you will love it too.



3 Cups Apricot (finely chopped)
1 Cup Apple (blended – pureed)
3 3/4 cups Raw Cane Sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Optional)



1. Place all ingredients into your copper pot.
2. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
3. Once you have a rolling boil, stir the contents constantly to avoid boiling over.
4. After about 10 to 12 minutes turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
5. Mixture will thicken slightly.
6. Once completely cool spoon ingredients into sterilized jars and place sterilized lids on.
7. Once all jars are filled and lids tightened, flip the jars upside down and let them stay that way for five to ten minutes (preferably ten minutes). This should help form a good seal and limit the possibility of spoilage, thereby extending the shelf life of your delicious homemade jam.
8. Enjoy on toast or food of your choice. Product should last for 2 to 3 month and even longer depending on steps taken to preserve your jam.


Tip: You can easily convert this recipe to Apricot jelly by straining out fruit pulp or simply using the juices of thefruits required for this recipe as a substitute for the whole fruits.