Picture this: you’ve purchased your first electric skillet and found the perfect spot to store it in your kitchen. Congratulations! A whole world of cooking opportunities is now available to you! But wait–what can you cook in an electric skillet?
If you’re not sure which recipes will suit your electric frying pan best, that’s where we come in! We’ve compiled an enormous list of over 60 electric skillet recipes for various occasions and preferences. You’ll be cooking up a storm before you know it!
Electric Skillet Appetizers
#1. Caramelized Onion & Cranberry Crostini
Have you ever had crostini? It is often confused with the traditional Italian garlic bread bruschetta, however, there are differences. Crostini means, “little toasts” in Italian, as the appetizer features small slices of toasted bread, brushed with olive oil and topped with savory ingredients.
This particular recipe not only uses the electric skillet to toast the bread but also to cook and soften the toppings!
Caramelized Onion & Cranberry Crostini from Go Presto
#2. Crispy Coconut Shrimp
This recipe combines crispy, golden, coconut shrimp fried in the electric pan with a tasty, curry mayo dip. It’s the perfect bite-size appetizer that is easy and quick to prepare for your guests.
#3. Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
These chicken wings will make your taste buds zing with all of the lemon flavor in the wings and butter sauce to go with! This is a great idea for a game day appetizer.
Electric Skillet Breakfast Recipes
#4. Fresh Apple Pancakes
Nothing quite beats apple pancakes. As kids, we grew up requesting apple pancakes for lazy weekend breakfasts, and they rarely fail to satisfy! To make pancakes even easier, this recipe shows you how to make apple pancakes in your skillet!
The skillet is meant to help them cook evenly for fluffier pancakes than stovetop. The surface area of the skillet may also create greater ease when flipping the pancakes.
Fresh Apple Pancakes Recipe from Saladmaster
#5. Potato Pancakes
Have you made potato pancakes? Most of us have at least tried them at some point in our lives, and they certainly are a classic, home-style brunch food.
The steps are simple with these potato pancakes: simply grate the ingredients, squeeze out any liquids, mix them together and form the patties. Finally, use your electric skillet to fry a few at once!
Potato Pancakes Recipe from Genius Kitchen
#6. Skillet French Toast
Ahh, French toast. The breakfast that many of us grew up loving and still adore to this day. Yet, it can be rather a hassle to cook each slice one at a time on the stove. Not only does it take longer than we’d like, but the first slices are cold by the time the last slices are cooked.
This recipe changes that with cooking a couple slices of French toast at once in the skillet and keeping them warm in the oven!
Skillet French Toast Recipe from King Arthur Flour
#7. Veggie Skillet Eggs
Eggs often make for the perfect weekend breakfast or brunch. Additionally, adding a nice serving of veggies is refreshing and provides multiple vitamins.
This recipe combines the best of both worlds with first sauteeing veggies until soft and adding in eggs for a tasty breakfast.
Veggie Skillet Eggs Recipe from Food Hero
#8. Breakfast Frittata
If you’ve never had a frittata before, then you are in for a treat! Frittatas are basically a crustless quiche. If you like quiche, you’ll love this!
The recipe begins by melting butter in your skillet, followed by adding in veggies until soft, and finally pouring in the egg mixture with cheese, meat and seasonings. All that’s left is for your electric frying pan to bake it!
Breakfast Frittata Recipe from Quisinart
#9. The Best Irish Potato Pancakes Ever
These potato pancakes look mouth-wateringly delicious! The pancakes are made of buttery mashed potatoes rather than grated, and includes garlic and green onions for extra flavor! Once the pancakes are formed, they are fried on both sides in the skillet until golden brown and crispy.
Irish Potato Pancakes Recipe from Sweet C Designs
#10. Grandma’s Pancakes
Grandma knows how to make pancakes! After mixing up this on-the-sweeter-side batter, fry a couple pancakes at a time for 1 to 2 minutes per side and you’ve got yourself some pretty delicious, fluffy pancakes.
#11. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Hash
What could be better than hash browns, Italian sausage, and eggs? This recipe has even more delicious ingredients, but those three already have us sold!
Electric Skillet Dinners
#12. Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles
Do you like Chinese take out? This looks like an amazing one-skillet meal if you do! With the combination of stir-fried vegetables, chicken, crunchy noodles and an Asian sauce, you might as well skip heading out and make this amazing dish at home.
The recipe is quite easy as well with first cooking the noodles, adding chicken and vegetables to the skillet, and then adding the sauce. That’s it!
#13. Chicken Enchiladas
For those of you who love your chicken enchiladas, there is definitely a skillet option for you! This recipe is so fun because it takes something that is typically an oven-only dish and turns it into something that can be transported right to the tabletop for convenience and keeping it nice and warm.
This is a one-pan recipe utilizing flour tortillas for the enchiladas, a sauce that is made in the skillet, and all the other ingredients are simply added to the skillet nearly at once to cook and flavor together.
#14. One Pan Spaghetti
Have you ever wished you could just cook all of your spaghetti in one dish for easier cleanup? Now you can with your electric skillet!
Spaghetti is an easy, go-to recipe as it is, but this chicken Alfredo recipe takes it one step further with condensing the whole process into one pan! Simply brown your meat in the skillet, then add your broth, and toss in spaghetti noodles to boil in the same dish! Add some cream and Parmesan in at the end and serve.
Thanks to the depth of electric frying pans, you only have to wash one pan tonight.
You might also enjoy reading…How to Clean an Electric Skillet
#15. One Pot Kielbasa and Onion Pasta
Kielbasa and onion are a delicious combination any day, but throw in some pasta and tell me it’s a one-dish meal and I’m sold! This recipe does exactly that with cooking everything in your electric skillet. Not only does this minimize dishes, but all of the ingredients flavor each other as they cook together.
This electric skillet pasta recipe first calls for cooking the onions and kielbasa and then adding the sauce ingredients and pasta. The pasta cooks right there in the sauce for a delicious turnout.
One Pot Kielbasa and Onion Pasta Recipe from Daily DIY Life
#16. Pepperoni Pizza
Have you ever tried making your pizza in an electric frying pan? This recipe takes about 30 minutes, starting with a pre-made pizza dough ball. Simply roll it out into the size of the skillet and then fry it for a minute, flip and let it continue baking with all of the toppings. How simple is that?!
#17. Basil & Breadcrumb-Crusted Fried Fish
The nice thing about fried fish recipes is how quickly you can get from preparation to table. This fresh basil and breadcrumb-crusted fried fish is ready in 20 minutes and looks and tastes like something out of a fine restaurant.
Electric Skillet Dessert Recipes
#18. Electric Skillet Fudge
Did you know it’s possible to make fudge in your electric skillet? Just the thought of making fudge is neat, but how cool is it that you can make it in your skillet?!
This recipe not only sounds delicious, but it seems pretty easy, which is always a win in my book! Simply mix, melt, and boil the ingredients.
Fudge Recipe from Key Ingredient
#19. Delicious Electric Skillet Fudge
This is another fudge recipe, though it’s specifically for a creamy peanut butter fudge. Per the author’s notes, this particular fudge recipe has been tested by time, perfected, and made countless times over the decades between her and her mother.
While it is a peanut butter fudge, it can also be made into chocolate and cuts the wait time associated with traditional fudge. Throw some extra peanuts in and go to town!
Delicious Fudge Recipe from A Simple Home Cook
#20. Oatmeal Cookies
Cookies in the skillet?! Absolutely! If you can bake and cook other food items, why not oatmeal cookies? This is a wonderful option if you have a craving for cookies, but it just seems too hot to heat the oven, or you’d merely rather conserve energy.
#21. Skillet Cake
You can even bake a cake in an electric skillet! This particular one is a French yogurt cake made from scratch. You can use plain regular or Greek yogurt along with some basic cake ingredients. This cake is ready from start to finish in under an hour!
#22. Electric Skillet Pie
We absolutely love the idea of baking a pie in an electric skillet! Why not, right? It’s perfect for those summer days when you need a pie for a holiday or event and yet, the last thing you want to do is heat your oven.
This recipe is pretty neat because it basically just calls for using the skillet as an oven. You’ll assemble mini key lime pies, and then simply set them in the skillet to bake!
Easy Electric Skillet Recipes
#23. Electric Skillet Cornbread
This recipe for cornbread in the skillet is unique because just like with the pie recipe, it utilizes the skillet as a miniature oven. I love this idea for saving energy when you’re only baking something small.
For this particular cornbread, simply put together your mix as usual, and pour the batter into a baking dish. This recipe recommends placing the baking dish on a rack inside the electric skillet to avoid burning the bottom.
#24. Crispy Fried Fish
This looks like a delicious recipe for frying fish in the electric skillet! It calls for some kind of mild white fish, presumably cod or tilapia. The recipe recommends using a beer batter to fry the fish for extra flavor, but it also gives the option of using water if you’d prefer.
These fish will be nice and crispy with just a few steps of flour, egg, and breadcrumbs before frying them in a couple inches of oil.
Crispy Fried Fish Recipe from Betty Crocker
#25. Fried Biscuits
It’s such a great idea to fry biscuits in the electric skillet! Just think of the extra flavor the biscuits would have when they are directly fried rather than baked. With added crispiness and flakiness, these biscuits are definitely a must-try.
As a bonus, the recipe is super simple and includes a delicious honey butter to spread onto the warm biscuits!
Healthy Electric Frying Pan Recipes
#26. Quick & Easy Stir Fry Chicken
Is there ever a wrong time for stir fry? It’s hard to believe that something so delicious can actually be healthy, isn’t it? But when you consider the limited ingredients used, with the reduced fats and sugars, it certainly is on the healthy spectrum of food!
This recipe is one of the easiest for chicken stir fry as it just calls for cooking up bite-sized chicken, throwing in frozen stir fry veggies, some seasonings, and instant rice.
Quick & Easy Stir Fry Chicken Recipe from Two Thirty Five Designs
#27. Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
If you’re someone who prefers your stir fry on the spicier range of things, this recipe may be perfect for you! Prepare to find yourself in guilt-free bliss with this mixture of ginger root, jalapenos, and other veggies for a sweet and spicy stir fry!
This may not be the simplest recipe, but it certainly looks like it would be worth the effort for spice lovers!
Spicy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe from Go Presto
#28. Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry
While the first stir fry recipe was all about minimizing effort, this one is capitalizing on those robust flavors from fresh vegetables. There’s no getting around the fact that fresh vegetables always taste the best.
This recipe calls for a variety of veggies such as the broccoli mentioned in the title, mushrooms, green onions, and even ginger. As a side note, if you’d rather skip the spice, it’s probably not a problem to omit the ginger.
Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe from Saladmaster
#29. Grilled Veggies
If you love the flavor and health benefits of grilled veggies, did you know you can just grill them right in your electric frying pan? There’s no need to get a special grill pan or fight the foil wrap for your outdoor grill when you have an electric skillet.
Simply dice up your veggies, toss them in the skillet, and leave them for a few minutes until they are done! Perfect for vegetarians!
#30. Vegetable & Goat Cheese Frittata
This colorful and healthy vegetable frittata is exploding with flavor! It can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The goat cheese adds a velvety creaminess to this egg dish.
Electric Skillet Chicken Recipes
#31. BBQ Chicken
If you’ve ever tried to make traditional BBQ chicken, then you probably know the struggle of the skin getting far too crispy before the inside is even cooked. Electric skillets magically solve this problem!
This recipe calls for frying up the chicken in oil until browned and then adding the sauce to cook the rest of the way. Genius!
BBQ Chicken Recipe from The Spruce Eats
#32. Caramelized Chicken Wings
Chicken wings can be tricky to get just right. Even when they have delicious seasoning, they can still end up being dry or tough. This recipe is especially nice because it cuts the need for marinating, which is something that is unfortunately easy to forget.
These wings simply cook all at once in the skillet, simmering away covered at first and then uncovered to finish.
Caramelized Chicken Wings Recipe from All Recipes
#33. Fried Chicken Legs
Frying chicken can be intimidating when you consider the splattering oil. Electric skillets are great for frying chicken because most of them are quite deep, which contains the oil far better than a stovetop pan, and each skillet comes with a fitted lid.
Additionally, most electric frying pans can hold more chicken pieces at once than a stovetop frying pan, but of course, this would depend on the size of your skillet. This video demonstrates how to fry battered chicken drumsticks in the electric skillet.
#34. Honey Mustard Chicken
Honey mustard is bursting with flavor and can turn nearly any bland meal into a robust delight. That’s the case with this recipe! You’ll be making your very own honey mustard sauce and if you haven’t made one before, it’s definitely easier than you probably imagine.
With this recipe, you’ll have evenly coated chicken topped with onion pieces for extra flavor.
Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe from Saladmaster
#35. Skillet-Fried Chicken
The previous fried chicken recipe was specifically for chicken legs, but this is all about regular fried chicken pieces. Though the recipe calls for “cut-up whole chicken,” we’d like to interpret that to mean chicken thighs or chicken breasts are perfectly acceptable.
Heat oil in your electric skillet, dredge the chicken in a paprika and flour mixture and fry to your heart’s content until they are golden brown.
#36. Marinated Chicken Wings
As nice as it is to not have to marinate, sometimes, marinating is unavoidable. Marinating can give your chicken the perfect coating and flavor that simply can’t be achieved otherwise.
With this recipe, you’ll be marinating your chicken wings overnight in a mixture of pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic, and more, before cooking them in your covered electric skillet for a perfectly thick glaze.
Marinated Chicken Wings Recipe from Cooks
#37. Electric Skillet Garlic Chicken
If you’re a garlic lover, then this recipe is for you! With the combination of a garlic seasoning rub, as well as cloves of black or roasted garlic, you certainly won’t need to worry about vampires in the slightest at your house!
The seasoned chicken is fried in the skillet and then removed for the addition of broth and more garlic seasonings to flavor. Finally, the chicken is added back in while the liquid thickens to a sauce before serving.
Garlic Chicken Recipe from Eat Like No One
#38. Citrus-Marinated Chicken Thighs
Is the weather getting warmer and you’re starting to crave light, citrusy dishes? This particular recipe packs a punch with a lime and orange marinade! To start, puree the marinade ingredients in a food processor and reserve a bit.
Coat the chicken in the remaining marinade and chill for at least two hours. At that point, fry your chicken in your preheated skillet, and serve with the reserved marinade!
Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs Recipe from Saladmaster
Electric Skillet Beef Recipes
#39. The BEST Cheeseburger Recipe
We had never really thought about grilling cheeseburgers in an electric skillet, but it honestly makes so much sense! If you can grill and cook other meats, why not a cheeseburger patty? This would be a great option if you don’t have a grill or just don’t feel like grilling outdoors.
Further, the electric frying pan may be a great alternative anyway due to how evenly it cooks! For this recipe, it will walk you through making your own patties with ground beef and seasonings.
The pictures do a wonderful job demonstrating how they cook within the skillet and what to look for when they are done.
Cheeseburger Recipe from Fantabulosity
#40. Easy Swiss Steak Recipe
If you enjoy Swiss Steak, then this recipe for the electric skillet is perfect for you! It’s simple and cooks on its own for a few hours without effort. The key with Swiss Steak is to cook it low and slow, which is where the skillet fits the bill.
Since these skillets hold temperature so well, you can brown the meat and then add in the rest of the ingredients and leave it to simmer for a few hours without worries.
Swiss Steak Recipe from Meatloaf & Melodrama
#41. Steak with Herb Butter
When the weather isn’t cooperating with your desire to fire up the grill for a juicy steak, there is always an electric skillet! You may not achieve those great grill marks, but trust me; the juiciness and tenderness is still incredible.
#42. Electric Skillet Chuck Roast
If you haven’t considered cooking chuck roast in your skillet, then you should definitely check this out! Slow cooking your chuck roast doesn’t take as long in the skillet as it does in the oven, so this could be a great option for when you are short on time.
This recipe begins by searing the meat on the highest setting and then adding in some coconut oil for a nice bread-dipping sauce later on. Once it’s seared, you’ll remove it, sauté your veggies, add some sauce, and then return the roast and cover it to slow cook!
Chuck Roast Recipe from Skirt in the Kitchen
#43. Old Fashioned Pot Roast
Pot roast is such a classic dinner, you can’t go wrong with trying it in your electric skillet! For this pot roast, you’ll need to sear all the edges of the roast again, but this works out really well in the electric frying pan since the sides can help hold it up.
This is especially true if your skillet is deep-dish! After applying a rub and searing it, you’ll toss in some veggies and broth and let it cook.
This meatloaf is covered in a mushroom gravy and baked in the frying pan for approximately 1 hour. It is bursting with flavor and tang from the ketchup sauce and Italian-seasoned bread crumbs.
#45. Classic Beef Stew
Perhaps more uncommon for electric skillets are stews. If you have considered making a stew in your skillet already, then you are probably one of few, because the skillet just naturally seems more like a tool used to cook meat. Still, it’s an excellent option for stews, especially with the deep sides to keep it all contained.
This particular stew doesn’t take very long to prepare and cook, making it a great choice for busy nights when you want something hearty.
#46. Electric Skillet Smashburger
Who knew a burger could taste so good without adding a pile of ingredients to the beef?! Plain old salt and pepper here in this smash burger recipe. Simple but delish.
Electric Skillet Pork Recipes
#47. Pork Chops in Beer Gravy
If you are looking for comfort-food recipes, this could be a wonderful choice! With a mix of onions, mushrooms and a beer-based sauce, this is bound to create a mouth-watering aroma. This pork chop recipe begins with browning the pork chops, and adding the vegetables and seasonings.
Once the sauce is added, all you have to do is lower the heat until they are cooked through. There is one more step for thickening the gravy, but that’s about it!
#48. Bratwurst Sausages
This sausage dinner is the perfect choice for when you need a quick hot meal, but the weather makes you reluctant to heat the oven. Serve with some mustard and sauerkraut and you’ve got yourself a juicy, delicious German main. The leftovers can easily be sliced up and incorporated into other meals such as mac and cheese, a breakfast scramble or loaded on top of a pizza.
#49. Smoked Sausage Fried Rice
Sausage and rice always create such a delectable flavor when mixed together, which is why this recipe looks so fantastic. The meal is quick and easy: add the sausage and veggies to a skillet with oil, frying until they are tender. Add in the beaten eggs, cooking until set, and then toss in the cooked rice.
Smoked Sausage Fried Rice Recipe from Creations by Kara
Electric Skillet Potato Recipes
#50. Electric Skillet Cheesy Potatoes
Cheesy potatoes are one of the best comfort foods. Electric skillets can be helpful for cooking sliced potatoes since you may fit a greater amount in the skillet than on the stove.
However, since it’s such a direct heat, you’ll want to keep the temperature as low as possible to prevent the potatoes on the very bottom from burning. After thirty or so minutes, they should be tender and ready to eat.
Cheesy Potatoes Recipe from Just a Pinch
#51. Deep Fried Potato Skins
Do you enjoy potato skins as restaurant appetizers? Perhaps you’ve found yourself grabbing them from the frozen section at the grocery store. Now that you have an electric skillet, you can make them from scratch at home!
Simply bake your potatoes, scoop out the pulp, and fry the skins in hot oil in your skillet! Top them with cheese and bacon and broil until melted.
Deep Fried Potato Skins Recipe by Recipe 4 Living
#52. Skillet Roasted Potatoes
Roasted potatoes are a classic side dish, and always a hit with guests. While you can roast them in the oven, you can also roast them in the electric frying pan to conserve heat and energy.
With this recipe, not only are the potatoes roasted, but they don’t become dry either due to the addition of chicken broth in the skillet. This could likely help prevent them from burning!
Skillet Roasted Potatoes Recipe from Cuisinart
#53. Electric Skillet Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are delicious and the electric skillet can make it super easy to monitor their cooking progress! This recipe calls for combining sliced potatoes with seasonings and onions in the skillet to simmer until tender.
At that point you’ll toss in the cheese, and continue cooking for 5 minutes and then finish with a sprinkling of parsley. That’s some cheesy potato goodness right there!
Electric Skillet Meals for Camping
#54. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
How can you resist these ooey gooey cheese-filled grilled sandwiches? And the electric fry pan seems to be made for this classic lunch with it’s ability to evenly brown the bread to crisp, golden perfection, while melting the double cheese slices until they are just running out of the sandwich.
#55. Fried Fish
If you are just looking for a basic, go-to recipe for crispy fried fish, this recipe may be a great option for you! This is particularly perfect for a fairly mild fish such as sole, tilapia, and catfish.
Simply heat oil in your skillet, dredge your filets in the prepared cornmeal mixture, and fry in the oil until golden brown on both sides.
Bonnies Fried Fish Recipe from Just a Pinch
Baking breads and desserts in your skillet may become your new favorite way to bake. The goods seem to come out softer, more moist and less likely to brown or dry out compared to an oven. Give these classic brownies a try and you’ll be hooked!
#57. Mom’s Fried Fish
This crispy fried fish recipe is very similar and just as simple! Instead of a cornmeal mixture, the breading is mere crushed saltine crackers. Simply heat oil in your skillet, dredge the fish in egg and then the crumbs and fry it up. It’s definitely easy enough for the busiest weeknights!
Mom’s Fried Fish Recipe from Taste of Home
#58. Sloppy Joes
It can be difficult to think of filling and easy meals to make while camping. You don’t want to detract from the fun of camping by working yourself tirelessly, but camping food also creates memories with loved ones. This recipe is a perfect option for a camping meal!
The combination of traditional Sloppy Joe flavors with toasted buns, cooked in the electric skillet combines all the elements of camping in one.
#59. Home Fried Potatoes & Onions
Did you even go camping if you didn’t have some kind of potatoes during the trip? Potatoes are simply a classic addition to any meal, and while baked potatoes are typical for campers, you can easily switch it up if you bring your electric skillet along.
To make it, you’ll just sauté your onions, and then add the diced potatoes and seasonings, cooking until the potatoes are soft.
Home Fried Potatoes & Onions Recipe from Little Miss Celebration
#60. Creamy One Pot Mac & Cheese
I don’t even think it’s possible to go camping without having mac & cheese at some point! When you’re out camping, you’ll have a limited number of pots and pans, which is why your electric skillet could come in so handy for this!
Simply boil the water in your skillet, as usual, cook the macaroni, and proceed to make it as directed in this recipe!
#61. Electric Skillet Chili
If you thought chili could only be made in a pot, think again! I can’t think of much better for a dinner under the stars on your camping trip. It can be hard to find the room to bring a big pot when you’re out camping, but chili is traditional camping food. How to make up for it? Your electric frying pan can totally handle the job!
It’s as easy as browning your ground beef and then adding in your seasonings and the rest of your ingredients to simmer. Our only suggestion would be to plan ahead for the size of your particular electric skillet.
The Sky’s the Limit
When it comes to electric skillet meals, the options are fairly endless. If you usually cook the meal on the stove, there’s a high chance you can cook it in your skillet. Typically need the oven to bake it? Give it a shot in your skillet. You’ll never know until you try it and you’ll be surprised how many recipes can be easily prepared in the electric skillet.
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