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 this round up comes in! I've been developing electric skillet recipes for years now and I'm going to show you some of the best in each category, for various occasions and preferences. You’ll be cooking up a storm before you know it!
Why cook in an electric skillet? E. skillets are easy to use, easy to clean and the temperature settings make it convenient to control the heat. You can read all about the temperatures with my electric skillet temperature guide. But for now, check out these easy and delicious recipes.
Electric Skillet Appetizers
1. 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.
2. 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.
This vegetarian nachos appetizer recipe is as simple as layering the ingredients into a pan and baking them inside of your electric skillet until the cheese is all gooey and melted!
4. Electric Skillet French Toast
Ahh, French toast. The breakfast that many of us grew up loving and still adore to this day. This version of French toast includes stuffing chocolate hazelnut spread between a couple of slices of French toast in the skillet and then sprinkling it with powdered sugar!
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. British Full English Breakfast
Who can resist a plate full of every kind of savory breakfast food you can think of? Sausage, bacon, eggs, toast, beans, tomatoes and mushrooms all on one plate and cooked in one skillet!
8. Vegetable & Goat Cheese Frittata
This colorful 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 Dinners
9. 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!
10. 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.
11. 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.
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12. 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?!
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Electric 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!
16. 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 Frying Pan Baking Recipes
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!
18. 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.
19. Peach Cobbler
This skillet peach cobbler is too good to be true! It's a sweet treat with a pillowy, peachy, baked batter that can be prepared in only 30 minutes.
Electric Frying Pan Side Dishes
20. 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!
21. British Baked Beans
These British baked beans are full of delicious, tomato-y flavor and can be served as a side dish for many mains or simply over a crispy piece of toast.
22. Electric Skillet Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped potatoes are delicious and the electric skillet can make it super easy to monitor their cooking progress! Instead of baking your potatoes, 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!
23. 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.
24. 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.
26. 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.
27. Electric Skillet Smashburger
Who knew a hamburger 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.
28. 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!
29. 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.
30. Pork Tenderloin in Wine Sauce
While I did develop this juicy pork tenderloin recipe for a holiday dinner idea, I wouldn't be mad if you prepared it at whatever time of the year you feel like. It's cooked in a delicious white wine and orange juice sauce.
Electric Skillet Meals for Camping
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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!
34. 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.
35. Skillet-Fried Chicken
This recipe is all about juicy, buttermilk-marinated, fried chicken pieces. Though the recipe calls for “cut-up whole chicken,” that could be interpreted to mean chicken thighs, drumsticks, wings or chicken breasts are all 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. Butter Chicken
Butter chicken is my absolute favorite Indian dish so I had to find a way to make it in my electric skillet, rice included!
37. BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings
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 wings in the skillet and then tossing them in the BBQ buffalo sauce. Yum!
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.
Did you like this list of recipes? Let me know what you think, perhaps if you have a favorite out of the list, or what meal you’re now dying to make in your skillet. If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and family!
Electric Skillet BBQ Buffalo Wings
- 20 split chicken wing pieces - with the skin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons canola oil - or peanut oil
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon parsley - chopped
- salt and pepper
- Sprinkle the chicken wings with the garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Let them sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Heat electric skillet to 250ºF and add the oil. Add the chicken wings to the skillet.
- Cover the skillet with the lid and cook them for 15 minutes. Flip them over and cook for another 15 minutes (with the lid off), or until golden brown and cooked through to an internal temperature of 165ºF.
- Meanwhile: In a bowl, add the butter, hot sauce, vinegar, BBQ sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Melt in the microwave for 30 seconds, give it a stir and then microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir again, making sure the butter is melted.
- Place the chicken wings in the bowl with the sauce and mix well to coat them.
- Serve with chopped parsley.
Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or sauces.