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Easy Skillet Recipes

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One pot meals are generally quick and convenient to prepare. This page contains easy skillet recipes.


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By 2 found this helpful
July 21, 2011
This was created one night of things on hand and became a family favorite.


  • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 onion, diced (or green onions)
  • 1 can Ranch Style beans
  • 1 can whole corn
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • corn chips
  • lettuce (salad ready)
  • tomato, diced
  • sour cream or mayonnaise (optional)


Brown beef (or turkey) in skillet along with onions, drain. Add beans and corn. Cook about 15 minutes till well heated. Sprinkle with liberally with cheese. Just before serving, add corn chips, lettuce and tomato. (Some like to add sour cream or mayonnaise)

Is good reheated if chips, lettuce and tomato are added per serving the day before!

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes

By Linda from Fort Smith, AR

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By 2 found this helpful
November 19, 2009

I love those skillet dinners in the freezer section, but they can be expensive and filled with salt. This is quick, easy, and cheap.



Cut up potatoes and toss with 1-2 Tbsp. of oil and some Mrs. Dash or a seasoning you like. Put on baking sheet and in 350 degree F. oven for 20 minutes, depending how big you cut them. Cut up chicken and put on the stove and cook until done.

Add about 1/3 cup of water and broccoli to pan and put a lid on until broccoli is done. Mix with potatoes and melt cheese on top. If you would like pasta in this, cook and add with the potatoes. This recipe is very easy to change so feel free!

I feed a very hungry family of 5 on this and there is usually no leftovers.

Servings: 5
Time:15 Minutes Preparation Time
35 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: me

By Michele from DeMotte, IN

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By 0 found this helpful
August 19, 2008

Combine chopped onion with hamburger and brow in a deep fry pan and then drain. Return hamburger to fry pan and add cooked macaroni, stewed tomatoes, juice and garlic.


Cover and let simmer 15 minutes.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 2, 2011

Love the potatoes and cheese soup in this quick and easy Cheddarburger Skillet recipe.

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By 3 found this helpful
April 18, 2010

Does anyone have any super easy skillet meal recipes that don't use so much cheese? Thanks.

By Janet from GA


December 30, 20090 found this helpful
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What a fun challenge!
1. Fritata
This is basically scrambled eggs with stuff you like added.
You make it by sauteing the stuff you like for example potatoes and ham and then adding the scrambled eggs and cooking until done...add some shredded cheese and yum. There are so many variations to fritata...have fun.


2. Basic Skillet Dinner
There are so many ways this can be done, the basic guidelines are:
Meat: canned chicken, tuna, ham or fresh meats

veggie: onions, garlic, peppers, whatever you like
starch: potatoes, noodles, rice, barley, ramen package, mac & cheese package
Liquid: Wine, broth, water, milk, bottled sauces, package sauce mixes
Seasonings: get creative

Mix and match these ingredients to make many wonderful creations. When working with rice, I saute the meat and veggies until cooked, add the rice so it saute's a little too, then add as much liquid as the rice will need to finish cooking.

When working with pasta, add it last with the hottest tap water or microwave heated wine and broth. Cook until tender and add additional sauce for example spaghetti sauce if making spaghetti with meat sauce.

I hope my directions and ideas are clear. Let me know if they aren't.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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1/2 head green cabbage, cut in thin slices
1 large onion, cut in thin slices


1/2 polish sausage from loop type package sliced in rounds, or 1/2 pound bulk sausage any flavor, or 1/2 pound ground beef
4 T butter(1/2 stick)
4 T olive or vegetable oil
1 electric fry pan
Soy sauce

Brown bulk sausage or ground beef in pan, and drain most of grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan. If using polish sausage, melt butter and oil together and brown. If using other meats, put meat back in pan after melting butter and oil together. Add cabbage and onions, stirring to coat veggies with the meat-butter oil mixture. Add soy sauce to taste, and stir to coat. Let cook, stirring occasionally until veggies are as soft as you like them.
Serve as is, or with rice. Serves 2 as is, or 4 with rice. At least it does for my family.

This can be made with any shredded veggies that you like. They must be in long shreds to work though. I have used carrots, potatoes, escarole, parsnips. You can add greens such as spinach or mustard greens near the end, stirring to coat and just until wilted.

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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I saw this lady on GMA one morning, 95 years old. Later I bought her cookbook called 'Clara's Kitchen'. this is the skillet recipe she prepared. It's good!


Poor Man's Meal
3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 medium to large onion, sliced
4 hot dogs, cut in slices
1/4 cup tomato sauce (I use salsa)
4 Tablespoons oil

1. Heat the oil in skillet, place cubed potatoes and sliced onion in oil. Let the potatoes brown slowly, stirring occasionally.
2. Pour a little water in the pan to help soften the potatoes and to keep them from sticking to the pan.
3. When the potatoes are crisp and golden brown on all sides, add the hot dogs and let simmer about 3 minutes, or until they begin to curl. Add the tomato sauce and turn off the heat. let the meal cook in it's own heat for about 5 minutes.
4. Serve immediately, topped with Pecorino Romano cheese, if desired.

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April 21, 20100 found this helpful
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Brown a pound of ground beef with some chopped onion. Drain the grease. Add 2 cans of plain pork and beans (store brand works fine). Season with Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar (couple of tablespoons each) and barbecue sauce to taste. Heat and eat!

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By 0 found this helpful
May 3, 2010

Using the covenience of pre-cooked rice or pasta, make a very quick one pot or a skillet meal in just minutes.


Season to suit your family's tastes. I use garlic, salt and pepper that I premix and keep close at hand.

*I always keep a container of cooked rice in the refrigerator, and a freezer bag of cooked pasta in the fridge for the quickest meals possible)

This recipe would work well using leftover chicken instead of the ground beef.


Stir fry the meat until it begins to brown nicely so that it develops a caramelized flavor. If using ground chuck, pour off all the beef grease and replace it with a Tbsp. of olive oil. The lean ground beef probably won't have any grease accumulating, so add a Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan along with the chopped onions. Allow them to cook together until onions are clear.

Add the canned tomatoes and the undrained can of beans. Stir over a medium heat until mixture is hot, and then add the cooked rice. Stir and heat thoroughly. Serve with bread and butter and a green salad.

If you tear up greens and wash them well, then keep them stored in the fridge along with a paper towel, they will stay nice for a few days. You will only have to put what you want into bowls and add the salad dressing. You can add chopped celery or carrot pennies (cooked or raw is fine) and maybe a few cherry tomatoes to make a great salad.

This is a good homemade salad dressing to keep in a jar in the fridge too. I like being able to control what goes into our foods, without the use of so many unpronounceable additives and preservatives.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Put everything in a quart jar with a good lid and shake, shake, shake. Feel free to add a cup of sour cream or plain yogurt to this. You will probably need a larger jar.

Servings: 6-7
Time:10-15 Minutes Preparation Time
30 Minutes Cooking Time

By Julia from Boca Raton, FL

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