Our 15 Best Breakfast Recipes that Taste Better in a Cast-Iron Skillet

That stove-to-oven dark iron means extra-crisp edges on everything from pancakes to hash

Showy but rustic, breakfasts served in cast-iron skillets are the ultimate morning treat. Whether you’re pouring eggs for a bright frittata or shredding potatoes for crispy hash browns, you won’t have to worry about any ingredient getting soggy or sticking to the pan; well-seasoned skillets are a magical thing. Below, our favorite 15 breakfast dishes that just taste better in black iron.

Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche

Soft apples with a hint of tartness balance a bittersweet caramelized crust, spurred on by rich dulce de leche. Get the recipe for Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche »

Todd’s Turkey Hash

This hearty breakfast dish is perfect for the morning after Thanksgiving. It uses up leftover cooked turkey as well as Thanksgiving pantry ingredients you may not have used up the day before, like cream, stock, and herbs. Get the recipe for Todd’s Turkey Hash »

Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese

In Basque country, this egg-based tortilla is sometimes sliced through the middle like a sandwich roll and layered with cured ham and sheep’s milk cheese. If cutting horizontally through the thin, delicate tortilla seems too troublesome, the ham and cheese are just as delicious served on the side. Get the recipe for Basque Potato and Pepper Tortilla with Ham and Cheese »

Spanish Potato Frittata (Tortilla Española)

Traditionally this Iberian omelet gets its heft from thin-sliced potatoes, but Ferran Adria proposes an audacious update: a generous handful of store-bought thick-cut potato chips. Get the recipe for Spanish Potato Frittata (Tortilla Española) »

Sour-Milk Griddle Cakes

Rustic sour-milk pancakes make for a delicious breakfast, especially when topped stewed blueberries and maple syrup. Get the recipe for Sour-Milk Griddle Cakes »

Keen’s Steakhouse Prime Rib Hash

Chopped prime rib and a fried egg turn crisp potato hash into a crowd-pleasing main dish.

Hangtown Fry

Hangtown Fry


Fluffy inside and golden outside, these pan-fried potatoes are a signature of the Omaha restaurant Piccolo Pete’s. Get the recipe for Hashbrowns »

Strawberry Griddle Cakes

Fresh strawberries turn ordinary pancakes into something scrumptious; any other kind of fruit (fresh or dried) makes an excellent substitute. Tote the wet and dry ingredients separately and mix them just before cooking.

Corned Beef Hash

Red potatoes are mashed with corned beef and a multitude of flavorings then fried until crispy in this Southern favorite. Topped with poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, and a sprinkling of chives, corned beef hash is an easy crowd pleaser.

Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn)

Essentially torn pieces of pancake topped with oozing lingonberry or cranberry sauce, this dessert is a cinch, even for the baking-challenged. Get the recipe for Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn) »

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata

Potato, Spinach, and Red Pepper Frittata

Portuguese Salted Cod, Egg, and Potato Baked Casserole

The olive oily layers of thinly sliced potatoes, hardboiled eggs, and homemade salt cod in this Portuguese “casserole” are just as good for breakfast as dinner. Get the recipe for Portuguese Salted Cod, Egg, and Potato Baked Casserole »

Smoked Trout Hash

This unique twist on breakfast hash elevates an everyday dish into something more elegant, with flavors from smoked trout, dill, and caramelized onions. Get the recipe for Smoked Trout Hash »