What’s better than cooking an entire healthy meal in one skillet? Having to wash just one pan (and maybe a bowl, if you want to get technical about it).
When it comes to choosing a skillet, the pros have a hands-down desire: heavy-duty, hard-to-burn-in, last-a-lifetime cast iron. To create the best one-pan meals, invest in a new—or, better yet, vintage—cast-iron skillet. It requires extra care, but it’s worth it.
The cast-iron pan is designed for multiple cooking techniques. It can be used as a slow cooker, frying pan, high-heat searer, roaster, and braiser. Not to mention baking dish, pizza stone, wok, paella pan, and oven- to-table serving platter.
In addition to its versatility, cast iron also lowers the odds you’ll end up burning what you cook. Cast iron creates more even heat throughout the pan so you avoid hot spots. Plus, the porous surface soaks up flavour, so your meals taste better with time.