Why Your Cast-Iron Skillet is a Must-Have Grilling Tool

Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks © Marcus Nilsson
By F&W Editors Posted April 18, 2016

Get ready for grilling season!

Cast-iron skillets are great for all-year-long cooking on the stovetop, but their ability to take serious heat means they're also great on a grill. From smoky grilled beans to sweet graham cracker-studded cake, here are five reasons a cast-iron skillet will be your go-to for summer grilling.

1. Cast-Iron-Grilled Romano Beans with Garlic Aioli

Food & Wine: Cast-Iron-Grilled Roman Beans with Garlic Aioli

© Con Poulos

Chef Sarah Schafer makes this starter over the fire-pit grill at her beach cabin and serves them right out of the skillet. Any other meaty, flat bean can be substituted for the romanos.

2. Easy Grilled Paella

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To cook this seafood-and-chorizo paella, chef Pete Evans uses his grill as both a stovetop and an oven, simultaneously using direct and indirect heat.

3. Grilled Philly Cheesesteaks

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Use a cast-iron skillet on the grill to make butcher Tom Mylan's incredible steak, onion, pepper and cheese hoagies.


4. Spicy Stewed Sausages with Three Peppers

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"This is my take on the Little Italy classic," says Mario Batali of the sausage and peppers that's a mainstay of the iconic Manhattan neighborhood and its annual street festival. It's delicious on its own or served with pasta.

5. Skillet Graham Cake with Peaches and Blueberries

Food & Wine: Skillet Graham Cake with Peaches and Blueberries

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Star chef Stephanie Izard's cake, which bakes on the grill, gets amazing flavor from graham crackers mixed into the batter.

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