• Poblano bacon cheddar skillet cornbread (Pati's Mexican Table)Source: Pati's Mexican Table
From sticky buns to stovetop pizza, these skillet recipes bring all the baking joy; you don't even need an oven for some of them.
23 Feb 2021 - 11:39 PM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2021 - 1:55 PM

--- See Vanessa Gianfrancesco make breakfast sausage cornbread and sticky chocolate skillet buns in Let's Brunch, Wednesdays at 8.30pm on SBS Food and SBS On Demand --


Whether you're cooking over a campfire, or baking up breakfast and brunch favourites, these skillet recipes make for beautiful baking. 

Classic cornbread

Baking in cast iron is part of the secret to cornbread, says Matthew Evans. And anyone who's enjoyed a slice of cornbread warm from the oven will know what he means when he says this simple skillet quick bread is best served hot and eaten while warm. 

Sticky chocolate skillet buns

These buns are made of a chocolate dough, filled with butter, sugar, cinnamon and choc chip filling. Then, to finish them off, they're topped with vanilla and cream cheese icing - pile onto warm buns if you like the icing melting into the buns! "That bun is super chocolatey. It’s gooey and gooey and the outside is nice and crisp. Have a look at all that icing dripping down, and seeping into the buns. This is hard to beat," says Vanessa Gianfrancesco, when she makes a pan of these rich buns in Let's Brunch

Ethiopian flatbread (himbasha)

This traditional yeasted flatbread, scored in a decorative wheel pattern, has a unique sweet-savoury flavour, the sweetness being balanced by heady cardamom.

Breakfast sausage cornbread

Another brunch recipe from Vanessa Gianfrancesco: Breakfast sausages with fluffy cornbread all in one skillet.  "Nothing says southern comfort food like cornbread. And you can serve it for lunch or dinner or even for brunch especially when you’re baking breakfast sausages right into it," she says. The secret to a great cornbread, she says, is to let the mixture sit for a bit during mixing, so the cornmeal absorbs the buttermilk. This recipe adds sausages cooked right inside the cornbread. "When you cut into the cornbread, everyone is gonna have a very generous portion of sausage ... And I love this. It’s a one-pot wonder. You can bring it straight to the table and eat it out of the skillet."

Breakfast sausage cornbread

Peanut butter choc-chip skookie

When a giant American choc-chip cookie meets a skillet, you have a 'skookie'!

Umbrian flatbreads (torta al testo)

These easy flatbreads, which include a little grated pecorino, are cooking in a frying pan, then filled with sausage, radicchio, fontina cheese and parsley.

And many other flatbreads, too

So many flatbreads and from around the world are cooked in a skillet, frypan or grill-pan. Dive into our flatbread recipe collection for more, from buttery malawach to spiced Pakistani flatbreads.

Blueberry skillet scones with lemon glaze

"Skillet scones are a campsite take on Irish soda farls, the traditional quick-cooking breads made on a griddle. They’re crisp and dry on the outside but soft and dense in the centre, and are delicious with a smear of jam or butter served alongside coffee or tea," says Linda Ly of these campfire favourites. (The recipe has a variation for savoury scones too.)

Poblano, bacon and cheddar skillet cornbread

"This is one of those things that you can make and eat right out of the oven, warm, but then as it cools it’s delicious and then the next day for breakfast, even cold, it's delicious too," says Pati Jinich, of this Tex-Mex cornbread she shared in Pati's Mexican Table.

Poblano bacon cheddar skillet cornbread
Stovetop skillet pizza

No oven? No problem. Homemade pizza can still be had with a skillet, on the stovetop or using a camping stove.

Farinata with roasted grapes and ricotta

This simple Italian pancake bread is made from chickpea (gram) flour, water and oil and. Cooked in a skillet, it is crispy on the outside with a warm and soft centre. Serve it plain with any meal, or dress it up with roasted grapes and ricotta, to serve as a starter. 

Frying pan Neapolitan pizza

Though it's hard to mimic a true Neapolitan pizza, baking your pizza in a super-hot cast iron pan will give a beautiful, golden base and crust, says Silvia Colloca of this take on the Italian classic. 

Frying pan Neapolitan pizza

Upside-down peach tart (tarte aux pêches)

This sweet tart is perfect in summer when the peaches are ripe and delicious. With so few ingredients in this dessert, it’s important you use the best quality peaches and pastry you can find, says Gabriel Gaté. 

Banana tarte tatin with rum & raisin ice-cream

The great pairing of banana and caramel star in this skillet tart from Philip Johnson. Here, the classic French upside-down tart is simplified with store-bought puff pastry. 

Banana tarte tatin with rum & raisin ice-cream

More from the pans
Chorizo, spinach and ricotta frittata

Up your frittata game for the ideal one-pan meal that you can serve up at any time of day.


Don’t skimp on the condiments when serving okonomiyaki, they’re what make it the deliciously messy, casual meal it is. 

Tomato and eggplant casserole (bohémienne)

"French for ‘bohemian’, this dish from Avignon is cooked and served in a cast-iron skillet. Place it in the centre of the table and serve with salad and crusty bread." Matthew Evans, For the Love of Meat

Quince, hazelnut and oat crumble

A cast-iron frying pan makes the ideal dish to cook this crumble; its even heat cooks the quince nicely on the stove and then baking it in the oven makes the crumble topping perfectly crisp and golden.

Pork and fennel sausage frittata

This sausage and fennel frittata is an easy one-pan brunch dish delivering fresh and hearty Italian flavours. For vegetarians, simply substitute the sausages with seasonal asparagus.