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This $16 Cast-Iron Skillet Will Make You Feel Like A Goddamn Kitchen Wizard

More like skill-LIT, amirite?

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Fact: The best foods are made in a skillet. I know this because you can make pretty much anything in a skillet.

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Want lo mein? Cook it in a skillet! Got nachos on the brain? Put some tortilla chips in a damn skillet, you snacktime genius. BRB, need to go wipe the drool off of my chin.

The good news is that you don't need to be a Food Network host or a lumberjack to own one. The Lodge preseasoned skillet is apparently the $15.99 key to unlock all of your culinary hopes and dreams.

Like all skillets, it can sauté, sear, fry, bake, and stir-fry, but what really sets this 10¼-inch one apart is that it comes preseasoned, which is an impressive bonus for its (relatively reasonable) price. Preseasoning — aka a pre-applied layer of wax or vegetable oil — helps prevent rusting, and it means you can use the skillet right away instead of having to season it yourself!

Don't believe me? Believe the ~8,400 people (math, it's a skill) who've slapped it with a five-star rating.


I'm seriously tempted to make this skillet pizza my Tinder profile picture.

Tinkerman / Amazon User /

Promising review: "I love this skillet! I've used it on the stove, as well as over fire outdoors. I've owned it for eight months now and it still looks as new as it did eight months ago. Make sure to research how to clean your cast-iron cookware and always heat them up to evaporate any surface moisture after cleaning before oiling. I've made many different foods in this: Utica greens, bacon, eggs, steak, pizza...etc. All have come out perfect. Be aware this skillet is huge, so make sure you have room to store it, and it is also heavy — about 12 pounds I think. I need two hands to carry the sucker, especially when it's loaded with food! I would say I would buy this again, but I see this skillet lasting forever!" —Tinkerman

Honestly, I'd be giving everything five stars if I could make this sweet potato cornbread anytime I wanted.

Jan/ Amazon User /

Promising review: "I really love this cast-iron 10-inch skillet from Lodge! I debated for a long time whether or not to purchase one. For me, a purchase like this is about an investment, and I want my investment to last a long time. I also really like the fact that this is made in the USA. But really, the proof in the quality of this cast iron was obvious when I made sweet potato cornbread and baked it in the oven in this skillet. It came out so nice and brown and moist." —Jan

And the price tag is absolutely justified by all of the money you'll save by making your own damn breakfast sandwiches from now on.

Stephen J. Panasik / Amazon User /

Promising review: "Perfect for egg muffin sandwiches, it's the right size and height after cooking compared to the 'Mc' brand. It is the best I have found after many years of trying. If you have ever wanted to make your own egg muffin at home, this pan is the one to use." —Stephen J. Panasik


PS: If you do buy one of these glorious things, make sure you learn how to care for it properly.

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No dish soap allowed!

Amazon reviews have been edited for length and clarity.