Skillet meals are easy to make, and you can whip up a hot, homemade dinner even if you don't have a fully functioning kitchen. They're also cooked on the stovetop. Follow these tips to learn how to make the best skillet meals.
- As with stir-frying, have all of the food prepared and ready to go before you start cooking, unless the recipe directs otherwise. There may be a long first step that gives you time to prepare ingredients.
- When you stir, make sure your spoon reaches into all of the corners and edges of the skillet. Because the heat comes from the bottom, the food will burn if it is not stirred thoroughly when the recipe calls for it.
- Follow stirring and covering instructions carefully. The food may need covering to hold in steam, and stirring will ensure that everything is cooking evenly. Add ingredients in the order directed in the recipe. Some meals cook rice or pasta right in the pan, and cooking times should be carefully followed.
- If you have an electric skillet, think about putting it on a marble tile to protect your countertop. Some countertops can be damaged from the heat the skillet creates. Marble tiles can be found inexpensively at bathroom and kitchen supply stores.
- If you are using a hot plate, be sure you know how to regulate the heat, at least a little. Many of these recipes call for increasing and decreasing the heat as the food cooks.
- If your skillet has a teflon or nonstick coating, use heat-resistant plastic spoons or spatulas only. Scratching the surface will lead to rusting and disaster.
- Clean up the skillet as soon as you've finished eating. The food will clean off easily and this will help your skillet last for years.