Classic Old Fashioned Meatloaf Cooked In A Cast Iron Skillet

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Roasted VeggiesThis recipe called for a Cast Iron Skillet. but we made our Old Fashioned Meatloaf in a Cast Iron Bread Pan and it was just as good!

Ingredients for: Old Fashioned Meatloaf

  • 2 lbs. hamburger ~ (Ours used 1lb for Bread Pan)
  • 1 cup saltine cracker crumbs (oatmeal or bread crumbs) (3/4 cup for Bread Pan)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper chopped (my addition)
  • 2 eggs (1 egg for Bread Pan)
  • 3/4-1 cup evaporated milk (whole milk or half and half) (1/2 cup for Bread Pan)
  • 2 teaspoons salt (1 Tsp for Bread Pan)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander (my addition)
  • 2 cups of water (Leave out water if using Bread Pan)
  • 1 cup ketchup (1/2 cup for Bread Pan)

Directions for: Old Fashioned Meatloaf ~ Make the same way for the Bread Pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with a non stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the above ingredients, except for the water and ketchup, and mix together until well blended. Note: Be careful not to handle the meat mixture to much.
  4. Shape into a round bun and place in the cast iron skillet. (shape into a loaf for bread pan)
  5. Pour water half way up in the skillet.(Leave out water if using Bread Pan)
  6. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until meatloaf is done.
  7. Spoon ketchup over the meatloaf and return to the oven for another 15 minutes.



  1. lois says

    Thank you for breaking down the recipe if using a loaf pan. Am I reading it right that I pour 2cups of water in the cast iron fry pan surrounding the meat? It sure looks delicious.

  2. says

    Came across this recipe on Pinterest and was scrolling down to the comments. The one about “what does the water do”? This recipe came from my blog and I posted it on Facebook and several people have posted it on their blog. This is my MIL’s recipe from the 1940’s. She added water to have a gravy at the end of cooking it. It makes the meatloaf moist. She removes the meatloaf and makes a tomato gravy from the juices. Here is my link so you know where the recipe came from.

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