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Quick and Easy Skillet Dinner Rolls are soft, fluffy, and served warm right out of the oven making them the only bread recipe you’ll need with dinner. |

Skillet Dinner Rolls

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 dinner rolls
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Quick and Easy Skillet Dinner Rolls are soft, fluffy, and served warm right out of the oven with a brush of melted butter making them the only bread recipe you’ll need to complement any dinner. Plus, using a cast-iron skillet to make these homemade bread rolls means even easier preparation and serving!


  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons whole milk, at room temperature (or warm water)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a mixing bowl (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), stir together milk (or warm water), vegetable oil, yeast, and sugar. Let rest 15 minutes until foamy.
  3. Add in 2 cups flour, salt, and egg. Stir until combined (or use a dough hook in your stand mixer to mix until combined). Gradually add in the remaining flour, stirring between each addition until completely combined. 
  4. Knead the dough manually using your hands on a clean surface for 5 minutes, or use the dough hook of your stand mixer to knead for 5 minutes until smooth. 
  5. Grease a cast-iron skillet with butter.
  6. Use your hands to shape the dough into 12 balls. You may want to roll them on a clean surface for a couple of minutes until they are smooth and tight and not lumpy. Place dough balls in the greased cast-iron skillet. Let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes. The balls of dough should almost double in size.
  7. Brush the tops of the rolls with half the melted butter. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and brush again with remaining melted butter. Sprinkle some dried parsley or oregano on top (if desired) and serve warm.


How to store: Transfer leftover skillet dinner rolls into a large Ziploc bag, pressing all the air out before sealing. Store at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 4-5 days. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to a week but they will dry out a bit. You can reheat them to add some moisture back in.

How to reheat: Reheat in the microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute until warm. You can also reheat dinner rolls or in the oven at 350℉ for 10 minutes or in the air fryer for 5 minutes until heated through.

How to freeze: You can choose to separate the rolls or leave them in one unit, but either way you can transfer them to a freezer bag and freeze them for up to 3 months. Reheat the frozen dinner rolls in the oven straight from frozen to preserve the texture. Just add an extra 5 minutes to the reheating time.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American