Easy Frittata Recipe (2024)

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Posted Mar 11, 2020, Updated Feb 15, 2023

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This easy Frittata Recipe is the perfect quick & healthy dinner, breakfast or brunch! Follow our step-by-step instructions and watch the video to learn how to make either a vegetable frittata or a frittata with bacon!

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When I need a healthy dinner in a hurry, I usually make some sort of egg dish. This Frittata recipe is a go-to because it takes 20 minutes from start to finish and it’s loaded with vegetables and protein!

Now I know that eggs are typically enjoyed in the morning, and this frittata is absolutely the perfect breakfast and brunch fare (along with these oven roasted potatoes), but I’m totally an eggs for dinner kind of person. From egg casseroles, the best omelette recipe, egg salad, egg muffins, crustless quiche, hash brown quiche, scrambled, and of course, as a delicious Frittata, they’re just so easy and yummy!

You can make this frittata two ways – with bacon or vegetarian and leave out the bacon.It’s gluten-free and low-carb, so it’s a healthy way for just about anyone to start the day!

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How to make a frittata

Thankfully, making a frittata is SO easy, this frittata recipe will quickly become a go-to, healthy and delicious, clean-out-the-fridge dinner!

Whisk egg mixture

Start by whisking together the eggs, milk and spices. Then add cheese and stir to combine. Set this mixture aside! It’s important to mix the eggs and cheese together before you cook the vegetables, because the egg mixture is added to the vegetables in the skillet while they’re cooking. It’s a fast-paced recipe so having all the steps ready to go is critical for success!

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Cook the vegetables

Next, there are two variations of this frittata recipe. One is a vegetable frittata, and one is a frittata with bacon.

Frittata with bacon.

To make the frittata with bacon, cook the bacon, garlic and onion together until the bacon just begins to brown. Then add the vegetables, cover and cook until the vegetables are soft. The bacon grease cooks and flavors the vegetables! Watch the video for the bacon instructions!

Vegetable frittata

To make a vegetarian frittata sans bacon, simply omit the bacon and use 2 TBS olive oil to cook the onion, garlic and vegetables together at the same time. Check on the step-by-step photos to see how to make a vegetable frittata!

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Add egg mixture to vegetables

Once the vegetables are cooked, turn heat down to medium, add egg mixture, and quickly stir it into the bacon/vegetables in the skillet until everything is evenly distributed.

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Cook on stovetop, then bake in the oven

Cook on medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the edges are set. Then, transfer the frittata to the preheated oven. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the top is set and the frittata is slightly puffed.

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Cool & Serve

Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes, serve. Note: People often wonder, “Why does my frittata go flat?” A frittata will puff in the oven and deflate as it cools because of the nature of the eggs.

Both gasses (air) and solids (eggs) expand (or “puff’) in heat, as they cool when they’re removed from the oven, they contract and “deflate.” You can’t stop science from happening, so just take heart knowing it’s supposed to be that way!

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Serving Suggestions:

If you’re wondering what goes well with a frittata for dinner, here are some great suggestions for you!

  • Serve with a side of oven roasted potatoes.
  • Make this no knead bread for a crusty comforting side dish.
  • Didn’t prepare bread 24 hours in advance? No problem! Make these dinner rolls or this pretzel bread!
  • I know there’s already lots of vegetables in this frittata, but I love adding more and serving it with roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted beets, roasted green beans, etc.
  • Serve this frittata recipe with some roasted potatoes, hash browns, or roasted sweet potatoes!

Or if you’re making it for breakfast, try adding these dishes on the side:

  • Make some homemade cinnamon rolls for a sweet/savory combo.
  • Banana bread or zucchini bread are a great addition to your breakfast.
  • Try serving it with a cup of coffee and some cinnamon scones or chocolate scones.
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Frittata Recipe: Ingredients and Substitutions

People often wonder, “What do you put in a frittata?” Well you’re in luck because this egg frittata is highly customizable.

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  • Bacon. As mentioned before, you can use 2 TBS olive oil in place of bacon if you would like to make a vegetable frittata. Be sure to use raw bacon (not pre-cooked bacon) because the fat that is released during sautéing is what cooks the vegetables!
  • OnionIf you have onion-haters in your family, you can add onion powder instead of onion for a more subtle flavor!
  • Minced garlic.Again, garlic powder can be used if you have picky eaters!
  • 4 cups vegetables of choice.You can use just about any kind of vegetable in this frittata recipe. Some suggestions include: bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  • Milk.I usually use whole milk because that is what we always have on hand, but any percentage works well. Just remember, the higher the fat content, the richer your frittata will taste!
  • Cheddar Cheese.You can use any variety of cheddar, but I personally prefer sharp cheddar. You can also use Colby Jack, pepper jack, mozzarealla, etc.
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FAQs about this frittata recipe

How do you know when a frittata is done?

This vegetable frittata recipe is done whenthe top is puffed, lightly browned and set.

How do you get a frittata out of the pan?

If you use a greased nonstick cast iron pan, you should have no trouble removing the frittata from the pan. Simply cut it with a knife and use a pie server to remove each piece.

How do you store a frittata?

Store any leftovers of this egg frittata in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze frittata?

Yes! This vegetable frittata recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Can I reheat frittata?

To reheat the frittata, simply warm it in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You can also reheat a frittata in the oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

What’s the difference between a quiche and a frittata?

A quiche is usually a creamier egg dish, more like a custard, that sits on top of a pie crust. A frittata is more like a fluffier egg bake!

Can you make frittata the night before?

Yes! you can make this egg frittata recipe the night before. You can either make the mixture and store it, covered, in the fridge overnight to bake in the morning, or you can bake it, store it covered in the refrigerator, and reheat it in the morning.

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Frittata Recipe

Laura

This easy Frittata Recipe is the perfect quick & healthy dinner, breakfast or brunch! Follow our step-by-step instructions and watch the video to learn how to make either a vegetable frittata or a frittata with bacon!

5 from 48 votes

Course Breakfast, brunch, dinner, Main Course, vegetables

Cuisine American

Servings 8 Servings

Calories 214

Prep Time5 minutes minutes

Cook Time20 minutes minutes

Total Time25 minutes minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs.

  • Add milk, sea salt, pepper, paprika and whisk until combined.

  • Add cheese and stir to combine. Set aside.

  • In a 10” cast iron skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, onion and garlic until bacon just begins to brown. (about 5 minutes)

  • Add vegetables, cover and cook until vegetables are soft and bacon is browned, stirring occasionally. (about 5 minutes)

  • Turn heat down to medium, add egg mixture, and quickly stir it into the bacon/vegetables in the skillet until everything is evenly distributed.

  • Cook on medium heat for about 4-5 minutes, until the edges are set.

  • Transfer the frittata to the preheated oven. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and set.

  • Remove from oven, let cool for 10 minutes, serve. (The frittata will puff in the oven. Do not worry, it deflates as it cools).

Video

Notes

How to make a vegetarian frittata:

To make this a vegetarian frittata omit the bacon.
Place onion, garlic and vegetables into a cast iron skillet with 2 TBS olive oil.
Cook over medium-high heat until the vegetables are soft (about 5-7 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Proceed with the rest of the recipe as directed.

How to make a frittata the night before.

You can make this egg frittata recipe the night before. You can either:

  1. Make the frittata mixture and store it, covered, in the refrigerator overnight to bake in the morning, or
  2. You can bake it, store it covered in the refrigerator, and reheat it in the morning, covered in an oven set to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes.

Store

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Bacon. As mentioned before, you can use 2 TBS olive oil in place of bacon if you would like to make a vegetable frittata. Be sure to use raw bacon (not pre-cooked bacon) because the fat that is released during sautéing is what cooks the vegetables!
  • OnionIf you have onion-haters in your family, you can add onion powder instead of onion for a more subtle flavor!
  • Minced garlic.Again, garlic powder can be used if you have picky eaters!
  • 4 cups vegetables of choice.You can use just about any kind of vegetable in this frittata recipe. Some suggestions include: bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
  • Milk.I usually use whole milk because that is what we always have on hand, but any percentage works well. Just remember, the higher the fat content, the richer your frittata will taste!
  • Cheddar Cheese.You can use any variety of cheddar, but I personally prefer sharp cheddar. You can also use Colby Jack, pepper jack, mozzarealla, etc.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2814IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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FAQs

Should I add milk to my frittata? ›

Adding a bit of dairy, whether it's cream or thick yogurt, is essential for getting the moisture and creaminess of the frittata just right. For every dozen eggs, use a half cup of dairy. It can be cream, whole milk, sour cream, yogurt, crème fraîche, even cottage cheese.

When building a frittata What is a good ratio of filling to eggs? ›

So how do you make a great frittata every time without always using a recipe? The answer is a ratio. For every six eggs, use 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 cup cheese, and 2 cups total of vegetables and/or meat.

What kind of cheese is best for frittata? ›

Go for high moisture cheeses

According to Cheese Science, high moisture cheeses like mozzarella and smoked Gouda are great melting cheeses that give frittatas their desired texture. Meanwhile, a low moisture cheese like Parmesan won't melt in the oven, especially when it's surrounded by a mixture of eggs.

When making a frittata which ingredient should be pre cooked prior to adding it to the egg mixture? ›

This also holds true for aromatics, like onions, and sturdy veggies, like raw potatoes. "They won't get much more tender once you add the beaten eggs," says Perry, "So cook them fully before combining everything." Don't be afraid of getting a little color on the vegetables: That's what makes them so delicious!

What is the frittata formula? ›

The Frittata Formula

Frittatas are incredibly simple. For every six large eggs, you'll want to mix in ¼ cup of milk or cream, ¼ cup of cheese, and about 3 cups of meat or vegetables. The small amount of milk and cheese keeps the eggs soft and creamy and the meat and vegetables give you endless options.

When should I add milk to eggs? ›

First, beat the eggs.

Place them in a medium bowl, and whisk until the yolk and whites are thoroughly combined. Add the milk or water, and whisk again! The beaten eggs should be an even yellow color, with no translucent spots or streaks.

How do you know when a frittata is done? ›

Cook the frittata in the oven just until the centre is no longer wobbly and the edges are golden-brown. If still unsure, place a knife into the centre of the frittata. If raw eggs run out, keep cooking. You want the eggs to be just set as the frittata will keep cooking while it's standing.

What size pan is best for frittata? ›

It's important to pull it from the oven before it's completely finished. The size of your pan is important- general rule of thumb- a 12 egg frittata should ideally be cooked in a 11-inch pan, a 6 egg frittata should be cooked in a 9-inch pan.

How do you keep frittata from getting watery? ›

Too much liquid will prevent your frittata from setting and, in some cases, make it kind of watery. For that reason, he warns against adding milk, and he recommends draining any vegetables that create a lot of water. If you're using a fresh tomato, chop it and drain the juice before you add it to your eggs.

What kind of frying pan is best for frittatas? ›

Cast iron pans heat evenly and retain temperatures well, and they can become quite nonstick if you take care of them properly. These attributes make them great for eggs, especially for recipes you want to transfer to the oven and finish cooking gently like a frittata.

What makes frittata spongy? ›

Dairy, like milk or cream, is a crucial component of frittatas. This is the ingredient that gives frittatas their signature creamy, fluffy texture. Without this important addition, frittatas cook up flatter and a bit more dense. Follow this tip: After whisking the eggs together, be sure to whisk in some milk or cream.

What do the French call a frittata? ›

The word omelet is basic French while the Italians call their version a frittata.

How do you fix a watery frittata? ›

One reason your frittata is soggy, is that an ingredient you used had water or other liquid that was released when cooking the frittata. One solution, is to drain all ingredients first before mixing, or to reheat the ingredients seperately, until the liquid is removed.

Should I put milk in my eggs for an omelette? ›

Many people add either milk or cream to their omelettes in order to bulk them out and have a more substantial dish without the need to add an extra egg. While this does work, it's crucial not to go overboard or you'll end up with a mixture that's too loose.

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