This homemade frittata is our favorite family breakfast recipe! It has a hearty and savory flavor and perfect texture, and it is easy to make. This healthy breakfast option is packed with flavor, protein, and real food ingredients. Less than 30 minutes required. Feel free to add in your favorite veggies and meat. This frittata recipe is great for the whole family!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This veggie frittata is quick and easy to make.
- Less than 30 minutes in total.
- Great for a healthy breakfast, easy brunch, or breakfast for dinner!
- Both kids and adults love this recipe.
- It is a fun alternative to scrambled eggs, over hard eggs, quiche, and omelets.
- Great way to use up leftover veggies.
- Feel free to add your favorite vegetables, meats, and cheeses.
- Perfect for occasions like Christmas morning, Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, and birthday brunches.
- It feeds a crowd.
- This recipe is filled with nutrients, vitamins, and real food ingredients.
- It is naturally gluten-free, nut-free, and added sugar-free.
- Check out this Kale Ricotta Quiche for another favorite recipe!
What is a Frittata?
A frittata is an Italian-inspired egg-based dish that marries the heartiness of an omelet with the simplicity of a crustless quiche.
The word “frittata” comes from the Italian verb “friggere,” meaning “to fry,” which is a nod to its cooking method.
Traditionally, a frittata is made by whisking eggs and mixing them with various ingredients, such as vegetables, cheeses, meats, or herbs. This mixture is then cooked in a skillet on the stovetop until the edges set, and the top remains slightly runny. Finally, the frittata is finished under a broiler or in the oven to achieve a golden, fluffy finish.
This healthy recipe is completely customizable! Add in your favorite veggies and meat. We love spinach, tomatoes, onions, Gruyere cheese, and mozzarella. We serve this on special holidays, birthdays, and Christmas morning!
Ingredients & Substitutes
Scroll down to the recipe card below for the full frittata recipe and instructions.
Use fresh, large eggs. If possible, use free-range organic eggs.
Milk helps thin out the batter. Feel free to use any type of milk. Unsweetened almond milk can be used.
Sea salt and pepper add a little flavor.
Olive oil helps cook the veggies. Feel free to use avocado oil or butter.
Use your favorite veggies! Onions, peppers, tomatoes, and spinach work well for this recipe.
Crumbled bacon adds a hearty flavor. Substitute with ham, chicken, or ground beef if desired. Turkey bacon works well too.
Shredded cheese adds the classic cheesy flavor! Use cheddar, mozzarella, a Mexican blend, or your favorite type of cheese.
Lastly, garnish with fresh herbs. Basil and oregano are great.
Taste & Texture
The taste and texture of this frittata are nothing short of extraordinary.
Each bite is a delightful combination of creamy, savory goodness from the eggs and cheese. The exterior boasts a lovely golden color, while the inside remains moist and tender.
The contrast between the slightly crispy edges and the soft interior creates a mix of textures that is sure to keep you coming back for more.
The frittata has a strong egg flavor. It will also taste like the veggies, meat, and cheese that you add in.
How to Make
First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until well combined. Then, set aside.
Heat the olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
Add the diced onion and bell pepper. Sauté the veggies for 5 minutes, until they become soft and translucent.
Then, add in the spinach and crumbled cooked bacon. Sauté for 1 minute.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, making sure it evenly covers the vegetables and other ingredients. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, allowing the bottom to set.
Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the eggs are fully set and the cheese has melted.
Carefully remove the skillet from the oven.
Allow the frittata to cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle fresh herbs on top. Finally, slice and serve!
Expert Tips for Success
To ensure your frittata turns out perfect every time, here are some expert tips.
For vegetables or meats that require more cooking, such as potatoes or bacon, precook them before adding them to the egg mixture to ensure they are fully cooked in the final dish. In this case, cook the bacon until crispy and crumbly. Then, begin this recipe.
Avoid overcooking the frittata to maintain its creamy texture. Remember that it will continue to cook slightly even after removing it from the oven.
Use high-quality ingredients. Since the frittata relies on a few key components, use the freshest eggs, cheeses, and vegetables available to elevate the flavors.
Ensure your skillet is generously greased to prevent sticking and make it easier to slide the frittata out when serving.
Quiche Versus Frittata
While frittatas and quiches share some similarities, they are distinct dishes. The primary difference lies in the composition of the egg mixture.
Frittatas use a higher proportion of eggs to other ingredients, resulting in a denser, firmer texture.
Quiches, on the other hand, contain more dairy, such as milk or cream, which yields a softer, custard-like texture.
Additionally, frittatas are crustless, while quiches feature a flaky pastry crust. Both are delicious in their own right, but the frittata’s simplicity and flexibility make it a more accessible and quicker option for everyday cooking.
Flavor Variations & Add-Ins
Here are some ways to get creative with flavors and ingredients.
Mediterranean Frittata: Incorporate tomatoes, spinach, olives, and feta cheese for a taste of the Mediterranean.
Tex-Mex Frittata: Add bell peppers, onions, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese for a zesty Tex-Mex twist.
Italian Frittata: Feature sun-dried tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and prosciutto for an Italian-inspired delight.
How to Serve & Store
Serve the frittata warm, cut into wedges or squares, either as a standalone meal or paired with a side salad. For a full breakfast spread, serve with potato pancakes, air fryer potatoes, bacon, or ham.
Great with coffee, tea, or freshly squeezed orange juice. Our green smoothie pairs well with it too!
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To reheat, simply warm the frittata in the oven or microwave until heated through.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frittatas are typically cooked on the stovetop then finished in the oven. Omelets are primarily cooked on the stovetop. Frittatas are typically cooked in a round pan and they are usually thicker. Omelets have a higher ratio of eggs to other ingredients.
No, they are easy to make!
Yes, they are similar but not the same.
Use an oven-safe skillet.
Yes! Continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the eggs are completely set and the cheese is melty.
Frittata tastes like eggs, cheese, veggies, and meat if you add it in.
It is done when the eggs are fully set and the cheese is melted.
Nonstick Oven-Safe Skillet: This oven-safe skillet is great for this recipe!
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