Basic Frittata Recipe With Whatever You Have on Hand

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This delicious and easy frittata recipe is the perfect base formula to make the best frittatas with any meat, cheese, or vegetables you have on hand! Try bacon feta and tomatoes for a yummy breakfast idea!

Cooked in a cast iron skillet, this amazing frittata formula is perfect for whatever you have on hand! You can make any type of frittata you’d like with ease!

Baked frittata in a cast iron skillet on a marble board with farm fresh eggs next to it.

Frittata Recipe

When you have an abundance of eggs on your hands or you simply need a great breakfast or brunch recipe to make for a crowd, a frittata is the perfect thing!

This flavorful meal is full of protein and is so easy to adapt to whatever ingredients you may have in the fridge! It’s the perfect “kitchen sink” style recipe that allows you to get creative by tossing in whatever sounds good.

Seriously you could make any type of frittata that sounds good to you, and it will turn out perfectly with our simply formula!


Frittata Formula: 8 eggs + salt & pepper + 1/2 cup cream + 2 cups total {whatever meat, cheese, and vegetable combination you’d like!} = yummy frittata recipe!


You’ll bake this recipe in the oven just like a Dutch Baby Pancake, but you could certainly cook it covered on the stove too! Your whole family will love this decadent cheesy, flavorful egg recipe!

Uncooked frittata on a marble cutting board in a cast iron skillet, with dish of farm fresh eggs in the upper left corner.

What is a Frittata?

A frittata is an Italian dish made of eggs and toppings such as meat, cheese, and vegetables. Similar to scrambled eggs, crustless quiche, and omelette’s a frittata is baked in the oven or cooked on the stovetop in a large skillet. The word Frittata is Italian and loosely translates to “fried“.

Frittata vs Quiche vs Omelette

A Frittata is very similar to an omelette or quiche. The difference is that a frittata is not folded over like an omelette, and the cheese is mixed in rather than folded between the cooked eggs.

Unlike a quiche, the frittata does not have a buttery pie crust base, it is made of eggs with additions like vegetables, meat, and cheese.

Ingredients for a frittata recipe with bacon, tomatoes, and farm fresh eggs on display on a marble cutting board.

Ingredients for Frittatas

  • Eggs: Eggs are the star of the show in this dish. Farm fresh eggs will be best; however, you can certainly use beaters or even egg whites! 1 large frittata needs about 8 whole eggs.
  • Cream: You can use any dairy you’d like to add some creaminess to your recipe. Cream will provide the best results, but you can use milk, or even a milk substitute in the case of allergies.
  • Seasoning: Salt & pepper help round out any dish, but you can add any type of seasoning or herbs you’d like to compliment the combination of ingredients you’ll be using for your recipe. Try Italian seasonings, or even a Mexican seasoning if it works with your ingredient combination!
  • Vegetables: The options are endless! Any vegetable combination you desire can be added to a frittata! Some great combination ideas are below.
  • Meat: Pork is the most popular meat of choice: ham, bacon, or sausage. You could certainly add whatever type of meat you’d like such as chicken sausage, ground turkey, or even ground beef!
  • Cheese: Just like the meat and veggies, you can use any type of cheese you’d like! Full flavored cheese will be best such as: feta, cheddar, parmesan, gruyere, and swiss are all good options!
Baked frittata in a cast iron skillet on a marble board with farm fresh eggs next to it.

How to Make a Basic Frittata Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk 8 eggs, add 1/2 cup cream (or milk) and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. In a 10″ oven-proof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat and sauté meat and any other veggies that take longer to cook (onions, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers) until cooked through. Drain any excess fat. Add softer veggies and any other herbs or spices such as zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until al dente, 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from heat and pour in the eggs. Stir in the cheese, and add any additional toppings desired.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until *just* golden on top and cooked through.

Frittata Recipe Combination Ideas

In all of the combinations below, preheat the oven then start by whisking the eggs and milk, add salt and pepper if desired.

Sauté the meat and any vegetables that take longer to cook (such as broccoli, bell peppers, onion) in a 10″ oven-proof skillet. Once al dente, sauté herbs, softer vegetables (mushrooms, tomatoes, etc…), and garlic if desired for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Remove the skillet from heat and pour in the eggs mixture, and top with cheese and any additional herbs and veggies desired. Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through.

Frittata with Bacon

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 6 slices bacon + 1 cup veggies of choice + 1 cup cheese of choice

Vegetarian Frittata

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 1 – 1 1/2 cup veggies of choice + 1 cup cheese of choice

Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella. and Basil

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 1 cup sliced tomatoes + 1 cup mozzarella + fresh basil (dried works as well, about 2 teaspoons)

Caramelized Mushroom, Onion, and Ham

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms + 1/2 onion, sliced + 1 cup diced ham + 1 cup cheese of choice

Broccoli, Cheddar, and Bacon

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 6 slices bacon + 1 cup broccoli + 1 cup cheddar

Denver Style

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 1/4 cup sliced onion + 1/2 cup diced bell pepper + 1 cup diced ham + 1 cup cheddar

South Western Style

8 eggs + 1/2 cup cream + 1/4 cup sliced onion + 1/2 cup diced bell pepper + 1 cup spicy sausage + 1 cup cheddar + 2 tablespoons taco seasoning

Baked frittata in a cast iron skillet on a marble board with slice on a plate with a fork.

Cream vs Milk vs Dairy Free

The cream in this dish makes the eggs more silky and adds a custard like texture to the frittata.

If you are out of cream, use milk instead. Or, you could skip it altogether, add an additional 1/2 cup cheese.

If you are dairy intolerant, use your favorite milk substitute.

Slice of frittata on white plate.

How to freeze a frittata?

While you can freeze a frittata, the results will vary based on the type of ingredients you use.

Vegetables with a lot of moisture content may leak and cause a rubbery or unpleasant taste when reheated.

To freeze, allow the frittata to cool completely, then cut into individual slices. Place each slice in an airtight container or freezer bag and store in the freezer up to 3 months.

To thaw, microwave in 60 second intervals until warmed through or re-heat in the oven at 300 F until heated through.

Make Ahead Instructions

Make ahead the frittata recipe up to 3 days in advance and store covered in the refrigerator after cooling completely.

To re-heat, place the frittata in thee skillet back in the oven at 300 F until warmed through.

Note: Vegetables with a high moisture content (like tomatoes, zucchini, and asparagus) will leak and cause an undesirable texture once re-heated.

It is best to make a frittata recipe right before serving!

Individual Servings or For Two

To make an individual serving, you can divide all of the ingredients equally in a muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes. This is a great way to prep breakfast for the week!

Store extra egg muffins in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer up to 3 months.

Baked frittata in a cast iron skillet on a marble board with slice on a plate with a fork.

Frittata Recipe

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This EASY frittata recipe will give you the perfect formula to make the best frittatas full of flavor and protein!

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cream (or dairy of choice)
  • 1 cup cheese of choice
  • 1 cup vegetables of choice
  • 1/2 cup meat of choice

Instructions

    Preheat oven to 375 F.

    In a large bowl whisk 8 eggs, add 1/2 cup cream (or milk) and a pinch of salt and pepper.

    In a 10" oven-proof skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat and sauté meat and any other veggies that take longer to cook such as onions, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers until cooked al dente. Drain any excess fat.

    Add softer veggies and any other herbs or spices such as zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until al dente, 3-4 minutes.
    Remove the skillet from heat.

    Pour the eggs directly into the skillet, then stir in the cheese, and add any additional toppings desired such as herbs or additional vegetables.

    Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until *just* golden on top and cooked through.

Notes

Eggwhites or beaters may be substituted for eggs if desired. Follow the instructions on the packaging for conversions.

If diary allergies are a concern, a dairy alternative may be used.

Any type of cheese, meat, or vegetable combination can be used! Common meat options are bacon, ham, or sausage. Common cheese options are swiss, cheddar, feta, parmesan, or gruyere. Vegetables such as onion, mushroom, zuchinni, tomatoes, potatoes, or broccoli are great! Get creative with it.


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