Quiche’s less-fussy cousin, frittatas are the answer to almost every meal dilemma. Looking to get creative with your leftovers? Veggies going bad in your fridge? Home late and craving a simple breakfast-for-dinner recipe? Say it with us: frittata, frittata, frittata. This versatile dish can handle most things you throw at it, but there are a few keys to make it the best it can be. Follow our top tips below to ensure you nail a fluffy-centered, crispy-edged frittata each and every time:
The best pan for a frittata:
Who doesn’t love a crispy edge?! Using a hot cast iron (our personal favorite) or any heavy, oven-proof skillet is really all you need to achieve it. Once you’re done cooking the add-ins, pour your eggs into the still-hot skillet, transfer to the oven, and let it do its magic. Same goes if you’re starting with leftovers—just get the pan nice and hot and add a little oil or butter to ensure nothing sticks.
A frittata is the perfect vehicle for practically any ingredients you’re looking to use up, whether they’re fresh or leftover. There’s a couple of important things to keep in mind though when preparing your dream frittata. First: Ratios are key. Keep your mix-ins to around 2 cups and your base to 8 eggs + 1/3 cup milk/cream + 3/4 cup cheese. Whisk ’em together, season with salt, black pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (if you like a little spice), and you’re ready to start building.
Top tips for making the best frittata:
—It’s vital to cook your vegetables and/or meat first, and make sure they aren’t soggy/overly-filled with liquid. In this recipe, we sauté our mushrooms and onions until soft and, more importantly, the water has cooked out of them. Veggies like bell peppers, leeks, green onions, kale, tomatoes, and even potatoes go well in frittatas. Tip: If your veggies seem a bit wet after cooking, give them a pat down to ensure they’re dry before adding your egg mixture.
— When you pour the eggs in over your cooked veggies, make sure to give the whole thing a quick stir to help distribute them all evenly.
Once you have your frittata ratio down, you can experiment with any mix-ins and fillings you please. That being said, if you’re looking for some inspo, take a page from some of our favorite frittata recipes, from our pizza frittata recipe, potato chip frittata, Italian sausage and pepper frittata affogato, or jalapeño popper frittata.
A frittata is perfect for any meal, anytime of day. If you’re serving this for breakfast, you can’t go wrong adding some pan-fried potatoes or crispy hash browns to your plate. Making this for dinner? Pair your frittata with a simple arugula salad or our air fryer sweet potato hash for a filling, easy end to your day.
Made this? Let us know how it went in the comments below!