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Enjoy oven-baked frittatas from breakfast to dinner

Updated on August 30, 2017

Avocados add a nice touch to a breakfast frittata fresh from the oven

Egg frittatas are quick, easy and fun meals for breakfast, lunch or dinner where you can be totally creative. Add leftovers, follow a recipe, or let your creativity guide you in the making. The frittata can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Frittatas make really good vegetarian dishes perfect for any time of day.

An avocado adds a lot to a frittata

The one food item that spells Spring to me is the plump green avocado. Let's face it. It looks a bit like a pear but the skin has the feel and texture of a crocodile. But the inside, that is something special: soft, creamy, and absolutely delicious, The avocado can make a meal.

What is it about the avocado?

Adding an avocado to my frittata brings forward relaxing memories. Whenever I go out to visit a friend of mine who lives in California, we always hit those big Whole Foods stores and bring a mountain of fresh food home so we don't have to bother with going out again. Avocados are at the top of my list. I love their taste and especially how they combine with other foods. They're rich and lush.

Each morning I would get up and fill a bowl with fresh strawberries, sliced apples, and one huge avocado. My mission? To eat it all while I sat and enjoyed their beautiful California weather, the huge pool, and the gorgeous view. It simply doesn't get much better than that. It was my early morning ritual. So avocados bring that spring burst of pleasure every time I eat one.

Read more about frittatas and this recipe

Keep reading to learn more about making these delightful open-faced omelets including a video by Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis who makes frittatas using a skillet pan the same way I usually do. Here she uses egg whites as well as some tips on how to make a truly fluffy frittata. You'll find variations including gluten free, and, of course, my Spring Frittata recipe and more photographs and videos.

  • Image Credits:All Spring Avocado Spinach Souffle Frittata photos in article are by author, 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Avocados bring thoughts of spring - Add avocados to your recipes

Avocados growing on a tree
Avocados growing on a tree

What's your take on the omelet debate? - Folded egg omelet or open-faced pie omelette?

Which way would you go?

My choice for a frittata pan

Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Skillet with Iron Handle, Cherry
Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 10-1/4-Inch Skillet with Iron Handle, Cherry

One reason I like this frittata pan is because the manufacturer states specifically that you can use this pan under the broiler and that's how I like to top off my frittata, whether it is completely cooked in the skillet or are baked in the oven.

 

What is a frittata?

What makes a frittata? - You say omelette, I say frittata

While the egg omelet and the frittata are pretty similar, there are a few definite distinctions.

  1. The frittata is made open-faced rather than folded.
  2. The frittata is cooked much more slowly. You want the bottom more cooked than the top.
  3. The frittata is often fluffier and the ingredients are added to the whipped egg mixture rather than placed on top once it's in the pan.
  4. The frittata is served up like a pie slice and can be eaten hot or cold.

The basic frittata recipe

Starter ingredients for a easy to make frittata - Added tips to make a fluffy open-faced omelette

What makes up the basic frittata?

I am a fan of the frittata and the major difference is that the frittata is served open-faced rather than flipped or folded over. There are several traditional ingredients that make up the basic recipe for an egg frittata. From those items, you can raid your refrigerator and add any combination that you like.

Isn't a frittata an omelet with a funny name?

Essentially this is similar to a basic omelet, often with added fluffiness, that is popped into the oven to cook. It is then served more like a pie rather than folded over as you would an omelette. The frittata often looks a bit like an egg pizza pie.

What can I put in a frittata?

There are as many variations as you can create. Options include your favorite cheese, meat, vegetables, and, of course any leftovers you have. There is no limit to what type of ingredient you choose.

What about special diets? Can you still make a frittata?

In addition to the no limit on the type of ingredient you use, the frittata easily adapts to different lifestyles, cultures, and diets. Varieties include egg white only, gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian. That's the wonder of the frittata.

  1. eggs
  2. milk
  3. cheese (your choice and optional)
  4. vegetables (your choice)
  5. salt, pepper to taste
  6. vegetable, chopped (your choice)
  7. meat, chopped (your choice)

Tips to make your frittata fluffy - How many eggs is the right number of eggs?

Feeling like your frittata needs a lift? Check out this egg tip.

My Spring Frittata Recipe

Recipe for my vegetarian Spring Avocado- Spinach Souffle Frittata

Celebrate Spring with this avocado frittata

Celebrate spring with this avocado and spinach baked omelet
Celebrate spring with this avocado and spinach baked omelet

Vegetarian Frittata spotlighting the Avocado

Avocado on the inside and the outside delights the taste buds with its flavor and texture. Add a few Clementines on the side and you have a true bouquet of flavors with this easy vegetarian frittata recipe.

Note: This is a vegetarian dish not a vegan one but I'm sure the recipe can be adapted to a more vegan dish, too. You would probably want to remove the spinach souffle that I added because I had leftovers and also the dairy items such as cheese and use vegan appropriate alternatives.

  • Image Credit Photo Credit: 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Gather the main ingredients - Make the Spring Avocado - Spinach Souffle Frittata

Ingredients used in avocado open faced omelet
Ingredients used in avocado open faced omelet

These are the main ingredients I used today to make my Spring frittata using avocado and spinach souffle. They include one avocado chopped and sliced, a little leftover spinach souffle, a chopped tomato, a couple of slices of American cheese diced and sliced, and a few sliced and sauted water chestnuts because i like their crunch.

  • Image Credit Photo Credit: 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Main ingredients for pie omelette are avocado and eggs 2013 copyright Vikk Simomns
Main ingredients for pie omelette are avocado and eggs 2013 copyright Vikk Simomns

Today's frittata is pretty much a vegetarian recipe. (Not vegan but vegetarian.) You can easily add the meat of your choice if you like.

Also, frittatas can be made in skillets and in ovens like today's recipe. I always use the broilier to top off any frittata I do whether it's in the pan or the oven.

  • Image Credit: 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 20

Serves: 4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbls water
  • 2 tbls milk
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 cup cooked spinach souffle
  • 1/8 cup water chestnuts
  • 1/4 cup tomato
  • pepper to taste (optional)
  • salt to taste (optional)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 slices American cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whip with a fork.
  2. 2. Cut up into small chunks 1/2 of the avocado and slice the other half.
  3. 3. Slice a few water chestnuts.
  4. 4. Chop a tomato.
  5. 5. Cut the 1st cheese into small pieces and slice the second piece of cheese.
  6. 6. Saute the water chestnuts.
  7. 7. Add the tomato, avocado, spinach souffle, and small cheese bits to the eggs to create the frittata mixture.
  8. 8. Add water and milk.
  9. 9. Add seasons to taste.
  10. 10. Pour into medium hot skillet and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  11. 11. Then put pan with frittata into the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
  12. 12. When ready, broil lightly for about 2-3 minutes.
  13. 13. Let frittata rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Cast your vote for The ingredients for today's Spring Frittata recipe

How to prepare the Spring Avocado Spinach-Souffle Oven-baked Frittata - Detailed directions to make this quick and easy open-faced omelette

If you're new to cooking or making a frittata, here's some detailed instructions after you've gathered the ingredients and prepared them. Now it's time to make the frittata egg mixture, prepare the skillet, and peheat the oven.

  1. Crack eggs into bowl and whip with fork.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and whip.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of milk and whip.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes.
  5. Break up spinach souffle and pour into frittata mixture.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add small pieces of cheese (I used American) to egg mixture.
  8. Add a teaspoon of oil to hot skillet (I use coconut oil).
  9. Add sliced water chestnuts to pan and lightly saute.
  10. Once the egg mixture is made and the water chestnuts have been sauted, it's time to pour the mixture into the skillet.
  11. Place the thin slices of cheese across the frittata mixture in the skillet so it lays on top and allow the frittata to cook for about 3 minutes on the stove.
  12. Transfer the frittata in the skiillet to the preheated 350 degree oven and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  13. After the frittata has cooked, top it off by broiling it for about 3 minutes. Just enough to get the cheese and top lightly golden brown (to taste).
  14. When finished allow the frittata to rest for about 10 minutes before serving hot. (Or, you can serve it cold or reheated later.)

Easy photo-steps to create the Spring Avocado Frittata - Bake this open-faced omelet in the oven

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Step 1: Take the chopped water chestnuts and lightly saute them in the hot skillet.Step 2: Meanwhile add the chopped tomatoes and chopped avocado to the egg, milk, and water mixture and whip.Step 3: Now add the cooked spinach souffle and stir into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Pour into the skillet so it flows over the water chestnuts.Step 4: Add strips of cheese and allow mixture to cook on the stove for a about 3 minutes before you put it into the preheated oven.Step 5: Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.Step 6: Turn off the oven and turn the broiler on low to top off the frittata.Step 7: When you have the golden brown you like, take it out of the oven. It is done.Step 9: Let the open-faced omelet rest for ten minutes before it's served.
Step 1: Take the chopped water chestnuts and lightly saute them in the hot skillet.
Step 1: Take the chopped water chestnuts and lightly saute them in the hot skillet.
Step 2: Meanwhile add the chopped tomatoes and chopped avocado to the egg, milk, and water mixture and whip.
Step 2: Meanwhile add the chopped tomatoes and chopped avocado to the egg, milk, and water mixture and whip.
Step 3: Now add the cooked spinach souffle and stir into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Pour into the skillet so it flows over the water chestnuts.
Step 3: Now add the cooked spinach souffle and stir into the mixture so it is evenly distributed. Pour into the skillet so it flows over the water chestnuts.
Step 4: Add strips of cheese and allow mixture to cook on the stove for a about 3 minutes before you put it into the preheated oven.
Step 4: Add strips of cheese and allow mixture to cook on the stove for a about 3 minutes before you put it into the preheated oven.
Step 5: Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Step 5: Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.
Step 6: Turn off the oven and turn the broiler on low to top off the frittata.
Step 6: Turn off the oven and turn the broiler on low to top off the frittata.
Step 7: When you have the golden brown you like, take it out of the oven. It is done.
Step 7: When you have the golden brown you like, take it out of the oven. It is done.
Step 9: Let the open-faced omelet rest for ten minutes before it's served.
Step 9: Let the open-faced omelet rest for ten minutes before it's served.

Ready to serve Spring Avocado - Spinach Souffle Frittata - This open-faced omelet is bursting with springtime sunshine

Avocado and spinach open-faced omelet, frittata style 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons
Avocado and spinach open-faced omelet, frittata style 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Plenty of green in this frittata with avocado and spinach souffle. Bright, cheerful, and delicious.

  • Image Credits: All photos of Spring Fritatta 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Things to use when you're cooking

My mom has always been a healthy eater but with her current heart condition (she's 98), we cook use these products a lot. (I am thinking about getting one of the avocado trees if it will grow well in my area.)

Silk Silk Soymilk Asptc Plain
Silk Silk Soymilk Asptc Plain

Instead of regular milk or even 2%, my mom loves Silk soy milk in her tea. We use the original not the vanilla, and it's sometimes called "plain."

I often use Silk in a recipe to replace cow's milk, and I keep the boxes on hand so we always have some kind of milk for her tea in case of an emergency where the refrigerator goes out. (We also use the Silk Milk found in the refrigerated section, too.)

 
Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil 100% Organic  Extra Virgin, Supports Cardiovascular Health, 32 fl. Oz.
Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil 100% Organic Extra Virgin, Supports Cardiovascular Health, 32 fl. Oz.

We switched to coconut oil a number of years ago for all the health benefits that you hear about so much today. It also tastes good and we like it.

 
Hass Avocado Tree--Will Arrive Between 3 and 4 Feet Tall
Hass Avocado Tree--Will Arrive Between 3 and 4 Feet Tall

Why not grow your own avocados? My aunt used to have an avocado tree right outside her patio area. All she had to do was pick the avocado off the tree to enjoy it as fresh as it gets.

 

Make a frittata in a skillet

How to cook a frittata in a frying pan instead of the oven.

Giada De Laurentiis makes a fun frittata - Food Network star shares her egg white recipe

De Laurentiis grew up in a household where frittatas were the norm. Her mom would use whatever leftovers she had in the refrigerator to make the day's frittata. De Laurentiis also uses a skillet rather than the oven to cook the frittata, which is how I originally learned to make frittatas -- and still do.

Types of frittata pans

Which pan would you use to cook an omelet pie?

Tips on how to use a small fry pan to cook a frittata

Feeling a bit unsure about your choice of cooking pan? Check out these tips and let your stress float away.

Use this nonstick double pan to skillet cook a open-faced omelet

Cuisinart FP2-24BK Frittata 10-Inch Nonstick Pan Set
Cuisinart FP2-24BK Frittata 10-Inch Nonstick Pan Set

This is a cool pan because it has a top and a bottom so it's really easy to flip if you want to cook your frittata in a skillet. Great 5-starred reviews on this one, too, and you can't beat the brand, Cuisinart.

 

Many types of pans can be used to cook a frittata

The 10” Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)
The 10” Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free)

This is the latest in kitchen pans and it's very environmentally sound. I'm seeing these more and more and they're getting great reviews. So you might want to check them out.

 

Different ways to make frittatas

Egg frittata with ham

Want a more classical breakfast or brunch where your open-faced egg pie features more than veggies. Why not add the traditional ham for an extra special slice of breakfast pie? Serve a slice on the plate with a few extras and you're on your way to having a delightful meal.

Make a frittata the Italian way - For a twist add a dash of Greek to this oven-baked omelette

Check out this video for simple and clear directions on making the frittata Italian style. Easy to do with this basic recipe and a few vegetables along with a nice list of options.

Make a fluffy frittata southwestern style good enough for brunch - Gluten free brunch or breakfast egg recipe

Watch how easy it is to make a southwestern style frittata using simple ingredients. This recipe uses salsa and fresh ingredients for a fluffy, tasty dish.

For a twist cook your frittata in a ramekin - Individual servings change things up

Want a different way to serve a frittata? Why not use ramekins. Ramekins are those wonderful small bowls that you can use to pour in your frittata mixture. Once filled, pop the ramekin into the oven to cook. Each person will have their own little frittata. Great for kids and great for something different.

Try Frittata Cupcakes for the kids! - Great twist on this breakfast open face egg omelet recipe served two ways

In this video, you'll see how you can take one frittata mixture to serve up frittita cupcakes as well as a regular style frittata for the family and make them at the same time. Fresh and fun food at your fingertips.

Choose your favorite among all these frittatas - Share your favorite style frittata

Frittata cooked in skillet frying pan 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons
Frittata cooked in skillet frying pan 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

How many types of frittata are there? As you've read, there are as many ways to make a frittata as there are stars in the sky to count. Are there any here that have raised your curiosity enough to give them a try? What about your own style of frittata? Share your thoughts here and take this fun poll.

The photo is of another frittata I made the other day. This one, an avocado only frittata, is one I cooked in the skillet and then topped it off in the broiler. I was playing around with the idea of making a frittata with avocados. We had it for lunch earlier this week.

  • Image Credit: 2013 copyright Vikk Simmons

Which frittata recipe do you most want to try?

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Do you like frittatas? Share your thoughts about this fun type of omelet. - I always like to hear from my readers.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I do like frittatas. Easy to make and hearty for supper or brunch.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      Great choice on the Le Creuset pan! I have the same one in blue, and plan to use it to make a frittata tonight. :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I really like avocado and I will try this frittata.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Returning to FB like this delicious loveliness...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How very beautifully presented with wonderful UUU that just flows....so deliciously done and now a purple star to always shine here, and your pictures are gorgeous....sweet! :)

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @DecoratingEvents: Thanks! Love that you might try it. We're an egg-lovin' family, too.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @GoodGirlSEO: Let me know how it goes. :)

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Yes. They are so creative, colorful and tasty.

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      GoodGirlSEO 4 years ago

      OMG I am totally going to try the avocado frittata. It looks so deelish.

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      Excellent recipe I will have to try. I love eggs just about any way you make them!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      I like the idea of having Avocados with this recipe, looks delicious.

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      bbsoulful2 4 years ago

      I saw the photo of your Spring Avocado Frittata on the highlight reel, and just had to check it out -- it makes my mouth water! Congrats on your new Pirate Prize!

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Your Spring Avocado Frittata looks incredible. I just love eggs any way I can get them. And eggs and avocados are the best! You've created a wonderfully mouthwatering lens.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @SusanDeppner: Once I made the frittatas I was a confirmed Frittata girl. Glad you like my recipe. Enjoy.

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      @mrdata: Thank you! That makes all that cookin' yesterday worth it. :)

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I make omelets frequently, but I'm only done a frittata once. Will be changing that balance very soon! We love avocados, too, so your spring avocado recipe sounds wonderful!

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Your Frittatas look delicious! Thanks for your recipes and congrats for your LOTD!