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Basic Easy Frittata Recipe

Updated on December 11, 2014

Make the Basic Frittata, Then Add Style!

Here's a basic, easy frittata recipe that's good for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Any time at all!

I love cooking frittatas. They're so easy, the ingredients are cheap and they're certainly a good start to the day. What more could you ask from a recipe? Frittatas are so tasty you may never cook anything else ever again.

If you have a cast iron skillet (or a pan that can go both on the stove and in the oven), eggs, and a few other ingredients, than you're ready to make a delicious frittata.

Before you start any recipe

  1. Get all your ingredients and tools together before you start.

    There's nothing worse than finding out find halfway through a recipe that you're missing something essential.

  2. Clean up as you go

    You'll find the cooking process pleasurable if you clean as you go. Keep some warm sudsy water in your sink for plates, bowls etc when you've finished with them. Make sure your bench is wiped clean

Eggs for a Frittata
Eggs for a Frittata

Basic Easy Frittata Recipe

How To Make a Delicious Frittata

To start, gather the necessary equipment:

  • A bowl or cup for mixing eggs
  • A fork or whisk for mixing eggs
  • A cast iron skillet or other oven proof skillet
  • A spatula

Then, gather the necessary ingredients:

Here is where the fun comes in! You could conceivably make a frittata with just eggs, but adding a few more ingredients will improve the taste and texture. This first frittata will only include cheese, just to give you the basic idea.

  • eggs (anywhere from three, for a small frittata, to seven, for a large frittata)
  • salt (sea salt is preferred)
  • pepper
  • milk (optional)
  • oil or butter (to prevent sticking)
  • grated cheese

Now that you have the ingredients and the equipment, get to work!

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serves:

Instructions

  1. Mix the eggs, salt, and pepper together in a bowl or cup with a whisk or fork until thoroughly mixed. I like to add a splash of milk for taste and consistency. Experiment with this to find your own preference.
  2. Turn on the cooktop to medium heat. Put the oil or butter into the cast iron skillet and place the skillet on the cooktop. Spread the oil or butter around, then add the egg mixture.
  3. Preheat the broiler to high heat.
  4. Sprinkle the cheese into the egg mixture. Stir the mixture gently and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture just starts to brown on bottom. Don't get it too brown, as the frittata will continue to cook in the oven. Don't worry if the top is still runny.
  5. Next, take the skillet off the cooktop and place it in the oven under the broiler. Broil for a few minutes, until the top just starts to brown and bubble.
  6. Remove the skillet from the oven with an oven mitt. Careful! The skillet handle will be very hot!
  7. Voila! Your frittata is ready. Wasn't that easy? Slice as desired and serve with salad, toast, or as is.
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Cast Iron Skillets - For Cooking Your Frittata

You'll want to cook your frittata in a cast iron skillet, or similar oven-proof pan, because the frittata is finished by putting it under a broiler.

Vegetables: Asparagus and Tomato
Vegetables: Asparagus and Tomato

Simple Frittata Recipe With Tasty Extras

Use Your Imagination!

Now that you know how to make the basic frittata, you can easily make a more complex (and tastier!) one.

You'll still need the same equipment (something to mix eggs in, something to stir, a cast iron skillet, and a spatula). In addition, have ready something to cut with for the vegetables.

Then, gather the necessary ingredients:

  • eggs (anywhere from three, for a small frittata, to seven, for a large frittata)

  • salt (sea salt is preferred)

  • pepper

  • milk (optional)

  • oil or butter (to prevent sticking)

  • grated cheese

  • greens, such as kale or spinach, with stems removed and torn into pieces

  • cherry tomatoes, halved

  • minced garlic
This is going to be one delicious greens and cherry tomatoes frittata!

Muffet.

Frittata and Extras

This is just one of many possible combinations. Instead of greens, you could use zucchini, peppers, celery, or even corn. You can use any type of cheese, including feta, parmesan, or mozzarella. You can even add meat, such as cooked bacon, sausage, or steak. The possibilities are endless!

Cook Time

Prep Time:

Total Time:

Serves:

Instructions

  1. Stir together the eggs, salt, and pepper, and a splash of milk, if using.
  2. Turn on the cooktop to medium heat. Put the skillet on the stove and add your oil or butter.
  3. Place the greens in the pan, and cover with a lid so that they can steam lightly. At some point, add the garlic: if you like a mellow garlic flavor, add it right in the beginning, or if you like a sharp garlic flavor, add it towards the end. But don't burn it!
  4. The greens are done when they're wilted, but not too brown.
  5. Add egg mixture and cherry tomatoes to the pan.
  6. Preheat the broiler to high heat.
  7. Sprinkle the cheese into the cooking frittata. Stir gently and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the frittata just starts to look brown on the bottom. Don't overcook at this stage, as the frittata will continue to cook in the oven. It's fine if the top is still runny.
  8. Take the skillet off the cooktop and place it in the oven under the broiler. Broil until the top just starts to brown and bubble.
  9. Remove the skillet from the oven with an oven mitt. Careful! The skillet handle will be very hot!

How To Make an Easy Frittata

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    • Lucildoll LM profile image

      Lucildoll LM 

      4 years ago

      Great lunch quick and easy and full of nutrients, thanks for sharing.

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      AlleyCatLane 

      4 years ago

      Sounds like something I would enjoy making and eating. Thanks for the recipe.

    • jmchaconne profile image

      jmchaconne 

      4 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: Thank you!

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @jmchaconne: That's a wonderful recipe, I made it myself from your easy instructions- yum!

    • jmchaconne profile image

      jmchaconne 

      4 years ago

      I love frittata's my grandmother taught me to do them when I was a boy. I wrote a lens about it called Nonna's Potato Frittata. We didn't use cheese, but that sounds like a good addition. It's an easy supper at the end of a day when I'm too tired to cook! Thanks for a nice lens!

    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 

      5 years ago

      Frittatas are just about the best way I know to (a) use up leftovers and (b) sneak more veggies into the carnivores in the family.

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      Ben Reed 

      5 years ago from Redcar

      I must make one soon.

    • tonyaalves3 profile image

      tonyaalves3 

      5 years ago

      I didn't know how to make them. Thanks for the recipe.

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      wiseriverman 

      5 years ago

      I'll be making this soon!

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      Great recipes. I like a lot the Spanish frittata (tortilla) a slow cooked frittata with potatoes, onions and chorizo. A whole meal.

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      'Vikk Simmons 

      5 years ago from Houston

      The Iranian Herb and Walnut Frittata really sounds interesting. Great job.

    • Brandi Bush profile image

      Brandi 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Frittatas are one of my favorite dishes...so easy to make and delicious! :)

    • oztoo lm profile image

      oztoo lm 

      6 years ago

      Frittata's are great and so easy. Nice with some spicy chorizo added. I really could do with a cast iron skillet though.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      6 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      I like to use up leftovers by making a frittata. I've never made a spaghetti frittata; will have to try it. Excellent info here.

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I've never made a frittata but it looks very easy. I'll have to try it one morning just for something different.

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      JJNW 

      6 years ago from USA

      Oh yum yum! This is a great frugal meal idea. Terrific!

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      JoyfulReviewer 

      6 years ago

      These look so easy and yummy ... can't wait to make one.

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      Lynne Schroeder 

      6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      I love frittata. These look really tasty.

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Looks delish, lovely recipe.

      *angel blessed*

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      Einar A 

      6 years ago

      Your recipes all sound so good! I think I'm going to try one this weekend, with asparagus, red peppers, shiitake mushrooms and garlic.

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      emmaklarkins 

      6 years ago

      Yum looks pretty tasty! :D

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      Helene-Malmsio 

      6 years ago

      I havent cooked a fritatta in ages - you've inspired me!

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      Helene-Malmsio 

      6 years ago

      I havent cooked a fritatta in ages - you've inspired me!

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      CruiseReady 

      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This doesn't sound hard at all! I like the idea of adding asparagus. Maybe mushrooms, too.

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      Tamara14 

      7 years ago

      Frittatas are one of those simple yet great meal ideas for just about any occasion. Great presentation! Squid Angel blessed~

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      Renaissance Woman 

      7 years ago from Colorado

      I love frittatas. My favorite recipe is for a spinach and mushroom frittata. Delicious!

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Mmm, the perfect combo!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Yummy! We love Frittatas - I especially like mine with green sald :)

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      TheFoodDigest 

      7 years ago

      As I'm into cooking, see The Food Digest Magazine, I enjoyed your recipe and will have to try it soon.

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      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      @orange3 lm: Totally. This is an awesome meal to make to use up leftovers!

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      orange3 lm 

      7 years ago

      I love frittatas! I like to make them whenever I have any ingredients on hand that need to be used up. What I have on hand usually determines the ingredients added to a basic frittata. Delicious! :)

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      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      @bames24 lm: Totally worth it :)

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      now that I know how to make them (because your lens taught me how)... I shall make them... :)

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: You can always start with a "breakfast for dinner" to get used to the idea of having dinner frittatas! Also, they're quite similar to quiches, which are a typical brunch or dinner meal.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Fritatas are the best. we make them quite often for breakfast. I have not made one other than the breakfast one but am going to give it a try.

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      I am hungry from just looking at the intro picture.

      Thanks for the recipes.

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      Tarra99 

      8 years ago

      Tasty looking lens...I've never made one of these...but they look like a tasty dinner...I think I'll attempt one...thanks and thanks for visiting my steampunk lenses.

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      VarietyWriter2 

      8 years ago

      Blesse by a SquidAngel :)

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I was hungering for a midnight snack when the aroma of that frittata up there at the top wafted by my computer. I'm ready anytime you are. Just let me tuck my napkin under my chin....

      Lensrolling this delicious lens to my Laftovers funny food fridge magnet lens

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      WebSpinstress 

      8 years ago

      Easy frittata tutorial to follow. I'm happy you included plenty of unique ingredient options to add to the eggs! Lensrolling to my Egg-cellent and Easy Egg Recipes. :-)

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