This easy Breakfast Frittata is a crustless quiche recipe made in the air fryer! It's easy and delicious for any meal. Make as is or use favorite ingredients and toppings.
This recipe is perfect for busy mornings and a healthy breakfast the whole family will love. Easy breakfast frittatas can be customized for anyone's favorite ingredients.
There are great choices for making a vegetable frittata or adding some lean meat too.
- What is a frittata?
- Easy Breakfast Frittata in the Air Fryer
- What makes this skinny?
- Recipe Ingredients + Notes
- Additional Ingredient Suggestions (Skinny ideas)
- How to make it
- What size Air Fryer to use?
- What pan to use?
- Pro Tips
- How to Store leftovers
- How to Freeze it
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What is a frittata?
It's an Italian dish that is similar to an omelet or crustless quiche. In addition to eggs and milk it usually has ingredients like cooked vegetables or meat.
A traditional frittata is cooked in a cast-iron skillet on the stove top and either flipped over or finished in the oven.
Contrary to the name, frittatas are a wonderful, easy option for any meal of the day: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
They make a great main dish. Just add a side salad and you have a meal.
It's that recipe to tuck in your collection to whip up when you have unexpected company or are feeling lazy but want a protein-packed delicious meal.
Easy Breakfast Frittata in the Air Fryer
The only thing easier than making a regular frittata is making it in the air fryer. SO easy. It comes out with a golden top and settles into a delicious perfect frittata.
The ingredients are added into the pan and cook without intervention.
While it's cooking the frittata will puff up which is completely normal. Once out of the air fryer the egg dish settles into a solid omelette type consistency. If you like omelets and using an air fryer you'll love this recipe.
This base recipe is great for adding toppings like salsa on top. Or add a variety of vegetables to make it more substantial without adding loads of calories or WW SmartPoints.
This recipe is great for busy mornings. The egg mixture can even be made the night before, kept in the refrigerator in a sealed container then added to the pan just before cooking.
What makes this skinny?
- No heavy cream or whole milk used; non-fat milk is used
- No oil or butter used on the pan; non-stick cooking spray is used instead
- No high fat/high calorie ingredients used (a suggested list of skinny extras included)
Recipe Ingredients + Notes
Eggs. You'll use six large eggs. Use fresh eggs for the best flavor and results!
Non-fat milk. A half cup is used. The breakfast frittata tastes the same with non-fat and higher fat milk. Any fat content milk can be used.
Kosher salt. We recommend kosher salt because it has better flavor than regular iodized salt.
Garlic powder. Adds a light touch of garlic flavor.
Black pepper. Freshly ground black pepper has the best flavor. Any black pepper will work.
Add different spices. Paprika, smoked paprika, cayenne, red pepper flakes, sriracha or any favorite spices.
Add fresh herbs. Chopped or sliced fresh herbs like basil, chives or fresh thyme add a pop for fresh flavor.
Additional Ingredient Suggestions (Skinny ideas)
The rule of thumb is to use cooked meats, vegetables that cook quickly, pre-cooked vegetables or cheese. A combination can be used too.
To keep it skinny choose lean meat, vegetables and lower calorie cheeses. Here are some favorites:
Meat (finely chopped, shredded or sliced)
- Cooked turkey
- Cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken works great)
- Lean pre-cooked sausage (sliced or diced)
- Bacon bits
- Canadian bacon
Vegetables (fast cooking)
- Scallions or green onions (sliced)
- Fresh spinach (chopped)
- Canned and drained diced green chilies
Vegetables (pre-cook) - chopped
- Red bell pepper or other bell peppers
- Mushrooms (sliced or chopped)
Cheese (just a bit of cheese)
- parmesan cheese
- goat cheese
- feta cheese
- reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
How to make it
STEP 1. Preparation
Spray the pan being used (see options below) with non-stick cooking spray. If not the eggs will stick to the pan.
Preheat the air fryer at 350 degrees F.
STEP 2. Make the frittata
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.
Add the mixture to the prepared pan(s) being used. If using multiple pans divide the mixture evenly between the pans.
If adding other ingredients, add them now.
STEP 3. Air Fry
Place the pan(s) in the air fryer and cook at 350F for 12-16 minutes, or until a knife or toothpick inserted in the center of the frittata comes out clean. Since all air fryers cook differently test for doneness or add more time.
Check beginning at 12 minutes for one pan or around 8 minutes if using multiple pans. The size of your pan and the air fryer being used can change the cooking time slightly.
Note: check halfway through cooking to see if the top is browning. If so add a piece of foil on top.
STEP 4. Cool
Allow to cool in the pan(s) for 5 minutes before serving. Run a silicon spatula around the outer edge of the frittata and slice into servings (if making one large).
What size Air Fryer to use?
We have made this recipe in a 5.8 quart Cosori Air Fryer and a 7 quart air fryer. Both work great.
What pan to use?
The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made as one large frittata or mini frittatas (great for portioning).
For one: use one 7-inch pan. Shorter side pans create the best results in our testing. If possible use a 1 ½ inch tall pan. I've made the frittata in each this cake pan and pizza pan. Both work but the pizza pan makes the fluffiest result.
For two: use two 6-ounce ramekins
For three: use three 4-ounce ramekins
Always check the fit of the pan(s) you'll use in your air fryer before filling them to ensure they'll fit.
Add foil if browning starts. While the frittata cooks if the top begins to brown too much place a piece of foil over the top.
Every air fryer cooks slightly differently. Use the cooking times as a guideline. Each type of air fryer will cook in a slightly different period of time.
Shorter sided pans cook faster. In our testing when making one large frittata we found those made in higher sided pans needed to cook a bit longer than those in shorter sided pans.
May need longer cooking time if adding more ingredients. Monitor for doneness by inserting a knife in the center. Add more time if needed. Being at higher altitude can also require longer cooking time.
For shorter sided pans or ramekins: it's easier to place the prepared pan in the air fryer than pour the egg mixture into the pan. Use a liquid measuring cup to direct the pour.
How to Store leftovers
Allow the frittata to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
How to Freeze it
Allow the cooked frittata to cool. Wrap well with plastic wrap followed by foil. Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave.