Find out what makes a frittata different from an omelet.
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What is a frittata? What is a frittata made of?

A frittata is an Italian egg dish where the eggs are mixed with the ingredients and not folded in as a filling, like in an omelet. Egg frittata is cooked slowly in a frying pan and then either flipped or finished under the broiler in the oven.

What are the Different Types of Frittata?

There are many different variations of frittata, which is popular as a breakfast or brunch dish because it's quick and easy to make.

Vegetable frittata contains vegetables such as asparagus, spinach, or broccoli, that are usually precooked.

Frittata can also be made with different cheeses such as ricotta or goat cheese. The frittata can be vegetarian, or contain bacon, sausage, or cooked meats.

Frittata muffins are a mini-frittata baked in a muffin pan to make individual servings. Like a traditional frittata, frittata muffins can be made with all types of ingredients.

What is the Difference between a Quiche and a Frittata?

Frittata has a higher egg-to-milk content than quiche. Most frittata recipes call for just a few tablespoons cream or milk. Also, frittata has no crust, whereas most quiche recipes have a pastry crust. And, lastly, frittata is cooked in a pan on the stovetop and only finished in the oven, whereas quiche is entirely baked in the oven in a baking pan.

What is the Difference Between Frittata and Strata?

Strata is similar to the American layered egg, cheese and bread casserole that is baked in the oven.

Some Favorite Frittata Recipes

"Radish tops and leeks are sauteed and then snuggled inside a fluffy egg frittata for a delicious brunch," says Buckwheat Queen. "Top with a dash or two of your favorite hot sauce. Leftovers make great sandwiches."

frittata on plate with radish greens, red onions, and hot sauce
Photo by Buckwheat Queen
| Credit: Buckwheat Queen

"Make sure all your vegetables are tender, hot, and well seasoned before adding your eggs, and not a lot can go wrong," says Chef John.

Spring Vegetable Frittata
Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

"Make this frittata even easier by using cooked bacon from the freezer," says Mildred Marie Martin. "It's a wonderful dish to serve at brunch or to take as leftovers for lunch."

Bacon Cheese Frittata
Photo by Chris Friest

"Tortilla Espanola is a dish I make all the time at home," says Jaime The Tomato Snob. "My boyfriend's family are Spanish, and he just loves this authentic dish. It's easy to prepare and always a crowd pleaser. Traditionally this dish only uses only onions, potatoes and egg; however I like to add a little green, either parsley or chives depending on your taste. They're both wonderful."

Tortilla Espanola
Photo by LovingLimes

"A tasty combination of zucchini and fresh herbs goes so well with salty Halloumi cheese in this easy frittata," says Diana Moutsopoulos.

Halloumi and Zucchini Frittata
Photo by Diana Moutsopoulos

"Spaghetti with tomato sauce gets a new home: in a frittata," says Buckwheat Queen. "A complete meal for your next brunch that is sure to please everyone. Leftovers are delicious too!"

Spaghetti Frittata
Photo by bd.weld

"This classic Italian frittata uses both the courgette and courgette flowers, boasting loads of summertime flavors," says AnnaG. "It's great warm or at room temperature, which makes it a great choice for buffets or picnics."

Frittata di Zucchine e Fiori di Zucca (Italian Courgette Frittata)
Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Check out our collection of Frittata Recipes.