Crustless Broccoli Quiche

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

Omitting the crust in this crustless broccoli quiche cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and the cheesy custard is the best part anyway.

crustless broccoli quiche

There really is no other way to put it: this crustless broccoli quiche is insanely delicious. Whether you serve it for brunch, dinner, or any time in between, it’s worth every single calorie. Doing away with the crust cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and everyone knows the cheesy custard is the best part anyway. To hold the quiche together, I spread the broccoli out on the bottom of the quiche to create a crust-like layer, making the quiche sturdy and easy to serve.

If you’d like to substitute other vegetables, like asparagus or mushrooms, feel free but keep the ratio of veggies to custard the same – and, of course, always cook and season the vegetables before adding them. As with any quiche, the oven temperature is key. Quiche should be cooked at 325°F (not 350°F as most recipes direct) for the creamiest, silkiest custard. Eggs like to be cooked gently, and those 25 degrees really do make a difference. Finally, this quiche reheats beautifully so don’t hesitate to make it ahead of time and warm up as needed.

What you’ll need To Make Crustless Broccoli Quiche

How To Make Crustless Broccoli Quiche

To begin, melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Do not brown.

Add the broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/3 cup water.

Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is al dente and the water has evaporated, 3-4 minutes more. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, nutmeg, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.

Spread the broccoli and shallots evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie plate.

Sprinkle the cheese over top. I think Gruyère is perfect here — it melts nicely and has a nutty, earthy flavor — but Comté, Beaufort or Cheddar would also work well.

Then pour the egg mixture over the cheese.

Bake for about an hour, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown.

Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve. For more quiche recipes, check out my spinach quiche and my leek and parmesan quiche. Enjoy!

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

Omitting the crust in this crustless broccoli quiche cuts down on prep time, cook time, and carbs — and the cheesy custard is the best part anyway.

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots, from about 2 shallots
  • 10 oz broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces or smaller
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 5 oz) shredded Gruyère

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F degrees and set an oven rack in the middle position. Grease a 9-inch deep dish pie plate with butter.
  2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 4 minutes. Do not brown. Add the broccoli, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/3 cup water. Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli is al dente and the water has evaporated, 3-4 minutes more. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cream, nutmeg, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt, and cayenne pepper.
  4. Spread the broccoli and shallots evenly over the bottom of the prepared pie plate. Sprinkle the Gruyère over top. Pour the egg mixture over the cheese.
  5. Bake for about an hour, or until the custard is set and the top is golden brown. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve.
  6. Make Ahead: This quiche can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated. To warm up individual slices, simply reheat in the microwave for about a minute. To reheat the entire quiche, cover with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 300°F oven until hot in the center, about 30 minutes.
  7. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooled quiche may also be wrapped tightly in foil and frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the quiche from the freezer about 24 hours prior to eating and reheat it, covered with foil, in a 300°F oven until hot in the center.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 483
  • Fat: 43 g
  • Saturated fat: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 17 g
  • Sodium: 492 mg
  • Cholesterol: 321 mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Comments

  • Hey Jenn!
    Greetings from Austin, TX
    I’ve made your parm/leek quiche about 5 times and it has become a fave for me and my hubby and also when we bring it for holidays to the in-laws in DFW!
    Today I had a bunch of blanched broccoli from leftover Chinese Shrimp and Lobster Sauce. It was PERFECT to use in a quiche. I didn’t male it crustless, tho. I basically combined the two recipes and used the blanched broccoli they gave me with the shrimp. Sauteed a bit more in butter with the shallot and added it to the egg mixture. Thank you for teaching me that quiches must have heavy cream AND be cooked at 325F! Now that I know that ALL of them come out PERFECTLY!

    • — Carly on January 26, 2022
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  • i have made this recipe numerous times and it is always outstanding. I have had to improvise a few times. If I am short on the cream I substitute by adding half and half, sour cream or greek yogurt. Might not be as fluffy, but always a delight. I have used many different cheeses, but the gruyere is always the best. I find a smoked gruyere at Meijer stores. YUM!

    • — Amy on January 9, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn, thanks for this delish recipe! I made it for brunch and it was enjoyed by all. I only had frozen broccoli which worked well and substituted the gruyere for jalapeno Gouda cheese. The flavours were divine!

    • — Shereen Hayat on January 3, 2022
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  • I can’t wait to try this! What other cheeses could you suggest and replace for the gruyere cheese? Thanks, Donna N.

    • — Donna Nye on January 1, 2022
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    • Hi Donna, Cheddar or Swiss would be nice substitutes for the Gruyere. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 2, 2022
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  • I found your recipe after googling “The best crustless quiche.” You are so right, this quiche is “insanely delicious.” Cooking at 325 and using Gruyere cheese makes it a perfect choice too. I’ve made it twice in the last week for company and they all loved it. Whenever I have company for breakfast or brunch I will be making this recipe. Thank you a bunch.

    • — Marlys R on December 23, 2021
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  • Jenn, this recipe was OUTSTANDING ! I followed it exactly and it was better than quiche from the best French restaurant. Your instructions and comments are especially important and effective in delivering a mouth watering gourmet dish. The aroma in the kitchen also perked everyone up and we all loved it. You have something going with your incredible recipes that makes you stand out from any highly respected chef and all of the tv chefs.

    • — Terry on December 19, 2021
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  • Hi,

    I plan on making this Christmas Eve (probably ahead of time) will the broccoli be crunchy or tender in this recipe? One kid likes it tender other likes it crunchy, but tender is going win!

    Happy Holidays!

    • — Donna on December 19, 2021
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    • Hi Donna, because it’s cooked, it’s definitely tender. 🙂

      • — Jenn on December 20, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn. I plan on making this along with your Baked Apple French Toast for a brunch. Hoping you can help me as I only have one oven. You advise cooking the quiche at 325 but the Baked Apple French Toast is baked at 350. Will I ruin the quiche if I bake at 350? Please advise me. Always love your recipes & appreciate your help.
    Thanks, Dana

    • — Dana on December 13, 2021
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    • Hi Dana, instead of baking the quiche at 350 degrees, I’d bake both dishes at 325 degrees. You’ll need to cook the French toast for a bit longer. I’d increase the time that it’s in the oven covered with foil to 35 minutes. Hope that helps and that you enjoy both the quiche and the French toast!

      • — Jenn on December 14, 2021
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      • Thanks so much Jenn! You’re the best!

        • — Dana on December 14, 2021
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  • This is a wonderful dish, and it is so flexible. I have used sweet onions instead of shallots, frozen broccoli instead of fresh, and cheddar or even parmesan instead of Gruyère. It is beautiful when it comes out of the oven, and it is perfect for a low-carb diet, too. It’s great for using up the extra cream you may have bought for the holidays. Honestly, the hardest part is grating the cheese, and I only do that because I’m too lazy to get out the food processor. Simple and delicious!

    • — Vicki Frederick on December 8, 2021
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  • This recipe is delicious! Once you try this, it’s unlikely you will ever again make quiche with a crust. I have made this quiche several times for family and for friends, and everyone loves it.

    • — Tricia on December 5, 2021
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  • I had this at my friend’s house, TO DIE FOR. Then I made it and used a cast iron pan, the bottom got too brown. Making it tomorrow using a proper deep pie pan, can’t wait. Question: All the “make ahead” instructions talk about making the quiche the whole way (including baking it) then cooling and reheating it later. Can I mix the whole thing up and put it in the fridge without baking, and then bake in the morning? I know sometimes custards need to be at precise temp, and I’m worried it won’t turn out as wonderful if I do it this way

    • — Terri Schumann on November 22, 2021
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    • Hi Terri, I think your method will work well – it may just require a bit more time in the oven. Hope that helps and so glad you like the recipe!

      • — Jenn on November 22, 2021
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  • I have made this several times and it’s always delicious, sometimes I will add sausage or bacon and that is yummy as well!

    • — Patricia on November 20, 2021
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  • I love this recipe. It’s so simple to make really and I don’t miss the crust at all. I had frozen broccoli florettes and they worked beautifully. I also did not have shallots but had a mild yellow onion and I did not have Gruyere cheese but I had a mild Irish cheddar. The recipe came out wonderful. It comes out of the pie plate easily and I am convinced I will make this recipe again and again. I live alone so I cut it into six pieces and put it in a storage container after it had completely cooled and it makes an awesome snack or a meal. It kept for several days in the fridge quite nicely and reheated in the microwave nicely.

    • — Sherry on November 13, 2021
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  • This recipe was so easy and delicious! I didn’t have shallots so I used onions. Another great recipe! Thank you for sharing Jenn.

    • — Denise on November 13, 2021
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  • So Easy! So Good!!!!!!!

    • — Carole Bruno on November 10, 2021
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  • This was so lovely! I made as written, and it turned out beautifully. We didn’t miss the crust (and we love crust!). I often look for ways to cut back on carbs, so this will be a go-to for me and my family, for sure. Delicious!

    • — Kelly R on November 9, 2021
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  • Due to recent dental work my friend could not eat the broccoli as she is not allowed to chew for one month, can I still make this crustless and how? Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes. Ann B.

    • — Ann Beasant on October 31, 2021
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    • Hi Ann, I guess I’m not fully understanding your question. Are you saying you’d like to make this quiche but without the broccoli?

      • — Jenn on November 1, 2021
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  • This quiche is so delicious! Love that it is gluten-free and crustless (that was always my least favorite part of quiche!) I only had gruyere cheese, so that is what I used. Amazing, and will be making it for my next Holiday brunch!

    • — JD on October 14, 2021
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  • Delicious! Used a combination of cheddar and emmental, instead of gruyere. It started to get quite brown by the 45 minute mark so I covered it with foil and let it keep baking until close to the one hour mark. No issue with excess moisture but I cooked the broccoli for an extra few minutes even after the water evaporated.

    • — DebB on September 11, 2021
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  • I will definitely try this! What kind of pan are you using for the broccoli? I am in the market for a 12 inch nonstick pan with the extra handle and yours looks like exactly what I want.

    • — Jennifer Kfoury on September 9, 2021
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    • Hi Jennifer, It’s an All-Clad nonstick pan. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 13, 2021
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  • Wow! An absolute winner that ticks all three boxes – easy to make, gluten free and delicious.

    • — Melissa on September 4, 2021
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  • Can I use salted butter that I have on hand or do I need to add unsalted to my grocery list? Thank you!

    • — Kathryn A on August 27, 2021
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    • Sure – While it varies by brand, most salted butter has approximately 1/4 tsp. salt per stick, so you can use the salted butter and reduce the salt in the recipe as needed. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 29, 2021
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      • If I wanted to use this with a crust, how would the baking instructions differ?

        • — Melissa on October 13, 2021
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        • Hi Melissa, If you want to use a crust, I’d use the ratios from one of my other quiche recipes. Here’s one to refer to. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

          • — Jenn on October 14, 2021
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  • Can you substitute whole milk or even half and half for the heavy cream?

    • — Lani Kaskel on July 22, 2021
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    • Hi Lani, You should be able to get away with half and half here. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 23, 2021
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  • Can half & half be subbed for heavy cream?

    • — Karen Freeze Henderson on July 8, 2021
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    • Yes, you should be able to get away with half and half here. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on July 8, 2021
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  • Easy to make , lined a tin with baking paper. very satisfying using broccoli and shallots from my garden. the nutmeg gave an interesting taste.

    • — Olwen on June 23, 2021
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  • Have made this recipe many times and have always loved it! Could I modify the cooking time to make little individual servings for a party? If so, would I make them in muffin tins, mini tart pans or something else? For 24 servings, how much would I multiply the recipe? Thank you!

    • — Barbara on June 14, 2021
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    • Hi Barbara, You can make these in a muffin tin, but they will be very delicate. (Several readers have commented that they have made mini versions successfully.) If you’d like to serve 24 using regular-sized muffin tins, I’d guesstimate that you’d need to double the recipe (but I’ve never tried it so I’m not 100 percent certain how many serving that will give you). Please LMK how they turn out if you try it!

      • — Jenn on June 16, 2021
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  • Delicious. I have to make it at least once a month for my family. They requested it when I first made it months ago. Friends loved it too.

    • — Honey Hamilton on June 4, 2021
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  • Absolute perfection. I thought I had the world’s best quiche recipe, but this is divine. I did add some leftover bacon and wasn’t paying attention and put the custard in before the cheese. It was wonderful. I’ll be making this again and again!

    • — Margaret on June 3, 2021
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  • Wow this was as delicious as the reviews claim. I used to make a crustless quiche each week and they were okay. This recipe gets the proportions just right. I added the bacon bits as suggested and liked the porky flavor. I didn’t have heavy cream so used half and half with a spoonful of yogurt to thicken. Baked for 45 minutes at 325. Perfect.

    • — Barbara on May 11, 2021
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  • I made this the night before Mother’s Day and reheated it in the morning. Absolutely delicious. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • — Janice on May 11, 2021
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  • I made this for my daughter and it was wonderful. I added 6-8 fresh asparagus and a handful of spinach to the broccoli but otherwise followed the recipe. Mine too had a bit of excess moisture but not enough to affect taste or presentation. Great recipe! Another home run for Jenn.

    • — Kerry on May 11, 2021
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  • Made this for the first time yesterday and had for breakfast this morning. Great flavor but it was a bit watery. I’m thinking it’s from the broccoli absorbing the water from the sauté pan. Next time I may just squeeze the broccoli and sautéed shallot in a flour sack then out into our plate.

    • — Danette Harlow on May 7, 2021
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  • In the freezing instructions, it says to remove from freezer 24 hours before baking, Do you defrost at room temperature or refrigerator for those 24 hours? Thank you.

    • — Joy on May 6, 2021
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    • The fridge. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 6, 2021
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  • If I wanted to make this with a crust, would I use 4 eggs like your other quiche recipes? I made it a couple of years ago and can’t remember the changes I made. I do remember how amazing it turned out!

    • — Seema on May 6, 2021
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    • Yes, I would use the ratios in one of my other quiche recipes. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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  • Jenn – If I were to use frozen broccoli, would anything change in the recipe?

    • — Terri on May 6, 2021
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    • Hi Terri, If you’re using frozen broccoli, I’d cut it into 1-inch pieces. Just skip the step of cooking the it since frozen broccoli is already cooked. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on May 6, 2021
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  • OMG Jenn this was amazing! My first time making a quiche and I hit it out of the park with your awesome instructions. My wife was blown away and said this was the best quiche she had ever tasted. Thank you so much!

    I did add some chopped mushrooms but kept the veggie ratio similar to your suggestion. Simply amazing and would make it again…. and again!

    • — Amandeep Anand on May 4, 2021
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