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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

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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
  • ½ 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
  • 1¾ cups heavy cream
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1½ 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, ¼ teaspoon of the salt, and ⅓ 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 ¾ 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

  • Good morning Jennifer,

    BTW I love this recipe as is, but I want to add more crustless quiches to my dinner options. Is it possible to substitute the broccoli for mushroom or do you have a separate crustless mushroom quiche recipe?

    Thank you,
    Michelle D.

    • — Michelle on December 6, 2022
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    • Hi Michelle, Glad you like this! Feel free to substitute other vegetables, like mushrooms. Just keep the ratio of veggies to custard the same – and cook and season the vegetables before adding them.

      • — Jenn on December 6, 2022
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  • What advance prep can I do? I made this a while back and it was outstanding. Want to do it as part of a brunch spread and save myself time on the day. Cook broccoli ahead? Mix all liquid/grate cheese so it’s just an assembly job?

    • — Bayareagirl on December 3, 2022
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    • You can actually make and bake it ahead and reheat it — see the Make Ahead guidance at the bottom of the recipe. If you don’t want to do that, what you’ve suggested above in terms of prepping sounds perfect. Hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on December 5, 2022
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  • I make this so often that I know the recipe by heart. Great for brunch or a light dinner paired with a green salad. Five stars from me!

    • — Susan Hady on November 26, 2022
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  • Made this quiche for the first time for a ladies luncheon. It turned out beautifully and was a huge hit! Several friends requested the recipe. Absolutely delicious and a snap to make! I will definitely make it again!

    • — Louise on November 19, 2022
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  • Outrageously awesome quiche! I made this recipe strictly to plan. My end result straight from the over looked just like yours in the photo. Those in my family wary of quiche devoured their servings and wanted more. One had to put it away out of sight; she said she would have eaten the whole pan otherwise. This recipe is a splendid new addition to my list of quick and easy brunch entrees. Thanks a billion!

    • — Libby on October 31, 2022
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  • I’m making this quiche AGAIN today. At this point, I could almost make it with my eyes closed (lol). I occasionally substitute Emmental for Gruyère, and I put a little less salt. Otherwise, I follow your recipe exactly, and it always turns out great. I would recommend watching the quiche towards the end of the baking time, as I found that 1 hour is a maximum. It depends on the oven, I guess. Thank you for another great, easy, recipe. Gluten-free too!

    • — Anne on October 28, 2022
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  • Are there syns in this crust less one

    • — Wendy Hallas on October 20, 2022
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    • Hi Wendy, I think there may be a typo in your question and I’m not sure what you’re asking. Can you clarify? Thanks!

      • — Jenn on October 21, 2022
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  • The quiche I made came out a bit moist, too much water from not squeezing the water from the broccoli florets. I assume I ended up going beyond an al dente’ for this to have happened to me. I usually check for that but didn’t today and am sorry since this could have been wonderful but is now sub-standard.

    • — Teri Watkins on October 17, 2022
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  • Can I substitute frozen spinach for the broccoli? If so how much would I need? Thanks!

    • — Staci on October 12, 2022
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    • Hi Staci, It should work, but it won’t be quite as sturdy. I would use 1 lb frozen spinach, very well drained.

      • — Jenn on October 12, 2022
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      • Hi Jenn,
        Can I substitute anything else for the heavy cream? I always have 2% milk.
        Thank you!

        • — Erin on October 16, 2022
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        • Hi Erin, I think you could get away with half & half in place of the heavy cream here, but I wouldn’t recommend milk – sorry!

          • — Jenn on October 17, 2022
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  • This recipe came in my email this morning. I made it at noon and it’s amazing!! It’s definitely a keeper and will be made again and again. Love the low carb. Just delicious!

    • — Glenna Ross on October 10, 2022
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  • Can you use frozen broccoli florets
    Can you use Romanesque broccoli
    Can you use a 9inch quiche pan or is it too shallow

    • — Amy marcus on October 3, 2022
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    • Hi Amy, Frozen broccoli is fine. Make sure you thaw it and once thawed, put it in a strainer to strain off any liquid. You can also skip the step of cooking it since it’s already cooked. I’ve never cooked with Romanesque broccoli so I can’t say from experience, but I think it should work. And as long as you’re quiche pan is at least 1.5 inches deep, it should be okay. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 4, 2022
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  • Delicious and SO EASY to make! It will be a regular from here on out!

    • — Karen Kukta on October 2, 2022
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  • Delicious! I made this last night for dinner and it came out great. We both loved it. It was served with a mixed green salad and a simple balsamic dressing. I substituted cheddar cheese and we loved the flavor. Will make again with other veggies-asparagus. I liked the idea of it being crustless. It had such great flavor.

    • — Polly on September 22, 2022
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  • This was my first time making quiche. I will definitely make it again.

    • — Sharon on September 20, 2022
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  • I originally made this quiche several years ago for my foursome bridge group, they loved it. Of course my husband needed me to make it again for him, a big hit!! I and two other helper cooks made this outstanding quiche for 40 women for Christmas sit down Luncheon and Meeting in December of 2021. Everyone “had” to have the recipe. I shared your recipe along with your website and names of your great cookbooks! I have made so many of your great recipes and every single one has been a rave hit in our home and with friends. Jenn, I can’t thank you enough for bringing new delicious recipes to our table. 🥰👍

    • — Virginia ( Ginny ) Baer on August 30, 2022
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    • Thank you so much for your kind words — so glad you like the recipes! 💗

      • — Jenn on August 31, 2022
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  • To use frozen broccoli florets; i know to defrost them, but I want to make sure they dont get watery. Any suggestions?

    • — Joni on August 16, 2022
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    • Hi Joni, As you mentioned, thaw it first. Once thawed put it in a strainer to strain off any liquid. You can also skip the step of cooking it since frozen broccoli is already cooked. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on August 17, 2022
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  • This may be my absolute favorite recipe I’ve ever made! Which I know sounds so silly because it’s “just” a quiche. But I could eat this for every single meal. It is just so delicious. Yet again you’ve created an amazing recipe, I’ve made a lot of your stuff and I’ve yet to encounter a dud!!

    • — Anne on August 11, 2022
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  • Just made this lovely recipe! It was absolutely delicious! Thank you Jenn for sharing your excellent cooking skills with us! I bought two of your cookbooks and use them several times a week. My family loves everything I make from your recipes. Thanks again!!

    • — Judy on August 9, 2022
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  • This recipe is delicious and easy! I first made this quiche exactly as written and my family loved it! I have made it several times since then, and usually make it differently every time and it turns out incredible! I always substitute extra virgin olive oil instead of butter and unsweetened almond milk instead of cream and it always turns out great. Other options include a pound of lean, ground pork, browned first and drained first a little sage added; red pepper chopped first and sautéed in olive oil; mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese rather than guiyere (not quite as tasty but can be substituted in a pinch); sliced mushrooms, sautéed in olive oil first; and I usually add 6-8 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half to top the quiche off before baking (arrange tomatoes in a nice circular pattern and gently press each tomato half into the top of the quiche to ensure smooth baking). I sometimes add one or two teaspoons to the cooked vegetables before adding to the quiche for a little extra flavor. Make this quiche for brunch, lunch or dinner – you won’t regret it!

    • — Betty R. on June 15, 2022
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    • 1 or 2 tsp. of what?

      • — Sandy on December 4, 2022
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  • Delicious!! And easy. I am getting ready to make it for the third time. I used hickory smoked gruyere the first time, regular gruyere the second. Prefer the added flavor of the hickory smoked but both were so good! Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to trying your other recipes.

    • — Lisa on June 7, 2022
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  • This is DEFINITELY a repeat quiche. A big hit for a ladies brunch. Thanks!

    • — Gail on June 4, 2022
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  • Absolutely delicious! I will definitely make it again and next time a tiny bit little less salt. I also made the lemon carrot salad and the flavors compliment each other perfectly.

    • — Pat on June 3, 2022
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  • The best crustless quiche recipe I’ve made so far!! It was a hit at work, everyone asked for the recipe.

    • — Amanda on May 31, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I just made this now, and came out perfect.
    Thank you very much for your delicious recipe.

    • — Maria on May 21, 2022
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  • I tried it! It came out great! I made this for Mother’s Day brunch. It was absolutely delicious. I used white cheddar cheese.

    • — Lori on May 8, 2022
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