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Zucchini and Cheddar Frittata

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Filled with heaps of shredded zucchini and extra-sharp cheddar, this zucchini frittata is good for brunch, dinner, or anytime in between.

I always love the idea of a frittata. You can throw one together in 30 minutes, and they’re great for using up any leftover veggies, meat, or hunks of cheese you might have languishing in the fridge. Problem is, they’re usually dry, rubbery, and just not that good. For same calories, I’d rather have quiche! This zucchini frittata, however, is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche. There are three secrets to success: 1) squeeze as much water as possible out of the zucchini; 2) add some heavy cream and lots of cheese to the egg mixture; and 3) bake the frittata in a low-temperature oven, instead of the traditional stovetop-to-broiler method, so the eggs cook gently into a custard without scrambling.

Ingredients For zucchini frittata

zucchini frittata ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by grating the zucchini by hand or in a food processor. It’s best to use small zucchini, as they contain less water.

Once grated, place the zucchini on several layers of paper towels and squeeze out as much water as possible. Depending on how much water is in the zucchini, you may need to repeat this step.

drying the zucchini on paper towels

Next, melt a few tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch cast iron or oven-proof nonstick pan.

melting the butter in the skillet

Add the shallots, zucchini, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

shallots, zucchini, and salt in skillet

Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until the zucchini is tender and cooked down.

cooked zucchini mixture

Meanwhile, combine the eggs, remaining salt, pepper and heavy cream in a large bowl.

eggs, cream, and seasoning in bowl

Whisk to combine.

whisked egg mixture

Add the cooked zucchini and grated cheese to the egg mixture and stir.

adding zucchini and cheese to egg mixture

Pour the frittata mixture back into the pan.

frittata mixture poured back in pan

Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until just set.

baked zucchini frittata

Serve the frittata warm or room temperature.

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Zucchini & Cheddar Frittata

Filled with heaps of shredded zucchini and extra-sharp cheddar, this zucchini frittata is good for brunch, dinner, or anytime in between.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound zucchini (about 2 small zucchini)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped shallots, from 1-2 shallots
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1¼ cup (5 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  2. Using a food processor or box grater, grate the zucchini. Place the grated zucchini on top of several layers of paper towels and wring dry. If necessary, repeat 1 to 2 times to remove any excess moisture.
  3. In a 10-inch cast iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot, zucchini, and ½ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until the moisture evaporates and the zucchini is tender, 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, a heaping ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  5. Add the cooked zucchini and grated cheese to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour the frittata mixture into the pan (no need to wash it), then place in the oven and bake until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Immediately place a dish towel or oven mitt over the pan handle after you remove it from the oven; it's easy to forget that it's hot and burn your hand.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The cooked frittata can be frozen for up to 3 months. Remove the frittata from the freezer about 24 hours prior to serving and reheat it in the microwave or, 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 (4 servings)
  • Calories: 460
  • Fat: 38 g
  • Saturated fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 8 g
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 23g
  • Sodium: 681 mg
  • Cholesterol: 458 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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

  • Love your recipes. I need to make breakfast for a larger number of people. If making in a 9x 13 pan would doubling the recipe be appropriate and if so how long should it cook? Thank you!!

    • — Karin on September 25, 2022
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    • Hi Karin, So glad you like the recipes! Yes, I’d double the recipe if you plan to use a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.The cooking time will be longer; I’d guess you’d need to add about 15 minutes but keep an eye on it. (It will be done when it’s set.) Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 26, 2022
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  • This was absolutely delicious! Thank you Jenn for sharing this recipe.

    • — Alison on September 21, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I’ve been following your blog for years and so many of your recipes are my “go to’s”. I’ve been making this zucchini frittata for years now but haven’t made it in a while. Did you change the recipe a bit? I feel like there are now more eggs than before? My family commented on this tonight, too. The frittata felt like quite a large meal. Larger than before. Not sure if we’re going a bit nuts or if the recipe is in fact different than before. 😂

    • — Krissy K. on September 19, 2022
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    • Hi Krissy, so glad you like the frittata and, no, you’re not going crazy! I did tweak the recipe by adding two more eggs as I felt like it wasn’t substantial enough before. 🙂

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2022
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  • Perfect – Easy, delicious, perfect proportions. Great reminder about leaving the pan handle wrapped with a towel after removing it from the oven. I wish I’d followed that advice 🙂

    • — Carol on September 18, 2022
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  • I love this recipe! I make it for my husband as a quick breakfast almost every week ☺️ I’m making a dinner for a woman who had surgery this week and was wondering if I could make this into a quiche? If so should I reduce the amount of eggs?

    • — Rachel on September 13, 2022
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    • Hi Rachel, so glad you like this! Unfortunately, tweaking this to make it a quiche would require more than cutting back on the eggs. If you’d like a zucchini quiche recipe, I’d look specifically for a recipe for that. Sorry!

      • — Jenn on September 14, 2022
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  • Delicious! The cream and the ‘slow’ bake in the oven (versus starting the cook on the stovetop) really make this a fantastic dish.

    • — Dan in AZ on September 13, 2022
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  • This was fabulous. Everything I make from your cookbook or blog is delicious- THANK YOU for what you do!

    • — Kathy on September 9, 2022
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  • This is the most delicious and flavourful frittata! A great way to use the zucchini from my garden!! Easy and bakes up beautifully!
    A lovely summer dinner with a side salad! Thanks Jenn!

    • — Linda on August 17, 2022
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  • I don’t have a cast iron or ovenproof nonstick skillet. Can I bake the frittata in a glass baking dish?

    • — Heather on August 8, 2022
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 9, 2022
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      • Thank you. I appreciate always getting a reply for my questions!

        • — Heather on August 9, 2022
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  • Great way to use zucchini Fluffy and delicious.

    • — Joanne on August 7, 2022
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  • Question can I use part eggs and part egg whites??

    • — Cheryl on August 7, 2022
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    • Sure, Cheryl, that will work. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on August 9, 2022
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  • Beautiful, sweet lovely frittata!! Best I’ve ever had.

    • — Girl in desert on August 4, 2022
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  • This was delicious. I have SO MUCH zucchini in my garden – I will definitely be making this again. I’d love to add a crust and try it as a quiche.

    • — Miranda on July 10, 2022
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  • I made this frittata today for Father’s Day and it was a hit. It took an extra four minutes in the oven – it was just perfect. I love not cooking the eggs on the stove top before putting in the oven like other frittata recipes I have made. Delish!

    • — Dominique on June 19, 2022
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    • This looks amazing but half my family can’t eat dairy.

      What product would you use to exchange the heavy cream for something non dairy?

      I know what cheese I would use but could use some advice for the cream.

      • — Andrea on August 7, 2022
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      • Hi Andrea, Thanks for your note. For a non-dairy option, some readers have commented that they’ve used Rich’s non-dairy coffee creamer (frozen) and Trader Joe’s unflavored non-dairy creamer. (Please keep in mind that I haven’t tried either of these.) I hope that helps! 🙂

        • — Jenn on August 9, 2022
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  • I’ve never had a frittata before this one and I’m saving this recipe- delicious. I took a tip from another commenter and doubled it and cooked it in a 12” cast iron skillet. I cooked it for 35 minutes. Thank you

    • — Kt on June 12, 2022
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  • So Delicious and so so EASY to make. Thank you Jenn for another winning recipe. We love so many of your recipes and we know that anyone we try will turn out to be a winner. I have three children, so mealtimes can be challenging. This recipe is easy to whip together for any meal of the day and it is a crowd pleaser. We live in Toronto, Canada so I used half and half instead of the heavy cream and used medium cheddar – turned out amazing. I always wanted to try this recipe but thought it would not turn out quite right when I make it. Well, was I wrong, so for all of you wanting to try it – go for it – it is easy and fast and so delicious.

    Jenn – if I wanted to use 9 eggs instead of 6 in a 10 inch nonstick pan – how would you adjust the recipe?

    • — Annie P. on May 28, 2022
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    • Hi Annie, So glad you enjoyed it! For 9 eggs, I’d increase all the other ingredients by 1/3. You may need to increase the baking time by a few minutes. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 1, 2022
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  • This recipe is terrific. I altered some of the ingredients due to what was in-house: added 1/2 red pepper diced, substituted smoked Gouda in place of the cheddar, and substituted red onion for the shallot. I really squeezed out the zucchini prior to sautéing. Excellent!!

    • — Tracy on May 22, 2022
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  • This was awesome! I substituted plain full fat Greek yogurt for cream.

    • — Peep R. on May 17, 2022
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    • This is amazing. A beautiful presentation for any meal. A few changes-supplemented 2% Greek yogurt and a tbs of Mayo for richness in lieu of heavy cream. Also used red onion and diced jalapeño. Oh my. Hubby loves loves loves. ❤️

      • — Lynn on May 22, 2022
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  • Made with Gruyère Cheese instead of Cheddar Cheese and the family loved it. Another amazing recipe Jenn.

    • — goga on March 19, 2022
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  • This was very nice. Even my son who doesn’t care for zucchini thought it was really good. I did double the whole thing and baked in a 12” skillet. That would have fed 3-4 adults (at least the way my family eats).

    • — Sue S on February 26, 2022
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  • i accidentally add 1/2 cup cream instead of 1/4 cup cream. What should I do to fix it.

    • — Suwen on January 19, 2022
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    • i baked extra 8 minutes and it turned out fine. I baked this ahead, so I can just warm up tonight when we are ready for family dinner. 🙂

      • — Suwen on January 19, 2022
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  • I have some left over ricotta and I’m wondering if I can incorporate it into this recipe, perhaps in place of the cheddar or the cream? Thanks!

    • — Tanya on January 13, 2022
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    • Sure, Tanya, I think you could use it in place of the cream. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 14, 2022
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  • The foodies in my house, a 14 year old, 58 yr old and 72 yr old, including me loved the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this!!! We will be trying out the spinach version this weekend.

    • — Uma on November 26, 2021
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  • This was absolutely delicious! Incredibly creamy and tasty. This recipe is a definite keeper. I added a few chopped grape tomatoes for a little color. Sooooooo good!!!

    • — Tracy on November 6, 2021
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  • Can I bake this in a corning ware casserole dish if sprayed with Pam? I want to make this for company and only have 1 nonstick pan.

    • — Kim on November 1, 2021
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    • Sure, Kim, I think that should work. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2021
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  • Do you think that this frittata or the spinach one could be adapted to be cooked on a sheet pan? That way I can make it for a crowd. Thanks!

    • — Karen on October 12, 2021
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    • Hi Karen, I suspect it could, but I don’t know how you’d need to change the recipe quantities or what the cook time would be. If you try it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on October 13, 2021
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  • Hi Jen! Can I make this in a Le Creuset enameled cast iron braiser for prettier presentation? Will it bake well it or do you still recommend a saute pan?

    Thanks!

    Liza

    • — Liza on September 18, 2021
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    • Sure, Liza, I think that should work. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on September 21, 2021
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  • Great flavor and texture. Will make again!

    • — Phyllis on September 17, 2021
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  • Delicious! I made this easy frittata this morning to go with a bowl of watermelon. I am an average cook but my skills are always elevated when I use Jenny’s recipes.

    • — Marcia Carlson on August 28, 2021
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