Zucchini and Cheddar Frittata

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This zucchini frittata is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche.

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I always love the idea of a frittata. So long as you have a carton of eggs, you can throw one together in 30 minutes, and they’re great for using up any leftover veggies, bits of meat, or hunks of cheese you might have languishing in the fridge. Problem is, they’re usually dry, spongy, and just not that good. Whenever I have one, I find myself thinking that for the same calories, I’d rather be eating quiche!

This zucchini frittata, however, is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche. There are three secrets to success: squeeze as much water as possible out of the zucchini; add heavy cream and lots of cheese to the egg mixture; and 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.

What you’ll need to make a zucchini and cheddar frittata

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Step-by-Step Instructions

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.

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Depending on how much water is in the zucchini, you may need to repeat this step.

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Next, melt a few tablespoons of butter in an 8 or 10-inch oven-proof, nonstick sauté pan.

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Add the shallots.

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Along with the zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

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Cook for 6-7 minutes, until the zucchini is tender.

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

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Whisk to combine.

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

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Pour the frittata mixture back into the pan.

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Bake for about 20 minutes, or until just set.

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Zucchini & Cheddar Frittata

This zucchini frittata is delicate and creamy, almost like a crustless quiche.

Servings: 2-4
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • ¾ pound (12 oz) zucchini (about 2 small zucchini)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots, from 1-2 shallots
  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces (about 1 cup) grated 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 1-2 times to remove any excess moisture.
  3. In an 8 or 10-inch ovenproof, nonstick sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot, zucchini and ½ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the moisture evaporates and the zucchini is tender, 6-7 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 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, 20-23 minutes.
  6. Note: Be sure to keep a dish towel over the pan handle after you remove it from the oven; it's easy to forget that it's hot and burn your hand.
  7. 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: 317
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Sodium: 337mg
  • Cholesterol: 689mg

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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

  • 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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