How to Make a Low-Carb Frittata

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Frittatas are wonderful. A frittata is an Italian egg dish made mainly on the stove.  It's easier to make than an omelet, and can be vehicles for almost any veggies, cheeses, or meats you happen to have around. They are served in wedges and are easily transportable - in Italy it's common to take a wedge to work for lunch. I like making large ones with a 12-inch skillet so I have enough for a few meals.

What You Need

  • A non-stick oven-proof skillet, preferably 12"
  • Eggs (12 for a thick frittata) and other ingredients
  • Heat-resistant spatula, such as silicone
  • Broiler (if you don't have a broiler, you can just put it in the oven to cook)


  1. Adjust the top oven rack - with a skillet (ovenproof!) on it, you want the top of the skillet to be 4-6 inches from the broiler. Turn on the broiler.
  2. Put the skillet (preferably 12" nonstick) on the stove and add about a tablespoon of oil. Add any raw vegetables or meat you want in your frittata and saute them until done, adding any herbs, spices, and salt you desire.
  3. Add any cooked ingredients and heat them through.
  4. Whisk eggs (12 eggs for a thick frittata in a 12" skillet, fewer eggs for a thinner frittata or in a smaller skillet) with salt, pepper, and 3 Tablespoons of water, milk, half and half, or cream. (Half and half is said to produce the best results.) If using cheese, add about half to the eggs (or you can save all of it for the top). Add the egg mixture to skillet.
  1. On medium heat, cook the eggs for about 2 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom with your heat-resistant spatula. When the eggs are mostly cooked but still very wet, stop stirring. You want to see cooked egg scattered throughout, but loose egg in between.
  2. Continue cooking on the stove for another minute so the underside sets.
  1. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on the top. Put the skillet under the broiler. Monitor carefully while the top browns. This will take 2-4 minutes, but it tends to happen suddenly once it begins.
  2. Remove the skillet from oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes to finish cooking in center.
  3. Cut in wedges and serve.


  1. Typical ingredients to go in frittatas are smoked meats such as ham and bacon, and vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and asparagus. But really, the only limitation is your imagination.
  2. Be sure to use an oven mitt or pot holder when removing the skillet from the oven. Just because the handle is cool when using it on the stove doesn't mean it will stay cool in the oven. For safety, leave the mitt or a dishcloth in place on the handle to remind you not to grab it with a bare hand.
  3. Frittata wedges freeze well. Cool completely before wrapping and freezing.

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