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Air Fryer Frittata

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Air fryer frittata is a great option for lunch or brunch. This protein-rich egg based dish is full of vegetables. It is a great recipe to use up leftovers, as well as being healthy and delicious. 

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Air fryer frittata cut into slices on a wooden board.
Air fryer frittata.

How to make frittata in an air fryer

A great idea if you want a quick and healthy weekend breakfast is to make a frittata. Frittata is a type of crustless quiche that is usually made with some combination of vegetables, cheese, or leftover meat. They can be eaten warm or cold and if you use an air fryer, they can be cooked in minutes.

Frittata is a great way to use up any leftover bits and pieces in your fridge, whether they’re vegetables, bacon, or ham. It’s a nutritious main meal, packed full of protein and nutrients, and is a great way to add variety to your diet because you can really throw just about anything into them and they’ll turn out great.  

Air frying is a great way to cook baked egg dishes, you should also check out my air fryer quiche, which is a version of this recipe with a flaky puff pastry crust and a ham and mushroom filling. Delicious!  

Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer frittata recipe, or read on for all the details. 

Ingredients

Eggs: use one egg per serving. Use the freshest eggs you can, as they really help with the texture of the frittata. Also when baking it is best to work with room-temperature eggs, so if you can, remember to get them out of the refrigerator around a half hour before you want to cook. 

Salt: a pinch of kosher salt or fine sea salt to bring out the flavors in this dish. 

Dijon mustard or mustard powder (Optional): Mustard gives a slight kick to a baked cheese dish, and really improves the flavor (IMO). You can also use Dijon mustard or wholegrain mustard. I add about ¼ teaspoon per serving. You can skip this entirely if you are not a fan of mustard.

Cheese: You will need around ¼ cup of shredded cheese per serving. Shredded cheddar cheese, jack, or Swiss cheese are all great options. 

Filling: For this recipe I used leftover potato, diced onion and fresh baby spinach. Feel free to use your choice of vegetables, or whatever leftovers you have in the refrigerator. Think leftover roasted vegetables, leftover sausage or roast chicken. You can use fresh vegetables to make it too, but I normally avoid anything you need to precook to cut down on prep time, so I usually stick to cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini, green onions, diced onions. 

You will also need some individual pie pans, approximately 4-4½ inches/ 10-12cm in diameter, or a single pie pan with a diameter of 8 inches/ 20cm, which serves 4.  

Directions

Step 1: Prepare. Lightly grease your pie pans, and slice or dice the filling ingredients, and cook any that need to be pre-cooked (you should be able to quickly pre-cook any ingredients in the air fryer while you are preparing the egg if you need to).

Step 2: Mix the filling. Whisk the eggs, mustard powder and salt in a bowl or large mixing jug (note: use a mixing jug if you have one large enough as it makes it much easier to pour the filling into the pan when it is ready). Add the shredded cheese and the other filling ingredients and mix until combined. 

Step 3: Preheat the air fryer to 320°F/160°C.  

Step 4: Bake the frittata. Carefully pour the frittata mixture into the prepared pan(s), Do not over-fill it, be sure to leave at least ½ inch of space at the top as it will expand during cooking and could spill out of the pan. Place pan in the air fryer basket, and bake the frittata at 320°F/ 160°C for around 20-25 minutes until golden brown and 160°F/ 72°C in the center. 

Step 5: Let the frittata set. The final step is to leave the frittata to set for at leave 10 minutes (longer if you want to cut nice clean slices). 

Serving frittata

I usually serve frittata for lunch or brunch. If it is a lunch a side salad makes a great addition, but for brunch I usually cook up a side of air fryer tomatoes while the frittata is setting. 

It is also great served with air fryer roast vegetables, which you can whip up while the quiche is resting (prep them while it is cooking, then air fry while you let the frittata set). 

Serve with a sauce such as fresh tomato salsa or Hollandaise sauce. Yum!

Storing and reheating

Store any leftover frittata in an air tight container in the refrigerator, and use within 3 days. Leftover frittata can be eaten cold, but you can also reheat it using one of the methods below. 

Reheating frittata in the air fryer

To reheat the frittata in the air fryer, place it in the air fryer basket (no pan necessary), and air fry at 360°F/180°C for 2-3 minutes until warmed through. 

Reheating frittata in the microwave

To reheat frittata in the microwave, place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 40-90 seconds (time will depend on how big the bit of frittata is and how powerful your microwave is).

Air fryer frittata recipe card

Air fryer frittata cut into slices on a wooden board.
Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Frittata

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

How to make frittata in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup diced precooked potato
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped onion

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease your pie pan [Note 1].
  2. Whisk the eggs, mustard powder and salt in a bowl or large mixing jug [Note 2]. Add the shredded cheese and the other filling ingredients and mix until combined. 
  3. Preheat air fryer to 320°F/160°C.
  4. Carefully pour the frittata mixture into the pie pan. Do not over-fill it, be sure to leave at least ¼ inch of space at the top as the frittata will expand as it cooks.
  5. Place the frittata in the air fryer basket (take care as air fryer basket will be hot). Air fry frittata for:
    - 20 minutes for individual frittatas 
    - 25 minutes for a single 8inch/20cm frittata
  6. Frittata is done when the top is golden brown, and it has reached 160°F/ 72°C in the center [Note 3].  
  7. Leave the frittata to set for at least 10 minutes [Note 4].  

Notes

  1. You will need either 4x 4½ inch/ 10-12cm pie pans, or a single 8 inch/ 20cm pie pan.
  2. Use a mixing jug if you have one large enough as it makes it much easier to pour the filling into the pan when it is ready.
  3. Check with an instant-read thermometer.
  4. Leave it to set for longer if you want to cut nice clean slices.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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