Zucchini Frittata

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By the luscious, creamy texture and complex flavor of this zucchini frittata, you’d never guess it was barely more than squash, onion and eggs. Choose the freshest eggs you can find for this since they play such a prominent role. We like to pack this frittata for picnics with a fluffy bibb lettuce and herb salad and my Go-To Vinaigrette.

Zucchini Frittata

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Serves 6

Zucchini Frittata


  1. 1 pound zucchini
  2. 1 pound sweet onion
  3. 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  4. 1/4 cup minced parsley
  5. Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  6. 8 large eggs, beaten


Preheat oven to broil with rack in top third of the oven.

Slice the zucchini and onion crosswise very thinly, preferably on a mandolin. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and sauté vegetables for 10 minutes, until tender and just softening but not yet brown. Stir in parsley, season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. When slightly cooled, pour vegetables into a large bowl, add the eggs and mix thoroughly. Season again with salt and pepper.

Heat a large, nonstick sauté pan (if using the same one you used to saute the veggies, wipe it out thoroughly) over high heat. When the pan is hot, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Swirl the oil around the pan, then pour in the egg mixture, tilting the pan to spread it evenly. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes, running a spatula around the edges and shaking occasionally, until the center of the frittata is just about set.

Transfer pan to the oven (if your handle is rubber, cover it with aluminum foil before doing so) and broil for 3-4 minutes, until the top of the frittata is evenly browned.

Invert the frittata onto a large serving plate and serve warm or at room temperature.


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  • Lyra Halprin

    I want to try this! (Still have stacks of lovely zucchini). Thanks, Lia.

  • http://nourishnetwork.com/members/liahuber/ Lia Huber

    You’re so very welcome, Lyra. Enjoy!

  • Dwoosd

    What an awesome meal. Had this for dinner & my 2 & 5 year olds loved it! It just seems to take me twice as long to cook the egg mixture than the directions call for. But well worth it!

    • Anonymous

      So glad y’all liked it! And you’re right it’s well worth the time. I adjust the heat depending on how much time I have to cook the eggs. If I have time, I’ll cook them nice and slow … which gives them a lovely texture almost like a firm custard–probably similar to what you experienced. The texture will be a bit more “eggy” if you cook it faster over a higher heat, but still very good.