Air Fryer Frittata. How to make a delicious and healthy air fryer breakfast frittata. Loaded with sweet potatoes, spinach, peppers, parmesan cheese and Mediterranean seasonings, this air fryer frittata is a game changer.
Air Fryer Frittata
I am trying to think of the first time I had a frittata and fell in love with the simplicity of it, but I truly can’t remember.
It was probably on one of my many trips to the Greek Isles as a kid.
I have always been quiche obsessed and a frittata was always the healthy plan B.
But back then our air fryer was way too small to make a frittata and instead it would take a lot longer to prep a frittata for lunch.
Dominic would steam the vegetables in our old Russel Hobbs Steamer, beat the eggs and then cook the frittata in the oven.
Not ideal when you live in Portugal and your apartment kitchen makes the whole place feel like a sauna, but OMG the frittata tasted amazing.
He would make a homemade frittata with potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots and we never left even a teaspoon of frittata on the lunch plate, because it was that good!
Kyle would be at school too, so it was perfect for the two of us, while we are working from home.
Five years later, we still eat a lot of frittatas as they are so delicious, but now we air fry them and it speeds up the process and they taste better and feel a lot more hands free and no more hot kitchens to worry about.
Though I mostly make them now for my breakfast after dropping Sofia off at school.
But I never get them to myself as Jorge always knows whenever I have food and will run over to me with a fork!
Frittata vs Quiche
A frittata is a Mediterranean version of a quiche or flan. Many people call a frittata a crustless quiche. Or the air fryer mini frittata is also known as air fryer egg cups.
Though when I mentioned that I was making an air fryer frittata to one of my readers, they told me it was also known as an air fryer breakfast casserole.
Now I can see why this simple Mediterranean dish can confuse so many people with all its various names.
What Is The Difference Between An Omelette & A Frittata?
Hang on a minute, didn’t I just describe an omelette?
A frittata is more common for sharing with people and having a much bigger depth.
It can be chopped into big squares just like a quiche can. Whilst an omelette is often flat like a pancake.
A frittata is also cooked in two stages unlike an omelette.
The first stage is when you sauté and cook your vegetable add ins such as spinach, onions and peppers.
Then the second stage is when the egg mixture is loaded over the vegetables and cooked in a dish until the frittata fully sets.
Do You Put Milk In A Frittata?
You can use milk in a frittata, but it is more common to use cream. I like to use either cream or coconut milk.
The thicker the option that you go with, the easier it will be for your frittata to set.
If you are worried about calories, note that only a tiny amount of cream is used and that a frittata feeds at least 2 people, so its not going to be heavy in calories.
Frittata In Air Fryer
Making a frittata in the air fryer is EASY. It is split into three easy to follow stages and I find it easier and quicker than the stovetop alternative.
- Stage 1 is using the air fryer to sauté your vegetables that you plan to use. When your veggies are cooking in the air fryer you can be getting stage 2 ready.
- Stage 2 is loading your vegetables into a frittata dish and adding your egg mixture on top. It is then loaded with more veggies and cheese and air fried.
- Stage 3 is air frying your frittata until a cocktail stick comes out clean.
You can then slice and serve.
Air Fryer Frittata Fillings
Your air fryer frittata can have whatever you like in it. I love my vegetables and my frittatas are often vegetarian, but you can have meat in ours if you prefer.
There is just one main rule that you need to follow. Don’t have JUST wet vegetables in your frittata.
It will make it way too runny and it wont set. If using spinach use fresh or squeeze out extra liquid.
Also, don’t have just wet vegetables. For example, a frittata with zucchini, tomatoes and spinach wouldn’t work. But having 2 of these 3 with potatoes and peppers would.
My favourite air fryer frittata fillings include:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Mixed Peppers
- Spring Onions
- Sweet Potato
- Grated Cheese
In fact, I will often have all these fillings in one frittata.
I recommend that you mix and match with your favourite fillings but remember my wet rule that I mentioned above.
Air Fryer Frittata Cooking Time
This is the hardest part of making your air fryer frittata. That is getting the cooking time spot on.
I feel like I lack patience when making a frittata in the air fryer.
I see air fryer frittata recipes that suggest 16 minutes and when I follow these my frittata is not set, and I feel like I have done something wrong.
But I had a few more goes at air fryer frittatas and found that the ideal cooking time is:
- 16 minutes at 180c/360f
- 5 minutes at 160c/320f
This allows for the frittata to be fully cooked and to come out perfect.
Reheating Frittata In Air Fryer?
You can also reheat your frittata in the air fryer. Though I don’t do this very often because an air fryer frittata tastes nice warm or cold.
In fact, I often take my frittata down the beach for picnics or to the waterpark during the summer months.
To reheat an air fryer frittata, load it back into the air fryer and cook for 5 minutes at 140c/320f and then serve.
Air Fryer Frittata
- Peel sweet potatoes. Dice mixed peppers and sweet potatoes. Place in a bowl and add olive oil, thyme and salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until everything is well coated.
- Load into the air fryer basket and cook for 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Beat eggs with cream, add extra salt and pepper and mix in half the grated parmesan cheese.
- When the air fryer beeps load the vegetables into the air fryer baking pan, including the wilted spinach and pour over the egg mixture.
- On top of the egg mixture add cherry tomatoes, sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano and the last of the grated parmesan cheese.
- Air fry for 16 minutes at 180c/360f, followed by a further 5 minutes at 160c/320f.
- Allow to cool slightly, slice and serve.
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