Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata

Skip the omelette and go for a frittata! They are totally fool proof. This one is stuffed with chunks of ham (great for leftovers), tender broccoli and pockets of ooey gooey cheddar cheese. It is completely irresistible for breakfast, lunch or dinner! 

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Recently my mom put this photo of her and my dad up on Facebook:

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Aren’t they so cute? They had just gotten engaged. My mom told me that she was on the phone in her mother’s kitchen calling people to tell them the news.

There were lots of comments saying this looks just like Eric and Nikki, my two oldest siblings, but my cousin Aaron said, “That is Karen on the phone!” And I said, “Really Aaron? I was thinking Nikki. But then again I have been known to see old photos and think to myself, ‘Why was I wearing such an ugly shirt?’ then I realize it’s Nikki not me.”

She responded with, “Karen I have evidence of your clothing choices and will share some examples:”

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

I’m on the left. That’s my adorable cousin Hillary in the middle thinking, “I wonder why Cousin Karen is wearing something so horrible.”

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Nikki said, “Oh yes, I did.”

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

I’m on the right. Nikki: “Sure, I was 17 and you were 8, but I WIN.”

Yes Nikki. You DO win. There is no way I will ever be able to live down that Bumblebee themed dance costume. Or the dalmatian-collared sweatshirt paired with floral-lined overalls. Mom, where were you?? Although really the problem is that she’s here with me now looking at the pictures (still recovering from surgery) and she said, “The overalls and dalmatian sweater look like they’re a set. Right?” No mom. No.

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Okay, I apologize. No one came here to see my prepubescent self making bad fashion choices. Have some frittata.

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan

Frittata is one of my favorite breakfast-for-dinners. It is just so easy to clean out the fridge and throw whatever you find in with some eggs and cheese. I love this broccoli ham cheddar version. They are just the greatest combo! The best part is that the cheese is left in cubes instead of shredded; this way you get actual pockets of cheesy perfection, like you can see here:

Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata from The Food Charlatan


Let me know if you make this frittata! Tag #TheFoodCharlatan on Instagram so I can see it :)

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Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Frittata

Yield: Serves 6

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, or half a large onion, chopped
  • 1 crown fresh broccoli, florets separated
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked ham, chopped (I used a ham steak)
  • 6 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into chunks
  • 9 eggs
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 pepper, or to taste


  1. Add 5 cups water to a small pot. Season with 2 teaspoons salt. (Not the salt called for in the frittata). Bring the pot to a boil.
  2. In an 11 inch cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until translucent, 5-8 minutes. If the onions are finished cooking before you are ready to add the rest of the ingredients, turn the burner off.
  3. Add the broccoli florets to the water when it's at a rolling boil. Immediately cover with a lid and set a timer for 3 minutes. No peeking! When the timer goes off, drain into a colander right away. Don't rinse.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, 3/4 teaspoon salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.
  5. Preheat your broiler. Move the rack to about 5 inches from the flame.
  6. When the onions are cooked, spread the broccoli in the pan. Top with the chopped ham. Sprinkle the chunks of cheese over the top.
  7. If you have turned the burner off, turn it on to medium. Make sure the pan is hot before adding the egg mixture.
  8. Pour the egg mixture over the top. Don't stir. Cook for 7-9 minutes, or until the edges are starting to set.
  9. Transfer the pan to the broiler. Broil for 2-5 minutes. Don't walk away! Check it every 1 minute. The frittata is done when the top is brown and the eggs are set (not wiggly).

This recipe was originally posted by me on I Heart Naptime. I was a contributor for Jamielyn’s blog last year, but I figure you guys want the recipes too!

Other breakfast recipes you will love!

Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata << I looove gouda. And plus bacon? Sign me up.

Bacon, Gouda, and Spinach Frittata from

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche << this is my favorite quiche of all time!! It’s meatless, so that is saying something people.

Asparagus, Tomato, and Goat Cheese Quiche

Baked Veggie Egg Cups:

Baked Veggie Egg Cups

Other great frittata recipes from awesome blogs:

Caprese Frittata from Cafe Delites
Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Frittata from Budget Bytes
Spinach Mushroom Feta Frittata from Love Grows Wild





  1. Janice says

    Wait! No fair! I thought you had on a sweatshirt and were holding a big bag in front of youI didn’t know those were overalls! Clearly your father dressed you that day. (sorry, Rich, I have to throw SOMEBODY under the bus)
    I’ll go drown my sorrows in this excellent cheesy frittata….

  2. kris says

    Thanks for the photos Karen! I think we all have photos like this. On my favorites is our family photo from the 70’s. Linda and I are wearing MATCHING mini-dresses, my mother has a bouffant hairdo and Eric, Linda and my dad are wearing quite large plastic glasses – they all look like owls. Hoot, Hoot! Phil is the only cute normal looking one (he was like 5). So embarrassing. I do love your overall outfit and I wouldn’t have recognized you as the chubby round faced girl in the first photo without the caption. You have definitely improved as you’ve gotten older! Your mom and dad are super cute! Good to memorialize these moments in the cloud forever!

    • says

      Haha!! I need that photo Kris! It’s going on the internet. The bouffant needs to be immortalized. And I almost don’t recognize myself in these photos. It’s a good thing Eric never saw me until I had, erm, blossomed, otherwise I don’t think I would get to call you my mother-in-law.

  3. Dana says

    Hello my name is Dana and I do not own a cast iron skillet. Whew, that felt good getting that off of my chest. Now the real dilemma… How do I get this yummy frittata in my pie hole without having that dang skillet????? HELP ME!!!!!!

    • says

      Haha! It’s okay Dana, we still like you, skillet or no skillet. SADLY though, you really do need something cast iron for this one. But I’m telling you, if all you ever do is make nothing but frittatas in your skillet for the rest of your life, it will be worth the few dollars spent. They are trendy right now so you can even find them at places like Target. DO IT!! :)

  4. says

    I have a picture of me in a Little Mermaid costume when I was little that hopefully stays hidden for many, many years. Haha.
    Frittatas are such a great way to wake up. This one looks beautiful. And of course everything tastes better in a cast iron skillet!

  5. says

    Oh how I love your stories and these photos are awesome!! They remind me of my really awkwardly dressed self back in the day!! I still need help in the fashion department but I think I have gotten a little better. My poor daughters, hopefully when they grow up they will have more fashion sense and they can just tell me what to wear with what. LOL! We love frittatas and I LOVE the chunks of cheese you put in yours!
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  6. sherry mayes says

    Just wanted to say. I was looking up recipes for quiches and yours came up. Aside from the really annoying pop ups, what really turned me off was your conversation with yourself about poop and boogers. As a mother of four, (3 boys), I know it happens. As a person who does not like to feel queasy while eating or looking up recipes.. I do not let it happen more then once. You should really think twice before you post such low profile junk on your site. Just saying. Turn-off.

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