Asparagus Frittata


Quick and easy asparagus frittata. Perfect for spring! Eggs, Gruyere or Swiss cheese, shallots, and asparagus.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

It’s spring and asparagus are in season! A great way to enjoy them is sautéed with some shallots and cooked up with eggs into an easy frittata.

Most of the cooking is done on the stove-top. When the eggs are close to being set, you sprinkle everything with grated Gruyere cheese and pop it under the broiler.

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Don’t have Gruyere? You can use any Swiss cheese or even an Italian blend.

My father got bit by the frittata bug this week and made these for us for lunch a few days ago. This is a quick and easy, no-nonsense recipe that makes a terrific frittata in hardly any time at all.

Asparagus Frittata Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 pound thin spear asparagus, tough ends snapped off, spears cut diagonally into 1-inch lengths
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese (can sub cottage cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese (can sub an Italian blend)


1 Cook shallots in butter: Heat butter into a 10-inch oven-proof frying pan over medium heat.

Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they soften and turn translucent, about 3 minutes.

2 Add asparagus and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

3 Add egg mixture: Beat the eggs, ricotta cheese together, and salt, stir in the chives and tarragon.

Pour the egg mixture into the pan and cook until almost set, but still runny on top, about 4 to 5 minutes. While cooking, pre-heat oven broiler.

4 Top with cheese and broil: Sprinkle Gruyere cheese over the eggs and put in oven to broil until cheese is melted and browned, and the center is set, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove pan from oven with oven mitts and slide frittata onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges. (Be very careful with the hot pan handle! I usually ice down the handle of any long handled pan I take out of the oven so that no one mistakenly tries to pick up the pan by the hot handle.)

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Moira

    Yum! Asparagus is cheap right now in Australia so this was the perfect recipe to find. I used pecorino romano and parmesan. Often I don’t love frittata but the addition of ricotta gave it a lovely lightness. Thank you!


  2. Cassie

    Excellent! Light, fluffy and just the right blend of spices. Slipped out of the pan perfectly and made a beautiful presentation. I had asparagus that was just a little beyond its prime, and this was the perfect way to use it . Thank you for suggesting that cottage and Swiss cheeses could be substituted for the ricotta and Gruyere because I had those in the fridge. Simply Recipes always has the best and most reliable cooking ideas on the internet!


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  3. Susie

    Amazing. I made few changes-4 eggs plus egg whites, used goat cheese and added panko-parm breadcrumbs at the end. Topped with balsamic glaze. Lovely. Thank you!


  4. MARY

    Super Tasty! I made it weight watchers friendly by cutting the butter to 2 tsps, the cottage cheese to half cup and the gruyere to 1/4 cup. Not as cheesy but delicious nonetheless! 2 points!


  5. Elaine

    Fantastic! I had to make a few substitutions (cheddar for gruyere and rosemary for tarragon) but wow was this delicious!!


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