Easy Tips So You Can Freeze Frittata (How-to Guide)

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Learning how to freeze frittata can sound rather intimidating for the beginner or novice. But as someone who loves frittatas, the reality is that it’s easier than you might think.

If you’re an avid meal planner or simply want healthy frozen breakfast options for on-the-go moments, freezing this delicious dish offers time-saving conveniences and helps avoids unnecessary food waste.

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By following these tips and methods you can freeze your frittata in a way that provides the best results, keeping your breakfast delicious and enjoyable.

Can you Freeze Frittata?

The short answer is yes, you can freeze frittata and there are different methods to do so. Just recently I made an Italian frittata recipe as part of a Sunday brunch for my husband and me. Even though he loves all my frittata dishes, he wasn’t very hungry, so he only ate a slice or two.

I didn’t want the frittata to go to waste, so I froze the frittata so we can eat the rest later, either for a breakfast or simply a snack.

You can freeze frittata whole, or you can freeze individual pre cooked slices. It is best to freeze your frittata cooked, not raw. Reheating the frittata is simple and can be done using an oven, toaster oven, stove, or microwave.

I must be honest here, when you freeze a frittata, the texture will change a little. So if you’re hesitant, you might want to check out my list of additional Italian breakfast ideas.

How to Freeze a Whole Cooked Frittata

A whole frittata that is completely cooled can be frozen with great results. There are advantages to freezing a whole frittata vs individual portions, but this largely depends on how you plan to use the frittata once reheated.

To freeze a whole frittata, you will first need the following supplies.

Oven-safe baking dish

Obviously, you’re going to use an oven safe dish when reheating the frittata, so if you’ve baked it in an oven safe dish already, keep it in that. Otherwise if you use a skillet like I do, then slide it into a pie plate that can be used in the oven when you reheat it.

It may be tempting to remove the frittata from the pan and wrap it in plastic wrap and then store it without any pan. This is doable if stored in the freezer where it won’t easily split or have pieces break apart due to heavy items nearby.

Plastic wrap

The plastic wrap is used to tightly cover the frittata while in the freezer.

Foil

This is used as another protective layer around the frittata on top of the plastic wrap. It helps prevent air and moisture from impacting the frittata, like causing freezer burn.

Labels and a Pen

You’ll need these to properly mark the date and contents.

Steps to Freeze:

  1. Let the cooked frittata cool down to room temperature. This is very important, otherwise when wrapping it in the plastic wrap, the moisture would be trapped. This moisture turns into ice crystals which form during the freezing process.
  2. Once at room temperature, tightly seal the frittata with the plastic wrap by wrapping it at least twice. It’s okay if the wrap touches the surface of the frittata. In fact, we want this to happen because the plastic wrap serves as a protective layer between the egg and the air. The less air reaching the food, the better.
  3. Wrap the entire frittata with a layer of foil at least three times.
  4. Label it on the outside with the contents and date. Store it in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.

What You Need to Freeze Frittata in Individual Portions

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Freezing frittata by cutting it into individual portions or slices also has its own advantages over freezing an entire frittata. I find this method is very convenient for meal prep and is the best way to avoid unnecessary food waste.

To freeze as individual slices, you need the following supplies.

Plastic wrap

The plastic wrap is used to seal each piece of frittata, keeping it from exposure to the air which can cause freezer burn.

Freezer-safe containers or freezer bags

This acts as another final protective barrier.

Labels and a Pen

You’ll need these to properly mark the date and contents.

Steps to Freeze Frittata

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  1. Let the cooked frittata cool down to room temperature. This is very important otherwise when wrapping it in the plastic wrap, the moisture would be trapped. This moisture turns into ice crystals which form during the freezing process.
  2. Once at room temperature, cut the frittata into individual portion sizes. I like to slice them like a pizza.
  3. Tightly seal each frittata slice with the plastic wrap by wrapping it at least twice. Make sure that there is little to no air trapped inside. The less air reaching the food, the better.
  4. Place the frittata portions in an airtight container or a freezer bag.
  5. Label and date, then store it in the freezer for 3 to 6 months.

Freeze Different Types of Frittata Recipes

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There are a variety of frittata recipes. But whether I’m freezing my Italian potato frittata, my spinach frittata or any other type of frittata, the ways to freeze them are all the same.

It’s when you are reheating frozen frittatas that the type of ingredients used in the recipe come into play. So don’t give it much thought whether or not you can freeze one type of frittata over another.

Freezing Whole Frittata Pros and Cons

There are different reasons why someone would want to freeze a whole frittata or freeze them wrapped in single servings. If you’re unsure which method is best for you, don’t worry, read below to help you decide.

On one hand, freezing a frittata whole sounds easier. You save a few steps upfront, and just wrap it up and store it in the fridge.

While this is true, there are some other factors to consider.

  1. Con. It is slightly more difficult to thaw and reheat without drying out the frittata, especially if using a microwave.
  2. Con. Harder to store in the freezer since it takes up more space and is not in a protective hard airtight container.
  3. Pro. It’s a great way to meal plan for family meals, parties, holiday brunches or breakfasts, saving you time the day of or before.
  4. Con. You’re minus a pie pan since it’s being used in the freezer. Unless of course you’re using disposable aluminum pie pans.
  5. Con. Thawing and using a frittata whole can still lead to leftovers if you’re unsure how much will be eaten. Freezing a frittata twice is not recommended.

Freezing Individual Slices Pros and Cons

When it comes to freezing individual slices of frittata, it’s about single serving convenience. Here are some of my thoughts.

  1. Pro. This method is best for storing leftover frittata or for grabbing a slice as needed.
  2. Con. Not great if you want to serve the whole frittata for a meal.
  3. Pro. It’s great for getting the kids a quick breakfast during the week.
  4. Pro. It’s convenient for people who live alone and don’t need to cook much.
  5. Pro. Easier to reheat, even if you don’t let it thaw.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can frittata be stored in the freezer?

You can store a frittata in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. However, keep in mind the longer it remains in the freezer, the longer it will be prone to freezer burn and may start to lose its original flavor and freshness.

Is it possible to freeze frittata with cheese?

Yes, you can freeze frittata with cheese. It is no different than freezing a quiche and is a great way to avoid food waste.

Can frittata be reheated after freezing?

It is easy to reheat frittata once it has been frozen. Make sure to thaw the frozen frittata first, then reheat using a skillet, oven, or microwave.

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I hope you’ve found this article helpful now that you know you can safely and confidently freeze frittata. We follow this process in our house and I know it will work for you.

If you have any of your own special tips you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments section below. I love to hear from my readers!

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How to Freeze Frittata

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Ingredients

  • plastic wrap
  • Freezer safe containers or bags
  • foil if freezing whole frittata
  • oven-safe baking dish if freezing whole frittata

Instructions

Freezing Individual Portions

  • Allow cooked frittata to rest until cooled and at room temperature.
  • Cut the frittata into individual serving sizes.
  • Wrap each serving tightly in plastic wrap 2-3 times, making sure no air is trapped inside.
  • Place the wrapped portions in an air-tight container or freezer bag.
  • Label and date contents.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. After 3 months, expect more deterioration of flavor and texture.

Freezing a Whole Baked Frittata

  • Allow frittata to rest until cooled and at room temperature.
  • Wrap the frittata and baking pan tightly with plastic wrap at least 2-3 times. Make sure it is well sealed and no air is trapped inside.
  • Wrap the frittata and pan in foil at least three times.
  • Label and date contents.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 to 6 months. After 3 months, expect more deterioration of flavor and texture.

Notes

  • Make sure to wrap your frittata so it is tightly sealed. The less air that can get in, the better. 
  • Also make sure your frittata is fully cooled to room temperature so it doesn’t trap moisture inside the plastic wrap and thus cause the formation of ice crystals.
  • To reheat your frozen frittata, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the oven, on the stove, or in a microwave. Check out my full article on how to reheat frittata for specific details.
Easy Tips So You Can Freeze Frittata (How-to Guide)

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