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This crustless broccoli quiche is perfect for a quick meatless dinner or lunch. It's delicious, filling, low-carb, and gluten-free.

The leftovers are so good that I often make two to ensure yummy leftovers for the week!

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Crustless quiches are awesome. They are low-carb and easy to make, and their leftovers are excellent. I often make crustless quiche Lorraine, crustless spinach quiche, and crustless vegetable quiche.

I especially like this crustless broccoli quiche. It's perfect for weeknight dinners. It's one of my favorite options for meatless dinners, and it's also great as a filling lunch. The leftovers make an excellent breakfast!

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Ingredients

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The list of ingredients for making this quiche is short, and it's entirely possible that you have them on hand! The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of the ingredients:

  • Broccoli: I often use frozen chopped broccoli for convenience. But as you can see in the photo above, fresh broccoli works just as well.
  • Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes, this one included.
  • Sour cream: Plain full-fat Greek yogurt is an acceptable alternative, but sour cream tastes better.
  • To season: Kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. You can replace the garlic powder with two teaspoons of fresh minced garlic.
  • Scallions: You can use the green and white parts in this recipe.
  • Shredded cheddar: Other melty cheeses, such as provolone, also work in this recipe.

Variations

  • Use different veggies. I like to use broccoli in this recipe because it's one of my favorite vegetables. But chopped cauliflower works just as well. You can also use chopped asparagus.
  • I use frozen chopped broccoli in this recipe because it's so convenient. But you can use fresh broccoli and chop it yourself after cooking it.
  • Add a handful of extra veggies, such as grated carrots or chopped spinach leaves.
  • Vary the cheese you use. I'm loyal to cheddar, but I tested this recipe with shredded Gruyere, shredded gouda, and crumbled feta. All of these options were excellent.
  • If you don't need this quiche to be meatless, you can add a cup of cooked meat, such as shredded cooked chicken or diced ham. ¼ cup of crumbled bacon is another lovely addition.
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Crustless Broccoli Quiche Instructions

This is one of my easiest recipes, which is why I make it so often. The detailed instructions for making it are listed in the recipe card below. Here are the basic steps:

You start by defrosting the broccoli in the microwave. Drain it well.

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If using fresh broccoli florets, chop them into small pieces like this:

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In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, Kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

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Stir in the chopped broccoli, scallions, and cheese.

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Transfer the mixture to a greased pie plate. Bake the quiche until it's golden brown, and a knife inserted in its center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

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Allow the quiche to cool and set in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then slice it into 8 triangles and serve.

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Expert Tip

Since we never have any leftovers when I make this quiche, I often bake two quiches to ensure I have leftovers the next day for lunch!

You can also double the recipe, bake it in a 9 X 13-inch baking dish, and cut the quiche into squares.

Recipe FAQs

Is a frittata the same as a crustless quiche?

They're very similar, but a frittata is egg-based, while a quiche usually has more dairy (milk, cream, sour cream, or yogurt).

How do you keep a crustless quiche from sticking?

As long as you use a glass or ceramic pie plate and grease it well, sticking should not be an issue.

Butter works best for greasing a pie plate. I prefer it to a cooking spray or brushing the pan with oil.

Can you freeze this quiche?

Yes. It freezes well. It's best to slice it first, then freeze the slices.

I either place them in individual freezer bags or wrap each in cling wrap, then place all of them in a large freezer bag. You can reheat them in the microwave directly from their frozen state.

Storing Leftovers

To ensure the leftovers keep well and do not become soggy, let the quiche cool and slice it. Let the slices cool for 30 more minutes on a cooling rack.

Store the leftovers on a layer of paper towels in an airtight container in the fridge and replace the paper towels daily.

Stored this way, the leftovers keep for about 4 days. Once completely cool, you can also freeze individual slices in freezer bags.

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche

This crustless broccoli quiche makes a quick meatless dinner and is also perfect for lunch. It's tasty, filling, low-carb, and gluten-free!

Prep Time10 minutes mins

Cook Time30 minutes mins

Rest time15 minutes mins

Total Time55 minutes mins

Course: Breakfast

Cuisine: French

Diet: Gluten Free

Servings: 8 slices

Calories: 196kcal

Author: Vered DeLeeuw

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter for the pan
  • 16 ounces frozen chopped broccoli (or fresh broccoli cut into florets)
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream (or full-fat Greek yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt (or ½ teaspoon of any other salt)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup scallions chopped, white and green parts
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese sharp, shredded (4 ounces)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Generously butter a 9-inch glass or ceramic pie dish.

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  • Frozen broccoli: Place the chopped broccoli in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add ¼ cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes, stirring after the first 3 minutes. Drain well.

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  • Fresh broccoli: Place the broccoli florets in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add ¼ cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Drain well, then chop the florets into small pieces.

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  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

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  • Stir in the broccoli, scallions, and cheese.

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  • Transfer the mixture to the prepared pie dish. Bake the quiche until it's golden brown, and a knife inserted in its center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

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  • Allow the quiche to cool and set in the pan on a wire rack for about 15 minutes, then slice it into 8 triangles and serve.

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Notes

  • You can double the recipe, bake it in a 9 X 13-inch baking dish, and cut the quiche into squares.
  • Butter works best for greasing a pie plate. I prefer it to a cooking spray or brushing the pan with oil.
  • To ensure the leftovers keep well and do not get soggy, let the quiche cool and slice it. Then, let the slices cool for 30 more minutes on a cooling rack. Store the leftovers on a layer of paper towels in an airtight container in the fridge and replace the paper towels daily. Stored this way, the leftovers keep for about 4 days. Once completely cool, you can also freeze individual slices in freezer bags.

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Nutrition per Serving

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 317mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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Crustless Broccoli Quiche - Healthy Recipes Blog (35) Vered DeLeeuw, LL.M., CNC, has been following a low-carb real-food diet and blogging about it since 2011. She's a Certified Nutrition Coach (NASM-CNC), has taken courses at the Harvard School of Public Health, and has earned a Nutrition and Healthy Living Certificate from Cornell University. Her work has appeared in several major media outlets, including Healthline, HuffPost, Today, Women's Health, Shape, and Country Living. Click to learn more about Vered.

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  1. Cecilia

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    I made this yesterday and the whole family raved about it. It is definitely going to be a new staple dish in our menu. I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, cut down the eggs to 6 and added fried brown mushrooms and onions.

    You were right, there were NO leftovers! I'm making me another quiche today!

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      Yay! I'm so glad this quiche was such a huge success, Cecilia! Adding fried mushrooms and onions sounds YUM. Thanks for the comment!

      Reply

  2. Annabelle

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    Amazing recipe thank you for sharing!!!

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      Glad you enjoyed it, Annabelle!

      Reply

  3. jessy

    Hello 🙂
    Can I make the mix the night before and cook it in the morning?
    Do I put the frozen broccoli in or do I have to cook them before?
    Let’s say I wanna add spinach and mushrooms, do I have to cook them before?
    Sorry for all the questions. I have made a quiche before and with all the work I put in, it went soggy and undercooked 🙁

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      Hi Jessy,
      If you're concerned about sogginess, it's best to mix the quiche and bake it right away. It reheats well in the oven (covered at 350°F for 15 minutes or until it reaches 165°F; place the pan in the oven as it heats so as not to shock it with a hot oven). You can also slice it and reheat the slices in the microwave, about 10 seconds per slice.

      If adding mushrooms, they should be cooked first until they have released their water and the water evaporates, as I do in this mushroom casserole.

      If adding more than 1/2 cup of spinach (I assume you mean fresh spinach leaves), it's best to cook the spinach in a skillet until it releases its water, and then lift it out of the skillet with a slotted spoon and place it on paper towels. See this sauteed spinach recipe for reference.

      My advice? Keep it simple. Make this quiche exactly as written the first time. After that (hopefully successful) experience, you can start experimenting.

      Reply

  4. Cherie Krutilek

    Could you add spinach and bacon?

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      Hi Cherie,
      Yes. You can add 1/2 cup of chopped spinach leaves and 1/4 cup of crumbled cooked bacon.

      Reply

  5. Teri

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    Made this yesterday. Yum. It was a hit with us. Easy to make too. You will not miss the crust! Thank you for a delightfully delicious recipe. Will definitely make this again and put in our rotation of meals.

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Teri! Thank you for leaving a comment.

      Reply

  6. carol

    How long do you bake it in the 9 x 13 pan?

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      I bake it for the same amount of time - 30 minutes.
      Ovens vary, so please check with a knife or a toothpick to ensure it's done.

      Reply

  7. Christine

    I love the sound of this recipe, but could I use milk or cream in place of sour cream or yoghurt?
    Thanks

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      I only tested this recipe with sour cream and Greek yogurt, but I think that using 1/4 cup of cream should work.

      Reply

      • Melissa D.

        If you are using fresh broccoli instead of frozen, does it need to be cooked first?

      • Vered DeLeeuw

        Yes. If using fresh broccoli, place the broccoli florets in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/4 cup of water. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Drain well, then chop the florets into small pieces.
        Thank you for the question. I added these instructions to the recipe card.

      • Melissa D

        Thanks so much I can’t wait to try this!

  8. Annetta Donahue

    Can this quiche be frozen?

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      Yes. Once completely cool, you can freeze individual slices in freezer bags. You can also wrap the entire quiche (after it's cooled) in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil and freeze it.

      Reply

  9. Kim

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    I made this quiche this past weekend. It was super easy and looked exactly like the picture (that rarely happens!). It was a big hit in our house.

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this broccoli quiche, Kim!

      Reply

      • Steve

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        This is, perhaps, my favourite keto recipe. I make it all the time. Anyone who tries it loves it. It's great to experiment with, too.
        As a bonus, it's been a staple when I've had my best weight results.
        Thank you. Delicious.

      • Vered DeLeeuw

        I'm so glad you enjoy this quiche, Steve!

  10. Jacqueline Rae Davis

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    I am making this quiche tonight for a woman's brunch at 10 am. I made a double recipe and am cooking it in a 9x13 pan. It was very easy to put together. So far it smells delicious. Well it was an absolute success. They were amazed at how it wasn't watery and tasted so good. I rate this a 10+.

    Reply

    • Vered DeLeeuw

      So glad it was a success, Jacqueline!

      Reply

    • Misty Walker

      Could you use egg beaters?

      Reply

      • Vered DeLeeuw

        Hi Misty,
        Egg Beaters will technically work, but the texture and flavor of the quiche will be inferior compared to using real eggs.

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FAQs

How many carbs in a slice of broccoli quiche? ›

Quiche, with broccoli (1 piece - 1/8 of 9" pie) contains 17.4g total carbs, 16g net carbs, 19.9g fat, 11.9g protein, and 297 calories.

Is quiche healthy or unhealthy? ›

Is quiche healthy? Quiche is bad news when it comes to a healthy diet. It's usually made with cheese and cream in the filling as well as butter in the pastry case, so it's often high in saturated fat and calories. Ingredients like bacon will add salt and more saturated fat.

Should vegetables be cooked before putting in quiche? ›

Cook the Veggies First

"Vegetables will take longer to cook than your egg custard, so always sauté onions, steam broccoli, etc. before you add them to your egg mixture to ensure every bite of quiche will be perfectly cooked," says Kristin Beringson, executive chef at Henley in Nashville.

Can you eat broccoli on a no carb diet? ›

Broccoli. With just 2 grams of net carbs per ½ cup, broccoli is a major superfood that should be a staple on the keto diet, says Suzanne Dixon, R.D. It's high in fiber and protein to keep you full and you can use it in just about anything—stews, soups, and keto makeovers of your favorite foods like casserole.

Is broccoli good for no carb diet? ›

Yes, broccoli is keto-friendly! It is low in carbohydrates and high in fiber, making it an excellent choice for those following a ketogenic lifestyle. One cup of cooked broccoli contains only 3 grams of net carbs, which is well within the daily limit for those on a keto diet.

Is a slice of quiche healthy? ›

Primarily made of eggs, quiche is a one-dish meal made of protein, calcium, essential vitamins, and minerals. Quiche can be a healthy dish when prepared with a few ingredient swaps.

Is quiche full of carbs? ›

Quiche, with meat (1 piece - 1/8 of 9" pie) contains 16g total carbs, 15.3g net carbs, 22.4g fat, 14g protein, and 325 calories.

Can diabetics eat quiche? ›

Quiche is a delicious and affordable meal. This one is crustless, which makes it lower-carb, well suited to a diabetic diet. It is great served alongside a lettuce or a fruit salad.

Can I eat quiche everyday? ›

Keep quiche portions small to control calorie intake. Quiche is a food that has the potential to be healthy, but could also be a diet downfall. Traditional quiche is full of cheese, eggs, cream and made with pie crust, all of which are high-calorie and can be fatty.

How many calories in a serving of crustless quiche? ›

A quiche typically serves 8, but let's face it, I can eat a lot more than 1 sliver of quiche. And with this recipe, there's no stopping that extra jumbo slice! It's a little lighter than breakfast casserole, but no less flavorful. This crustless quiche has 110.8 calories per serving.

What is the best cheese to use for quiche? ›

Cheese: Some favorites include feta cheese, goat cheese, cheddar cheese, white cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, and gruyere. Add-Ins: Add up to 2 cups add-ins including vegetables and meat/seafood. Most quiche add-ins should be pre-cooked and can still be warm when mixing into the egg filling.

Why is my quiche always soggy? ›

Wet pie fillings + raw dough are a tricky combination. If the bottom crust doesn't set before the filling soaks in, it's going to be gummy. A metal pie pan placed on a preheated surface will set the bottom crust quickest; once cooked, the liquids from the filling above won't soak in, and as a result: no soggy bottom.

Does quiche have a lot of carbs? ›

Quiche, with meat (1 piece - 1/8 of 9" pie) contains 16g total carbs, 15.3g net carbs, 22.4g fat, 14g protein, and 325 calories.

How many carbs in a slice of veggie quiche? ›

Calories in Veggie Quiche
Calories348.3
Sodium333.2 mg
Potassium567.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate19.5 g
Dietary Fiber3.6 g
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Can you eat unlimited broccoli on keto? ›

You do not have to limit vegetables if you are on the keto diet or are considering it. Plenty of low-carb vegetable options include arugula, asparagus, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes.

How many carbs in a slice of quiche? ›

Quiche (1 piece (1/8 of 9 in. dia)) contains 26.7g total carbs, 26g net carbs, 44g fat, 16.6g protein, and 566 calories.

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