Smoked Salmon Frittata

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Christmas morning calls for a special breakfast, and this smoked salmon frittata fits the bill. I have had my eye on Ina’s recipe for ages, found in her “Barefoot Contessa Family Style”, but had never gotten around to making it before now. Both Larry and our friend George, our holiday house guest, gave it a thumbs up, so our brunch became a pleasant start to a happy Christmas.

Many thanks to the talented Ina Garten for her recipe, which I changed considerably to adapt to our lifestyle of a lowered fat and reduced sodium diet. I used less cheese, substituted whole milk for cream and reduced the amount of smoked salmon by half. There was no way I was going to add a teaspoon of salt to a recipe that included smoked fish and salty goat cheese. And I noticed that neither of the guys touched the salt shaker on the table.

Cleaning out the fridge before New Year’s, I found the remaining half package of smoked salmon. When Larry saw that, he said, “What about another frittata?” How could I say no? The goat cheese had been eaten, so I threw in some nutty Gruyere and enjoyed the balance of flavors.

I’m not one to spend a ton of time prepping and cooking when it comes to breakfast or brunch. People are hungry and I want to get the food on the table pronto. This was in the oven within 15 minutes – honest. I served the frittata with hot bread and fruit salad. Ina says this serves 8, but I think 6 servings is a more reasonable estimate.

Since several folks have emailed me for the recipe, I decided to do a quick post. All I have is the casual shot I took for myself, but you get the idea.

TIP: Remember that the skillet handle will be HOT when it comes out of the oven. (I have a scar that resembles a brand to prove this.) Wrap a pot holder around the handle once it has baked to protect both you and your guests.

Smoked Salmon Frittata
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My version of Ina's smoked salmon frittata, our Christmas morning brunch.
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 scallions, chopped, white and light green portions only
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 ounces Scottish smoked salmon, roughly chopped
  • 3 ounces either crumbled goat cheese or grated gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet. Add the scallions and cook briefly for 3 minutes.
  3. Using a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Add the smoked salmon, cheese, dill and pepper. Stir together and then pour into the skillet over the scallions.
  4. Place the skillet in the center of the oven.
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes, until frittata turns golden brown on top and a knife inserts cleanly into the center of the frittata.
  6. Remove from oven, cut into wedges and serve immediately.



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10 Responses to Smoked Salmon Frittata

  1. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence January 3, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    This looks fantastic Liz. I love both frittatas and smoked salmon, so the marriage of the two is a winner for me!

    By the way, I’ve got a few burn marks from hot frittata pan handles as well. They say your either a burner or a cutter in the kitchen. I am definitely a burner!

    • Liz January 3, 2014 at 10:00 am #

      I, too, am a burner more than a cutter, Brandon. Maybe we should start a club? I have an All-Clad brand on the inside of my forearm.

  2. Wendy Read January 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

    Gorgeous Liz! I love frittatas too, especially ones with shoestring potatoes in…..yours looks delightful.

    • Liz January 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

      Thanks, Wendy – I can’t eat potatoes on my diet but shoestrings would be great here.

  3. Carol Sacks January 4, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Looks delicious! Hope your New Year is off to happy start!

    • Liz January 4, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Thanks Carol – enjoyed your shots of Maui – glad you are home safely, just in time for Downton Abbey…

  4. Beth (OMG! Yummy) January 6, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Love frittatas in our house. I would sub something for the smoked salmon as unfortunately my daughter is allergic. But I love frittatta’s easy prep and also how wonderful they still are a day or two later. Even makes a great sandwich with some cheese and roasted tomato.

    Happy New Year Liz. I hope you are getting back in stride. I struggle through the holidays as well – for different reasons some I don’t even understand – but I am glad to be starting fresh.

    • Liz January 6, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

      Your ideas sound terrific, Beth – maybe another smoked fish, like whitefish?

  5. The Wimpy Vegetarian January 10, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Oh my gosh, I completely missed this one. And it’s perfect for me. Pinning it right now!! It looks great for brunch, and breakfast for dinner.

    • Liz January 10, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      I have made this 3 times now, Susan – love not dealing with crust!

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