A rice cooker frittata is one of the easiest meals you can make. It’s perfect for breakfast or a quick dinner when you need comfort food.
One of the things I love about using my rice cooker for breakfast is how easy it is. Just dump the ingredients into the rice cooker, turn it on, and leave it alone for about 15-20 minutes. That gives me time to finish getting ready for the day.
Breakfast Frittata … or Dinner
We enjoy frittatas for breakfast or dinner. After all, it’s a delicious comfort food that delivers lots of nutrition and flavor.
You’ll also appreciate it when you have hungry mouths to feed but very little time. Whether you’ve been at the office all day or stayed home and chased after little ones, a frittata is the perfect meal.
That gives you time to set the table, put some bread in the toaster, and pour a cup of coffee … or glass of wine.
Unless you’re on a low carb diet, you’ll probably want a side dish to eat with your frittata. Besides buttered toast, I enjoy banana nut muffins or pumpkin muffins.
If you don’t have time to make muffins, but you want something with more flavor, try slathering some pumpkin butter on some toast.
Although eggs are typically a breakfast food, this rice cooker frittata is a wonderful quick-and-easy family dinner under $10.
You can get most of the food groups in this one dish. Simply add whatever veggies you like.
If you’ve tried my shrimp and grits, you know I’m not averse to eating breakfast foods for dinner. Or you can have a bowl of grits with your frittata.
Most mornings my husband and I fend for ourselves for breakfast. However, once in a while, we do something different. Since we both like eggs and cheese, omelets and frittatas are among our favorites.
We also enjoy most vegetables, so I toss in as many as I can get away with. Sometimes I serve a side of even more vegetables, such as steamed broccoli or green bean bundles.
The basic ingredient for any type of frittata is an egg. Of course, if you’re cooking for more than one person, you’ll need several eggs.
Since we’re into lots of flavor around here, I add more ingredients. Cheese is the second most important thing.
Next, you’ll need vegetables. You can basically put any type of cut-up veggie in your frittata. In this one, I used a frozen seasoning blend.
You can also include sliced zucchini, tomatoes, spinach, and anything else you have in the fridge. Put whatever you want in there. After all, it’s your frittata.
Sometimes I include meat. Although eggs have plenty of protein, the meat adds extra flavor. I didn’t use any in this rice cooker frittata.
However, I would probably add some ham for a dinner frittata. If someone in your family wants a vegetable frittata, you can also serve meat on the side.
How to Make a Rice Cooker Frittata
Spray your rice cooker with nonstick cooking spray since eggs stick to whatever they’re cooked in.
Scramble the eggs with a whisk or fork. Next, sprinkle salt and pepper into the eggs according to personal taste.
Fold the vegetables into the eggs. If you want them sautéed beforehand, you can do that. However, I typically just add them frozen to save a step.
Finally, sprinkle cheese over the egg mixture. Put the lid on the rice cooker, plug it in, and press the “cook” button. See how easy this is?
Now you can do whatever you want while your rice cooker frittata cooks.
After it is finished cooking, you can either use a spatula and put it on a plate or carefully cut it while it is in the rice cooker.
I prefer to put it on a plate to prevent damaging the interior of my appliance.
Why Cook a Frittata in a Rice Cooker?
One of the main reasons to make a rice cooker frittata is that it’s super easy, and it doesn’t require constant attention.
Another reason is that if you don’t get to it right away, it’ll keep the food warm.
I’d like to warn you not to keep the frittata in the rice cooker too long, though, or the eggs will overcook. And you certainly don’t want overcooked, rubbery eggs.
Where Can You Get a Rice Cooker?
I have two rice cookers. One of them came from HSN, and the other one came from Walmart.
Also, Kohl’s frequently has them on sale, so you can get one from there as well.
You can also get one from Amazon. Scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom, and you’ll find a link to the one I like.
Not only is this frittata delicious right after you cook it, but it also makes great leftovers. You can refrigerate the uneaten slices and heat them afterward in the microwave.
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What to Serve with a Frittata
What you serve with a frittata has a lot to do with when you’re having it. If I’m in a hurry first thing in the morning, I might simply have the frittata with a cup of coffee.
However, when I have more time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or brunch, I might add a side of this delicious fruit and yogurt parfait. When the grandkids are with me, we might have these fruit kabobs and a side of yogurt for dipping.
Frittata vs. Quiche
Although there are some similarities between these two egg dishes, there are some significant differences too. A quiche is cooked more slowly in the oven. It has a crust that helps the eggs maintain their form.
A frittata doesn’t have a crust, so you have to handle it more carefully if you want it to keep its shape when you serve it. You cook it in a pan on top of the stove, or you make it in a rice cooker like I do.
More Fun and Easy Recipes
Since you have now mastered using your rice cooker, why don’t you try using it to make a pineapple upside down cake? It works as well as the old fashioned way, and my husband says it even tastes better.
If you’re looking for another way to cook eggs, check out this vegetable omelet. It’s super delicious and nutritious!
For more delicious recipes, check out Full Plate Thursday, Meal Plan Monday, and Weekend Potluck.
Rice Cooker Frittata
This delicious rice cooker frittata is a nutritious breakfast or dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
- 3-4 eggs (more if you’re cooking for a family)
- 1 cup of vegetables (chopped or sliced)
- 1/2 cup of cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Chopped or diced meat (optional)
- Spray the inside of the rice cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, scramble the eggs.
- Fold in the vegetables (and meat if you include it).
- Salt and pepper according to taste.
- Pour the mixture into the rice cooker.
- Sprinkle the cheese evenly on top.
- Put the lid on the rice cooker and press the “cook” button.
- Cook the frittata for approximately 15 minutes or until the eggs are set.
- When it’s done, carefully remove the frittata with a plastic spatula and put it on a plate.
- Cut it into slices and serve with toast and fruit.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 454Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 454mgSodium 561mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 38g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.
Sunday 8th of January 2023
I make chicken & dumplings in mine! I add the onions, cream of chicken soup, chicken stock & let that cook. Then add my cup up chunks of chicken & let that cook for 20 mins, after that, I add veggies like peas & carrots. The last thing is the dumplings. You can cut up pillbury biscuits or make your own with bisquick or flour. It’s the best & my family loved it. Leftovers are delicious too!
Monday 9th of January 2023
Hi Mary. I love that you put your rice cooker to work in nontraditional ways! It's so fun to experiment, especially when you get great results!
Friday 12th of August 2022
I love how easy this is to make. I have a bad back and sometimes I just don't have the energy for cooking.
Saturday 13th of August 2022
Friday 3rd of December 2021
I have an Aroma rice cooker. Would the “on” button be the cook button?
Sunday 5th of December 2021
@southernhomeexpress, hi. I am cooking a frittata and had the cook button on. It is not cooking.
Saturday 4th of December 2021
Hi Kathie, I'm pretty sure it is.
Monday 22nd of November 2021
I just made a fritata in my rice cooker for the first time. It tasted wonderful. I used onion, tomatoes, ham and cheese in mine. I did cook the onion and tomatoes for a couple minutes in the bottom of the cooker because I like them on the softer side. I then added the rest of the ingredients and set my rice cooker on cook. In 10 mins I had a delicious fritata. Cooked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe and instructions!
Monday 22nd of November 2021
Hi Clarise! I'm so glad you enjoyed your frittata! And what a great idea to cook the onions and tomatoes first! I hope you try more recipes in the rice cooker. If you do, I'd love to hear about them. One of the many things I've learned over the past several decades of experimenting in the kitchen is that most appliances can do way more than their original purpose.
Saturday 14th of August 2021
My rice always sucked. It was either under cooked or sticky as hell and a large chunk was stuck to the bottom of the pan. These instructions were perfect. I can finally make good rice!! lol Thank you. It was my daughter's birthday and she loves kielbasa on white rice (as do I, try it!) and my rice was always subpar. This is the first time they came out exactly like my sister in law's who grew up making rice. Thanks again.
Sunday 15th of August 2021
Hi Ethelyn. I'm so happy your rice turns out better in your rice cooker. But don't forget that you can cook other things in it like this frittata, oatmeal, and even a yummy pineapple upside down cake.