Low Calorie Main Dish Pies & Tarts Vegetarian

Corn Frittata

June 2, 2014

It never ceases to amaze me how you can spend hours in the kitchen prepping a dish or you can spend minutes, and both come out tasting fantastic. Funny how food works that way. Luckily this Corn Frittata is the latter. It’s a breeze to put together and takes no time to cook. If you’re a corn lover, you’re going to enjoy this one. We used to have a joke at my mom’s house when asked “what do you want with it?” that the answer was always corn. She always has a bag of frozen corn in the freezer and guess what? So do I. The recipe calls for fresh corn and certainly go that route if you like, but frozen corn works just as well.

Corn Frittata

So, How’s It Taste?

Way, way better than expected! Even using frozen corn, it tasted so fresh and light. I need to use a smaller pan next time because mine are a bit on the flat side compared to the picture in the magazine. The corn really shines in this, but I do think it needs a bit of oomph. I have so many different combos in my head that would work great for this. I think adding bell pepper or switching to sharp cheddar would give it that extra bit of something. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very delicious as is, but it needs a slight boost. We ate our slices with a small spinach salad. Wonderful, light, healthy meal and minimal cooking. That’s my kind of summer eating!

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 34 min

Corn Frittata


1 tsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears) (I used frozen)
1/3 cup diced shallots
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika (optional)
1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk (I used nonfat milk)
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp. butter
1 oz. pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
2 tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


1. Heat a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add corn and shallots to pan; cook 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and paprika, if desired. Place corn mixture in a bowl; cool slightly. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels.

2. Place remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, milk, and eggs in a bowl; stir with a whisk until well combined. Add corn mixture to egg mixture, stirring to combine.

3. Preheat broiler to high.

4. Return pan to medium heat. Add butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add egg mixture to pan. Cook 1 minute, without stirring. Gently slide pan back and forth to keep eggs from sticking. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 4 minutes or until eggs are set and golden on the bottom. Sprinkle cheese evenly over eggs. Broil 1 minute or until eggs are just set and cheese browns. Sprinkle evenly with parsley.

per serving: 227 calories, 13.4g fat, 14g protein, 14g carbs, 2g fiber

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  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely June 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Ooooh, I love the idea of adding corn to the frittata! Bet it add a great crunchy bite and some sweetness. Yum! Love leftover frittata’s the next day for lunch with a salad.

    • Leah Short June 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      It sure did! You’re right about the leftovers…I think they were better the next day!

  • Annie @Maebells June 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

    This sounds fantastic! I love frittatas but I have never thought of adding corn! I love that these are all basic pantry ingredients, perfect for weeknights when I can’t think of anything to make!

    • Leah Short June 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

      Yep! Love easy, quick meals that taste like you spent way more time on them than you did!

  • Alyssa @ My Sequined Life June 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I love frittatas, but I’ve never eaten one with corn in the mix. This looks so perfect! I happen to have a “just in case” bag of frozen corn in the freezer, too. Now I think I know what I’ll use it for! 🙂

    • Leah Short June 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Ha ha! Glad to read we’re not the only ones who always have a bag of corn in the freezer! It comes in handy!

  • Olivia June 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Waoh, this looks so tasty, but I’ve never had corn frittatas before. I bet it tastes as good as it looks on the picture 😉

    • Leah Short June 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Olivia!

  • alexandra June 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Woah, they really are packed with corn! One of my favorite “with what” answers, too. 🙂

  • Lesley Eats June 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I have liked all the frittatas I’ve ever tasted, yet I’ve never made one. This one looks like a good one to start with!