Crustless Broccoli Quiche (Keto) – Low Carb Yum


This healthy crustless broccoli quiche with cheddar takes just minutes to prep and tastes absolutely delicious! It’s a great dish to feed the family or to have for a grab-and-go breakfast.

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Why you’ll love this crustless broccoli quiche

  • Nutritious breakfast: This yummy dish includes an egg custard, flavorful cheddar cheese, and healthy broccoli. It’s a great way to start the day!
  • Delicious and low-carb: My broccoli and cheese quiche tastes just like the traditional quiche you know and love, made with easy low-carb swaps. 
  • Gluten-free: Crustless quiches are naturally gluten-free – perfect for keto dieters and celiacs alike!
  • Quick and easy: I love how quick this quiche is to make, with just 10 minutes of prep time.
  • Family-friendly: My whole family loves this recipe – including my picky youngest daughter. A crustless quiche with broccoli is a foolproof way to get her to eat her vegetables.
  • Yummy leftovers: This dish is also great reheated. The full recipe is for 8 servings, so you can have leftovers for a tasty and healthy breakfast on the go. It’s a great way to meal prep for the week.
  • Optional crust: If you prefer a crust, you could use the one from my low-carb ham and broccoli quiche recipe. However, I don’t think it needs it.
overhead shot of broccoli cheddar quiche in a pie pan after baking.

Ingredients

Here’s everything that goes into my cheesy crustless broccoli quiche:

Eggs

The base of this quiche is 8 large eggs, giving the dish great protein content.

Heavy cream

For a creamy mix-in, I add heavy cream. For a dairy-free option, feel free to substitute for unsweetened almond milk.

Broccoli florets

Fresh broccoli is one of my favorite keto foods because it’s incredibly nutritious and versatile. 

Chopped broccoli florets are a clever way to sneak vegetables into this dish. Feel free to use fresh or frozen broccoli. 

Cheddar cheese

This quiche wouldn’t be complete without delicious cheddar cheese. Be sure to measure with your heart!

Seasoning 

I use simple seasonings in this quiche, including:

  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
overhead shot of ingredients for crustless broccoli cheddar quiche.

Cooking tips

  • Pre-cook your broccoli for the best quiche texture. 
  • Once cooked, add broccoli to a paper towel-lined plate to cool. The paper towel will absorb extra liquid that could cause a watery quiche. 
  • Let your crustless broccoli quiche cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator. Condensation can make it go all mushy!

How to make crustless broccoli quiche

This crustless broccoli quiche takes just minutes to prep and comes together in 5 easy steps!

Step 1: Steam the broccoli

Steam the chopped broccoli florets until they are crisp and tender, about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them so they don’t end up mushy in your quiche.

overhead shot of broccoli draining in a colander after washing.

Step 2: Beat eggs and heavy cream

Place eggs and heavy cream in a large bowl. Whisk eggs with the heavy cream until well combined.

overhead shot of eggs and heavy cream in a mixing bowl with a whisk.

Step 3: Add cooled broccoli

When the broccoli is ready, lay the florets on a towel to remove any excess moisture. When cooled slightly, add broccoli to the beaten egg mixture.

overhead shot of broccoli, cheese, and seasonings added to the mixing bowl with the egg and heavy cream mixture.

Step 4: Season your crustless broccoli quiche

Add cheese, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper to the broccoli and egg mixture.

Stir the mixture to evenly blend together.

overhead shot of quiche ingredients in a mixing bowl after mixing with a spatula in it.

Step 5: Bake and serve

Use a bit of butter or cooking spray to grease a pie dish. Then, pour the broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish.   

overhead shot of unbaked quiche in a pie pan.

Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and fully set.

hand sprinkling cheese on top of the unbaked quiche in a pie pan.

That’s it! Your breakfast is ready to be served. Let the broccoli and cheese quiche cool for a few minutes before digging in. 

overhead shot of quiche in a pie pan after baking.

How to serve crustless broccoli quiche

My crustless broccoli quiche is extra delicious, topped with sour cream, chopped bacon, and crumbled feta cheese. I like to enjoy mine with a nutritious side dish of Greek yogurt and fresh berries. 

Learn how to make homemade coconut yogurt here!

holding a slice of quiche over a pie pan with the rest in it.

Of course, also pair this broccoli cheddar quiche with your favorite morning drink, like bulletproof keto coffee or an iced matcha green tea latte

slice of quiche on a white plate with a fork on it.

Crustless broccoli quiche variations

This crustless quiche recipe is very versatile. Feel free to add more ingredients that you think would go well. You can even turn it into a spinach and mushroom quiche.

  • For extra protein, I like adding diced ham or crumbled bacon. You could also throw in some cooked ground sausage to add an extra burst of flavor.
  • For more vegetables, try including some sautéed mushrooms, diced onions, or peppers! Or, if you want to add a kick, diced jalapeños would add some heat to the quiche.
  • The easiest way to play with the flavor is by trying other cheeses. Parmesan, gouda, pepper jack, feta, goat cheese, or any other kind of cheese can be used to replace some or all of the cheddar.
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FAQs

Here are a few important frequently asked questions to help you make the perfect crustless broccoli quiche. Leave any more questions in the comments below!

How can I avoid a watery quiche?

There are a few reasons that a quiche can turn out watery. Here are ways to avoid having it happen:
1. Make sure your broccoli is cooked until just tender. Cooking vegetables helps them to release their moisture so it doesn’t end up in your quiche. 
2. You also want to avoid overcooking the broccoli so it doesn’t become mushy. When steaming the broccoli, I recommend checking on it after 4 minutes. Don’t steam it any longer than 5 minutes.
3. Once the broccoli is done, set the cooked florets on paper towels for a few minutes to absorb any excess liquid.
4. Don’t overcook your quiche. This is because cooking the proteins in the eggs for too long will force out the liquid. So, take your crustless broccoli quiche out of the oven as soon as it’s browned and fully set.

These tips will help you bake a quiche that is perfectly set without being watery!

How should you store leftover crustless broccoli quiche?

If you have any of this crustless broccoli cheddar quiche leftover, make sure to let it cool completely. This will avoid condensation if covered warm, which can make the quiche mushy.

Once fully cooled, the leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Recipe

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Crustless Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

This healthy crustless broccoli quiche with cheddar takes just minutes to prep and tastes absolutely delicious! It’s a great dish to feed the family or to have for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:45 minutes

Total Time:55 minutes

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

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Instructions

  • Steam broccoli to crisp tender. Preheat oven to 375°F and grease or spray a pie pan (I used a 9.5-inch).

  • In large bowl, beat eggs with heavy cream.

  • Stir in broccoli, cheese, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper into egg mixture.

  • Pour the mixture into the greased pie pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until browned and fully set.

Notes

Be sure not to overcook the broccoli as it should be cooked only until tender. Any broccoli can be used, but we prefer the florets. 
While the broccoli is simmering, the egg mixture can be started to save time. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 246 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 368mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 1030IU | Vitamin C: 31.8mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Additional Info


Net Carbs:
3
g

|

% Carbs:
4.9
%

|

% Protein:
21.3
%

|

% Fat:
73.8
%

|

SmartPoints:
9

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First Published: October 18, 2018… Last Updated: February 28, 2024.



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