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Classic Italian Potato Frittata for One

Dive into the simplicity of the classic italian potato frittata for one, a dish that outshines with its versatility and ease. Perfect for those who prefer a delicate balance of flavors. In addition, you can use fresh lemon zest, herb variations, and even a wine pairing for an elevated dining experience.

Italian potato frittata with chopped dill on a blue plate.

Loved for its simplicity and delectable taste, this italian potato frittata is a staple in many kitchens. It is a perfect choice for a quick lunch or dinner.

This traditional Italian dish stands out for its straightforward preparation and familiar ingredients. You’ll find yourself reaching for basic yet flavorful components like potatoes, eggs, parsley, cheese, and olive oil.

The combination of tender potatoes and fluffy eggs, enriched with herbs and cheese, creates a comforting and homely feel.

It’s the kind of meal that becomes a family favorite for its ease and deliciousness, ideal for those busy weekdays when time is precious yet good food is non-negotiable.

As you dive into this potato dish, you’ll appreciate how it balances simplicity with flavor, making every bite a testament to traditional Italian cooking.

Let’s dive in!

🌟 Recipe Tips

  • Type of Potato: Choose starchy potatoes like Russets or Yukon Golds for their ability to hold shape and provide a creamy texture.
  • Slicing: Thin, even slices are key. They cook uniformly and layer beautifully in the frittata.
  • Whisk Well: Whisking the eggs thoroughly incorporates air, resulting in a lighter, more tender frittata.
  • Herbs and Cheese: Fresh parsley enhances freshness, while a good quality cheese like Parmesan adds depth. Don’t overpower the dish; balance is essential.
  • Non-stick Pan: A non-stick skillet is ideal for even cooking and easy flipping.
  • Low and Slow: Cook the frittata on a low to medium heat. Rushing the process can lead to an overcooked exterior and an undercooked interior.
  • Confidence is Key: Use a plate or lid to flip the frittata confidently. Hesitation can lead to breaking.

🥘 Ingredients & Substitutes

3 potatoes, two eggs, an onion and dill on a wooden surface.
  • Potatoes provide structure and a creamy texture to the frittata. They’re the heart of the dish. If potatoes are not an option, sweet potatoes are a great substitute. They bring a slightly sweeter flavor and a similar texture.
  • Eggs are crucial for binding the frittata together and giving it that classic fluffiness. Without eggs, a frittata isn’t a frittata. But, for those avoiding eggs, silken tofu blended with a bit of turmeric for color can mimic the texture and hold the ingredients together, albeit with a different flavor profile.
  • Parsley adds a fresh, herbal note. It elevates the dish with a hint of green. If parsley is not on hand, chives or basil can provide a similar freshness, each bringing their own unique twist to the flavor.
  • Cheese, specifically Parmesan in this recipe, adds a savory depth and a bit of saltiness. It melds beautifully with the eggs and potatoes. For a different taste or if you’re out of Parmesan, try grated cheddar for a sharper edge, or if you’re dairy-free, nutritional yeast can give a cheesy flavor without the actual cheese.
  • Olive oil is used for its rich flavor and non-stick properties. It’s a staple in Italian cooking. If you’re out of olive oil, a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil will do the job, though the flavor will be slightly different.

👩‍🍳 Directions

Peel the potatoes and ½ onion and julienne them. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can grate the potato using a large grater to make the job easier.

Take a frying pan and add a teaspoon of oil, then add the chopped vegetables. Cook on low heat under a lid until the vegetables become soft, stirring occasionally.

Sliced onions and potatoes in a frying pan on the stove.

When the potatoes are soft, add finely chopped dill and mix well. Then arrange the vegetables in an even layer across the pan.

Fried potatoes with dill and onions in a frying pan on the stove.

Take a bowl and crack the eggs into it. Season with salt and pepper to taste, keeping in mind that these spices should be enough for the vegetables in the pan as well. Mix the eggs well.

A bowl with two eggs, and seasoned with salt and black pepper.

Pour the well-mixed eggs over the vegetables in the pan. Tilt the pan carefully so that the egg mixture spreads among all the vegetables. Cover with a lid and cook on low heat until the egg is cooked and the base of the frittata is browned.

Italian potato frittata in a frying pan on the stove.

Then take a plate and, tilting the pan carefully, let the frittata “slide” onto the plate. Then cover the frittata with the pan and carefully turn it over so that it’s flipped back into the pan.

Collage of two photos of how to flip potato frittata with a frying pan and a plate.

Cook again on low heat, this time without a lid to maintain the crust. Cook until it’s browned on the other side.

Frying pan with a classic Italian potato frittata for one.

Serve while it’s hot, as potatoes are not as tasty when they cool down.

Italian potato frittata with chopped dill on a blue plate.

🍴 How to Double the Recipe:

Doubling the classic italian potato frittata for one is straightforward and allows you to serve a larger group or have leftovers. To do this, simply double all the ingredients.

The cooking time may increase slightly, so keep an eye on the frittata as it cooks, ensuring it’s cooked through but still tender.

This scaled-up version maintains all the flavors and textures of the original, making it perfect for sharing or enjoying over multiple meals.

🍽️ Servings

Italian Countryside Lunch

  • Components: Pair the frittata with a fresh arugula salad, cherry tomatoes, and thin slices of prosciutto.
  • Presentation: Place the frittata on one side of a large plate. On the other side, lay out the arugula salad topped with cherry tomatoes and prosciutto. Drizzle some balsamic glaze over the salad for an added flavor dimension.
  • Occasion: Perfect for a leisurely weekend lunch or when you want to bring a taste of the Italian countryside to your dining table.

Mediterranean-Inspired Dinner

  • Components: Serve the frittata with a side of grilled asparagus, a scoop of olive tapenade, and crusty bread.
  • Presentation: Slice the frittata and arrange it on a plate alongside grilled asparagus. Add a small bowl of olive tapenade and a few slices of crusty bread to complete the meal.
  • Occasion: Ideal for a wholesome dinner, especially when you’re looking for a meal that brings together flavors from the Mediterranean.

Cozy Cafe-Style Brunch

  • Components: Accompany the frittata with a cup of cappuccino, a small bowl of mixed berries, and a warm croissant.
  • Presentation: Serve the frittata on a café-style plate, with the croissant and a bowl of berries on the side. Place the cappuccino in a large mug next to the plate.
  • Occasion: Suited for a relaxed Sunday brunch or when you want to recreate a cozy café experience at home.

🍽️ Variations

Vegetarian Delight

  • Variation: Incorporate grilled zucchini and bell peppers into the frittata.
  • Benefits: Adds a variety of textures and boosts the nutritional value with additional vegetables.
  • Ideal For: Vegetarians or anyone looking to increase their vegetable intake.

Meat Lover’s Version

  • Variation: Add cooked, crumbled Italian sausage or diced pancetta to the egg mixture.
  • Benefits: Introduces a savory, meaty flavor that complements the potatoes and eggs.
  • Ideal For: Those who prefer a heartier, meat-inclusive meal.

Dairy-Free Adaptation

  • Variation: Substitute the cheese with dairy-free cheese alternatives or simply omit it.
  • Benefits: Makes the recipe suitable for lactose-intolerant or dairy-free diets.
  • Ideal For: Individuals following a dairy-free lifestyle.

Spicy Twist

  • Variation: Include chopped jalapeños or a dash of red pepper flakes in the egg mixture.
  • Benefits: Adds a spicy kick to the dish, enhancing the overall flavor profile.
  • Ideal For: Those who enjoy a bit of heat in their meals.

Herbed Frittata

  • Variation: Use a mix of fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano along with parsley.
  • Benefits: Enriches the frittata with complex herbal flavors, making it more aromatic.
  • Ideal For: Food enthusiasts who love experimenting with different herb combinations.

❄️ Storage


  • Duration: The frittata can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Method: Allow the frittata to cool to room temperature. Then, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, or place it in an airtight container. This helps to maintain its moisture and flavor.


  • Duration: For longer storage, the frittata can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Method: Slice the frittata into individual portions. Wrap each portion securely in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. This method makes it easy to thaw and reheat single servings as needed.

Thawing and Reheating

  • Thawing: Thaw frozen frittata in the refrigerator overnight. For a quicker option, you can use the microwave’s defrost setting, but be careful not to start cooking it.
  • Reheating: To reheat, place the frittata in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat it in a microwave, using a microwave-safe dish, for 1-2 minutes on high power.


  • Moisture: Be wary of excess moisture when refrigerating or thawing, as it can make the frittata soggy. If it appears too moist, gently pat the surface with a paper towel.
  • Texture: Keep in mind that the texture of the potatoes and eggs may change slightly after freezing and reheating, but the dish will still be enjoyable.

🤔 FAQs

How Can I Store Leftover Ingredients?

For unused potatoes, keep them in a cool, dark place. They’ll last for weeks. If you’ve chopped more parsley than needed, wrap it in a damp paper towel and store it in a bag in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for several days.

Is It Possible to Make This Frittata Without Cheese?

Certainly! If you’re avoiding dairy or just don’t have cheese at the moment, you can skip it. The frittata will still be delicious, with the primary flavors of egg and potato shining through.

How Can I Make the Frittata Fluffier?

For a fluffier texture, ensure you whisk the eggs vigorously before adding them to the pan. This incorporates air and results in a lighter frittata. Using fresh, high-quality eggs can also make a noticeable difference.

How Do I Know When the Frittata Is Done Cooking?

The frittata is done when the eggs are completely set and the top is slightly golden. This usually takes about 15 minutes at 350°F (around 175°C) in the oven. If cooking on the stove, the edges should be firm, and the center should jiggle just slightly when the pan is moved.

What’s the Best Way to Flip the Frittata?

If you’re not comfortable flipping it in the air, slide the frittata onto a plate, then invert the pan over the plate and flip both together. This way, the frittata ends up back in the pan, cooked side up.

📔 Recipe Card:

Italian potato frittata with chopped dill on a blue plate.

Classic Italian Potato Frittata for One

Experience the ease of Italian cooking with our single-serve Potato Frittata. Perfect for busy weekdays, it's simple, flavorful, and homely.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine International
Servings 1
Calories 402 kcal


  • 10 oz Potatoes 2-3 pieces
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Dill
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil
  • salt
  • Black Pepper


  • Prepare Vegetables: Peel potatoes and ½ onion. Julienne them or grate the potato using a large grater.
  • Cook Vegetables: In a frying pan, heat a teaspoon of oil. Add chopped vegetables. Cook on low heat with a lid until soft, stirring occasionally.
    10 oz Potatoes, 1 teaspoon Olive Oil, ½ Onion
  • Add Herbs: When vegetables are soft, stir in finely chopped dill. Spread vegetables evenly in the pan.
    1 tablespoon Dill
  • Prepare Eggs: In a bowl, crack the eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk well.
    2 Eggs, salt, Black Pepper
  • Combine: Pour eggs over the vegetables. Tilt the pan to spread the egg mixture evenly. Cover and cook on low heat until the egg sets and the base is browned.
  • Flip Frittata: Slide the frittata onto a plate. Cover with the pan and flip it back into the pan.
  • Final Cook: Cook without a lid on low heat until browned on the other side.
  • Serve Hot: Enjoy immediately for best taste.


  • Skillet Size: Use a small to medium-sized skillet (around 8 inches) for this single serving. A skillet that’s too large will spread the egg mixture too thin, affecting the texture of the frittata.
  • Cooking on Stovetop: If you prefer to cook entirely on the stovetop rather than finishing in the oven, cover the skillet with a lid after adding the eggs. Cook on low heat until the eggs are set. This method requires careful heat management to avoid burning the bottom.
  • Adding Freshness: A squeeze of lemon juice or a sprinkle of lemon zest can add a bright, fresh flavor to the frittata. Add this right before serving.
  • Herb Variations: While parsley is traditional, feel free to experiment with other herbs like dill or cilantro for a different flavor profile.
  • Egg Whites Only: For a lower-cholesterol version, consider using only egg whites. You may need to use more whites (about 3-4) to equal the volume of two whole eggs.


Calories: 402kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 17gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 327mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 1398mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 513IUVitamin C: 60mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Eggs, Potatoes
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