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My vegetable frittata recipe comes with a formula and guide to make it any flavor you like, so I wanted to do the same for you with a keto quiche recipe. This time I’m using a broccoli cheddar quiche as a base: we start with an almond flour crust and top it with roasted broccoli, cheddar cheese, and a custard egg base. Broccoli cheese quiche is absolutely delicious and one of my favorite kinds (the same flavors in my popular broccoli cheese soup!). But if you want to mix it up, I’ve got a formula for you below to use any kinds of keto vegetables, different cheeses, and even some meat options.
For the keto quiche crust, we’re using my super fine and blanched Wholesome Yum Almond Flour as a keto alternative to white flour. You could make an Instant Pot quiche or crustless zucchini quiche as well if you want to, but I think it’s even better with a crust. And, this flour gives it a perfect buttery, flaky fine crumb you’re going to love.
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What Is A Quiche?
A quiche is a baked egg tart that (usually) has a crust and is filled with a savory custard that usually includes a mix of vegetables, cheese, and meat. Like keto breakfast casserole and keto French toast, it’s a classic, well-loved breakfast!
The main difference between a quiche and a frittata is that quiche has a crust and is baked, whereas a frittata doesn’t have a crust and is cooked with a combination of stovetop and in the oven. Read more about frittatas in my vegetable frittata post.
Is quiche keto?
Quiche isn’t usually keto, as it’s usually made with a white flour-based crust.
This keto quiche recipe is made with an almond flour crust and low carb ingredients, which makes it keto friendly.
Is quiche healthy?
Yes, quiche is a healthy option that’s loaded with protein-rich eggs, vegetables, and flavorful cheese.
This version is made with a healthy almond flour crust, which adds even more nutrition to the quiche.
How To Make Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
This broccoli cheddar quiche recipe takes just a few steps:
- Make crust. Bake almond flour pie crust, leaving out the sweetener and using the extra salt. Cool for at least 15 minutes.
- Cook broccoli. Roast broccoli and garlic. Let cool, until no longer hot.
- Mix custard. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Stir in shredded cheese.
- Assemble. Place broccoli in pie crust in a single layer, pour egg mixture over it and spread the cheese evenly.
- Cover. Cover edges of crust with foil or a pie crust shield. (This will prevent the crust edges from burning.)
- Bake. Bake until set. Cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing.
How long to bake quiche?
Baking time for quiche will vary a bit depending on size and oven temperature, but this low carb quiche recipe takes about 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees F.
How to make quiche fluffy?
Keto quiche recipes should always be fluffy. The key is cream added to the eggs. It’s easy to use the right amount – just follow the formula below, then read my tips for the perfect, super fluffy broccoli cheese quiche (or any other kind you like!) every time.
The Keto Quiche Ingredients Formula
While this is a low carb broccoli cheddar quiche recipe, you can make it many different ways using this formula as a starting point:
- Keto Pie Crust – You can use almond flour or coconut flour for a keto quiche crust. I prefer the taste of almond, especially for savory pies like a quiche, but feel free to use coconut if you have a nut allergy. The remaining ingredients below assume a 9-inch crust that isn’t too deep – this pan is the perfect size.
- 5 Eggs – This number assumes large eggs, so would be different if you use a smaller or larger size.
- 1/3 cup Heavy Cream – This makes the richest keto quiche, but you can also use any other type of keto milk, such as almond milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk.
- 1 1/2 cups Cooked Vegetables – This is equivalent to about 2 to 2 1/4 cups fresh vegetables before cooking. I prefer roasted vegetables for the best flavor, but you can also use steamed or stir fried vegetables.
- 1 cup Cheese – You can use shredded or crumbled, depending on the type. Pretty much all cheeses are keto friendly, so use whatever you like. Here’s a full keto cheese list.
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt + 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
TIP: You can also displace some of the veggies with cooked meats, like bacon or sausage.
More Filling Ideas For Low Carb Quiche
As long as you cook your fillings in advance, you can use almost anything as a filling for quiche. Just use the formula above and mix and match…
- Bell peppers
- Broccoli – Used in this broccoli cheddar quiche recipe!
- Onions – My favorite kind to add are caramelized onions.
You might notice this is the same list I recommend for a vegetable frittata, because they work well for both. For even more options, check this vegetables list.
- Ground beef
Can you add fresh herbs to quiche?
Absolutely! But here’s a tip – they are best either mixed with the cooked fillings or sprinkled on top of the cooked quiche at the end. Mixing herbs into the egg mixture doesn’t work as well, because they tend to either float or sink.
Tips For The Best Quiche Recipe
Pre-cook the vegetables.
Cooking the vegetables is important, so that any excess water is cooked off and doesn’t leave your broccoli and cheddar quiche watery.
Parbake the crust.
Parbaking the crust ensures that the crust cooks properly and won’t be soggy once the quiche fillings are added.
Use a glass or ceramic pan.
It’s important to use glass or ceramic pan instead of aluminum because of how the heat is transferred in the cooking dish. Aluminum pans will cause the outside of the crust to burn before the inside is done.
Be sure it’s the right size, too. This recipe needs a 9-inch glass pie pan like this.
Use the right amount of fillings.
While it can be tempting to cram the quiche with fillings, it’s best to not over-do it. Otherwise, you won’t taste much egg, run the risk of making the quiche watery, and the filling can fall apart.
Overcooked quiche can curdle or get rubbery.
Let quiche rest before slicing.
Let the broccoli and cheese quiche rest for 10-20 minutes, so that it can set up completely.
Can keto quiche be made ahead?
Yes, this broccoli cheese quiche recipe can be made 1-2 days before serving.
You can also prep a few components ahead so that all you need to do before eating is assemble and bake:
- Make almond flour pie crust a day in advance.
- Roast broccoli and store in the refrigerator.
How long is broccoli cheese quiche good for?
Quiche can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Can you freeze quiche?
Yes, you can freeze quiche for 1-2 months.
How to reheat quiche:
Reheat quiche in a 350 degree F oven, until hot. The microwave works okay, but can make it dry, rubbery, or overcooked.
What To Serve With Quiche
You can serve this broccoli cheddar quiche recipe all on its own, but if you need a side, try a few of these:
- Salads – Cucumber radish salad, Caesar salad, or strawberry spinach salad all pair well with a keto breakfast quiche.
- Baked Goods – Almond flour blueberry muffins, keto bagels, or keto coffee cake all pair well with keto friendly quiche.
- Sides – Brunch sides such as bacon in the oven, keto coffee, or even fresh fruit! (Check the keto fruit list for which fruits are lowest in carbs.)
Tools To Make Low Carb Quiche
Tap the links below to see the items used to make this recipe.
- Glass Pie Pan – This one is the perfect size for this quiche recipe.
- Pie Crust Shield – This helps shield the keto quiche crust from burning while it bakes.
Broccoli Cheese Keto Quiche Recipe
Keto Quiche: Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Recipe
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Bake the almond flour pie crust according to the instructions here (omit the sweetener and use the extra salt for savory crusts). Cool for at least 15 minutes before adding filling. Leave the oven on at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
Saute the broccoli and garlic according to the instructions here, but using the amounts above (this would be half the amounts in the linked recipe, but process is the same). Because the florets for quiche are smaller, it may take less time. Cool for at least 10 minutes, until no longer hot.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Stir in 1 cup (113 g) shredded cheese.
Arrange the broccoli in the pie crust. Pour the egg mixture over it, and spread the cheese evenly. Use a pie crust shield or foil to cover the edges of the crust. (Leave the filling uncovered.)
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until set. Cool for 10-20 minutes before slicing.
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OMG OMG OMG!!! I was super nervous on doing this crust (yes I get in my head) the crust was so flaky and perfect after cooking my broccoli I did put it into the food processor to even out the chunks then added the egg. After baking in the oven I drizzled with sriracha. (who doesn’t like heat) Thank You Maya.
Delicious recipe. The crust for savory was perfect, the roasted broccoli wonderful and the cream made the custardy part yummy.
Thank you for your wonderful recipe! I’ve tried at least 5 in the past and they all were lacking. You explained that less is better and proved your point with this wonderful creation that I will be making again.
Wow – That’s the most delicious and easy to make quiche I’ve ever made! Maya’s recipes are helping me and my husband to be happy keto dieters! Loved it and will make it again!
This is the second time I have made this, but I used coconut flour for the crust. Absolutely love it, thank you.
I followed this recipe, including making the crust, to a tee and it was amazing. I cooked for 35 minutes and it was a little overdone. I think 30 would have been perfect. Thanks for sharing this! I’ve missed quiche terribly since going Keto.
The water goes into the broccoli while sautéeing it w the garlic?
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Virgina, I have a recipe for the sautéed broccoli. The water goes into the pan 3-4 minutes after the broccoli.
Made this today and it turned out fantastic! The crust was divine! Not to many steps and not complicated to make!
Just to confirm, if making a savory crust you don’t use any sweetener at all?
Maya | Wholesome Yum0
Yes, that’s correct!
Maya, the filling was awesome! I changed some things to make the filling dairy free.
I’m only commenting on the filling here, because this is a recipe for the filling. The piecrust recipe is on another page.
I used Mykonos Farmhouse Cheddar plant based cheese. I also used coconut milk, instead of milk. I used 200 grams of broken broccoli florets. I cut them up more.
Hubby thinks it tastes like macaroni and cheese! It isn’t that many more carbs, but not much more. I need dairy free.
Looking forward to trying the other variations shown
This looks great! Do you have a coconut flour crust that would work well with this? I have an almond flour allergy unfortunately. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! And I apologize if you put the coconut flour somewhere. I didn’t see it!
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Maggie, Yes! Find my recipe for Coconut Flour Pie Crust here!
I recently had to go dairy free. I bought shredded Mykoyos cheddar cheese. Can I sub Coconut cream for the heavy cream?
Can I use frozen, defrosted broccoli?
Thank you very much. Will be making for dinner in a few days. Hoping for a delicious dinner. I’m still not used to non dairy subs.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Judy, Yes, you can use coconut milk as a sub for the heavy cream. Frozen broccoli will work too. Best wishes!
Didn’t see the variations for other choices for the quiche here. What kind of alternatives could be used?
Also, can one use roasted vegetables in the quiche instead of stir-frying them?
Thank You ahead of time for your answer.
Wholesome Yum M0
Hi Sandra, The broccoli used in this recipe is roasted. Feel free to get creative and sub the broccoli for other veggies you enjoy.
Helen Ruth Sohne0
I really want to make this recipe for broccoli cheddar quiche. But I am a little confused. Your directions are for the sautéed broccoli but your discussion at the beginning states it’s roasted broccoli as does your comment here. Which will work best for this quiche? Thanks!
Wholesome Yum D0
Hi Helen, The broccoli used in this recipe is roasted.
Delicous, love this keto quiche.
Broccoli and cheese are so delicious together and they are just fab in this keto quiche recipe. Pinning to make again later.
Love the idea of almond flour!! I make quiche on the weekends when we have more time to sit as a family & this one is a family favorite! It’s a good recipe to get my kids eating broccoli!
Wow…super cheesy & delicious!! What a great way to use broccoli! Thank you!
Oh wow!! This looks beautiful! Making it for dinner tonight and I can’t wait!
Love. quiche and have made the crustless. I am so glad I now have a great recipe for the real thing.
Amy L Huntley0
I love quiche. I don’t make it nearly enough. But, I do love to make it on the weekends for my family. I love that the crust is made out of Almond Flour. This recipe is full of protein.
This hit the afternoon lunch time hunger spot. Was delicious. Thanks!
Quiche is one of my favorite things to serve because it makes an inexpensive meal! I love that there is a way to make it keto without making it crustless!
Thanks for making a keto recipe of a quiche! Definitely healthier and yummier.
Simple ingredients and easy to make! What a lovely breakfast, We love it!
I don’t do Keto but I like using alternatives for flour every now and again. So this quiche recipe is perfect. I love the fact that you use almond meal and the method is pretty straightforward. Thank you.