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Leftover Turkey Frittata

Transform Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers with this simple and delicious Leftover Turkey Frittata! Packed with leafy spinach and light mozzarella, this egg frittata recipe is easy to make, naturally gluten-free, and bursting with flavor!

Easy Leftover Turkey Frittata

Who else has ever fallen victim to a food hangover? You know, those holiday morning-afters when you’re still full from third and fourth servings the night before, but also somehow hungry? It’s the annual post-party paradox.

The holidays are upon us and thankfully, along with all the festivities and dinners, it’s also the season for the perfect food hangover cure – leftovers! In this case, turkey specifically. I love making use of leftover Christmas and Thanksgiving turkey breast with this easy spinach and cheese frittata recipe. And since I don’t have any available days left for diets in this year’s calendar, I take comfort in knowing that the ingredients are light and healthy!

Topped with a dollop of low-fat sour cream or plain yogurt, choc-full of nutrient-rich spinach and light mozzarella, this Leftover Turkey Frittata is my go-to way to use up fresh ingredients for an easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the days after a holiday rush. 

Is This Recipe Healthy?

Not only is this Turkey Frittata the best way to transform Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers, it’s also loaded with fresh ingredients that make it a healthy meal for the whole family! The ingredients in this recipe are loaded with nutrients:

  • Eggs: A powerhouse source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, iron, and more disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Turkey: Low in fat and high in protein, packed with iron, zinc, B vitamins and potassium.
  • Spinach: A leafy source of vitamins A, C, folic acid, calcium and iron.
  • Cheese: For extra protein and calcium.
A slice of leftover turkey frittata topped with sour cream, with the skillet in the background

What You’ll Need

A frittata is a great way to use up leftover fresh ingredients you have on hand. This is what you’ll need for this turkey frittata:

  • Eggs: A six-pack of eggs will make one large frittata. 
  • Turkey Breast: Leftover turkey breast that’s been diced.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Shredded, either store bought or shredded at home using a grater.
  • Spinach: Fresh spinach leaves are best.
  • Butter: Or a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Garlic: One clove, minced.
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional: Sour cream or Plain/Greek yogurt for topping.
A slice of turkey frittata filled with spinach and mozzarella cheese on a plate, with the skillet in the background

How to Make a Turkey Frittata

Follow these steps to make this lighter-on-the-belly, easy recipe for frittata:

Mix Eggs & Cheese: In one bowl, whisk together the eggs, along with the shredded mozzarella, salt, and pepper.

Cook the Filling Ingredients: Heat and add butter to a non-stick, oven safe pan. Once the butter is melted, add the spinach and cook for a bit, followed by the turkey and garlic until heated through.

Add & Cook the Egg Mixture: Pour the egg mixture over the other ingredients and cook for a few minutes to set up the bottom of the frittata.

Broil: Place the whole pan into the oven to broil under the grill until browned and fluffy.

Let your frittata cool for a few minutes once it’s out of the oven and then serve directly from the pan! Top with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt and enjoy.

Tips for Success

Make note of these tips for the most successful frittata: 

  • Hold the Salt: Your turkey was likely salted while roasting, so be mindful of this when salting your eggs for the frittata. Otherwise it may result in a very salty experience!
  • Use an Oven-Safe Pan: This is important as the pan will need to transfer between the stovetop to the oven for broiling! Cast iron pans work best for even cooking, but any oven-safe option will work.
  • Check Eggs for Freshness: Do the “float test” to see if your eggs are fresh by placing them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will sink to the bottom, so discard any eggs that float to the top.

Serving Suggestions

If you’re looking to serve this Leftover Turkey Frittata for dinner, it goes super well with so many dishes! Try these healthy sides to serve alongside your frittata:

Variation Ideas

The best thing about egg dishes is that they make the best base for any veg and proteins your heart desires. Mix up your frittata with other leftovers and fresh ingredients depending on what you have on hand:

  • Leftover ham, ground beef, or chicken. 
  • Kale, peppers, onions, potatoes.
  • Cheddar, parmesan, or feta cheese.
  • Fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or chives.

When it comes to frittata, the sky’s the limit!

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

Store any leftover-Leftover Turkey Frittata covered or sealed in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Enjoy cooked frittata cold or reheat it covered in the oven until warmed through, usually about 10-15 minutes at 350F.

Can I Freeze This?

Frittata can be portioned and frozen for up to 3-4 months! Wrap the individual slices tightly in plastic wrap and then seal them in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container before storing.

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A slice of leftover turkey frittata topped with sour cream, with the skillet in the background

Leftover Turkey Frittata

Katerina | Diethood
Transform Thanksgiving and Christmas leftovers with this simple and delicious Leftover Turkey Frittata! Packed with leafy spinach and light mozzarella, this egg frittata recipe is easy to make, gluten-free, and bursting with flavor!
Servings : 6 serves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup diced leftover cooked turkey breast
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • sour cream or thick yogurt , optional


  • Preheat oven to broil setting.
  • In a medium-size bowl, whisk together eggs, shredded mozzarella, salt, and pepper; set aside.
  • Heat a 12-inch non-stick, oven safe pan over medium high heat.
  • Add butter to pan and melt.
  • Add spinach and cook for 1 minute; add in the turkey and garlic.
  • Cook for 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Pour in the egg mixture and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Place pan into oven and broil for 4 minutes, until browned and fluffy.
  • Remove and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Serve.


Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 112 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 8 g | Fat: 8 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 176 mg | Sodium: 165 mg | Potassium: 151 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 0 g | Vitamin A: 1765 IU | Vitamin C: 4.4 mg | Calcium: 87 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg | Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast ideas, frittata recipe, thanksgiving leftovers
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16 comments on “Leftover Turkey Frittata”

  1. I couldn’t agree more The Mom Chef. This would be a great way to eat up the rest of you thanks giving day left overs. I would have to run on the treadmill for 2 hours to burn this beautiful dish off. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    EA-The Spicy RD

    I love, love, love a good fritatta & this one with turkey, spinach & mozzarella sound delicious! Too bad I don’t have any leftover turkey to make it ๐Ÿ™

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Haha Food hangover! I missed Thanksgiving feast this year and now I’m jealous you had great feast! I love your frittata using leftover turkey.

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    Sawsan @chef in disguise

    This sounds like a wonderful way to get over a food hangover ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love the addition of spinach..

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    Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    We definitely were on the same wavelength–making a frittata with leftovers. I snuck in some greens, too, (shaved brussels sprouts) to balance things out.

    Love your version, Kate. Looks wonderful!

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking

    Ok Looks like you had great Thanksgiving…it’s a holiday you should eat and make a feast! Your frittata looks amazing Kate! I am loving your pics!

  7. Great idea….I’m a huge fan of using both 1) tasty leftovers and 2) a cast iron skillet. Thanks for sharing

  8. Yeeeeees! The leftover recipes are always my favorite bit of Thanksgiving. Loving this…too bad I can’t roll myself to the fridge to make some…i’m still food hungover myself!

  9. happy belated thanksgiving kate!
    this ftrittata would be great for breakfast along with a freshley baked slice of herbed toast!

    and don’t worry about your weight… it’s the holiday time, a time for indulgences… you can lose it again ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Cookin' Canuck

    Food hangover is right! All I want to eat now is salads, turkey soup and this frittata. It looks wonderful.

  11. A nice idea for a lighter dinner…. some gravy on that frittata would be yummy too! And a lighter dinner most definitely needs to be counteracted with ice cream + syrup ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Food hangover! LOL. I totally have one of those too and I’m not planning on going light tonight either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This looks delicious. Great use of leftovers!

  13. Yay to food coma! Even my puppy had turkey coma last night LOL! Love your frittata! I want to make one too. Such a perfect way to use leftovers:-) Hugs, Terra

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    The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Happy day after Thanksgiving! I was actually pretty good and limited my lunch to a single, normal plate. I did have pumpkin pie for breakfast though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your frittata looks fantastic and is a great idea for the leftovers (which we have in copious amounts!).

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