Ham and Cheese Quiche – Pressure Cooking Today™

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This Instant Pot Crustless Ham and Cheese Quiche is a super fast breakfast or brunch dish packed with protein and melty cheddar and parmesan.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe: This crustless quiche requires no baking and is ready in a fraction of the time of oven-baked egg pies. Plus, it’s loaded with mix-ins with classic family-friendly flavors.

This recipe comes from the Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook. It’s a staple on the weekends at our house, as kids and adults can’t get enough of the classic pairing of ham and cheesee.

Eggs are one of our favorite things to make in the Instant Pot. Whether it’s an egg loaf for potato salad, egg muffins for an on-the-go breakfast, egg bites, or a fully-loaded meat lover’s quiche, eggs seem to always come out perfectly in the pressure cooker. And this recipe is no egg-ception! fde1e0

If you have the Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, check out page 38 for the recipe in print!

an overhead shot of the ingredients needed to make Ham and Cheese Quiche, with eggs, salt, pepper, cheese, parmesan,


Here’s what you need for quick crustless quiche in the Instant Pot:

  • Eggs. If you don’t have large eggs, add an extra!
  • Milk: We use whole milk, but any kind will work.
  • Ham: We like to use the pre-diced ham from the grocery store.
  • Scallions: Go ahead and use both the white and green parts in the quiche.
  • Cheese: We love the combo of melty cheddar and salty parm.
a small white plate of easy crustless quiche with eggs, ham, and cheese, in front of an instant pot

How to Make Ham and Cheese Quiche in an Instant Pot

This easy recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

You’ll start by setting up your pressure cooking pot. Add a trivet and 1 1/2 cups of water to the pot. Next whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Then prepare your baking dish with cooking spray and fill it with the ham, scallions, and cheddar cheese.

Pour the beaten egg mixture over the ingredients in the cake pan, then sprinkle the top with grated parmesan. Use a sling to carefully lower the filled pan into the pressure cooking pot on the trivet. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. When the cook time ends, let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release.

Carefully remove the pan with the sling, then serve! Or, for more browning on top, you can place the quiche under the oven broiler for a few minutes.

Important Tips for Making Crustless Quiche

Before you add the ham and cheese to your eggs, be sure they’re well beaten. There should be no whole yolks or clumps of whites for a totally uniform, smooth texture.

Be sure to thoroughly grease the cake pan for easy removal. We recommend a nonstick pan as well so your quiche comes right out.

Before you close the lid, make sure to push the sling down into the pot so it doesn’t interfere with sealing.


You’ll need a few key products to make this quiche, which is steamed, rather than baked. First, a trivet. Most InstantPot models come with one. But if yours didn’t, we love this trivet.

You’ll also need a 7-inch round cake pan. We like this pan from Fat Daddio’s, which fits into a 6-quart pressure cooker.

You can make your own sling out of foil to lower the pot into the pressure cooker and remove it. Or use this great reusable sling if you make a lot of Instant Pot quiches, cheesecakes, and other pot-in-pot dishes.

a side shot to show the texture of the ham and egg quiche, with a glass of milk and toast

Frequently Asked Questions about Ham and Cheese Quiche

Can I use a different kind of cheese?

Certainly, you can feel free to use any cheese you have on hand. It should be melted or crumbled so it mixes well into the eggs, though.

Can I store leftovers for later?

Yes, store leftover quiche in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.

Can I freeze quiche?

To freeze, let the quiche cool fully, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container. Freeze for up to six months. Then defrost in the fridge overnight and serve cold or gently warm servings in the microwave.

Can I use a baking dish instead of a cake pan?

Yes. If you have a 7-inch round oven-proof baking dish, it will work well for the quiche. A 1-quart souffle dish is great.

An overhead vertical shot of a white soufflé pan filled with slices of ham and egg quiche, with toast and a yellow and white checkered napkin

More Instant Pot Quiche Recipes

We have plenty of great egg recipes that use your Instant Pot, including:

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  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup diced ham

  • 2 large green onions, finely chopped

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Put a metal trivet at the bottom of the pressure cooking pot and add 1 cup water.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Spray a 7-inch cake pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the ham, green onions, and Cheddar and mix well. Pour the eggs over the ham mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan.
  4. Use sling to place the dish on the trivet. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 20 minutes cook time.
  5. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. Lift out the dish.
  6. You can serve this immediately or pop the dish in a preheated broiler and broil until the top is lightly browned.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 101Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 338mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 9g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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published on August 20, 2022

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