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How to Make Any Baked Eggs in 5 Steps

June 17, 2013

Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: Easy going, customizable eggs in 5 steps.  

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When it comes to eggs, everyone has a back-pocket technique. Hard boiled? Soft? The eight-page Julia Child omelette method? (Slow, impressed clap to you.) Whatever your go-to, if you're not baking eggs already, you may want to start. 

Also known as eggs en cocotte, or coddled eggs, baked eggs are simple, rustic, and the perfect way to use up leftovers lingering in your fridge. And don't worry about whether the key to omelette-folding is all in the wrist -- baked eggs are hands-off, and require only that you serve crusty bread alongside. Now make yourself some coffee, and sit down at the table. Your eggs will be ready in 12 minutes.

How to Make Baked Eggs in 5 Steps 

1. Baked eggs are wonderful not only for their ease but also for the amount and variety of vegetables you can tuck in to bake with them. Step one: ready those vegetables. Have leftovers? Use them here. If not, sauté whatever you like. We don't have to tell you to season here.


2. While everything gets all slouchy, butter your ramekins. Cast iron skillets work well for more eggs, as do casserole dishes. 


3. Now fill them with your vegetables. Just pile everything in -- baked eggs are an exercise in layering. Add smoked salmon if you, like us, are feeling fancy. This is also where you'll add your optional dairy: cheese is a no-brainer, or try cream or yogurt


4. Crack the eggs! The number to use will depend on the size of your vessel -- these little ramekins can handle two. Add more cheese on top if you're so inclined, and always salt and pepper. 


5. And finally, bake. Slip the ramekins (or casserole or skillet) onto a baking sheet and into a 400-degree oven for about 12 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Now wasn't that easy?

Still want a recipe? Here are a few for inspiration:

Baked Eggs with Mushrooms, Leeks, Parmesan, and Bechamel
Eggs en Cocotte with Cream, Garlic & Thyme
Baked Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Arugula and Manchego

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Photos by James Ransom 

27 Comments

lanikazi March 25, 2016
Can the base ingredients be cooked and placed in ramekins ahead of time and in the morning, place an egg in each and bake?
 
Pierre March 25, 2016
Dear Food 52, I would like to print some of your recipes. On the recipe page can you put a '' PRINT '' Button so we can Print the recipe that we like. And also put your text in Black, not in Grey, because it will be printed very light. Some printers are capricious Thanks
 
C S. March 18, 2016
One of my fav things to make when I have leftover tomato sauce from pasta! Add some mozzarella, bake and top with chiffonade of fresh basil. So yummy! I have a great photo of it that I'd be happy to share!
 
Bonnie April 22, 2015
I love the Baked Egg recipe in Barefoot in Paris. You begin by placing a little heavy cream and butter in a shallow ramekin and bake until they are beginning to bubble and brown. Add eggs and whatever cheese & herbs you like and return to the oven until baked just the way you like them (usually not more than 6 minutes). The original recipe calls for using the broiler but I prefer to bake them at 375. I've done this recipe using cooked bacon pieces and potatoes or lightly steamed and seasoned asparagus and it's always great. Thursday is our egg night and I look forward to it all week. It's the one day I don't have to think about what's for dinner.
 
Ashlie March 9, 2015
I tried to make this today and it did not work out at all. 22 minutes later (in the oven) and my yolk was WAY over cooked and the white still runny. I don't know what went wrong. The oven was at 400 and I only put spinach in it with a little salt and pepper, then the 2 eggs on top. I started with 12 minutes, then added 3 to that, then 3 to that until it was 22 minutes total and finally I decided to just suck it up and eat it (even though I hate runny whites) but the yolk was so hard I couldn't even eat it.
 
Kelsey S. April 27, 2014
I make variations of this all the time with everything from mashed potatoes to mushroom & onion at the bottom. My one edit: I make sure that the yolk stays in the middle so it stays runny.
 
maryvelasquez October 12, 2013
Loved this recipe! Anyone know where I can get ramekins like the one in the photo?
 
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Kenzi W. October 13, 2013
So glad you like it! You can find those ramekins in Provisions: http://food52.com/provisions/products/76-pillivuyt-eden-individual-casserole-white-set-of-2
 
I_Fortuna July 3, 2013
I like Gorumand1209's idea of using a Bundt pan. Bain marie is a a bit of a pain but necessary for some recipes. I love this idea only I don't have any ramekins which is why I like a Bundt. It would be great to not scramble the eggs for the Bundt. I love a soft boiled or coddled egg like my mama used to make. What comfort food. Thanks for this great idea and this is just the excuse I need to buy ramekins. Have to make these in the fall though since temps are in the triple digits currently. Thanks again!
 
EllnMllr June 18, 2013
Annoying not to be able to print this.
 
AltaNorth June 20, 2013
Copy and paste into an e-mail?
 
I_Fortuna July 3, 2013
Or right click, copy, and paste to you wordpad or word program. Easy Peasy!
 
ChrisVeros June 17, 2013
I have never seen anything like this, and I'm really excited.<br /><br />What are some common veggies you put in the bottom? That photo looks like... arugula and... apple?
 
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Kenzi W. June 17, 2013
Here we used arugula and leeks -- but feel free to switch it up! Onion and spinach work instead, and I've taken a page out of fiveandspice's book and used root vegetables like sweet potatoes and parsnips, too. Canned tomatoes work. Brussels sprouts work. Experiment! Have fun!
 
AltaNorth June 20, 2013
I saute greens with garlic and onion, then add roasted red peppers and tomatoes. Anything in the fridge that you enjoy.
 
Greenstuff June 17, 2013
Whoa! Bain marie (boiling temperature) v. a dry temperature of about 400 F! Someone do the experiment for us and report back on the quality of the vegetables, the eggs, and the cheese. I used to coddle a lot of eggs but stopped when I found the bain marie a pain in the neck.
 
Gourmand1209 June 17, 2013
Dad had a recipe (sorry) for Baked Scramble Eggs that we still use today. It is easy, good, leftovers work good on a sandwich with ham or bacon or heat up great In the microwave. I have never seen anything close to it until now.<br /><br />Recipe: 4 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, 2/3 teaspoon salt, 3 oz cheese (swiss works awesome), dash of pepper, 2 tablespoons parsley flakes.<br /><br />Eggs are beaten with salt, pepper and milk. Then add parsley flakes, then cheese and poor into buttered bunt pan and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 min or until a knife inserted comes out clean. Then turn over on plate and serve.<br /><br />Surprised I haven't seen this all over with some very common name. Is there a common name for this? Is this a common dish?
 
zoomorphic June 17, 2013
What size ramekins would you recommend?
 
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Kenzi W. June 17, 2013
You can use whatever you have! Just adjust the amount of eggs for size. I often use small ones for a single egg, or a skillet for four or five.
 
Marian B. June 17, 2013
This weekend I took some (homemade) pizza out of the freezer, reheated it, and put an egg on it, then baked for a little while longer -- great success, great breakfast. Thanks for these tips, kenzi!
 
Emelia F. June 17, 2013
I must try the ban marie method as I can never manage to get the whites cooked with the yolks still runny! :(
 
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Kenzi W. June 17, 2013
That would help! A bain marie is a super gentle way of cooking. But what oven temp are you using? Perhaps lower it a bit?
 
Emelia F. June 17, 2013
About 160C which I think is about 320F?
 
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Kenzi W. June 17, 2013
Oh, interesting. I usually bake eggs at 400 F (like is says above), which is a great temperature to get the outsides of the eggs cooked and melt the cheese, but still leave the yolks runny. Try that and let me know if it works for you!
 
savorthis June 18, 2013
Cooks Illustrated had a recipe where they first heated a creamed spinach (I think) in the ramekin and cracked the egg into it so the whites would have more heat to start with. The dishes are removed when the inner white is just barely jiggly and the residual heat finishes cooking on the way to the table.
 
pierino June 17, 2013
Kenzi, what do you think of using a ban marie for the baking step? French cooks seem to prefer this method.
 
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Kenzi W. June 17, 2013
I think yes, absolutely!