Shirred Eggs (Baked Eggs)

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Shirred eggs is another name for baked eggs with a creamy, custardy yolk. They are easy to prepare and a great addition to breakfast or brunch.

Shirred Eggs in a ramekin

Shirred Eggs Recipe

If you’ve never tried Shirred Eggs before, then this is your sign to try them. They are so easy to prepare, and the texture of the egg is so creamy. With the addition of parmesan cheese, chives, cream, kosher salt, and black pepper, they really stand out! You can add meat or veggies depending on your preference. Serve with your favorite breakfast potatoes, or with pancakes or waffles.

Ingredients

  • Eggs – Eggs are the star of the show in this Shirred Eggs recipe. I typically use large, cage-free eggs.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – The cream gives the egg whites a rich, silky texture.
  • Parmesan Cheese – I always use fresh grated parmesan cheese if I can. It tastes so much better!
  • Chives – You can use fresh chives or dried chives.
  • Salt and Pepper – Add these spices, or others, to taste.
  • Butter – Using a bit of softened butter to grease the ramekins helps with sticking and adds a bit of buttery flavor. You can also use olive oil or cooking spray.

You’ll also need individual ramekin dishes. Make sure they are oven-safe. I used 6-ounce ramekins which can fit one or two eggs in them. To make the transfer in and out of the oven easier, you can place the ramekins on a baking sheet.

A shirred egg scooped out of a ramekin and placed on toast

Suggestions for Serving Shirred Eggs

These shirred eggs are great just as they are, served on top of a piece of toast or avocado toast. However, they also make a great base for your favorite omelet toppings – bacon, ham, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, spinach, garlic, feta, mozzarella, green onion, tomato, kale, Swiss chard, asparagus, fresh herbs or spices. Dice your desired toppings very small and sprinkle over the eggs before cooking. If your ramekins are large enough, then you can crack two eggs into each one. Top your shirred eggs with hot sauce, ketchup, avocado slices, or Everything But the Bagel Seasoning. If you are feeling extra fancy, then serve your eggs lox style with smoked salmon, cucumbers, and red onion.

More Egg How-To Recipe and Simple Egg Recipes

Eggs are a great breakfast staple! After you’ve mastered shirred eggs, learn how to perfect your egg techniques with these simple guides.

  • How to Fry an Egg – Knowing how to fry an egg is a must-have kitchen skill. If you know the right way and have the right tools, then it is easy! Learn 4 different ways to fry an egg – sunny-side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy Peel Method) – Great hard-boiled eggs are easy to peel when you use the right technique. Learn how to make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs.
  • How to Make Scrambled Eggs – Learn how to make creamy, flavorful scrambled eggs (the RIGHT way). Try this French-inspired method for perfect eggs every time!
  • Easy Breakfast Egg Muffins – These Breakfast Egg Muffins are a healthy high-protein breakfast. They can easily be made ahead of time and re-heated later on those extra busy mornings!

Recipe Tip

Four ramekins with an egg cracked in each one

When you crack the eggs into the ramekins, the yolks will migrate towards the edge of the ramekin. Use a spoon to try and coax them from touching the edge. If they are touching the edge, then they will cook faster than they should.

FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

As with most egg dishes, this dish tastes best right away. If you do have leftovers, transfer them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave within 1 or 2 days for best results.

Where do Shirred Eggs come from?

Shirred Eggs are a variation of a French dish called oeufs en cocotte. Oeufs being “eggs” and “cocotte” being a small dish like a ramekin. In the original French dish, the ramekins were baked in a water bath.

How are Shirred Eggs different than Fried Eggs?

Shirred Eggs have a creamier texture than Fried Eggs, they are also cooked in the oven while Fried eggs are cooked on a frying pan.

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How to Make Shirred Eggs

Shirred Eggs in a ramekin

Shirred Eggs

Shirred eggs is another name for baked eggs with a creamy, custardy yolk. They are easy to prepare and a great addition to breakfast or brunch.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 4

Equipment

  • 4 oven-safe ramekins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease each ramekin with butter and crack one egg into each ramekin.
    Four ramekins with an egg cracked in each one
  • Top each egg with 1 teaspoon of heavy cream, ½ teaspoon of chives, ½ teaspoon of cheese, salt and pepper.
    Four ramekins with an egg cracked in each one and heavy cream, chives, parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper on top
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the whites are set, but the yolks are still wobbly. Check them at the 12 minute mark and if the whites are still clear in any spots, keep cooking. Serve on toast, if desired.
    Shirred Eggs in a ramekin with toast next to it

Notes

Nutrition facts do not include toast. 

Nutrition Information

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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