How to Make Baked Eggs

Breakfast doesn’t get easier than baked eggs, simply place a few ingredients into an ovenproof dish,  put the eggs into the oven, and in less than 15 minutes you have a tasty low carb and keto-friendly breakfast.

oven fried eggs in cast iron skillets

Eggs are delicious, versatile, and inexpensive, but they can sometimes be a bit tricky to cook, especially when you are serving a crowd. An easy solution is baking them. Although preparing baked eggs in the oven may have fallen out of favor recently, it is well worth trying out this recipe if you are looking for a hands-off and foolproof method of cooking eggs. This easy baked eggs recipe will add a little style to your weekend brunch or make a quick light supper when paired with smoked fish or meat.

A Brief History of Baked Eggs

Humans have been eating eggs since, well, there have been humans, but records of people making baked eggs in the oven didn’t start to appear until the mid 19th century. An early and simple version of baked eggs appeared in The Royal Cookery Book under the name ‘Eggs on a Plate,’ and very closely resembles the recipe given below. Later, more complex variations of baked eggs began to gain popularity. One of the most famous of these variations is known as ‘shirred eggs.’

What are shirred eggs?

Shirred eggs seem to have originated in America sometime towards the end of the 1800s. In the Diner’s Dictionary, the author, John Ayto, defined shirred eggs as, “An American way of cooking eggs: the eggs are broken into a cup or small bowl, covered with milk or cream and often breadcrumbs, and baked.” Today you are likely to find recipes using both the terms baked eggs and shirred eggs interchangeably, but it is important to note that they are not the same dish and do require different preparation and cooking times.

Necessary Equipment For Making Easy Baked Eggs

There is just one thing you must have to make baked eggs: an oven-safe serving dish. Traditionally, cooks baked their eggs in shirrers, the containers that lent its name to shirred eggs. However, today, it is more common to use a shallow ramekin or another oven-safe dish. It is most convenient to use an individual dish for each portion to make serving easier.

Tips for Cooking and Serving Easy Baked Eggs

  • Avoid serving undercooked eggs. Eating undercooked eggs can get you sick, so ensure you cook your eggs long enough. Cooking times can vary depending on the depth of the dish. When you notice a translucent film over a set yolk, the eggs are ready, approximately 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Be careful when eating. Since the eggs are baked and served in the same dish, they are hot. Remember to warn your guests not to touch the container and to protect your table with a trivet.
  • Customize your baked eggs. This is a very basic recipe, so feel free to experiment by adding a bit of pre-cooked meat, vegetables, or top with your favorite sauce. If you are serving a group, be sure to offer different choices of add-ins and condiments.
  • Get even more creative. Do you really want to impress someone? Then why not try lining the cooking dish with bacon or par-cooked potato slices? Or you can even forgo the dish altogether and bake your eggs in half an avocado!

Ingredients for Baked Eggs

  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
baked eggs ingredients

How to Make Baked Eggs

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt butter in a small baking dish or oven-safe skillet in the oven. Remove dish from oven.

Gently crack eggs into melted butter. Be careful not to break the yolks.

two raw cracked eggs in a cast iron skillet

Season with salt and pepper.

Place the dish back in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

This is a perfect recipe to make when you are trying to get out of the door in the morning and want to save some money by making breakfast at home. If you make a bit of toast, you will have a hearty breakfast in no time.

If you wanted to get fancy with this recipe, you could sprinkle some fresh herbs on these baked eggs when you remove them from the oven. Fresh herbs I would recommend would be a little parsley or even chives.

two cast iron skillets with baked eggs

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Baked Eggs

Oven fried eggs are perfect for an easy and quick breakfast.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Eggs, Shirred Eggs
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 197kcal


  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 crushed black pepper


  • Preheat an oven to 325 degrees. Use a small dish to bake the eggs in. Melt the butter. You can do this by placing the dish you will cook the eggs in the oven while it heats to the proper temperature. Crack two eggs into the dish gently so as not to break the yolk. Season with salt and pepper. Bake eggs in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.



Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 348mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 121mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 725IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

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  1. Nanny

    I have been making dry poached eggs for yrs in a dry poacher. I really must try them baked. Sounds like some great ideas as well. Thanks.

  2. Marion

    I had enjoyed baked eggs in a restaurant and was thrilled when I found this recipe. I used a small cast iron pan in the oven to cook 2 eggs. I took them out at 9 minutes and the yolks were over-cooked (I like them runny) and I believe they kept cooking due to the heat from the cast iron pan. They were still tasty topped with chopped bacon and chives. Next time, I’ll take them out earlier.

  3. Mark C Vrabel

    5 stars
    I like the dish for presentation you baked the eggs in. See many of these available in varying sizes for purchase online. What size dish did you use?


    Love baked eggs, and I add a tsp of cream to the top and about a Tbs of parmesan cheese when I am feeling fancy. Keep ’em coming.

  5. chocolatemoosey

    Baked eggs are my go-to method when I don’t feel like making anything else! Hands off while I’m making my morning coffee.

  6. Liz

    I love this idea for baking eggs! Much less chance of user error, like burning myself when removing them from the steamer. Thanks!

  7. Ro-ro

    Like Jackiegene, I haven’t heard of baked eggs before. Seems easy enough. I assume you made the toast because they are “dippin” eggs? Yes, I would like to see more of your Home Economic’s recipes. Thanks!

    • stephaniemanley

      I added toast because I love to dip the toast into runny egg yolks. Check back on Fridays. I will be posting the next Learn to Cook Home Economic’s recipes on Friday.

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