Shirred Eggs (Oeufs en Cocotte)

Andy Anderson !


Shirred eggs are essentially baked eggs with some cream, some herbs and some cheese.

They are deceptively easy to make… Not much more than frying the egg in a pan. But once you try this, you may never pan fry an egg again.

Serve this with thin slices of toast, and you have the perfect savory breakfast. Serve this with a side salad, and you have a wonderful light evening meal.

I picked this dish up at Cordon Bleu many years ago; where they are called “oeufs en cocotte”.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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2 large
2 tsp
sweet butter, salted
2 Tbsp
cream, full fat
2 Tbsp
shredded gruyere cheese, or cheese of choice
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Shirred Eggs (Oeufs en Cocotte)


    A oven-proof pan for the bain-marie (water bath).
    Two ramekins or other heat-proof dishes.
  • 2Gather your ingredients.
  • 3Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 370f (184c).
  • 4Add a pan to the oven large enough to hold the ramekins, and then fill with steaming water.
  • 5Chefs Note: The pan should hold enough water to go in approximately halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • 6Divide the butter between the two ramekins, and thoroughly coat the bottom and sides.
  • 7Add 1 tablespoon of the cream to each one of the ramekins, and swirl to coat the bottom.
  • 8Place the ramekins into the water bath.
  • 9Chef’s Tip: Wait about five minutes, until the cream gets hot.
  • 10Break an egg into each one of the ramekins.
  • 11Divide the cheese in half, and sprinkle each one with the cheese.
  • 12Add a dash of salt and/or pepper, to taste.
  • 13Bake for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • 14Chefs Note: the whites should be set but the yellow still a bit runny.
  • 15Serve immediately with some thinly sliced toast. Enjoy.
  • 16Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Shirred Eggs (Oeufs en Cocotte)

Course/Dish: Eggs, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Eggs
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids

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