One of my favorite baked egg recipes

I often turn to one of my favorite baked egg recipes for a quick lunch dish. You can ring the changes with this, depending on your taste, but I happen to love hiding sautéd mushrooms under mine.

When my mother used to cook these for me at home, she called them Surprise Baked Eggs. We had to eat them to find out what was in the bottom of each dish!

Did you know that humble baked eggs even have a fancy French name? They are known as Oeufs en cocottes.

baked egg recipes


  • I large flat mushroom
  • 2 eggs
  • 2oz grated cheddar cheese
  • oil (for sautéing the mushrooms)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh single (light) cream - optional

Equipment needed

You will need the following kitchen equipment...

  • Frying pan or wok
  • Fish Slice or heat proof spatula
  • Cheese grater
  • Chopping board
  • Individual ramekin dishes or small casserole dish
  • Deep roasting tray


Baked egg recipes are cooked in the oven so our first job is to preheat it to 180o C (350o F or Gas mark 4).

Next there is some preparation to take care of. Dice the mushroom into chunks. Grate the cheese if it isn't already grated.

Put a little oil in your pan and heat it. Pop the mushroom pieces in the hot fat and turn it down, so they gently sizzle, or sauté.

sautéed mushrooms

Lightly grease two ramekin dishes or a small casserole dish. Place the cooked mushrooms in the bottom of the dish/es and layer a little grated cheese on top.

Crack the eggs into the dish also. Then cover with the rest of the grated cheese.

At this point you can add the cream if you are using it, which helps to keep the eggs from overcooking. I didn't for the photographs on this page. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Take a deep roasting pan and half fill it with boiling water. Stand the dish or dishes in the water and place the whole lot in the oven. The water will prevent the eggs from cooking too quickly and going hard.

Cook for around 10-15 minutes, or until the egg white has set but the yolks are still soft. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly so you don't burn your mouth!

Serve in the dish.

Variations on baked egg recipes

Baked egg recipes are versatile. They will not go wrong if your quantities are slightly different to mine. Keep in mind, though, that the cooking time may vary, depending on your "surprise" in the bottom of the dish.

Why not try some of the following ideas...

  • sliced cooked potatoes
  • cooked, squeezed spinach
  • blue cheese
  • tomato slices or chopped tinned tomatoes
  • chopped bacon and onions, sautéed in a little oil

Baked egg dishes are surprisingly filling, so you may not need to serve anything with them. But if you have a big appetite, some crusty bread would accompany them nicely.

I like to make this recipe for myself as a quick lunch, but it would also be great for breakfast or even brunch.