Coddled Eggs

Ever since reading Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, I have become slightly obsessed with coddled eggs. Which is a bit strange, as they are only mentioned once in passing.

It started, though, because I didn’t know what they were. Once I knew – it is a way of cooking eggs by gently steaming them – I had to give it a go, despite the fact that I didn’t have an Egg Coddler. Luckily Martha Stewart came to the rescue, offering baby food jars and tea cups as alternatives. I decided to use a ramekin and this has worked really well.

There really isn’t a lot to coddling eggs, you simply coat your dish in a little butter to stop the egg sticking, add the egg, put the dish in an inch of simmering water and cover (I use the pan lid but have also used tin-foil and parchment paper – thank you Martha for this suggestion as well). You then leave the egg to cook in the gently simmering water for 8 – 10 minutes until the whites are cooked and then serve.

The ease is one of the reasons I like them but I also like that you can add other ingredients to make them different each time. This morning, I used spinach, cheese and a little crème fraiche, topped with salt, pepper and spring onion and am already planning on Sage for my next attempt.


Sorry the photos aren’t much better but I took on my phone and food photography isn’t something I normally do. However, I can promise they are very tasty and easy too. Enjoy!


This post is linking in with Weekend Cooking with Beth Fish Reads, a weekly anything related to food meme.

  1. My mother loves coddled eggs so she used to make them for us every once in a while. I don’t know why I’ve never made them on my own …. I have ramekins, so I’m going to give it a go

    1. They really are so easy I am hooked. Enjoy when you make them and thanks for hosting!

  2. We used to have poached eggs on toast when we were sick, but the egg is dropped directly into boiling water, and I eventually decided I preferred the buttery flavor of fried or scrambled eggs instead. But a coddled egg has butter. I didn’t know that! Will definitely give it a try!

    1. I love poached eggs but can’t make them to save my life. These are much easier…at least for me. I agree with you on buttery-ness, that’s how I like my scrambled eggs. Butter and cheese!

  3. I’m happy to hear that I’m not the only one who picks up on one small item in a book and then becomes obsessed! 🙂

    1. No, definitely not alone 😄

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