Coddled Eggs

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"This English recipe dates back to the Victorian era, where they were so popular they used to make decorative porcelain pots to cook the eggs in. But you can use common ramekins in this recipe."

Original recipe yields 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (86.3 g)
  • Calories 119.4
  • Total Fat - 8.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 219.5 mg
  • Sodium - 91.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 1.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0 g
  • Sugars - 0.3 g
  • Protein - 7.9 g
  • Calcium - 63.1 mg
  • Iron - 1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Butter insides of ramekins.

Step 2

Add egg to each ramekin and top with cream and a bit of butter.

Step 3

Cover tightly with foil and place in a shallow pan over medium heat and fill pan with boiling water to come up about halfway on the ramekins.

Step 4

Bring water back to a boil and boil one minute.

Step 5

Remove from heat and let sit, still covered, for 10-12 minutes.

Step 6

Garnish with chives.

Tips & Variations

  • 2 ramekins (small ceramic baking dishes or oven safe glass custard cups)



I have made this a few times now and I am still to get the timing perfect but came closer today in that the egg whites were set and the yolk was set a bit firmer than I would like. The first time I made exactly as per recipe and my eggs were no where near cooked part of the problem here is we don't get half and half so I used thickened cream and this may have had effect so they went back on and this time I put the lid on the pan and the set but the yolk was hard. The next time I put the lid on the pan when I turned the heat off and the yolk set firm so on the third attempt (today) I cut the time back from 10 minutes to 8 and had a slight run on the yolk so thinking 7 minutes will be perfect for me and I just love the taste with some buttered wholemeal/wholegrain toast for a filling breakfast. Thank you Sue Lau made for Pick Me tag game.

review by:
(18 Nov 2014)

Wayne Peters

Such a simple breakfast to cook, but oh so good. Sue, the photo that you took is really fantastic. I enlarged it and pinned it on the Breakfast Recipes board at

review by:
(29 May 2013)