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Basted eggs are a simple preferred method of preparing eggs!

On those hectic mornings, make 4-6 eggs all at once to save time and effort! The Basted Eggs are steamed with a little butter and water to produce solid whites and soft, creamy yolks.

Learn how to baste eggs to get the genuine flavor of fresh eggs with the least amount of fat; you’ll wonder why you never tried this recipe before!

What are eggs basted?

Similar to a fried egg, a basted egg has a small amount of water added to help steam the tops.

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Food: Basted Eggs (Source: The Kitchn)
  • Because it cooks the eggs to a medium set (also known as “sunny side up”), we adore this dish.
  • Three basic ingredients that you most likely already have been used in this recipe.
  • They can be made very quickly! In less than 10 minutes, you can eat these eggs.

Basted vs. Poached Eggs

What distinguishes basting from poaching?

In a covered pan with boiling water, occasionally with vinegar added, poached eggs are cooked. A poached egg will have a runny yolk and a firm white.

A tiny amount of water is added to the pan after the basted egg has cooked in a small bit of oil or butter.

The water under the closed lid evaporates, steaming the eggs. Without taking any additional procedures, it’s almost a foolproof method to boil eggs!


  • Before pouring water into the pan, additional seasonings can be put on the eggs.
  • Add a dash of Adobo Seasoning, Everything Bagel Seasoning, or homemade seasoning salt to finish.
  • The eggs can be spiced up even more by adding a few drops of chili sauce!

Creating Basted Eggs

Making handmade, restaurant-style basted eggs is quite simple.

  1. Gently crack eggs into the pan as the butter melts.
  2. Per the recipe below, cook for a few minutes uncovered.
  3. When the whites are set but the yolks are still soft, add water, cover the pan, and simmer for another few minutes.

Serving Ideas for Basted Eggs

With buttered toast, every flavor of the egg is delicious, but we enjoy topping basted eggs with potato pancakes, sweet potato hash, or a side of homemade breakfast sausage.

Eggs Benedict can be made with basted eggs instead of poached ones.

Basted Eggs

With this quick recipe, you can have beautiful eggs in no time at all!

five minutes to prepare

5 minutes to cook

overall 10 minutes

4 portions eggs


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 eggs
  • salt & pepper


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Food: Basted Eggs (Source: The Kitchn)
  1. Melt butter in a 10″ nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Once the butter has melted, crack each egg into the skillet one at a time.
  3. Allow cooking for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the whites are set.
  4. The egg whites can have water on them; just add 2 tablespoons of water to the skillet and cover it.
  5. Cook the eggs for another 3 to 4 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny.
  6. To avoid overcooking the eggs, remove them from the pan right away.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition information

Calories: 88 | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg