Oeufs Cocotte (Baked Eggs)


This oeufs cocotte recipe is a French way of baking eggs in a water bath in the oven. You can add other ingredients, but this ham and cheese variation is one of the easiest. Oeufs cocotte tastes best served hot with toast or strips of bread to dip in the egg yolks.

close up view of a Oeufs Cocotte (Baked Eggs) in a small pot on a wooden cutting boar, with bread slices
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste

  • ½ cup finely chopped ham

  • 2 tablespoons grated Gruyere cheese

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 large eggs

  • ¼ teaspoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a small, lidded casserole dish with olive oil. Boil water in a kettle and set aside.

  2. Spread ham in the bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Gruyère cheese. Pour in cream and season with black pepper. Crack eggs on top, one at a time, making sure yolks remain intact. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon Gruyère cheese and chives. Season with salt and black pepper.

  3. Cover the casserole dish and place it into a roasting pan. Pour enough boiled water into the roasting pan so it reaches about halfway up the sides of the casserole dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 9 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until whites are just set and yolks are still runny, 3 to 6 more minutes.


To prevent broken yolks, crack eggs into a glass or cup first, then gently slide them into the casserole dish.

You can use Comté cheese instead of Gruyère.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

447 Calories
42g Fat
2g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 20g 99%
Cholesterol 294mg 98%
Sodium 626mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 222mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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