Basted Eggs

This recipe produces a delicious, simple egg with satisfying, set whites and a creamy, runny yolk. It's similar to a poached egg, but more flavorful and less fussy.

Basted Eggs
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
2 eggs

Have you ever made a basted egg? If you haven't, it's time to remedy that ASAP! Basted eggs are similar to poached eggs, but they're much easier to cook. You'll come back to this simple basted egg recipe time and time again.

What Is a Basted Egg?

A basted egg is somewhere between a sunny side up fried egg and a poached egg. Basted eggs are fried on the bottom and steamed on top. They look similar to sunny side up eggs, but the yolk is slightly more set.

Basted Egg Ingredients

These are the ingredients you'll need to make this basted egg recipe:

· Butter: These traditional basted eggs are cooked in butter on the stove.
· Eggs: This recipe makes two basted eggs. You can easily adjust the measurements to make more or less.
· Water: A tablespoon of water helps steam the top of the egg.
· Seasonings: When the eggs are done, season them with flaky sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

How to Baste Eggs

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make a basted egg at home:

Crack the egg into a skillet with melted butter. When the whites are mostly set, add water and cover. Cook until some of white has set over the yolk.

What to Serve With Basted Eggs

Serve basted eggs however you'd serve fried or poached eggs. They're commonly found on top of or alongside toast — check out our collection of 10 Savory Toast Recipes That Prove Everything Is Better On Bread for delicious inspiration.

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 ½ tablespoons salted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt, or to taste


  1. Melt butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Carefully crack eggs into the skillet and let cook until whites have almost set, about 1 minute. Add water, cover skillet with a lid or cookie sheet, reduce heat to medium-low, and let cook until whites have set, yolks are still runny, and some of white has set over yolk, 1 to 2 more minutes. Remove lid and transfer eggs to a serving plate. Garnish with pepper and flaky salt, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
27g Fat
1g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 418mg 139%
Sodium 583mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 13g
Potassium 145mg 3%

* 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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