Basted eggs are an easy favorite way to cook eggs!

Make 4-6 eggs all at once and save time and effort on those busy mornings! A little butter and a little water steam the eggs, creating solid whites and soft creamy yolks. Get the true flavor of fresh eggs with minimal fat and learn how to baste eggs; you’ll wonder why you never tried this recipe before!

Basted Eggs on toast

What is a Basted Egg?

A basted egg is similar to a fried egg, but a small splash of water is added to help steam the tops.

  • We love this recipe because it cooks eggs to a medium set (AKA “sunny side up”).
  • This recipe uses 3 simple ingredients you likely have on hand.
  • They’re so quick to make! These eggs are ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes.

Poached vs Basted Eggs

What’s the difference between poaching and basting?

Poached eggs are submerged in boiling water (sometimes with vinegar added) in an uncovered pan. A poached egg will have a firm white and a runny yolk.

A basted egg is cooked in a small amount of oil or butter and then a small amount of water is added to the pan. The eggs are steamed as the water evaporates under the closed lid. It’s a nearly fool-proof way to cook eggs without any extra steps!


process of cooking Basted Eggs

How to Make Basted Eggs

It’s super easy to make homemade, restaurant-style basted eggs!

  1. Melt butter, gently break eggs into the pan.
  2. Cook uncovered a few minutes per recipe below.
  3. Add water, cover, & continue to cook until the whites are set but the yolks are still soft.

cooked Basted Eggs in the pan

What to Serve With Basted Eggs

Any style of eggs is perfect with buttered toast, but we like to top basted eggs on Potato Pancakes, Sweet Potato Hash, or with a side of Homemade Breakfast Sausage.

Basted eggs can be subbed for poached in Eggs Benedict.

Easy Ways to Make Eggs

How do you serve your Basted Eggs? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

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Basted Eggs

This simple recipe makes perfect eggs every time, in under 10 minutes!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 eggs


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 eggs
  • salt & pepper


  • Heat a 10" non-stick skillet over medium heat and melt butter.
  • Once butter is melted, crack eggs one at a time and add to the skillet.
  • Allow to cook without moving until the whites are set, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 2 tablespoons water to the skillet (it's ok if the water is on the set egg whites) and place a lid on the skillet.
  • Continue to cook until eggs are set but the yolk is still soft, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan immediately so the eggs don't overcook.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste.
5 from 37 votes

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

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
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  1. I’ve been trying unsucessfully to make fried eggs and this sounds like a very good way to try cooking them. Thank you!

  2. I never liked fried eggs , always poached them. I love this method , it is easier the poached but still gives the same taste. Really tasty if you happen to have farm fresh eggs p.s love all your recipes5 stars

  3. I love basted eggs over corned beef hash..Sometimes,I will add a little catsup on top of the hash before putting the eggs on top.5 stars

  4. Basted eggs is the only way to get a perfect cooked egg. I can’t stand a runny yolk so I cook the eggs til they done to a light yellow. This is far better than restaurant eggs.5 stars

  5. My mom used to make eggs this way! With a family of six it was the easiest way for her to prepare sunny side up eggs. My husband and sons never liked runny yolks so I have not made them for a long, long time. I’ll have to make one for myself for old times sake! Thank you for the reminder!