Parisian Shirred Egg

Oeuf cocotte à la Parisienne. Don’t ask me to say it in French but I can cook it the French way and so can anyone! Egg cocotte is so versatile. Perfect for brunch with yoghurt or fruit salad or as a light lunch or dinner when served with soup or salad. In many French restaurants, they are served as entrée.

I like that this is one easy and quick meal to prepare. You’ll be savoring this tasty egg cocotte in less than 20 minutes!

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 egg
  • 30 g chopped ham
  • 2 portobello mushrooms
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh chervil, rinsed
  • 2 tsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 slice of bread
  • butter
  • salt and pepper, to taste

You can use parsley, chives, tarragon instead of chervil or a mix of those herbs to make the fines herbes mixture.


1.   Preheat oven to 260 C degrees.

2.  Peel and slice mushroom. Never wash portobello mushrooms or they will lose taste once they get soaked with water.

3.   Chop chervil and garlic clove.

4.   Heat frying over medium heat, add olive oil; once hot, add the garlic. Move garlic around the pan for about a minute to give oil a garlic flavor.

5.   Lower heat and add mushrooms into the pan. Add chervil and a pinch of salt. Leave for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

6.   Grease ramekin with butter. Add some of the chopped ham in the ramekin, add mushrooms then a teaspoon of crème fraîche. Repeat the layers then add salt.

7.   Break an egg in the ramekin and top with a pinch of pepper.

8.   Fill half of an ovenproof baking dish with boiling or very hot water and put ramekin on it. Bake for 6-8 minutes.It’s ready when white is done but yolk remains liquid. Serve with toasted bread.Recipe from French Cooking for Dummies

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16 thoughts on “Parisian Shirred Egg

  1. This looks oeufully good

    • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

      It was! Thanks. And remember how we were talking about allergies? I had some allergic reactions to mushroom all of a sudden! First time…unbelievable. I researched online and read that even though you have been eating mushrooms your whole life, you could still develop allergic reactions to it….hopefully it was just a one case reaction for me coz I love mushroom and this shirred egg was just really good!

      • Allergies suck. Perhaps it was the variety of mushroom you had– they are funny things with their individualistic spores, etc.

        Speaking of mushrroms, I had the most incredible Portobella mushroom (sauteed in garlic and olive oil) and red bell pepper pizza yesterday at lunch. Skip the meat– this stuff was D to the E to the L-I-C-I-O-U-S.

      • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

        They were Portobello mushrooms.

        Ok that was mean … that pizza really sounds delicious 🙂

      • So Sorry, Razel! Not intended to be mean– But I’ll make it up to you. There are so many wonderful mushrooms in the world to choose from– Oysters, and Enoki, for example.

        Also, there may have been something in the cultivation of that batch of the Portobellos that may have affected you. Had you considered that?

    • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

      Oh I was joking! 😛 I know you didn’t intend to be mean.

      Yeah….I can of course have other kinds of mushroom and maybe just have a tablet of anti-histamine handy. 😀

    • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

      Not at all 😀

  2. Wow, great idea for breakfast!

  3. The eggs look really nice ….

  4. this would be so perfect with a glass of Rose’ and a street-side seat in Paris

    • Razel Rull-Navarro on said:

      Yes! Aah Paris … I have good memories of the time we were up the Eiffel Tower, so pretty at night… and admiring the works of art at the Louvre … and then I have some not-so-good memories of Paris … like the time when we missed the Eurostar train from Paris to London …non-refundable tickets so we had to buy new tickets! Totally lost in translation!

  5. Awesome Raz


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