How to Baste an Egg

Basted Egg

Contributor: Christine Pittman

They’re easier than over-easy but taste better than sunny side up. Basted eggs are the best eggs to make at home.

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4-5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbsp. boiling (or very hot) water


  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Crack in the egg.
  3. Cook until whites are nearly fully set and then add the hot water to the skillet. Cover the skillet.
  4. Cook the egg in the covered skillet until the whites are set and the thin layer of whites that tops the yolk has turned white as well.
  5. Remove egg from skillet. Serve.