What do you make on those days when a.) you don’t have a lot of time, but damn it, you want something delicious; or b.) you’re totally out of inspiration but can’t face another pizza?  Answer: baked eggs! These spinach baked eggs come together easily but taste downright fancy (even if eaten in your pajamas). Don’t miss the video below!

Close-up side view of the spinach baked eggs in a cast iron skillet.

Spinach baked eggs = green eggs and ham

Most years, St. Patrick’s Day sneaks up on us unaware. Maybe it’s because I’m not Irish. Or maybe it’s because it’s in the middle of March, which always filled with muddy rain boots and way too much work. Regardless, more often than not, the 17th rolls around, and it’s only when the kids pull their drawings of leprechauns and rainbows from their backpacks at 5pm that I realize I lost a perfectly good chance to celebrate (as I mentioned here, I’ll take any chance I can get to have fun on a weeknight).

Baked eggs with spinach and cheese

However, I have to admit that I’m not all that crazy about stuffed cabbage and corned beef. I therefore consulted my most trusted resource: Ella. She told me without pause that I had to make green eggs and ham. Smart girl. I’m sure she was envisioning the food-colored scrambled eggs she made in preschool, but I thought spinach. And runny baked eggs. And prosciutto! I know, I know, it’s hardly Irish, but neither are chemically-enhanced eggs.

Spinach and egg bake in a serving bowl with a piece of bread alongside.

How do you make spinach baked eggs?

The process is easy. Spinach gets sautéed with prosciutto and shallots, and is then thickened with garlic cream and Parmesan. That alone would make for a killer side dish, but I transform it into dinner by cracking in some eggs, shakshuka style. The whole thing gets popped into the oven until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny.

Process shot divided into four quadrants, showing how to make spinach baked eggs.

Cheesy spinach egg bake

I love to serve the spinach baked eggs straight out of the skillet in the middle of the table. I find that all you really need is some crusty bread alongside for mopping up the eggs (mmm, mmm), but you can certainly add a quick one-bowl green salad or some fresh fruit to round out the meal. It might not be Irish, but it’s damn tasty.

Overhead shot of spinach baked eggs in a cast iron skillet.

Tips for making this recipe:

  • You’ll need a ten-to-twelve inch skillet for this recipe. I love my cast iron skillet, which provides even, consistent heat (and it looks beautiful to boot!), but any oven-proof skillet will work.
  • Cracking the eggs into small bowls or ramekins before adding them to the skillet makes it easier to pour them into the skillet without breaking the yolks.
  • The baking time can vary depending on how hot your skillet is when the eggs go in, as well as the type of oven you have. Check the eggs a bit early, and keep your eyes on them (the whites should be set and the yolks should be runny). Don’t be concerned if they take longer than expected.
  • Feel free to swap out the spinach for Swiss chard!

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Spinach Baked Eggs

In this one-skillet meal, eggs are cooked “shakshuka-style” (that should be the name of a rap song) in a bed of creamy spinach and prosciutto until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. It’s a meal that’s just as fitting on the dinner table as it is for breakfast. Make sure to have some toast or bread on hand for mopping up all the goodness. **The recipe calls for 11 ounces of baby spinach, which is one large box. If you use 2 five-ounce boxes, cut the amount of cream to ½ cup (or add another handful or two of spinach), otherwise the result will be a bit liquidy.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make baked eggs, spinach baked eggs, spinach egg bake
Servings: 2 -4

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
  • 11 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • Parmesan cheese for grating
  • Bread or toast, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • Combine the heavy cream and garlic in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer (keep your eye on it—I can’t tell you how many times my cream has boiled over!). Let simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 10-12-inch skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Add the shallots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden, about 2-3 minutes. Add the prosciutto and let cook 30 seconds. Pile in a few handfuls of spinach and let it cook down. Keep adding the spinach until it’s all in the pan (it’ll look like it will never fit, but don’t worry, it will!). Cook until wilted. Drizzle with the lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper. Add the garlic cream and stir to coat. Spread everything into an even layer and let simmer until the cream is slightly thickened, about 2-4 minutes.
  • Crack the eggs into small bowls or ramekins (this will make it easier to pour them into the skillet without breaking the yolks). Using a spoon, make 4 nests in the spinach. Slide an egg into each nest. Grate fresh Parmesan over top.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake 7-10 minutes, just until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still runny. Serve the eggs with bread or toast for mopping everything up.

Notes

Tips:
  • You’ll need a ten-to-twelve inch skillet for this recipe. I love my cast iron skillet, which provides even, consistent heat (and it looks beautiful to boot!), but any oven-proof skillet will work.
  • Cracking the eggs into small bowls or ramekins before adding them to the skillet makes it easier to pour them into the skillet without breaking the yolks.
  • The baking time can vary depending on how hot your skillet is when the eggs go in, as well as the type of oven you have. Check the eggs a bit early, and keep your eyes on them (the whites should be set and the yolks should be runny). Don’t be concerned if they take longer than expected.
  • Feel free to swap out the spinach for Swiss chard!

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