Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas

Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas | | Spring brunch just got sunnier.

Crack the egg. Split the shell. Release the yolk, perfect and whole, golden and shimmering in the bowl.

Eggs – scrambled – were the very first thing I learned how to cook. I was seven, and the simple act of cracking an egg was awe inspiring and challenging, and something I wanted to try. All. By. Myself.

You remember, right? Cracking your first egg?

Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas | | Perfect sunny eggs are just an oven bake away.

Its mystery all came back to me years later, when I moved out to Illinois for grad school. A friend of mine brought me a handful of fresh eggs, straight from the farm. I tapped the egg on the counter. I cracked the grey shell. Out came the most beautiful, brilliantly hued yolk, of the deepest orange. It made every grocery store egg of my life pale in comparison. I cooked it, sunny side up, to preserve the gem of the yolk, and when I ate it, I knew going back to grocery store eggs would never be quite the same.

Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas | | Use spring's greenest asparagus and peas in this light breakfast.

These days, putting an egg on any dish may come across as passé, but there’s a good reason why we just can’t stop. An egg promises so much. There are cakes and quiche and ice creams and sauces and so much more hiding within its shell.

With winter nearly behind us, I am looking forward to all things spring and sunny, aren’t you? This simple Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas was all I wanted for brunch the other day – tender asparagus still with snap, sweet peas, and the hero, the egg, baked in a nest of green and with crunchy breadcrumbs dusted on top. It’s my way of welcoming the season.

Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas |

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I am back, joining Becky from Vintage Mixer and our friends this month as we share dishes that embrace #EatSeasonal! March is here and spring greens are calling – check out these dishes that are all about freshness!

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Baked Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Artichokes with Blue Cheese – Climbing Grier Mountain

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Roasted Asparagus and Avocado Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – Completely Delicious

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Spinach and Mushroom Marinara with (or without) Meatballs – Bless this Mess

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Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Spring brunch just got sunnier.


1 cup chopped asparagus (cut in 1 inch pieces)

1 cup peas

kosher salt

5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, divided

1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half

2 tablespoons greek yogurt, plus more for serving

freshly ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, crated

4 large eggs

1/2 cup Emmentaler cheese

1 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon chopped chives


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a small saucepan of water to a gentle boil over medium heat. Season the water with salt, then drop in the asparagus and peas. Blanch for about 2 minutes, or until the asparagus and peas are a bright green. Strain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

Whisk 2 tablespoons melted butter with heavy cream and greek yogurt. Stir in the grated garlic and season with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture between two baking dishes or ramekins. 

Arrange the asparagus and peas in the cream. Carefully break two eggs into each dish, taking care not to pierce the yolk. Sprinkle with Emmentaler cheese.

Stir the remaining melted butter into the panko breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are runny. Be careful not to overcook, as it can quickly do so.

Remove from oven, garnish with chives, and serve immediately with crusty bread. If you wish, serve with a dollop of greek yogurt seasoned to taste with salt and pepper. 

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by Liren Baker on March 10, 2015

19 Responses to “Baked Eggs with Asparagus and Peas”

  1. Emily @ Life on Food March 10, 2015 @ 4:57 am (#

    I love baked eggs and need to have them much more often. Loving all the Spring veggies in  this dish. 

  2. Heidi @foodiecrush March 10, 2015 @ 5:13 am (#

    The scramble is still my specialty but man, I love the looks of a baked egg and yours is screaming spring flavors at every turn. Great looking recipe as always Liren! 

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  4. Lauren+@+Climbing+Grier+Mountain March 10, 2015 @ 6:41 am (#

    I’ll never say no to a delicious baked egg! These looking amazing, Liren!

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  8. kelley {mountain mama cooks} March 10, 2015 @ 8:33 am (#

    Yes! I love baked eggs and don’t eat them nearly enough. I love a good piece of toasted sourdough to slop up all that runny goodness! 

  9. Millie l Add A Little March 10, 2015 @ 8:57 am (#

    This looks wonderful and I love the image of the artichoke – beautiful!

  10. Tom ~ Raise Your Garden March 10, 2015 @ 1:27 pm (#

    Whoa, scrambled eggs were the first ones I learned to cook, I had to go online. Wife was gone and I was left to feed my girls (2 and 4) And a few youtube video’s later, I made my first eggs. Like those runny eggs on top. 

  11. Becky March 10, 2015 @ 1:50 pm (#

    I mean it when I said you make eggs look like art!  Simple beauty!!

  12. marcie March 10, 2015 @ 4:20 pm (#

    This baked egg dish looks amazingly fresh and delicious — the epitome of spring! 

  13. Melissa @ Bless this Mess March 10, 2015 @ 9:01 pm (#

    I can’t wait until my garden peas are ready! This looks so fresh and perfect. Of course I’d add some hot sauce ;) but other than that, perfection!

  14. Carrian March 11, 2015 @ 7:59 am (#

    I love the spring veggies in this dish!

  15. Liz March 11, 2015 @ 6:24 pm (#

    What a gorgeous dish! It just exudes springtime—and I could eat it any time of day :)

  16. Brian+@+A+Thought+For+Food March 12, 2015 @ 5:17 am (#

    Spring in a bowl! I’ve started seeing asparagus in these parts and I’ve been anxious to do something with it. I’m definitely on board with having all these ingredients for breakfast. I’ve done something similar on top of polenta and it’s magically delicious. So comforting for a chilly spring morning.

  17. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles March 16, 2015 @ 11:16 am (#

    How lovely is this?! Perfect egg dish for spring!

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