ham and cheese egg cups on a white serving platter with sliced green onions on top

Baked Ham and Egg Cups

By Rachel Tiemeyer
October 21, 2021

Ham and Egg Cups might just blow your mind. They did mine. With only three main ingredients, this high-protein dish could be one of the easiest breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes ever.

ham and cheese egg cups on a white serving platter with sliced green onions on top

This post was created in partnership with Hy-Vee (Columbia)

I’ll be honest. When I first tested this Ham and Egg Cups recipe, I thought for sure it’d be a flop. I mean…just 3 ingredients? That’s gonna be boring. And, would they freeze for later? Ah, heck nah.

Well, slap me silly and call me Sally, I was wrong. I repent of my arrogant, foodie ways. Ham and Egg Cups proved to be a true winner around our Thriving Home team’s homes. Whitney Reist, our food photographer, said her husband loved them. Context is important here: Whitney is a trained chef, so her husband is used to really good food.

With that being said, I hereby introduce you to one of our favorite 3-ingredient recipes ever…Baked Ham and Egg Cups.

Ingredients Needed:

Here are all the ingredients you need to make Baked Egg Cups:

  • Cooking spray
  • Deli sliced ham (I look for uncured ham. I don’t recommend using honey ham for this one.)
  • Eggs
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
ingredients for baked egg cups, including eggs, ham, and cheese

Although similar to our Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins, these were faster and required fewer ingredients.

Where to Get Your Ingredients

We suggest grabbing all your ingredients at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or using their Aisles Online to have your groceries delivered or prepared for pick up. They are always well-stocked and offer the best meat and produce around.

To make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with the Ham and Egg Cups ingredients to save you time…

ham and cheese egg cups on a white serving platter with sliced green onions on top

Video Tutorial: How to Make Baked Ham and Egg Cups

Step-by-Step Instructions

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a muffin tin generously with cooking spray.  Line each muffin cup with a slice of ham (or two slices, if they are small) to form the cup that the egg will rest in.

ham slices in a muffin tin

3) Crack and add one egg to each slice of ham.  (Note: If you prefer scrambled eggs, you can whisk the eggs with a little milk in a glass measuring cup with spout and then pour the mixture evenly into the muffin cups.)

ham slices and cracked eggs in individual muffin cups

4) Then top each egg with a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese.

ham, egg, and shredded cheddar cheese in individual muffin tins

Btw, this is a great recipe for a kid to help with. My daughter used to love helping me make these when she was little. Awww, I miss those preschool years!

child helping put cheese in a muffin tine

5) Lastly, bake for 15-17 minutes. If you use a metal muffin tin, it will take about 15 minutes. If you use a silicone muffin tin, it will take a little longer.

overhead shot of baked egg muffins in metal muffin tin

Can You Freeze Egg Cups?

These egg cups actually freeze better than we thought they would! I froze a whole batch of fully cooked and cooled ones and ate on them for a few weeks. The texture wasn’t altered much, if any at all.

To freeze the egg cups, place them in a freezer bag in a single layer, squeeze out as much air as possible and seal, and then freeze flat.

fully cooked ham and egg cups in a freezer bag

When you’re ready to eat them, it’s best to defrost them in the refrigerator overnight, if you have time. If not, use the defrost setting on the microwave. Then, warm them up in 20 second increments in the microwave. Don’t over cook them!

Other Ingredient Add-In Ideas

While our team really enjoyed this 3-ingredient recipe “as is”, you can definitely add in other ingredients for more nutrition or flavor. Here are a few ideas of ingredients to sprinkle on top of the egg before adding the cheese:

  • Baby spinach, finely chopped
  • Bacon, fully cooked and crumbled
  • Bell pepper and onions, diced and sautéed (or you can cook these in the microwave with a little oil until softened, 4-5 minutes)
  • Chives, finely chopped
  • Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, thyme, or oregano, finely chopped

How to Serve Baked Ham and Egg Cups

While these are tasty warm (or even cold) on their own, you can also serve them on a toasted English muffin perhaps with some hot sauce on top. Or, if you’re my daughter, you’ll add ketchup on top. 😉

egg, ham, and cheese on a toasted English muffin with hot sauce on top and fruit salad on the side

Some side dishes that go well with these Eggs Cups include:

Load up on eggs, ham, and cheese and pop these puppies in the oven soon. You’ll be so happy to have them on hand for busy mornings or quick lunches.

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ham and cheese egg cups on a white serving platter with sliced green onions on top

Baked Ham and Egg Cups

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 egg cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

With only three main ingredients, Ham and Egg Cups are one of the simplest breakfast recipes you can find. They are like perfect, mini, individual egg casseroles. 


Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 12 large slices (or 24 small slices) deli ham (look for uncured, all-natural ham; avoid the honey ham for this recipe)
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

Make It Now:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Line each muffin cup with 1-2 slices of ham.
  3. Crack one egg into each muffin cup. (Optional: You can also scramble the eggs with a splash of milk in a  separate bowl before adding to the muffin tins, if you prefer scrambled eggs.)
  4. Top each egg with 2 tablespoons of cheese.
  5. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the egg is set in the middle. Let cool slightly and enjoy!

Freeze For Later: Bake the Ham and Egg Cups as directed in recipe and let cool completely. Then, place them in a gallon-sized freezer bag or container in a single layer, squeeze out any air, seal, and freeze flat.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator or pop in to the microwave for a quick defrost. Then, warm in the microwave in 20 second increments until warmed through.

Don’t Forget…

Don’t forget to grab all your ingredients at your local Hy-Vee grocery store or using their Aisles Online to have your groceries delivered or prepared for pick up. To make things easy for you, we’ve already started a custom shopping cart with the Ham and Egg Cups ingredients to save you time…

overhead shot of baked egg cups in a silicone muffin pan
 
 

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15 replies
  1. Liz M says:

    Made these for my picky eaters for breakfast and they loved them. Such an easy recipe to throw together and to have on hand for busy mornings. I served them in toasted & buttered English muffins and gave them a little smoosh so the egg cups distributed nice and evenly. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  2. Kymberly says:

    Does the cheese help protect the egg and keep it moist? Could I leave it out? I am allergic to all dairy but would love an easy egg dish to go for busy weekday mornings.

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  3. Hickory Nut says:

    Made these over the weekend – put hashbrowns, turkey sausage, quinoa, cheese and whisked 4 eggs to fit in 6 muffins. My kids, and husband, loved them. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Carla says:

    These were an awesome way to use up the leftover ham I bought last weekend thinking my guests were bigger lunchmeat eaters than apparently they were. 🙂 I diced some tomato into a few and that was divine for me since I love tomato in my eggs. I might try some peppers in a few for Kevin next time. I can see how they would taste better fresh, but I made a whole pan, so I'll either reheat for a couple days out of the fridge or try freezing. I am thinking that the reheated versions might be better on English muffins. We'll see. 🙂

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  5. Rachel says:

    Good question. The short answer is yes. Although I haven't tried freezing these yet, I freeze the breakfast casserole muffins all the time. You can reheat them in the microwave from frozen for maybe a minute or two. The caveat is that they don't taste as good as when fresh or even being warmed up after a day or two in the fridge. I would say breakfast burritos freeze and rewarm better. I'll try to post that recipe soon, if I get permission from my friend.

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  6. DWL says:

    Oooo! I was just thinking that I need some quick and easy breakfast ideas. I do like the breakfast casserole muffins, and the savory breakfast muffins, but I'm all for fewer ingredients and fewer pans!!

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