Museum of Royal Worcester - Care of your Egg Coddler

Care of your Egg Coddler

Egg coddlers are porcelain containers that allow an egg to be soft-cooked without being placed directly into water. There are some spectacularly pretty egg coddlers; the most iconic British ones being made by Royal Worcester.  To use, you would crack an egg into the coddler, screw the top on and then place it into a pot with water to cook. It’s a very simple process to coddle eggs and the results are delicious, especially when serves with warm buttery toast.


Egg Coddlers are manufactured in Royal Worcester fireproof hard porcelain. Porcelain is a true cookware material impervious to boiling water with excellent thermal shock resistance properties.

During cooking the Egg Coddler should not be totally submerged in boiling water. Stand the egg coddler in a pan of boiling water taking care that the water level only reaches halfway up the porcelain body of the coddler to ensure gentle cooking of the egg.

Egg Coddlers should not be used in a microwave oven or exposed to a naked flame.


Caring for your egg coddler is fairly easy, and surprisingly they can be washed in the dishwasher. However as some dishwasher detergents are caustic and abrasive this may affect the decoration and glaze, therefor it might be wise to wash by hand in warm soapy water.

Do not use abrasive scouters on glazed or decorated areas. Most stains or burnt on particles can be removed by soaking in warm water before washing.

General use

Do not screw the lid on too tightly – a loose turn is sufficient.

Take care when removing the coddler from the water as the lid may be hot.

Egg Coddlers are suitable for use in the fridge – they make original jam and marmalade pots for the breakfast table.

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