Definition of ramekin in US English:


(also ramekin dish)


  • 1A small dish for baking and serving an individual portion of food.

    • ‘Fill the ramekins, smoothing the tops with a palette knife.’
    • ‘After removing the ramekins from the oven, I gently topped the eggs with the mushroom mixture.’
    • ‘Spoon the warm fruit mixture into individual ramekins or small bowls.’
    • ‘Place the ramekins in a wide saucepan and fill with simmering water, so it comes two-thirds of the way up the sides.’
    • ‘Pour the mixture into six very lightly oiled dariole moulds or 7.5cm ramekins, cover and chill for four hours or until set.’
    • ‘Lightly butter six 7.5cm ramekin dishes and dust them out with a little extra caster sugar.’
    • ‘Divide the mixture between the ramekins and push a truffle deep into the centre of each.’
    • ‘Pour the mixture into individual ramekins, molds or mini-savarin rings and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.’
    • ‘Place the cucumber cups in individual ramekins.’
    • ‘Fill the ramekins with some summer berries and a drop of booze.’
    • ‘I placed the ramekin in an ovenproof dish and the poured water into the dish up to a level half way up the ramekin, before popping it into the preheated oven.’
    • ‘I first brushed individual 7-ounce ramekins with melted butter.’
    • ‘Line a pudding basin or individual ramekins with cling-film, and then line the mould with the soaked bread, ensuring there are no gaps.’
    • ‘The next morning, in a small ramekin, I mixed in some lime zest and added some more, cold, coconut milk because the rice had sucked up all the moisture.’
    • ‘The recipe below makes one gratin serving four people, but it can also be made in individual ramekins for four single-serving dinners.’
    • ‘These impressive soufflés can be made in individual ramekins or coffee cups.’
    • ‘Ease the star, butter-side down, over the back of an up-turned individual metal tart tin or ramekin, the star points facing up.’
    • ‘Slide the ramekins on to the baking sheet and bake for ten to 12 minutes until the souffles are well risen, browned and doubled in height but still slightly wobbly.’
    • ‘Get your four ramekins, make sure they're nice and clean.’
    • ‘The mixture is now ready to be poured into the ramekins.’
    1. 1.1 A quantity of food served in a ramekin, in particular a small quantity of cheese baked with breadcrumbs, eggs, and seasoning.
      • ‘The Irish black tea is hot and strong, the homemade raisin scones warm and airy, served with a heaping ramekin of clotted cream.’
      • ‘A thick and tender petite strip steak comes with basic fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp roasted new potatoes and a ramekin of rich tomato-tinged Béarnaise.’
      • ‘A ramekin of caviar-topped whipped urchin appears without asking.’
      • ‘It was beautifully served in a terrine, along with toasted slices of bread and a small ramekin of creamed lentils.’
      • ‘Then there was a ramekin of lemony aubergine pate which was, in truth, more of a dip and tasted of red pepper rather than aubergine.’
      • ‘The monochromatic assortment consists of four marvels of kosher-style cuisine served with two ramekins of sour cream.’


Mid 17th century: from French ramequin, of Low German or Dutch origin; compare with obsolete Flemish rameken ‘toasted bread’.