White Ramekin bowl on blue wooden board

Ramekins made their way into American kitchens as an innovative option to serve creme brulee and individual custards, such as flan. Since then, their popularity has increased for multiple uses in and out of the kitchen. Made of durable ceramic, tempered glass, melamine or porcelain, ramekins are oven-, dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe. They come in a variety of colors and sizes from 1.5 to 7 ounces.

How to Use Ramekins

Bake individual-sized portions of meatloaf, pot pies, French onion soup, souffles, tarts or cakes in desired sized ramekin.

Store individual food portions in the ramekins; place in a freezer bag, and store in the freezer for later use.

Use ramekins for side dishes to be placed aesthetically with dinnerware. Side salads, soups, vegetables, salad dressings, shredded cheese, chopped onions, twice-baked potatoes, or another side dish served in ramekins will separate the portion from the entree and add eye appeal to the main course.

Serve dips, salsa, condiments, or dressings with vegetable, chips or meat platters.

Use the ramekins as a place to beat single eggs or to measure out portions of recipe ingredients so they are ready to add to the dish you're preparing.

Decorate the house with ramekins. Use one as a vase for a single bloom for a centerpiece; storage for Kosher salt; or as a container to place under candle or tea light holders, potpourri containers, tea bag or sugar packet holders; a tray for bathroom soaps They can also double as small gift containers. You can find many unexpected uses for ramekins that will add to the interior ambiance of your house.


  • Do not take a ramekin from the freezer and place it directly into a heated oven. You can place a frozen ramekin in an unheated oven and then allow the ramekin and oven to heat up simultaneously. Do not run cold water on a hot ramekin to cool it down quickly. The sudden change in temperature could cause the ramekin to crack. Do not apply direct flame or heat to the surface of the ramekin. Never use a ramekin on a stove top burner. Always read the directions on the package to learn any limitations your ramekins may have.