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Finally! How to Crack an Egg Without Shell

How to Crack an Egg Without Shell

I am no stranger to cracking eggs (I make these for my two-year-old almost daily), but I still end up with eggshell shrapnel in my bowl more than half the time. Finally, though, I’ve learned the simple trick to a perfectly cracked egg…

How to crack an egg with one hand

Knock the egg once on a flat surface (NOT the edge of a pan or bowl); this will make a horizontal crack along the middle of the egg.

How to crack an egg with one hand

That’s it!

On the off chance you do get shell in your bowl — and chasing that slippery piece around with a spoon or your finger feels law-of-physics impossible — just use a piece of shell to scoop it out. The edge of a cracked shell is perfect for cutting through egg white.

Brilliant, right? Any other egg tricks to share?

P.S. How to create the perfect cheese plate.

(Photos by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo)

  1. My mom always said to crack it on a flat surface but would have me do it with two hands to guarantee no shells. Looks like you did it with one like a pro, I need to practice to impress my momma!

  2. Florencia says...

    Incredible! Is like you ve read my mind! The other day I was wondering the same thing about eggs! Thank you

  3. I will have to try this! I’m good at cracking eggs, but I always do it with two hands and have never been able to figure out the one handed thing. I’ve watched that scene from Sabrina so many times, but haven’t done it yet.

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  4. Madeleine says...

    If you do get shells in your cracked egg, wet your finger before you fish it out. A wet finger makes getting egg shells out way easier than with a dry one!

  5. Martini says...

    Claire and Mae,

    Try this and see if it works for you…crack the egg into a small dish, then just slide the egg into your hot pan.

  6. I’ve never cracked an egg one handed but I do it two handed and usually don’t have a shell problem.

  7. Eliza says...

    I crack eggs against the inside wall of the sink (versus on the counter; easier cleanup) and break them one-handed into the bowl. I didn’t even know it was a thing! It does work great.

  8. shannon says...

    If we apply the same math to this tip as Cost Per Wear for clothing (Time Per Tip?) you just saved me hours over my lifetime. I am indebted.

  9. Having a mom that grew up running around the kitchen of her dad’s restaurant, and “helping” their German chef I knew those tricks.

    Here’s another one!

    When you are boiling eggs and you want to know if they are done, take the egg out of the hot water with a spoon (carefully please!). Then make it spin with your hand (as you would with a coin), if it spins easily and fast, it’s done. Raw eggs don’t spin. Try it!

    :) XX

    Alina
    http://www.eclecticalu.blogspot.com

  10. Caitlin says...

    I also learned from the legendary Jaques Pepin that you should never crack an egg on the side of a bowl (or something else sharp) because you could cause a shard of shell to puncture the egg and potentially spread any bacteria that was on the shell. I never thought about it before but it makes total sense!

  11. Kate says...

    Have you seen Sabrina (the original one)? It has the best egg scene ever – when Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina goes to culinary school and in the beginning she can’t break an egg without shattering it everywhere, but by the end she does it one handed like a pro! I think of that movie every time I do it. Such an adorable movie!

    • em says...

      NEW EGG! (also love this)

  12. My daughter had a shell in her eggs (made by me) when she was maybe 12 years old. It was a long long while before she would eat eggs again.
    I then learned the trick of using the eggshell to take out the piece. Not soon enough I guess. :)

  13. Beth says...

    Roman Holiday!!

    • emanuella says...

      is there an egg scene in roman holiday? funny because i was thinking of sabrina :D … audrey hepburn love!!!

  14. Kate says...

    Better quality eggs from a small farm with free-roaming chickens also tend to “shatter” less for me than more conventional eggs.

    • Kohlee says...

      I agree. Better taste, tougher shells, bigger yolks!

  15. K. H. says...

    Wash your eggs before your crack them. Microbes (salmonella) are found on the outside of the egg, and washing can keep germs out of your food even if a little shell gets in your bowl.

  16. SJ says...

    hehe. I liked this trick! I’ll try it out!

    I have another one for removing the shell of boiled eggs. I always hate it because the egg is hot and you burn your fingers, even if you do it under the running cold water. I once read a great advice on a cooking book that suggested to pour some ice cube/s into a bowl with the eggs and add some cold water. Now you can open the egg without burning your fingers! It immediately colds down.

    SJ – https://simplyconversing.wordpress.com/

    • Sara says...

      Cooling them quickly like this also prevents that greenish-grey layer from forming on the outside of the yolk.

    • SJ says...

      Thank you Sara! I always wondered how did that appeared on the egg.

  17. I’m still surprised by how many people (including celebrity chefs on TV) still crack eggs on the edge of a bowl or pan, you are basically guaranteeing to get some eggshell in there!

    I always crack on a flat surface and since we use fresh farm eggs that have a thicker membrane, in one fell swoop I poke my index finger through the membrane and pull the egg halves apart. Works every time like a charm.

  18. merri says...

    Honest to God, learning to crack an egg with one hand was my new year’s resolution!!! More proof your blog helps me achieve all my goals.

    • Summer says...

      I am so with you on this resolution! We’re basically going to be culinary experts by February.

  19. I’ve always wondered how to do this! Maybe tonight will be eggs for dinner so I can practice.
    -E

  20. Amy says...

    My mom taught me to do this-I never knew people had a hard time with eggs! BUT it does remind me of the old Audrey Hepburn Sabrina when she’s at cooking school: “1, 2, 3, CRACK! New egg. 1, 2, 3, CRACK! new egg. It’s all in the wrist.”

    • Heather says...

      I thought of the very same thing. =)

    • Me too! I’ve cracked eggs the same way as Sabrina ever since I saw that movie.

  21. christie landstrom says...

    I like the trick to tell a boiled egg from a raw egg without breaking it. You spin the egg on a countertop, then stop it briefly with your hand on top of it. After you let go, if it keeps slightly spinning it’s raw (centripetal force or something). A boiled egg will stay still.

  22. Brynn Mood says...

    Speaking of egg hacks…I just read one for fried eggs. It suggested you cook the white first, then add the yolk on top of the almost cooked white (to ensure a cooked white/runny yolk situation). I haven’t tried it yet but it struck me as such a good idea!

    • That is genius!

    • Oh yes, it seems to make sense, I’ll definitely try to crack eggs and cook them that way.

      And banana pancakes looks so yummy too.

  23. Steph says...

    Crack the egg on a plate or saucer to keep counters clean!

  24. Lucy says...

    This is so cute, I’ve never been able to do this – going to try from now on! Although slightly scared I’ll crack it and it’ll just spill all over the counter :P I’ll try it though!
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

  25. Maywyn says...

    I use that method. However, I don’t always get my fingers out of the way of breaking off a piece or two. I’m trying though. :)
    I use a bleach wipe on the surface where I break the egg, raw egg thing.
    I sometimes use a glass jar to shake the egg instead of stirring it for scrambled eggs. The shaking adds more air for fluffier eggs.

  26. Lily says...

    My grandma taught me that shell attracts shell and it’s honestly the best life lesson I have ever learned. there is nothing more disgusting than eating eggs and crunching on a rogue piece of shell

  27. Bethany says...

    You can also wet your finger to get the shell out. Works every time!

    • Mae says...

      How am I so near to forty and didn’t know this!?!?

    • Sandy says...

      YES!!! I was hoping someone would share this awesome tip! Much easier than using a shell.

  28. Charlotte K says...

    I do know a trick which I learned from my best friend’s mother. To crack an egg, crack it against another egg (long side, not the ends). Only ONE of the two eggs will crack in this process. I didn’t believe it, but it is the way I crack eggs now (rather than against the edge of bowl/pan) and it always works! So even if you only need one egg, crack it against another. Your way works too ;-)

    • love this! so helpful

      hammyta.wordpress.com

    • Kate says...

      whaaaat….so trying this when I get home! I don’t even know what I’m going to do with the eggs but dang it, I’ll think of something.

  29. Clare says...

    Love this! Does this help with broken yolks? I ruin 1 out of 3 fried eggs :(

    • Mae says...

      Oh I need a tip for broken yolks too!