3 Ways to Steam an Egg

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3 Ways to Steam an Egg
3 Ways to Steam an Egg

Cooking an egg is extremely simple, almost as easy as boiling water. Or at least that's what they say… Most people cook eggs in boiling water and let them cool down once they're done. The problem arises when peeling eggs: the little pieces of the shell always end up tearing off part of the white. You may even end up missing the whole egg whites and ruining your dish's presentation. Steaming eggs is a great way to loosen the shell. This way, your hard-boiled eggs will always be perfect, both with the soft yolk and the hard yolk.


Method 1 of 3: Cooking Eggs with a Basket

Steam an Egg Step 1

Step 1. Fill a pot with about 1.5 cm of water

The easiest way to fill the pan to the desired height is to place it under the tap. Another option is to fill a jar and pour the water into the pot.

  • The water doesn't need to cover the eggs. It only serves to make steam inside the pan.
  • No problem if you prefer to measure the amount of water on the "eyeball". A little more or less won't kill anyone.
  • If you don't have a steaming basket, use a metal sieve.

Step 2. Light the fire high and boil the water

To start, cover the pan and put it on the fire. Use the right lid on the pan so that steam does not escape. This is essential for the eggs to be in the desired spot.

Uncap the pan after a few minutes to see if the water is boiling and steaming

Steam an Egg Step 3

Step 3. Fill the metal basket with eggs

You can cook just one egg for breakfast, lunch or evening snack, or fill the basket with eggs to keep them ready for later.

It's okay if a little water gets to the bottom of the basket. This won't get in the way of cooking eggs

Step 4. Place the basket in the pan

Then cap it again to trap the steam. Put the heat on medium so that the water doesn't evaporate completely.

If you're afraid the steam is too hot, put on a pair of oven mitts to protect your hands and forearms when putting the basket in the pan

Steam an Egg Step 5

Step 5. Set a timer for 6 to 12 minutes

To make the eggs soft to the yolk, set the timer for six minutes. Set it to 12 minutes if you prefer the hard yolk. You can also just keep an eye on the kitchen clock. Ideally, however, use a timer with an alarm in case you get distracted.

  • Trust the timer. Avoid opening the pan to look at the eggs.
  • Letting the steam out can disrupt the cooking process.

Step 6. Take the eggs out of the pan and let them cool

Transfer them to a bowl and, to cool them down, soak them in a bowl of water and ice cubes. Cold will interrupt the cooking process, causing the yolk to stop hardening.

Allow the eggs to cool enough so that you can peel them without burning your fingers

Step 7. Peel the eggs

Gently beat the hard-boiled eggs on the kitchen counter. Run your thumb under the crack and push it up, loosening the shell and making it easier to remove.

  • A steamed egg can be peeled with just one hand.
  • The egg whites should be smooth and without lumps.
  • Serve the eggs cold in a salad or warm, accompanied by a buttered toast.
  • Store steamed eggs in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Method 2 of 3: Cooking Eggs Without a Basket

Step 1. Boil a little water in a pot

Using your pinky as a guide, pour water into a pot until it reaches the underside of the nail. Cover the pan and light the heat on a high temperature. Put the pan on the fire and bring the water to a boil.

  • The good news is that you don't have to go out and buy a steam cooking basket if you don't have one at home.
  • Steaming eggs instead of cold water allows you to more accurately predict the preparation time.
  • Keep the pan on the fire throughout the cooking process.

Step 2. Uncover the pan and add the eggs

You can cook as many eggs as you like, from one to a dozen. The number of eggs cooked in the same pan depends only on the available space.

Don't worry about the contact between boiling water and eggshells. This will not affect the cooking process

Steam an Egg Step 10

Step 3. Cover the pan again to cook the eggs

Use the right lid to trap the steam inside the pan, making the eggs cook properly. A tightly fitted lid will also allow you to calculate cooking time more accurately.

Lower the heat to medium-high so the water doesn't completely evaporate before the eggs are finished cooking

Steam an Egg Step 11

Step 4. Set a timer for six to 12 minutes

Use the same cooking time recommendations as for cooking with the basket: six minutes for soft yolk eggs and 12 minutes for hard yolk. Put out the fire when the alarm goes off.

Use a timer you can hear. Your phone's timer, for example, may not be loud enough, especially if the phone's volume is turned down

Step 5. Fill a bowl with cold water to cool the eggs

Put the hard-boiled eggs in the bowl and add ice cubes to the water if you want them to be chilled. Cold water will stop the cooking process.

  • Due to the high steam temperature, forgetting to stop the cooking process can leave eggs hard and rubbery.
  • Cooling eggs after steaming them also makes them easier to peel and allows you to serve them faster.

Method 3 of 3: Cooking Eggs in an Electric Pressure Cooker

Step 1. Put a cup of water in the pot of the pan

You need at least a cup of water to put the pressure cooker on. The electric pressure cooker works like an ordinary pressure cooker. The precision with which she steams the food will make the eggs get just right in no time.

Make sure the pan is plugged in before starting to cook

Steam an Egg Step 14

Step 2. Place the metal basket in the bottom of the pan

Some crockpots come with a metal basket just like ordinary pots. Just fill your basket with eggs. As with the other methods, don't worry if they come into contact with water.

You can cook as many eggs as will fit in the electric pressure cooker

Step 3. Close the pan and turn on cooking

Choose the steam cooking function from the front panel of the pan. Also select the time you want to cook the eggs. Leave them in the pan for three minutes so that they stay with the spring yolk and for six minutes if you prefer a hard yolk.

  • Experiment with different cooking times to find the right spot for your taste buds. Maybe it's best for you to set the timer to four or even seven minutes?
  • While waiting for the eggs to cook, fill a bowl with water to stop cooking. Add ice cubes if you want to chill the eggs.

Step 4. Take the hard-boiled eggs out of the pan

When the timer beeps and the pot goes into heating mode, press the button to release pressure. After the steam stops coming out, open the pan and place the egg in cold or ice water to cut through the cooking.

You can also leave the eggs in the pan in heating mode, just don't forget they will continue to cook. Depending on how soft you prefer the yolk, this might not be a good idea


  • You can also use a bamboo basket to prepare eggs. Put 1.5 cm of water in the pan and bring to a boil. Put the eggs in the bamboo basket and cover. Then place the basket over the water for the desired amount of time, depending on how hard you want the yolk to be. Cool eggs under running water or in a bowl of ice water.
  • A good option is to use an enameled cast iron pan to steam the eggs. In addition to the uniform cooking provided by the cast iron, the weight of the lid will block the passage of steam.


  • Avoid leaving eggs on fire after the timer beeps. Cool them immediately so that the yolk and white are not overdone.
  • So as not to burn yourself, be careful when putting the eggs in the pan, especially if you are cooking on the stove. Roll up your shirt sleeves so they don't get in the way.

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