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Useful Fact: How to Boil an Egg Without It Cracking

by Deborah Lundin

Whether you are looking to boil eggs for deviled eggs or getting ready to dye eggs for the Easter egg hunt, preventing the eggshells from cracking is essential if you want to present a nice looking egg. Once the shell cracks, the insides escape and boil outside the shell, resulting in an egg that is not at all visually appealing. While many different factors can contribute to eggshell cracking, a few tricks can help reduce that chance.

It Starts With a Little Prep

Keeping your egg from cracking during boiling begins with the eggs. Closely examine each egg you plan to cook. Look for small surface cracks. These cracks will only expand during cooking. While some directions tell you to drop eggs into boiling water, this sudden temperature change is often enough to cause the eggs to crack. Instead, carefully place the eggs into a saucepan and cover with cool tap water. Do not crowd the saucepan with eggs, as a full saucepan increases the chance of egg collision and cracking. You want to leave enough room for the eggs to move while cooking. .

Simmer, Don’t Boil

While they are called boiled eggs, cooking eggs at a full boil increases the chances of cracking. A full boil causes the eggs to move, risking the eggs smashing into one another. Reduce your temperature to just below a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes.

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