Video Tip: How To Crack an Egg With Just One Hand

published Feb 15, 2011
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Ever wondered how to crack an egg with just one hand? Those chefs on TV make it look so easy. Well, it is! And it’s more than a party trick; being able to crack an egg with one hand lets you stir or whisk with the other as you add your eggs. It’s actually pretty useful. Here’s a quick little video (less than a minute long) where Emma demonstrates the keys to cracking an egg with just one hand.

What You Need


A bowl
Just one hand!


1. Hold the egg across your fingers, ends pointing outward, not towards your fingertips.

2. Swiftly rap the egg on the countertop, just enough to crack the shell through, but not hard enough to crush the egg.

3. Over a bowl, use your thumb to pull half of the shell away. Think of the egg as if it had a hinge in the center. Pull half the shell away on that hinge, and let the yolk and white drop out into the bowl.

Additional Notes:
• Confidence and speed are the most important parts of this little technique. Also, practice makes perfect; try doing this each time you crack an egg for a recipe, and see how quickly you’ll master it.

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(Images: Faith Durand)