Making steamed eggs is simple. All you need is eggs, water, and ice. This tutorial for How To Make Steamed Eggs is a foolproof method that yields perfect results every time.

This recipe costs approximately $3.00 to make. The recipe makes six eggs for about $0.50 per egg. 

There are a variety of ways to cook eggs. I have a whole collection of How to Cook Eggs for you to check out. For more egg recipes, check out How to Make Over Easy Eggs, How to Make Scrambled Eggs, and How to Make a Fried Egg.

A close up picture of the finished Steamed Eggs peeled and cut in half.

I feel like steamed eggs are the best-kept secret. It is a simple method to hard-boil an egg, but the shells practically slide off. So I am here to let the secret out with this simple process. 

The egg whites are tender, and the yolk is cooked to your desired doneness. The steam gently cooks the eggs and permeates the eggshell, which makes the shell so easy to peel.

You can enjoy these steamed boiled eggs for breakfast, as an afternoon snack, as deviled eggs, or on top of a salad. Skip the traditional method of boiling water and try these steamed eggs instead!

Ingredients and Estimated Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.50

Recipe Cost: $3.00

  • 6 large eggs – $3.00

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. I updated the pricing for this recipe in January 2023.

All of the ingredients and cook's tools needed to make this recipe.

How Steam Eggs

  1. First, add water to a medium size pot. The water should come to the bottom of the steamer basket. 
  2. Allow the water to come to a boil over medium-high heat. 
  3. Then, set the eggs in the steamer basket and place the basket in the pot. Cover it with the pot lid. 
  4. Cook the eggs for six to fifteen minutes depending on how well done you would like the eggs to be. 
  5. After cooking the eggs, place them in a large bowl full of ice and water. Let them cool in the ice bath for ten minutes. 
  6. Finally, peel the eggs and serve or store them in an airtight container. 

***For complete recipe instructions, see the recipe card below.

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Storage Tips

SERVE: The eggs can be eaten immediately after sitting in the ice bath for ten minutes.

STORE: Store the eggs in an airtight container for up to a week in the refrigerator.

FREEZE: I suggest only freezing the yolks if you want to freeze the cooked eggs. The whites become rubbery and inedible once they’re frozen and defrosted. To freeze the yolks, place them in a freezer-safe container and freeze them for 4-5 months.

DEFROST: Defrost the egg yolks in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to steam eggs?

The required time it takes to steam eggs will vary depending on the desired doneness of the yolk. Below is a guide to use depending on how hard-boiled you want your eggs to be.
Medium-Soft Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 6 minutes
Medium Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 9 minutes
Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 12 minutes
Well Done Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 14 minutes

Is steaming eggs better than boiling them?

While both methods produce similar results, steaming eggs create eggs that peel easily without cracking. The whites are tender, and the yolk is creamy every single time.

Do you need to pierce eggs before steaming?

There is no need to pierce the eggs before steaming.

Steamed eggs that were cooked at different times to show their different doneness.

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Steamed Eggs

Recipe Cost $ $3.00
Serving Cost $ $0.50
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
6 people
Making steamed eggs is simple. All you need is eggs and water. This tutorial for How To Make Steamed Eggs is a foolproof method that yields perfect results every time.

Equipment

  • Medium size pot
  • Steamer basket
  • large mixing bowl

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions

PREP WATER:

  • Add enough water to a medium size pot to come to the bottom of the steamer basket.
  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat.

STEAM EGGS:

  • Set the eggs in the steamer basket and place the basket into the pot, and cover it with the pot lid.
  • Cook for 6-15 minutes, depending on the doneness of the eggs (see notes below).

PREP ICE BATH AND COOL EGGS:

  • While eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath by adding ice to a large bowl and filling it with cold water.
  • Remove eggs and immediately add to the ice bath and let them cool for 10 minutes.

SERVE:

  • Peel and serve or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Medium-Soft Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 6 minutes
  • Medium Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook for 9 minutes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook 12 minutes
  • Well Done Hard Boiled Eggs: Cook 14 minutes

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

  1. I love this method! Eggs peel like a dream!

  2. This was a perfectly easy way to cook my eggs! Thank you so much!

  3. OK, this was the best method for hard boiling eggs! You are right, shells peeled right off. Thank you so much for this useful technique for making hard boiled eggs!

  4. This is my new favourite way to cook eggs. Thanks for all the tips.