Here’s How to Crack an Egg Perfectly Every Time

Updated: Dec. 04, 2023

We're about to drop some very valuable egg knowledge—pay attention if you don't like messes!

Eggs are often a necessity when it comes to baking and cooking. That doesn’t mean they’re always the easiest to deal with though. Every time we pick up an egg, we risk a chaos of yolks, whites and shells all over our hands and our beautiful kitchen counters. But what if I said there was an easier way to manage the mess? That’s why we love TikTok hacks so much—they tell us all the handy information we’ve been missing our whole lives.

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How to Crack an Egg Without Breaking the Yolk

Yes, there are in fact a few right ways to crack an egg. The less we have to deal with cleaning and the more time we have for eating, the better. Growing up, I was always taught to crack an egg on the side of a pan or a counter to use the angle as an advantage. However, it seems, I’ve been making this egg mistake my whole life!

@sidneyraz Reply to @momoney421 completely opposite from what i learned #inmy30s #cookingtips #firsttime #eggs #tipsandtricks @Gordon Ramsay ♬ original sound – sidneyraz

TikTok user @sidneyraz has been schooling us on daily knowledge tidbits for awhile now (and we’re always eternally grateful). According to him, cracking an egg on a flat surface is the true way to go. While it may seem a bit odd to hear at first, there’s more to the story. Adding to this original TikTok is user @jordan_the_stallion8 with even more interesting egg info:

@jordan_the_stallion8 #stitch with @sidneyraz #fypシ ♬ original sound – Jordan_The_Stallion8

Dropping it on the flat surface actually serves to keep the egg more intact than breaking it completely on an edge. This way, you have less chance of shell spillage and broken yolk. Amazing. Now, we just need to learn how to flip an egg without breaking the yolk.

How Does This Work?

Jordan explains that cracking an egg on a flat surface keeps the membrane in place. That means the shell will make a perfect break without spilling or getting little crunchy specks in your food. It’s important to note that dropping on a pan or plate is ideal (you don’t want any spillage on your counter by accident), and the height should be about six inches or so above the surface. The break should be perfect virtually every time. Now, if only I could learn how to peel a hard-boiled egg