How to Crack an Egg with One Hand Like a Short Order Cook

How to Crack an Egg with One Hand Like a Short Order Cook

Want to master cracking an egg with one hand without breaking the yolk or having to scoop out a bunch of shell?

Any chef worth their salt (Kosher, sea, or pink Himalayan) knows a few shortcuts to make prep work and cooking a breeze. Whether you're cooking a Thanksgiving feast or a quick weeknight dinner, saving time and effort is always a good thing—bonus points if you look cool while doing so.

Enter the one-handed egg-cracking technique: It cuts down on mess. It's less risky than sabering a champagne bottle. If you're really feeling fancy (or hungry), you can crack two at once. Casually, even.

Practice with Ping Pong Balls

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To practice, you'll need a pair of ping pong balls and a coin. Grasp one ball with your thumb, index finger, and middle finger, then hold the second against your palm using your ring and pinkie fingers.


Lightly press the two ping pong balls together, trapping the coin between them. With your palm facing down, separate the balls to release the coin—without dropping either ball.


You may find it more comfortable to keep your middle finger anchoring the first ball, or that you prefer using it to press the second ball away.


Practice separating the ping pong balls several times before trying with an egg. (If you've ever used meditation balls, it's a similar motion. If not, think about snapping your fingers.)

Crack the Weakest Part of the Egg

When you're ready to move on to the real thing, make sure you crack the egg where it's weakest, along the equator of the shell. Don't be afraid to strike it firmly against the counter or cutting board.

Then smoothly and decisively separate the two halves of the shell, letting the white and yolk easily slide out.

Toss the shell and give yourself a hand—you’ve earned it.

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Ali grew up in New York and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works as a copywriter. She enjoys cooking, playing the guitar, and powerlifting, and has a brown belt in Krav Maga. You can find her collected articles on health, fitness, and other lifestyle topics at Instagram: @alibzagat


  • Reply February 28, 2018


    Seriously can’t wait to get home and try this.

    • Reply March 1, 2018


      What an exciting life you must have…

  • Reply March 5, 2018


    in my opinion, I think it’s easier just to practice with real eggs.
    this has become my natural way to do it.
    I curl my pinky in where it touches my palm, and rest the pointed end of the egg in the ring formed by my finger.
    I wrap my ring and middle finger around the side of it, and wrap my pointer and thumb on each side of the rounder tip of the egg.
    I strike the middle of the egg to crack it, then just pull back with the pointer and thumb to open up the egg.
    also, I suggest a good crack – needs to probably be cracked more than if you used 2 hands.

  • Reply March 6, 2018

    Kingston L.

    I always get some of the egg whites on my hand when cracking it with one hand. Anyone else have this problem?

  • Reply June 2, 2018

    Food Addix

    That actually seems easier than I’ve always made it out to be. I’ll have to give it a try and see if I can manage to do it. I’m sure it’s harder to do with 2 eggs.

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