15 Egg Tools Professional Cooks Actually Love
Learn from the egg-sperts! Our Test Kitchen staff shares their favorite egg tools and equipment just for you.
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Perfectly cut egg slices are essential to dishes like niçoise salad, potato salads and plenty of other recipes using leftover hard-boiled eggs. But even with a super sharp knife, it’s not always easy to cut each one with the same thickness. With the help of this egg slicer, evenly cut egg slices are no sweat—and better yet, are guaranteed.
Why it made our list: Shannon Norris, a senior food stylist for Taste of Home, loves that you can make not only slices, but also wedges with this tool. Check out more things you can do with an egg slicer!
From whipping up deviled eggs to your favorite scrambled egg recipes, you can hard boil, soft boil, scramble and poach eggs in this nifty egg cooker. All you need to do is add water, place your eggs in the cooker and press start.
Why it made our list: Maggie Knoebel, a culinary assistant in our Test Kitchen, and her family adore this egg cooker. She claims her parents are obsessed with this find.
Some recipes like meringues call for just egg whites, and other recipes like tiramisu call for just egg yolks—which is why egg tools like an egg separator come in handy. This egg separator will make keeping the whites from the yolks a piece of cake.
If you don’t have this specific tool, you can try cracking your egg over a funnel as a makeshift separator. The egg white will fall right through while the egg yolk stays put.
Taste of Home staff also love this chick egg separator and pig egg separator. (If you like those, check out these other quirky kitchen gadgets.)
Why it made our list: Lauren Pahmeier, one of our associate editors, likes this egg separator for its short handle that doesn’t take up too much space in her apartment drawers. Plus, thanks to the small metal ledge on the side opposite the long handle, it can hang over a small bowl—which keeps both hands free to crack eggs.
Perfect for poached egg buddha bowls and egg-topped avocado toast, this pretty set of 4 coddlers makes poached eggs the right way. Or feel free to enjoy a poached egg right out of the coddler. They’re dishwasher and microwave safe, too!
Why it made our list: Not one, but two of our Test Kitchen staff love these egg coddlers. James Schend, our deputy food editor, recommends it not only for eggs but for individual-sized brownies and cakes, too.
Whisking is key to creating the perfect consistency for several types of food, eggs included! A balloon whisk like this one will help you make the perfect batch of fluffy scrambled eggs. Just make sure you’re whisking them for long enough, and avoid these other mistakes you might be making with eggs.
Why it made our list: James likes a balloon whisk in particular when whisking eggs (as compared to other whisk types like French or flat) because it aerates them more quickly and easily.
Say goodbye to messy, egg-splattered pans. This egg ring prevents them from taking up the whole pan. Plus, it creates perfectly round eggs each and every time. (You can even use it to make perfectly round pancakes, too.)
If you don’t have an egg ring, use a mason jar lid in the meantime, and make this mason jar lid egg sandwich to test it out.
Why it made our list: Catherine Ward, our prep kitchen manager, swears by this egg ring. She loves using it for bagel and English muffin breakfast sandwiches.
If you’re craving an omelet, but don’t have the time to tend to it on the stove, this microwave omelet maker is the perfect solution. In just a few minutes, you can have four eggs ready to go—and in the same amount of time, throw it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Why it made our list: We recommend this omelet maker because it’s dishwasher-safe, which makes having an omelet for breakfast easy from start to finish. Check out our other microwave cookware picks for busy mornings, afternoons and nights!
Use this slotted turner to flip and cook different types of eggs. Sarah Farmer, Executive Culinary Director, explains the differences between spatulas and turners: “Turners are for cooking. They feature angled heads which allow you to get to the bottom of the food in a pan for flipping. Spatulas are for prep work and baking. They are straight, not bent, and allow you to scrape food from the sides of bowls. If you’re flipping eggs, a turner is the best tool for the job.”
Why it made our list: Sarah always reaches for this slotted turner. Why? She thinks it has the right amount of bend and flexibility to give eggs a gentle lift. Plus, the edge is thin, which makes it easy to slide underneath the food you’re whipping up.
This egg tray makes deviled eggs look a whole lot more tempting (which we didn’t think was possible). You’ll be sure to see a few sneaky grabs at this beautiful, dishwasher-safe porcelain tray that holds 24 deviled eggs.
Why it made our list: If you regularly make deviled eggs out of a dozen hard-boiled eggs, it’s important to get a tray that fits all 24 halves. With some trays that hold only 12 or 18 eggs, there will always be some that don’t fit on the tray. Lauren likes this tray because you never have to worry about what to do with leftover halves. Plus, it’s an egg tray, shaped like an egg—what could be more fitting?
It’s no surprise that a frying pan is an essential kitchen tool, especially for cooking eggs. So what’s special about this one? This nonstick pan evenly cooks any dish with its stainless steel bottom. Nicole Doster, one of our deputy editors, claims she doesn’t even need to coat the pan with oil because of its durable nonstick coating!
Why it made our list: Nicole can’t help but rave about this frying pan. She uses it on the regular to make scrambles, over-easies and sunny side ups.
No need to reach for your phone timer while you’re boiling eggs. This egg timer has a setting for any boiled egg you’re dreaming of: soft, medium or hard-boiled. Not only that, but this timer includes a piercer, which prevents the eggshell from cracking while boiling. What a two-for-one steal.
Why it made our list: James can’t get over how simple it is to peel hard-boiled eggs after piercing it with this handy egg tool.
Poached Egg Pods
These egg pods will help you achieve perfectly poached eggs each time, guaranteed (especially for eggs Benedict recipes). On top of that, you can get a set of two egg pods for less than $10. They’re adorable, effective and affordable. What more could you ask for?
Why it made our list: Rashanda Cobbins, one of our food editors, claims these egg pods make poaching eggs a breeze. She gets them out them whenever she’s craving poached eggs at home.
Looking to make a silky, smooth deviled egg filling? No problem. An immersion blender can do the trick.
Why it made our list: This blender, in particular, was voted our best immersion blender. Be sure to check out our immersion blender buying guide for more helpful buying tips, too.
Bamboo Compost Bin
Those eggshells don’t have to go in the trash. Toss them in this bamboo compost bin instead if you want to be a little more sustainable! Remember, eggshells aren’t the only thing that you can put in the bin—other things you can compost include fruits and vegetables.
Why it made our list: James has this stylish compost bin sitting on his counter at home. He loves it because he thinks the filter does a great job and it’s easy to clean.
Pressure Cooker Egg Rack
Add this egg cooking tool to your list of pressure cooker accessories. This egg rack is our go-to pick for evenly pressure-cooked eggs. It even drains excess oil and grease away while they’re cooking.
Why it made our list: Catherine loves that this rack prevents eggs from rattling together or cracking. Her eggs come out without a dent every time!