How to Steam Eggs to Get Them Perfectly Cooked?

Were you looking for the perfect jammy eggs to go with your bowl of ramen, or maybe a boiled egg, to chop up and toss into a salad, but you overcooked them or undercooked them?

How to Steam Eggs to Get Them Perfectly Cooked

Well, boiling eggs perfectly has always been a hassle until I finally figured out my new favorite method – steamed eggs!

So, here I am sharing with you guys the perfect ways and timings you need to steam your eggs to get them in different ways from runny jammy eggs to soft-boiled, hard-boiled, over-cooked eggs, and more.

How to Steam Eggs to Get Them Perfectly Cooked

Note: These timings for steaming eggs have been done on large-sized eggs. If you’re using smaller or extra-large-sized eggs, the timings will vary. Also, I’ve used eggs directly out of the refrigerator.


Step 1: Steaming the eggs

Into a steamer (or you could also use the steamer-basket method), add in the eggs once the water in the steamer has come to a boil. Once the eggs are placed, cover the steamer with a lid, reduce the heat and let it simmer, while you let your eggs steam.

Note: You can place up to 6 eggs in a steamer basket at a given time. Over 6 eggs could cause an alteration in the cook time of the eggs.

Caution: Use tongs or mittens while placing the eggs into the steamer, as the boiling water causes steam that could scald your hand.

How long should you steam your eggs?

For runny yolks (Jammy eggs) – If your want your yolk runny, white the white is soft, then steam the egg/s for 6 to 7 minutes.

For medium set yolks (medium soft-boiled eggs) – If you want the yolks medium set, not hard, nor runny, while the white is rather formed, then steam the egg/s for 8 to 9 minutes.

For completely set hard yolks (hard-boiled eggs) – If you want the yolks hard and fully set (hard-boiled), wherein the yolk and the white are fully cooked, then steam the egg/s for 12 minutes.

For overcooked yolks – If you want your yolks overcooked, then stem them for around 16 minutes.

Step 2: Place the eggs in a cold-water bath

Once the eggs are done steaming, with caution remove them from the steamer and place them in a bowl with cold water. This will stop the eggs from cooking further. Leave it in the cold -water bath for a couple of minutes.

Step 3: Crack the egg shells and peel

After a few minutes of the eggs in the cold-water bath, remove them and gently crack the shells and thereafter, peel them.

Tip: You could crack the egg shells and place them back in the cold-water bath in case you find it hard to peel the shells off.