How to Separate Eggs

Step-by-step instructions for how to separate eggs, with photos. Easy enough for kids to do!

How to Separate Eggs
Elise Bauer

Who knew a 9-year old would find separating eggs so much fun?

I taught my nephew how to separate eggs last week and every day he asked to separate more eggs. I think we went through a couple dozen, making ice cream from scratch 3 times, cake, pavlova, and a lot of scrambled eggs for breakfast.

Lots of recipes call for separated eggs. Here's what we do:

separating eggs
Elise Bauer

How to Separate Eggs

Total Time 0 mins
Serving 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 raw egg

Method

  1. Set out two bowls
  2. Crack the egg gently:

    on a flat surface or on the rim of a bowl, as close to the middle of the egg as possible. If you crack it on the rim of a bowl it might be easier to get the egg to crack right in the middle, but you may be more likely to get pieces of egg shell in the egg whites.

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  3. Gently pry the egg halves apart:

    Working over a small bowl, use your thumbs to gently pry the egg halves apart. Let the yolk settle in the lower half of the egg shell while the egg whites run off the sides of the egg into the bowl.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer
  4. Gently transfer the egg yolk back and forth between the egg shell halves:

    Let as much egg white as you can drip into the bowl below. Be careful so as not to break the egg yolk. Place the egg yolk in a separate bowl.

    Elise Bauer
    Elise Bauer

    If you are planning to whip the egg whites for a recipe, you might want to separate the eggs one by one into a smaller bowl, and then transfer the separated egg into larger bowls. This way if you break a yolk it will not break into all the egg whites you've separated. The fat in the egg yolk (or any oil) will interfere with the egg white's ability to whip up properly. For this reason also you should also wash your hands carefully, to remove any natural body oils, before working with egg whites.

    If you get a piece of egg shell in the separated eggs, scoop it out with a larger piece of shell.

    Note that chilled eggs are easier to separate (the yolk doesn't break as easily), but most recipes call for working with eggs at room temperature. So, you either let your eggs get to room temperature before separating them, in which case you'll need to be a bit more careful with the egg yolks, or let the eggs get to room temperature after you've separated them, in which case you should cover them in their bowl with plastic wrap and use them as soon as they get to room temp.

    Another way to separate eggs is to crack the egg open into your upturned palm. Let the egg whites slide through your finger tips.

    Elise Bauer

    This is faster than the other method but if you are planning on whipping the egg whites, the less the egg whites come in contact with your hands, and the natural oils on them, the better.

How to Separate Eggs
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
72 Calories
5g Fat
0g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 28mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 69mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.