Egg Cups Put Eggs on a Pedestal

Brooke Newberry
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Ready for brekkie?  Egg cups are little British-coveted gadgets that have been in kitchens since ancient times. Soft-boiled eggs snuggle perfectly into these elfin cups, ready to be cracked and decapitated for their runny insides to be frenzied upon. Most British moms keep one egg cup for each member of their family. 

Yes, soft-boiled eggs can still be eaten without an egg cup – so why buy one?  These kitschy holsters delicately hold the egg and its shell in place so that the consumer must take their time cracking and eating the egg – this is what we love about them.  Savor those meals, no matter how simple.  Egg cups are also collectible items, so start collecting and keep them around as kitchen art.  If you buy farm fresh eggs or even raise chickens, use the kitchen windowsill to display fresh egg clutches in cups.

Place a soft-boiled egg in the egg cup. Simply use a knife or spoon to whack around the top of the egg to remove its top (or “hat”). Sprinkle a little sea salt on top and dunk toast soldiers or asparagus tips into the yolk. 

Remember How to Soft-Boil an Egg?

  • Fill a saucepan about halfway with water and bring to a boil.
  • Decrease the temperature so that the water reduces to a rapid simmer. Gently lower the eggs into the water one at a time. Cook the eggs for 5-7 minutes: 5 minutes for a yolk that is still runny and 7 minutes for a yolk that is just barely set.
  • Drain water from pan and run the eggs under cold tap water for 30-60 seconds.


Start a collection with inspiration from these one of a kind egg cups:






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