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Apr 10, 2014 08:40 PM

Can you recommend an electric egg steamer?

I'd like to get one but can't decide on which one I should buy.

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  1. If you mean an electric hard/soft boiled egg cooker/ egg poacher, then I recommend this one which I got because it won the America's Test Kitchen ratings and I've had it and been using it happily for several years now.

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    1. re: ccbweb

      Thanks for your reply. Since I didn't hear from anybody, I just decided to go with the Krups .. ordered from Amazon.

      1. re: walker

        I really doubt they vary too much one from another. Hope it works out.

        1. re: ccbweb

          In looking through Amazon reviews, it looks like they've actually gotten worse over the years. Older models used to have an auto turn-off feature. A couple of them have lots of reviews where they burn out after a couple months. With one model, the poaching attachment is too small for extra-large eggs. There's one current model with a poaching attachment that is just a single bowl - so you can only poach one very flat egg at a time.

          Then again, maybe this is what happens when everyone posts all their criticisms on Amazon.

          1. re: calumin

  's possible then that I got one at the right time (5 years ago according to Amazon) and it's been a trooper. My model has the capacity to poach 4 eggs or cook 7 in shell eggs at a time. It does have the auto off, too. I'll likely stop recommending it now, thanks for looking further into it.

    2. Do you have a rice cooker?

      If so, just use that.

      Invert bowl, place plate on the bowl, place egg on plate, close lid, hit "cook".

      Easy peasy.

      Just saved you $30.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        No rice cooker here. My daughter has one but I don't like the way the rice comes out.

        1. re: walker

          Do you have a pot? Are you ok with boiling water?

          If so, then you can do the same sans rice cooker.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Seriously? I find that comment pretty rude in light of the OP quest and the fact she already bought an egg cooker.

            Walker- I have an ancient krups one and it works great. For really large batches of hard boiled eggs for things like deviled eggs or egg salad I do find the stove top more effective but for a perfect soft boiled egg you can beat the steamers! Good luck with yours

            1. re: foodieX2

              I've had good luck with other items made by Krups so that's why I went with it. Have you ever tried poaching eggs in yours?

              1. re: walker

                It has a poaching attachment that I use a few times a year. They eggs tend to stick if you don't butter/grease them well so keep that in mind.

              2. re: foodieX2

                Seriously? I find that comment pretty rude in light of the OP quest and the fact she already bought an egg cooker.

                What do you find rude about it?

              3. re: ipsedixit

                In recent years, I learned how to boil eggs perfectly. I decided to get an egg steamer because people who have them love them and eggs peel easier.

          2. I've used a vegtable steamer (Black and Decker I think it was) with good results. With a ramekin it is pretty easy to make an "egg McMuffin" at home too.

            1. I just stumbled on this and am confused. I've read here that people highly recommend steaming for HBEs and I hadn't tried it. I assumed that you put a steamer basket in a pot, brought water to a boil, added the egg(s) and steamed. Is that not how to do it? I'd been meaning to try the steaming technique but I'm not buying another piece of equipment.

              @ipse, with the rice cooker, do you cook til it turns off?

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              1. re: c oliver


                These are general guidelines, because your egg size may vary as will your cooking temp of the rice cooker used, but here goes:

                Soft - 6 minutes
                Hard - 8 minutes
                Weapon-grade - 12 minutes