How to Make a Hard-Boiled Egg Without a Stove


© Getty How to make the perfect hard-boiled egg without a hob

It seems like there’s no end to the number of cool cooking hacks for mastering our favourite snacks. From meals you can make in a microwave to feasts prepared in a toastie maker, hacky snacks could practically be its own food group. Who doesn’t love a perfect meal with less fuss that’s done in half the time?

The latest hard-boiled egg hack comes from Drew Barrymore, and it doesn’t feature a hob – or even boiling water. Whaaaat.

Next snack, 15 minute hard boil in hot water, no flame ?

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Seeing as there’s an intense amount of upfront labour associated with hard-boiled eggs – waiting for the water to boil, trying not to scorch your fingers once the eggs have hardened, fielding shell splinters, etc – the no-flame hard-boiled egg is about to be your new BFF.

It might take a couple tries for you to get it down to a science, but this trick shaves off about 15 minutes in prep time, so you’ve got plenty of room for trial and error.

To make a flameless hard-boiled egg, you’ll want to fill a large, deep glass with very hot water. Tap is fine, but you can also zap a glass of water in the microwave the get it to a super-hot temp if you need to.

Next, use a slotted spoon to carefully drop your egg into the glass. Let it sit undisturbed for about 15 minutes, then use the spoon to remove and rinse carefully under cold water. Roll the egg in a paper towel to loosen the shell, peel as usual, and voila!

The perfect hard boiled egg, using only a glass and some hot water.