Drew Barrymore's Boiled Egg Hack Will Give You Perfect Results Everytime


When it comes to acting, producing, business and philanthropy, Drew Barrymore is a force to be reckoned with, but believe it or not, there is one life skill that she struggled with until recently - cooking.

That's right, the Santa Clara Diet star only recently learned to cook. She made the decision after finding out she was pregnant with her first child.

"I had to face the sad fact that I didn’t even know how to boil an egg. No, really!" Barrymore explained. "You just can’t make excuses to your kids that you can't cook."

The actress confessed that although she tried her best to develop culinary skills, it just never worked in her favor.

"I've always been one of those people who romanticized cooking, but the few attempts I'd made in my life resulted in friends' contorted faces as they desperately tried to say something nice about the "dish" they were eating."

So when she had the opportunity to enroll in cooking lessons, she didn't think twice about it. As with anyone learning to cook, Drew had to "start with the basics" like cooking pasta and boiling eggs.

She has now mastered the art of cooking eggs and even though she described herself as a "shy cook," she isn't afraid to share some of her foolproof hacks and her favorite "super easy" breakfast sandwich she concocted all on her own.

Click on the next page for Barrymore's boiled egg hack and special breakfast recipe.

Barrymore may have only learned how to boil an egg a few years ago, but she's now doing it better than a lot of people.  

Eggs are actually one of the hardest things to get right especially when boiled. If not cooked properly, the white can easily become rubbery and the yolk changes from bright yellow to an unappetizing grayish green.

So how does Barrymore cook them perfectly every single time?

She brings the water to a full rolling boil then turns off the burner before adding the eggs. She lets them sit in the hot water for about 15 minutes then tada! No fancy gadget or complicated tricks needed.

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

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Barrymore also shared a delicious and easy breakfast sandwich recipe that will make you feel like you're eating at a restaurant.

The recipe calls for simple ingredients like eggs, basil, French sourdough bread and Boursin cheese, which the actress describes as "fluffy and flavorful yet delicate enough not to totally overpower."

Here's the recipe for Drew's Open-Faced Breakfast Sandwich:


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small bunch of fresh basil or about 8 full leaves, washed and dried
  • 1 tomato (heirloom, if possible), cut into generous slices
  • 1 container of Boursin cheese (garlic or black pepper)
  • 1 thick slice of French sourdough bread
  • Black coarse pepper, to taste


1. Oil and heat a cast-iron pan. When really hot, drop two eggs into the pan and cook for about five minutes, until the edges are slightly brown but the yolks are still loose. Do not overcook!

2. Immediately after dropping the eggs into the pan, pop the bread into the toaster oven and toast to a golden brown (not overly firm); think crusty sides with a little give in the dough.

3. Spread the soft Boursin cheese on the bread (after it has cooled for about one minute), lay basil leaves on top (putting the basil down first will help it not get soggy). Layer on tomatoes, then top with eggs.

4. Add some fresh ground pepper, to taste.

Do have a special hack for cooking eggs? Let us know in the comments!

[H/T: Refinery29]

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