Making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs might be the only reason you need to own a pressure cooker. Simple, quick, and easy to peel, it's truly remarkable!
Here's a little fact about me. I really like smelly food. Blue cheese, garlic, curry, cauliflower, etc etc. It's a wonder I'm not a smelly person . . . or am I?
So smelly boiled eggs? Yes! I love them! Love them despite the fact that they are smelly and that I got teased in elementary school once for opening my lunch box with a very fragrant peeled egg inside. Love, love, love them!
Egg Salad Sandwich, Deviled Eggs, Straight Up with salt and pepper, sliced in a salad or on toast . . . I'll take it all!
My kids also love them, as long as I remove any sign of yellow egg yolk which is super annoying but at least they are being adventurous.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE INSTANT POT HARD BOILED EGGS
- Hands off and perfectly cooked every single time, I need that kind of dependability in my life
- They peel like a dream. I may even be able to do it one-handed, it's one of my hidden talents
- Make a couple or make a basket full, the cook time stays the same!
HOW TO MAKE EASY HARD BOILED EGGS IN THE INSTANT POT
- Place the desired number of eggs in a steamer basket . . .
- or this fancy silicone basket if you want a higher success rate of no cracks while cooking
- Cook 5 minutes with a quick release of pressure (yep there are a few cracks here, not so with the red silicone basket)
- Immediately transfer to an ice bath for 5 minutes or so
- Peel or refrigerate with the shell intact in an airtight container
BEST ACCESSORY FOR COOKING HARD BOILED EGGS IN THE INSTANT POT
My first hard boiled egg post detailed how to make “no crack hard boiled eggs” by placing the eggs in the egg bite tray. This works well for ensuring no cracks, but it's also a bit temperamental so I abandoned this method some time ago.
Instead, I suggest using this rack stacking method
or buying this incredible red silicone sling (my new favorite pressure cooker accessory, it's genius!) The spaces in the trivet securely hold the eggs in place so they don't bang into each other and crack while cooking.
If you aren't overly concerned about cracking eggs, this steamer basket is the best! You can cook several at a time (I've done 18) and still get perfectly cooked, easy to peel, hard boiled eggs. There's almost always one or more cracked eggs, but unless you are wanting intact eggs for dyeing, this gets the job done.
HOW TO MAKE HARD BOILED EGGS EASY TO PEEL
There is a bit of science to easy peel eggs:
USE EGGS THAT AREN'T FRESH
- As the egg ages, the white part shrinks away from the shell. Once it is hardboiled, you will have a cleaner separation of the membrane and the white of the egg
- The temperature shock from hot to cold helps shrink the white away from the shell, creating a small air pocket all around the white which makes it very easy to peel. Have an ice bath ready so the second the eggs are done you can release the pressure and place them in the ice water
BEST WAY TO PEEL HARD BOILED EGGS
Did you know there was an ideal way to peel a hard boiled egg? I learned this while watching Rachael Ray and now this is how I peel them every time.
- Strike the wide base of the egg on the counter. This is where an air pocket forms, making it the best place to start
- Start peeling the shell away from the egg starting at the air pocket, making sure the membrane stays with the shell to make the shell come off clean and intact instead of tearing apart the white of the egg
- Rinse the egg to remove any bits of shell
HOW TO STORE HARD BOILED EGGS
Unless you are eating them right away, you will want to immediately refrigerate the cooled eggs. You have the option of storing them unpeeled or peeled
STORING UNPEELED HARD BOILED EGGS
- Unpeeled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to a week. It's best to store them in the shell since it provides a natural barrier to smells and pathogens. I prefer to store them in an airtight container to prevent my entire fridge from smelling like eggs
STORING PEELED EGGS
- Cover peeled eggs with a damp paper towel to preserve the texture and store them in a sealed container for up to 1 week
HOW TO TELL IF AN EGG IS RAW OR HARDBOILED
Here is a fun game to play with your kids!
Gently spin an egg on your countertop. If it spins slow and wobbly, it's raw. If it spins steady and fast, it's cooked.
MORE WAYS TO COOK EGGS IN THE PRESSURE COOKER
Eggs and the Instant Pot are a perfect match, proven time and again to be superior when it comes to cooking eggs in many different forms
- Yes, Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are easy to peel, but what if you didn't have to peel them at all? Try it! You'll be amazed!
- These are the fluffiest little bites you'll ever meet. Add whatever toppings you want, but this Denver Style is my absolute favorite
INSTANT POT SOFT BOILED EGGS
- For soft boiled eggs, cook the eggs for 3 minutes, and proceed with the rest of the recipe instructions. This is perfect for adding to a ramen bowl or this Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Bowl
- This poached egg trick in the egg bite trays makes a regular appearance in my home. Best kitchen hack ever!
- I have yet to try this trick, but this is pretty genius if you need a quick way to cook and chop up a ton of eggs for say, an egg salad sandwich or potato salad
So many new things for you to try now, right?!
To all my stinky food-lovin' friends out there, here's to being the smelly kid and being dang proud of it! Let's celebrate our coolness with a piece of Seedy Whole Grain Toast, smothered in guac, then topped with tomatoes and boiled eggs with fresh cracked pepper, Maldon Flaky Sea Salt (which is the best salt in the universe!) and a drizzle of lemon juice. Are you with me?!
- Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker Red Sling
- Steamer Basket with Handle
- Collapsible Steamer Basket – this also works well
- Tall Trivet – for the stacking trivet method
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Once you make boiled eggs in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, you'll never go back! Easy, convenient, and perfect every time!
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: 6 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 7 eggs
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Pressure Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- Eggs (1 – 18 at a time)
- Add 1 cup of water to the pressure cooker pot and place a trivet, sling, or basket inside.
- Add desired number of eggs.
- Secure the lid and turn pressure release knob to a sealed position. Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
- While the eggs cook, prepare a bowl full of ice and cold water.
- When cooking is complete, use a 5-minute natural release then quick release remaining pressure.
- Quickly transfer cooked eggs to the ice bath until cooled, about 5 minutes.
- Store eggs in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- The ice bath after the eggs are cooked is essential to easy peeling, don't skip this step!
- Store eggs unpeeled in a sealed container in the fridge or peeled, covered with a wet paper towel in a sealed container. Use eggs within 7 days
- Ideally use eggs that aren't fresh. They will peel more easily
Keywords: instant pot eggs, easy breakfast, hard boiled eggs