Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot
There is no easier way to make hard-boiled eggs than by making them in the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot cooks them perfectly EVERY time, and makes the hard boiled eggs super easy to peel. If you make hard-boiled eggs often, try this simple method!
I’ll be honest – when I first got an Instant Pot, I was pretty excited. I’d read about all the awesome recipes you can make in a fraction of the time and couldn’t wait to test it out. Frozen chicken to a fully cooked meal in an hour? Sign me up!
But I quickly realized that while all these claims were true, it wasn’t quite the time saver I had hoped for, mainly because while the cook time might be minuscule, most recipes fail to mention that you have to also wait for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, and then for it to release, which often adds at least 20 minutes onto the overall cook time.
When my sister first told me about making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, I scoffed. “What’s so hard about boiling them on the stove?” But she then explained to me the two best benefits: #1: No, it’s not hard to just boil water, but it IS nice to set your Instant Pot to cook and then walk away, something that is a little more difficult when you’re watching an open flame over your stove. (And this benefit applies to all meals made in the IP – It’s sort of like a slow cooker on steroids where you can just throw everything in and then, viola! A little while later you have a full meal, cooked all while being able to tackle the zillion other things on your to-do list.)
And #2: When it comes to hard boiled eggs, the Instant Pot cooks them perfectly Every. Single. Time. No overcooking, super easy to peel, perfect looking hard-boiled eggs – This is a huge plus for me since I often struggle with getting the shells off my eggs when I make them on the stovetop – mine usually take me about 5 minutes to peel (each!) and come out looking like I’ve ice picked my way nearly to the yolk. Not a good look my friends.
So, while I know versions of this recipe (or maybe I should say cooking method?) has made the rounds many times over the past several years, I couldn’t NOT post it, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing this sorcery. And, I was making some amazingly delish deviled eggs anyway so why the hell not. (Recipe for those coming soon!)
Making hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot really couldn’t be easier. I like to make a full dozen to have on hand all week long for adding protein to breakfasts, salads, and snacks.
How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot
Here’s how you do it: Put 1 cup of water in your Instant Pot, place your trivet inside, then place 6-12 eggs on top of that. Put the lid on, set your Instant Pot to high pressure, and cook for around 5 minutes. This produces a perfect hard-boiled egg. Want your yolk semi-soft? Dial the cook time down to around 3-4 minutes and it should do the trick. After the cook time is done, do a quick release, take your eggs out, and then place them in an ice bath for a couple of minutes. The ice bath serves a couple of purposes – it stops the eggs from continuing to cook (so you don’t get that gray ring you sometimes see around the yolk, a classic sign of an overcooked hard boiled egg), and it shocks the membrane between the egg white and the shell, which helps loosen it from the shell making them a dream to peel.
And that’s all there is to it. They’ll peel perfectly and you’ll have beautiful, perfect looking hard-boiled eggs to use for whatever your hearts desire.
Hard-boiled eggs are made on the regular at our house and, to be honest, I would probably purchase an Instant Pot again if solely for making hard-boiled eggs. It’s truly a game changer.
Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. It’s not recommended to freeze hard boiled eggs. And, while we’re on the subject, don’t throw them in the microwave either, unless you’re up for a crazy exploding egg science experiment (just trust me on this one).
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot
6-12 hard boiled eggs
1 cup water
Large bowl full of ice
Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot.
Place the Instant Pot trivet in the Instant Pot, and place your eggs in an even layer on top of the trivet.
Set your Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. (3-4 minutes if you’d like soft boiled eggs.)
Once cooking time is done, let the pressure naturally release for about 3-5 minutes, then manually release the rest.
Carefully remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and place them in your ice bath. Let them sit for about 5 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the ice bath, peel, and enjoy!
Hard-boiled eggs can be stored peeled or unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.