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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are one food you absolutely NEED to know how to make in your Instant Pot. Today I’ll share my preferred method of pressure cooker hard boiled eggs plus all the tips and tricks for the perfect eggs.
Making eggs in the Instant Pot is a game changer! They are so easy to make, and they PEEL LIKE A DREAM!
There’s also a lot of ways it can go wrong, so make sure to read through this whole post to learn all the tips and tricks.
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No need to add salt, vinegar, or other hacks to try and get the eggs to peel. Seriously. After making hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot, you’ll realize that it is worth the money for hard boiled eggs alone!
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My Disclaimer on Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs
You’ll read lots (and lots and lots) of different/conflicting times about hard boiled eggs. Hey, you’ll even hear it from me!
The most common being 6/6/6 or 5/5/5 (high pressure minutes/natural pressure release minutes/ice bath).
My advice: Don’t fixate too much on the time. Start with one of the times I’ll recommend, then test it a couple times to find your favorite time!
I’ll teach you what steps you should take to find the best way to cook your hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot!
Why are there so many different times for Instant Pot boiled eggs?
The reason you’ll hear different times is because:
- 1) there are a lot of factors that can affect your eggs, and
- 2) pressure cookers cook on two ends: the pressure cooking side, and the pressure release side.
The pressure cooking side is the number of minutes you actually set your Instant Pot to (it’ll start counting down from this number). The other side is when it is naturally releasing the pressure (it shows an L for LAPSED time and counts up).
Think of it like a sliding scale that you can move to get the same result.
The more intense pressure upfront (like a soda bottle being shaken up), and then the natural release (where you crack the soda bottle open a little bit). The eggs are cooking the entire time, until you cool them down.
What else affects Instant Pot hard boiled eggs?
Isn’t this egg slicer so fun? I love it for salads.
- Freshness of eggs
- Size of eggs
- Temperature of water
- Temperature of Instant Pot
- Time it takes to cool eggs
- Amount of water in the pot
As you can see, there’s a lot of factors that can go into the egg cook times. Don’t be alarmed if your get some duds in some batches. It happens to me here and there, and it even happened during my test!
I generally do my eggs a certain time, but I took my Instant Pot a couple hours north to Idaho last year and the time didn’t work at all! The altitude changed what works perfectly for me every time at home.
Another factor is the amount and temperature of water in the pot. When there’s more water, there’s more pressure to release.
Even though I normally recommend using hot water and preheating your pot, the water for eggs should be cool for the best, most consistent results.
Be sure to read my post about why I use less water with delicate foods.
The perfect hard boiled egg
In my opinion, the perfect hard boiled egg has a set but tender white, and a creamy (not chalky) yolk.
There is no gray ring around the yolk, which is indicative of overcooking. Between my tests, I’ve found my favorite method!
Why I do a 4 minute Natural pressure release
The reason I do 5/4 is because it takes about a minute or so for the pin to drop during the quick release. So by the time I open the lid, it’s been releasing pressure for 5 minutes.
If I had waited until it had naturally released pressure for 5 minutes, it would have taken 6 minutes to get the lid off, which is too much for our eggs.
It took me a while to figure out why my eggs were overcooking, even with the 5/5 or 6/6 methods.
How I conducted my Instant Pot Egg test
- “Painted” each egg with its cook time with gel food coloring.
- I chose 5/4 (5 min high pressure/4 min natural pressure release) and 2/15 because those are the times I’ve loved and used for years.
- Placed 1 egg into my Instant Pot 3 quart duo with a steamer net and 1 cup cold water (I usually use my steamer basket but it doesn’t fit in my 3 quart)
- Set the Instant Pot to 5 minutes high pressure (and 2 minutes in the next test).
- Let the Instant Pot naturally release pressure for 4 and 15 minutes, respectively.
- Placed finished eggs in an ice bath
My Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg Test Results
Since I tested 5 different ways, plus a redo on two of them, I’ll share a table with my results.
Truthfully, I have no idea why those eggs were underdone because the 15 minute one cooked the longest. My only guess is that it was because I pulled out two eggs, which disturbed the cooking process.
As for the 5/4, NO IDEA. It worked perfectly the second time and it started in a cold pot with cold water. It was cooked like normal during the second test.
My favorite time for Instant Pot hard boiled eggs
I usually do 5 minutes high pressure with a 4 minute natural pressure release, which I still think is an excellent go-to.
After tasting the eggs side-by-side, the 2/15 eggs were much more tender and not rubbery at all! The 2/15 method is also much more flexible, because the high pressure cooking is only happening for a shorter time.
This will be my preferred method and time from now on.
If you don’t have a basket, just place the eggs on top of the trivet.
TROUBLESHOOTING OVERCOOKED HARD BOILED EGGS
Should your hard boiled eggs be overcooked in the Instant Pot, here are some tips to help you achieve perfect hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot for next time:
- Ensure only one cup of water is being used to pressure cook. The more water, the longer the pot takes to warm up and the hotter the inside of the pot is, therefore overcooking the eggs.
- Warm up the water before pressure cooking by preheating it in the Instant Pot on the Saute function, or use hot/microwaved water. This helps cut the overall cooking time by bringing the pot to a boil faster.
- Do a quick release and remove the eggs immediately after the natural pressure release, then cool them down immediately. Eggs continue to cook even when removed from direct heat, so they should be put into an ice bath as soon as possible after cooking.
How to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs in an egg bite mold
If you prefer not to have to peel your eggs at all, you can use an egg bite mold! I use this a lot in my Cooking for One cookbook, and for Instant Pot Egg Bites with Bacon and Cheddar.
- Simply grease your mold with cooking spray, then crack an egg into each slot.
- Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot liner, then add the trivet.
- Place the egg mold on top of the trivet. No need to cover the eggs.
- Cook the same as hard boiled eggs (5/4 or 2/15).
- Carefully remove the mold from the Instant Pot, and invert to a plate. Push down on each mold slot and the egg should pop out. You may need to use a spoon or knife to gently loosen each egg.
- Place in the fridge to cool completely as soon as you can. Alternatively, you can place the mold in a bowl of ice or ice water (careful so it doesn’t get in the eggs).
- Slice and eat! I found the texture of the eggs cooked in the mold to be a bit more rubbery than hard boiled eggs, but it was a fun different way to cook them! This would be a good way to cook egg salad.
Instant Pot Trivet
You may use any sort of trivet to keep the eggs of the bottom of the pot. I use:
- Steamer Basket
- Egg Trivet
- Silicone Trivet
- Steamer Net
- Egg bite mold
Learn everything you need to know about the Instant Pot Trivet.
For links to all these tools, read my post on The Best Instant Pot Accessories to Buy (and avoid!)
How to peel hard boiled eggs
My favorite hack to peeling hard boiled eggs perfectly is super simple. Just follow these steps:
- Take the cooled eggs and tap it on the counter or cutting board on each end (the top and bottom). Tap it about 2-3 times to create some air, but not so much that it crumbles everywhere.
- Place the egg on the counter so the ends are facing out.
- Place your palm gently but firmly on the egg, then gently roll back and forth. You don’t want tons of tiny pieces of shell, just enough to get large chunks of shell to break.
- Peel the egg under some running water, and the shell should just fall off in one or two pieces.
Thoughts on Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
I think if you don’t have a pressure cooker, an air fryer is not a bad option for making hard boiled eggs. They DO work, but the only advantage I see to doing them in the air fryer vs. the pressure cooker is that you can pull some out earlier if you want them less cooked.
The eggs were all a bit more rubbery than the Instant Pot eggs, and the shells did have darker spots on them from the more direct heat. So, doable, but not preferred.
Why do I need an Ice bath for Pressure Cooker hard boiled eggs?
It’s important to cool your eggs in an ice bath (water with ice in it) as soon as possible after cooking to stop the cooking process as quickly as possible.
Eggs carry a lot of residual heat, which is why you shouldn’t ever wait for eggs to “look” done when making them on the stove. Did you know that eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, etc.) keep cooking after they are removed from the pan?
Overcooked eggs are rubbery and gross, so don’t do it!
Shocking the eggs in an ice bath also helps them peel easier as it shocks the membrane away from the shell.
No ice, no problem
If you don’t have ice, just cover the eggs in cold water or add an ice pack to your water after cooking.
Before I had an ice maker in my freezer, I’d just take the liner straight from the Instant Pot to the sink and rinse the eggs in cold water.
That cooled the pot down, and the initial heat off the eggs. I then kept refilling the liner with more cold water as soon as the water got warmer.
Peeling Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
You’re going to be so amazed at how easily the hard boiled eggs peel after cooking in the Instant Pot! I like to tap each end on the counter, then roll the egg on the counter with a little pressure from my hand.
Then, the peel just falls right off! I usually give it a quick rinse and enjoy with salt.
Of course, if you use your egg bite mold, you don’t have to worry about peeling at all!
My final advice
Start with 2/15 or 5/4. Then, open the egg up and see what you think. If you did 2/15 and it’s still a bit soft for you, then next time add an additional minute onto the initial pressure cook (3/15).
If you did 5/4 and it’s still a bit soft, add 1-2 minutes onto the natural pressure release. After all that, if either of these times produce overcooked eggs, just take a minute off the pressure release side of cooking next time!
Another piece of advice? Find a neighbor or friend that lives close to you and find out what time works for them.
If you’re in the same climate and altitude, you’ll probably have luck doing what they’re doing! Good luck!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 cup Cold Water
- 12 Eggs cold from the fridge
- Pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
- Place the eggs in a steamer basket, or on top of the trivet in the Instant Pot to keep them out of the water.
- Lock the lid, turn the knob to sealing, and set the Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 2 minutes.
- After the 2 minutes is up, allow a 15 minute natural pressure release.
- Release the rest of the pressure if the pin hasn’t dropped on its own, and open the lid.
- Plunge the eggs in an ice bath, or running cool water for at least 10 minutes.
- Store the eggs unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to one week.