With these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, your eggs will cook to perfection every time. (In fact, your Instant Pot can come to the rescue whether you’re making soft boiled, hard boiled, or medium boiled eggs.)
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Using an instant pot to hard boiled eggs consistently gives awesome results. Even the texture and flavor of the cooked eggs are perfect in every way.
If you don’t know the magic of an Instant Pot, it’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, and more, that can cook whatever you want, quickly. For hard-boiled eggs, you can use as few as 1 egg and up to 16 eggs (depending on their size) in a 6 quart Instant Pot pressure cooker. You can also stack the eggs in 2 layers to make more at one time.
To make hard-boiled eggs in your Instant Pot, you will need:
- 1 Dozen Eggs
- 1 cup of water
- 4 cups ice for an ice bath
- 1 Instant Pot
(Full recipe in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.)
How to Hard Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot:
First, add 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot and then insert the steamer rack that came with your Instant Pot unit.
Add the eggs in a single layer on the rack. Since the eggs don’t bounce or roll around in the water, they don’t crack! Another win! Lock lid and close the valve by setting the steam vent to sealed.
Press manual mode twice to turn off the keep warm function. Set to low pressure for 10 minutes. As every busy Mom will agree, not needing to watch the pot to make hard-boiled eggs is a dream!
Once the cook cycle is complete, do a quick release (not a natural release). Simply use an oven mitt to turn the valve to venting. The hot steam will escape and the eggs will stop cooking right away. Do so for only about 1 minute.
How to Peel
Remove lid to carefully move all the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water. Use a pair of tongs because the eggs are extremely hot.
Let the eggs cool in the ice bath until the eggs are easy to touch with your fingers. About 3 minutes should be enough. The ice bath stops the cooking process and prevents a green ring around the yolk. It also shocks the eggs which makes them super easy to peel!
Remove the eggs from the ice bath. Begin peeling and watch as the shells practically jump off your perfectly cooked eggs.
If you need some seasoning, shake on as much salt and black pepper as you like. Serve and enjoy!
How to Use the Egg Setting
Make sure the lid on your instant pot is locked and turn the steam release valve to seal. Press the egg button on the Instant Pot and it will start to reach pressure. The time will pop up when the pressure is ready and the timer will count down. The egg button normally cooks the pot for five minutes. You can use the plus or minus buttons to change the cooking time.
Natural Release or Quick Release?
With an Instant Pot, hard-boiled eggs can be made with either natural release or quick release. Natural release is basically letting the pressure release slowly as soon as the eggs are done cooking. The process takes longer for the pot to release the pressure.
Once the pressure is normal (you’ll hear a beep), remove the lid and take the eggs out. If you leave the eggs in the pot, they’ll continue to cook and may end up overcooking the eggs.
This is where you can decide how soft or hard you want the yolk. For harder egg yolks, wait 5 minutes after the cooking process is over to release the steam. For softer egg yolks, release the steam immediately after.
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 Dozen Eggs
- 1 cup water
- 4 cups ice for ice bath
- Instant Pot
- Add water to Instant Pot
- Insert steamer rack that came with your unit
- Add eggs in a single layer
- Lock lid and set the steam vent to sealed
- Press manual mode twice to turn off keep warm function
- Set to low pressure, 10 minutes
- Once the cook cycle is complete, perform a quick release
- Unlock and remove the lid
- Using a pair of tongs, carefully move all eggs to a bowl filled with ice water
- Leave to cool until easy to handle, about 3 minutes
- Remove eggs from ice bath and watch as the shells practically jump off your perfectly cooked eggs.
- Serve and enjoy!