Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot. It takes a few simple steps and minimal time for perfect eggs – perfect for Easter, a healthy snack or even for making deviled eggs.
Easy Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
Who here loves boiled eggs?!
They’ve always been a family favorite for us, but they’re especially a favorite come Easter time. We HAVE to have loads on hand for egg hunts, for all the holiday get togethers as well as for deviled eggs.
We have always used our tried and true method for boiling eggs, but wanted to try out an Instant Pot version, which is what we are sharing today. We were so glad to find that they were so simple and made for perfect hard boiled eggs that peeled easily and were cooked perfectly.
Different Ways for different Eggs
What type of boiled egg do you love? The difference between a delightfully runny yolk and a delicious firm yolk really is a matter of minutes. Be sure to set the timer correctly to get the desired texture. (The times are based on using large eggs. Time adjustments may be needed for different sized eggs)
- 3 minutes Soft boil: the whites are set, but the yolks are still runny
- 4-5 minutes Medium boil: the whites are firmer and the yolk are semi set
- 5-6 minutes Hard boil: both the whites and the yolks are firmly set
Use room temperature eggs? Sometimes an egg will crack while being cooked. To help avoid this use room temperature eggs. To warm eggs up faster place them in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes before moving them to the pressure cooker.
Older vs. Newer eggs: The older the egg is the more porous the shell becomes. This is one of the reasons older eggs seem to boil and peel easier when boiled on the stove. However, the instant pot seems to be able to cook both old and new eggs pretty equally.
How to Boil Eggs in Instant Pot
WATER. If you have a 6 qt instant pot use 1 c of COLD water. If your pot is a 8 quarts use 1 ½ c COLD water.
PLACE IN RACK. Place the egg/steam rack into the pot, over the water. Carefully set the eggs on top of the rack.
PRESSURE COOK. Secure the lid and set the cook time for 5 minutes.
RELEASE PRESSURE. Once the time has finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for about 5 minutes. Then do a quick release.
ICE BATH. Carefully remove the eggs and place in an ice water bath for about 5 minutes.
CRACK + PEEL. Remove the eggs, crack the shell and peel. Store the eggs in an container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Why use an ice bath? Since the difference between one type of boil and another is several seconds you’ll want to place the boiled eggs into an ice bath. Otherwise, the egg will continue to cook as it radiates its own heat while it cools.
What is natural release for an instant pot? Since an instant pot works by building up pressure one the item has been cooked the pressure has to be released. You can either remove the release valve and allow the pressure to decrease quickly, or leave the valve on and allow the pressure to release naturally.
How to Store + Recipe Ideas
Storage: Hard boiled eggs can be kept at room temperature for a couple of hours. Beyond that they can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.
Unfortunately, egg whites do not freeze well, but you can freeze cooked egg yolks. Place yolks in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipes that use Hard boiled eggs:
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe
- Instant Pot
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup water
- If you have a 6 qt instant pot use 1 c of COLD water. If your pot is a 8 quarts use 1 1/2 c COLD water.
- Place the egg/steam rack into the pot, over the water. Carefully set the eggs on top of the rack.
- Secure the lid and set the cook time for 5 minutes.
- Once the time has finished, allow the pressure to naturally release for about 5 minutes. Then do a quick release.
- Carefully remove the eggs and place in an ice water bath for about 5 minutes.
- Remove the eggs, crack the shell and peel. Store the eggs in an container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- You can cook as few as 1 egg or as many as 16 eggs in a 6 qt Instant Pot
- The shells peel best when taken right out of the water bath. They come off beautifully every single time!
- Use room temperature eggs to help keep them from cracking
- Be sure to use COLD Water. If you use warm or hot water the cook time will be different.