Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

We tested a lot of different timing and methods for cooking hard boiled eggs and this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs was the winner! They are always perfectly cooked and super easy to peel!

Easy Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Nothing is more frustrating than when you boil some eggs and they aren’t cooked all the way in the middle or are over cooked. Then to add insult to injury, you can’t get the peels off without ripping off half of the egg white! Thankfully you can avoid both of those issues with this easy recipe for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs!

We spent a couple of days testing different easy methods for cooking hard boiled eggs. We were looking for perfectly cooked eggs, easy too peel shells and how quick and simple the steps were. In the end, we found two methods we loved the most: in the instant pot and these air fryer hard boiled eggs.

Eggs in a white egg holder with an instant pot in background.

Why Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot?

Making hard boiled eggs in the instant pot is incredibly easy and foolproof!

  • Simple. You just put them in, seal the lid, press a button and walk away. No need to watch or hover over a boiling pot of water!
  • Quick. The eggs are ready in just about 10 minutes!
  • EASY to peel. The shells are so easy to get off of eggs cooked in the instant pot! You don’t have to worry about losing half of the egg white when removing the shell.

How To Boil Eggs In The Instant Pot

It’s super simple and takes just a few easy steps:

Prepare: Add cold water to the inner pot. Place steam rack inside the instant pot. Carefully place eggs on top of the rack. 

Pressure Cook: Place lid on the instant pot, making sure the valve is set to the sealed position. Cook for 5 minutes on high pressure. 

Pressure Release: Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes after cooking. After 5 minutes, carefully flip the valve to quick release and release remaining steam.

Ice Bath: Using tongs or a spoon, transfer eggs to the ice water bath. Let eggs chill for 5 minutes.

Serve: You can peel and serve them immediately or store them for later use for up to 7 days.

How Long To Boil Eggs In Instant Pot

Our favorite classic hard boiled egg were the 5 minute egg! They were perfectly cooked, but still nice and creamy. We found the 6 minute egg to be a little too cooked for our liking (it was drier than the 5 minute egg).

If you like your eggs a little less cooked, or would like a soft boiled egg, follow the below cook times:

  • Soft Boiled Eggs – Cook time of 3 minutes
  • Medium Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook time of 4 minutes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook time of 5 minutes
  • Well Done Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook time of 6 minutes

FAQs + TIPS

  • Do I need to use old eggs? No! We used a variety of eggs, both fresh and old eggs. Some were from a farmer that delivers fresh eggs and some were from the grocery store. They all peeled EASILY with this method!
  • Don’t skip the ice bath. This stops the eggs from continuing to cook and also helps them to peel a whole lot easier.
  • What does “naturally release” mean? When you are cooking with a pressure cooker, a recipe will say to do a quick release or to let the pressure naturally release. A quick release means you push the valve, on top of the instant pot, open after the cooking time ends to immediately allow the pressure to release. If you let the pressure naturally release, you do not push the valve and instead let the instant pot to sit untouched until the recipe tells you to release the pressure, or until the pressure has completely naturally released.
Peeled hard boiled eggs sliced in half on a wood cutting board.

How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs?

After they are cooked, hard boiled eggs can be store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can peel them before storing them or store them with the peel on.

Some people choose to peel their eggs and store them in water in a container. We tend to prefer to peel our eggs before storing them for easy access, but we do not store them in water.

A plate of sliced hard boiled eggs.

Looking for a way to use your hard boiled eggs? Don’t miss this recipe for our favorite classic Southern Deviled Eggs! Perfect for the holidays or a pot luck. Almost no one can say no to a deviled egg!

Yield: 6 eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant pot with water and a trivet in it with eggs.

We tested a lot of different timing and methods for cooking hard boiled eggs and this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs was the winner! They are always perfectly cooked and super easy to peel!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • Ice bath

Instructions

    1. Add cold water to the inner pot. Place steam rack inside the instant pot. Carefully place eggs on top of the rack.
    2. Place lid on instant pot, making sure the valve is set to the sealed position and set cook time for 5 minutes on high pressure.
    3. While eggs are cooking, prepare a medium size bowl with enough cold water and ice to cover the eggs.
    4. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes after cooking. After 5 minutes, carefully flip the valve to quick release and release any remaining steam.
    5. Using tongs or a spoon transfer eggs to the ice water bath for 5 minutes.
    6. Peel, serve and store eggs as desired!

Notes

Storage: You can store your eggs in the fridge for up to 7 days, peeled or unpeeled. I personally prefer to peel my eggs before storing them in the refrigerator, which is no hassle at all since these are so easy to peel. Once my eggs are peeled, I put them in an airtight bag or container and let them hang out in my fridge for an easy, healthy snack.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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