If you haven’t made Instant Pot hardboiled eggs, you’re going to want to get on that stat. These eggs are so simple and peel like a dream-no more guesswork! This easy method will give you hardboiled eggs that are easier to peel than anything you’ve ever made on the stovetop.
Hard Boiled Eggs RECIPE???
I am sure that posting a recipe for hardboiled eggs probably sounds about like posting a recipe for boiling water. I mean, who needs a recipe for hardboiled eggs???? Well, me.
After 25 years of cooking I have finally found the key to perfect hardboiled eggs: boiling eggs in the Instant Pot. Well, I guess technically it’s pressure cooking the eggs, but why get nitpicky about the terminology? All that matters is perfect. hardboiled. eggs.
I have tried every technique. Boiling the water first then adding the eggs. Putting the eggs in cold water and bringing them to a boil. Boiling the eggs until cooked. Turning off the heat when the water boils and letting the eggs stand in the hot water.
And they have all yielded pretty terrible results. I mean, the interior of the eggs are basically fine. The problem comes when I try to remove the shell. The shell always sticks and I end up with sad-looking, pockmarked eggs and half the white left in the shell. It works for egg salad or other applications using chopped eggs but not so much for deviled eggs.
Instant Pot Hardboiled Eggs
Enter the Instant Pot. I have to admit, I wasn’t necessarily optimistic the first time I boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. I think I had just been burned too many times. But you know I❤️my Instant Pot(s) so I had to give it a try, and I won’t ever go back to boiling eggs on the stovetop.
With Instant Pot hardboiled eggs, I promise you: the shells will practically fall off. No guesswork. Just a little pressure and a little ice water. A little less time and you can have perfect soft-boiled eggs, which are amazing for eating with toast or in ramen.
How to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot
Instant Pot hardboiled eggs are this simple:
- Put water in the Instant Pot
- Put rack in the Instant Pot
- Put eggs in the Instant Pot
- Lid up
- High pressure
- Short natural release then quick release
- Ice bath
7 minPrep Time:
10 minCook Time:
17 minTotal Time:
- 1 cup water
- 6 large eggs (or more or less...you can pretty much scale this recipe as much as you need to)
- Pour the water into the Instant Pot and place the steamer rack in the Instant Pot. Place the eggs on the rack.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the vent to "sealing". Select the "steam" button. Make sure that the Instant Pot is set to high pressure and use the +/- buttons to set the time to 5 minutes.
- When the 5 minute cook time is complete, turn the Instant Pot off. Turn the handle or press the button to manually release the remaining pressure. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs to the ice bath. Allow to stand for 5 minutes in the ice bath.
- Refrigerate the unpeeled eggs for up to one week or peel and serve (or use in recipes) immediately.
For soft-cooked eggs, set the time for 3 minutes and immediately manually release the pressure when the cook time is complete. Allow the eggs to sit in the ice bath until you can comfortably handle (2-3 minutes should be adequate) then peel and serve. The prep time includes time to prep the eggs and time for the ice bath. Cook time includes actually cook time and 5-minute natural release. Time it takes for the pot to come to pressure is not included because this will vary based on how many eggs you are cooking, the size and model of your Instant Pot, and the temperature of the water when you put it in.