These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs turn out perfectly every time. There are instructions for hard and soft boiled eggs, as well as ideas on how to use them!
Why make hard boil eggs in an Instant Pot?
You can make hard boiled eggs Instant Pot style, and soft boiled eggs too – it’s the easiest way to cook them! As a matter of fact, making Instant Pot hard boiled eggs is so quick and easy, you’ll wonder why you’ve been making them on the stove top for so long.
This method saves you the hassle of checking on the eggs when they’re cooking on the stove, and you can cook up to a dozen eggs in the Instant Pot at a time so that you can meal prep more at once.
All you need is a cup of water, the trivet that comes with your Instant Pot, your eggs and some ice!
Soft boiled vs hard boiled eggs
The cooking times will vary for soft boiled vs hard boiled eggs. The good news is that the Instant Pot makes this easy! Here are the general differences in these two types of eggs:
1. Soft boiled eggs: You will cook the eggs for just 3 minutes. This will result in a softer center as pictured on the left-hand side of the picture above. The yolks will not be runny, however. Should you desire a runnier yolk, be sure to cook only 1 minute on high pressure.
2. Hard boiled eggs: You will cook the eggs for 6 minutes, aka double the time it takes to cook the soft-boiled eggs. This will result in the firmer, chalkier yolk that you see above on the right-hand side.
How to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs (step-by-step)
Here are the exact steps to making perfect Instant Pot eggs every time!
- Add 1 cup of COLD water to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add trivet, then add up to 12 eggs (can be as few as 2 eggs). Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Set to cook for 6 minutes for hard boiled eggs. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook for however long you have set it for.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the pressure and open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily. The quick release should only take a couple seconds because most of it will release naturally.
- Carefully remove your eggs using tongs then let sit in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
- To serve, crack eggs on the counter and remove shell. Eggs should be stored in their shells in the fridge up to 5 days (2 days for soft boiled).
How do you hard boil eggs so they peel easily?
- Use old eggs. As strange as it may sound, older eggs peel easier. Don’t use fresh eggs, but rather, use the ones that have been in your refrigerator for a week or so.
- Cool the eggs on ice. The trick for easy-peel hard boiled eggs to stop them from over cooking. As soon as the pressure releases, carefully open the lid of your Instant Pot and use an oven glove or pot holder to remove the eggs. To stop the cooking, transfer them into an ice bath for five minutes.
- Crack the eggs evenly. To easily peel hard boiled eggs, make sure they are cracked most of the way around before you start removing the peel.
To remove the peels from a large batch of eggs at one time, place the eggs into a zip top plastic bag filled with cold water. Seal the bag then gently shake it for 30 seconds or so. This easy kitchen hack will save you a lot of time when you make egg salad.
How to avoid eggs cracking
Sometimes you’ll get eggs that crack during the pressure cooking process, even if you have used a trivet. To avoid this, be sure to let your eggs come to room temperature a little bit before cooking. This will help reduce the risk of this happening.
Water in the bottom of the pot
To ensure your eggs come out perfectly, make sure you use cold water when adding to the bottom of the Instant Pot. Your trivet will go in after that, and then the eggs.
How long do peeled hard boiled eggs last?
In or out of the shell, hard boiled eggs must be refrigerated. They can sit at room temperature, but only for a short period of time.
Do your best to keep them cool by serving them in a bowl with crushed ice. However, if they are left out during a picnic or party, throw away any leftovers.
Storing hard boiled eggs
It is best to leave the shells on the eggs until you are ready to eat or cook with them. If kept in the refrigerator, hard boiled eggs will last for one week.
If they are already peeled, store the eggs in a bowl of water in the refrigerator. Another option is to wrap the peeled eggs in damp paper towels and seal them in an airtight container. Be sure to change the water or towels daily.
Instant Pot soft boiled eggs are a little different. Because of the consistency, they only last about two days in the refrigerator.
10 ways to use Instant Pot hard boiled eggs
Since you can now prepare large batches of hard boiled eggs in an Instant Pot, what are you going to do with them?
Here are 10 ideas to get your started:
- Deviled eggs
- Cobb salad
- Avocado toast
- Charcuterie board
- Instant Pot potato salad
- Egg salad
- Ham salad
- Dye and use them for an Easter egg hunt
- Caesar salad
- Pickled eggs
Hard boiled eggs added to any salad, potato, or oatmeal dish provides an extra boost of protein.
Since it’s so easy to hard boil eggs in an Instant Pot, keeping a few on hand in the refrigerator is a great idea for a quick snack on the go.
What can I use instead of a trivet?
You can use an ordinary steamer rack instead of a trivet if you have lost the one that comes with your Instant Pot. As long as you have the eggs elevated in some way, you’ll be fine. I have also linked to an extra trivet below, they are pretty cheap to order off Amazon and it’s always great to have extras on hand in case yours is dirty or in use when you go to make these eggs.
Can you make the eggs without a trivet?
I would not recommend doing so. You do want the eggs to sit above the water in the pot in a way that is secure. You don’t want to risk the eggs moving around and getting cracked so make sure you use some sort of rack to secure them in place!
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Meal prep tools for this recipe
- Grab some glass meal prep bowls if you plan on adding Instant Pot hard boiled eggs to your weekly lunches.
- Grab the trivet that comes with your Instant Pot if you need an extra one
- 1 cup water
- 2-12 eggs
- Add 1 cup of cold water to Instant Pot. Add trivet, then add eggs. Place lid on Instant Pot and make sure valve is set to seal.
- Press the pressure cook button and set to high, then cook for 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Set to cook for 6 minutes for hard boiled eggs. Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure then pressure cook the 3-6 minutes.
- Allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes, then do a quick release of the pressure and open the lid when pressure gauge has dropped and the lid opens easily.
- Carefully remove eggs using tongs then let sit in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
- To serve, crack eggs on the counter and remove shell. Eggs should be stored in their shells in the fridge up 2-5 days (2 days for soft-boiled). Enjoy!