Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook up to 14 Eggs at Once!
This post was most recently updated on May 13th, 2019
A new and easier way to make the perfect hard boiled eggs in 7 minutes or less in your Instant Pot pressure cooker. Eggs jump out of their shells, are easy to peel and have a bright yellow yolk!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
I love hard boiled eggs for a quick protein snack that I can eat on the go, add to salads or eat for breakfast. The Instant Pot is a very easy way to cook a lot of hard boiled eggs at once and make them come out consistent every time. Instant Pot has taken the guessing out of the equation when trying to cook the perfect hard boil egg. With Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, people are pleased to find that their eggs come out perfect each time.
Why People Prefer Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- No variation in results. Eggs come out the same each time.
- Flexibility in cooking times.
- People are tired of having to watch the stove and deal with boil overs. With the Instant Pot, set the timer and don’t think about the eggs again until the timer goes off.
- Better tasting eggs.
- The outer shell of the hard boiled egg comes off seamlessly. No more time spent peeling bits of the shell off your egg.
What’s Needed to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Here’s what you need to make hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot.
Ingredients and Items needed:
- 1 c Water
- Instant Pot
- Strainer (like this one) or Trivet to put in the bottom of your Instant Pot
- Tongs (use silicon tongs so they clean easy) or a slotted spoon like this that holds 5 eggs at a time!
- Bowl of Ice water
Tip: Use tongs or a large slotted spoon to get eggs out and avoid burning your hands.
- Put 1 1/2 cups of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot.
- Put in as many eggs as you like on your trivet or egg holder. You can put in 2 dozen at a time, straight from the fridge with no problem.
- Close the IP and set it for Manual (High) for 4 minutes. The display will say ON. (You may hear some steam coming out while the pot builds up pressure. Totally normal.)
The IP will come to pressure in a little while (about 10 – 15 minutes). Factor this into your cooking time.
Once the IP comes to pressure, the display will change to 4 (for the minutes you set). After the 4 minutes are up, the display will change to L0:00. When it says L5:00, you will have had your eggs resting at pressure for 5 minutes.
While the eggs are resting, put about 2 cups of ice in a large bowl, and fill it with cool water. Set it aside until the 5-resting-minutes are up.
At the end of the 5 minutes, use the end of a wooden spoon or plastic spatula to do a Quick Release of the pressure in the IP. Remove the eggs from the IP and put them directly into the ice bath.
Let the eggs rest in the ice bath for 6 minutes.
Crack the eggs around the middle and watch the shells just slip right off as you peel them.
Note: Many people use a 5-5-5 method. The only drawback is some report it makes the yolks get a dark grayish-green color around the outside. The 4-5-6 method gives us beautiful, bright yellow yolks instead.
You may need to experiment and adjust up a minute for higher altitudes. The shorter time you cook your eggs the more soft the center will be. The least I’d cook them is 4 minutes and if you want really firm yolks you can steam them for up to 7 minutes.
You can also find steam racks that allow you to cook up to 14 eggs at once by stacking racks like this (you may need to bend the legs slightly so they fit your Instant Pot):
Things that Affect Your Eggs
The age of your eggs, their size, altitude and the desired texture you want them will affect how your eggs turn out. LOW pressure will make the whites more tender. Start out by experimenting with a few eggs at a time then adjust the cook and release times to get what you want.
Instant Pot Egg Pods
You don’t need special equipment but theses egg pods can make your life easier.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg Recipes
If you’re the type of person who wants an exact recipe to follow, here are many different recipes for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. The main differentiating factor among most of them is the time. For more details on cooking times and procedures, see:
Here is my personal favorite recipe from Fabulessly Frugal.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is a great snack that helps me stick to my diet (low carb). The Instant Pot or any pressure cooker makes it super fast. Try a couple different recipes and see which one creates the perfect hard boiled egg for you. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!