Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:
Perfect hard boiled eggs in just 15 minutes using the tried and true 5-5-5 method! Make a few or make a bunch of instant pot hard boiled eggs and the cooking time is all the same! AND they’re going to be so easy to peel!
A lot of people don’t know how to hard boil eggs, or how long to hard boil eggs, I should say. So instead of creamy, delicious yellow centers, they end up with dried out green yolks. Although it isn’t rocket science, it does take some time to figure it all out. But thanks to me you can take out all the guesswork, AND thanks to the Instant Pot they’ll be perfect every time!
I recently talked to one of my girlfriends and was shocked to hear she had NO idea how to make hard boiled eggs. Here is this 26 year old mother of 3 who had dyed eggs with her children every Easter, and recently brought a homemade potato salad to my house for a BBQ.
“HOW?! How did she accomplish these things?” I ask.
He reply: “My husband always does the eggs, and I do the rest.” We both laughed, then I asked if she had a reason why she didn’t ever do it. Her response was like most, she was intimidated by not knowing how long to boil them, and she hated how hard they are to peel.
How do you hard boil eggs so they peel easily?
Let’s be honest the worst part of hard boiled eggs are peeling them. It’s messy, and time consuming, and sometimes the eggs end up looking like a hot mess with big chunks missing, etc. The Instant Pot hard boiled eggs 5-5-5 method is the answer. After the 5 minute ice bath they slide right out of their shells!
If you want to make peeling hard boiled eggs easy, you have to chill the shell. You can do this a number of ways: ice bath, run the eggs under cold water while peeling, or even pop them in the freezer for 5 minutes. I prefer the ice bath, and feel like it offers the best and most consistent results.
Can you store peeled hard boiled eggs?
Yes! Put them in a container with a lid or a ziploc bag, and add a few damp paper towels. They are good for up to a week. They make for a quick, healthy snack, or even a quick salad topping!
Because the eggs are easier to peel right after you take them out of the ice bath, this is a great way to make sure you get easy to peel eggs. Storing them already peeled also removes an obstacle to eating them, which means your family will likely take advantage of them. They will be a quick addition to a salad or sandwich, and can make a great snack as you are running out the door.
What accessories do you need with the Instant Pot?
While there are a ton of fun and easy to use accessories available for the instant pot, and you should definitely consider getting some of them, to make instant pot hard boiled eggs, all you need is the rack that comes with your IP! You don’t want the eggs sitting in the water. Despite the name, we actually don’t want to boil the eggs.
Here are a few of my favorite IP accessories:
- Egg Steamer Rack: Quickly make more hard boiled eggs (or soft boiled) than ever before, and without cracking.
- Additional Inner Pots: This one is a stainless steel one made for the 6 QT Instant Pot.
- Silicone Egg Bite Molds: Great for making those Starbucks coycat Sous Vide egg bites, or for making brownies, cakes, etc.
- Stackable steamer pots: Great for cooking pot in pot, cooking veggies, rice, etc.
- Tempered Glass lid: Great for making yogurt, or anything you don’t need the pot to actually come to pressure to cook.
- Colored Sealing Rings: One for sweet, one for savory so you don’t accidentally flavor your cheesecake like your Mexican Shredded Chicken.
- Steamer Basket: Great for cooking veggies, potatoes, etc. and has a silicone handle to make it easier to get out.
- Fat Diddio’s 7” Cheesecake Pan: Make your cheesecakes in a pan that actually fits into your Instant Pot.
How long does it take to boil an egg in a pressure cooker?
It all comes down to how you prefer your eggs. You can have a soft boiled egg in 3 minutes or a hard boiled egg with a very firm yolk in 8 minutes. The standard time is 5 minutes, but factors like altitude can play a role. So the best thing you can do is test it with your pot and in your kitchen. See how long in your kitchen, and in your instant pot, it takes to get the egg and yolk to the consistency you are looking for.
A general rule of thumb is:
- Soft-boiled eggs 3-4 minutes
- Medium-boiled eggs 5-7 minutes
- Hard-boiled eggs 8-9 minutes
Note: These are general guidelines and might need tweaking based on your pressure cooker. These are also low pressure settings.
Instant Pot 5 5 5 Method
This is the most commonly suggested method, but it should only be used as a starting point for figuring out your preferred times and method.
5 Minutes Pressure
5 Minutes Natural Release, followed by a quick release of pressure
5 Minutes in an Ice Bath.
Adjust time for pressure, but the rest you could leave alone. Some people, however, say that cooking at 1 minute of pressure, then letting natural release fully will give you similar results. Again, this can vary based on the pressure cooker, and the environment (altitude), so test it in your kitchen!
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup water
- Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your pressure cooker.
- Place the trivet over the water and put eggs on it, leaving space so they are not touching.
- Put lid onto the pressure cooker and lock into place. Set valve to sealing.
- Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.
- When those 5 minutes are up, allow for 5 minutes natural pressure release time, then quick release remaining pressure.
- As soon as the lid unlocks, put eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, peel and enjoy, or refrigerate for later use.
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
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