Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are the easiest way to get perfect hard boiled eggs, consistently, every single time! All you need is eggs and water, and a few minutes for them to cook & cool!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
When I first received my Instant Pot, one of the first things I wanted to make with it was Hard Boiled Eggs. So many of my friends kept telling me how easy it was, and I was excited to see for myself.
We use a LOT of hard boiled eggs in our house, as Deviled Eggs, Breakfast, Snacks, in Salads, etc.
We have all come to love making instant pot eggs because they are so quick & easy to make and they turn out perfect, consistently.
My Instant Pot came with a metal trivet, and was also part of a “Special Purchase” package, so I have a rubber one as well. If yours didn’t include either of these, I’ve included a link at the end of the post where you can get one pretty affordably.
You just place the desired number of eggs, this recipe calls for 12, and some water, and in just minutes you’ll have hard boiled eggs in the instant pot that are SO EASY to peel!
I’m not sure why pressure cooker hard boiled eggs are easier to peel than those from the stovetop, but I am happy that they are!
Something else to keep in mind when making hard boiled eggs in an instant pot is just HOW boiled do you want the yolks to be. We’ve found that at 3 minutes, they are soft and the whites are barely set with runny yolks. At 5 minutes, everything is a bit firmer and more set. At 7 minutes, The whites are firm and fully set, as are the yolks.
Everyone in our home prefers the medium, 5 minute hard boiled eggs. If you prefer yours softer, shorten the time they cook. If you prefer yours more firm, lengthen the time they cook.
5 Minute Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs:
When I say 5 minutes to cook, that refers ONLY to the cook time. You’ll also need 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, 5 minutes for the pressure to naturally release, and an additional 5 minutes in an ice bath.
- 5 minutes to come to pressure
- 5 minutes cook time
- 5 minutes natural release
- 5 minutes ice bath
How to cook Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Add water to the bowl of the Instant Pot.
Place the eggs in the water.
Put the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent.
Set to pressure cook on high for five minutes.
When the cook time is up, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure.
Remove lid from Instant Pot and transfer eggs to a bowl filled with ice water using tongs – the eggs are HOT.
Allow eggs to cool in the ice bath for 5 minutes before peeling.
How to Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are the easiest eggs that I’ve ever tried to peel! After they’ve cooled in an ice bath for 5 minutes, gently roll around on the counter with the palm of your hand to crack the shell and they peel should come right off, and not bring chunks of egg white with it!
When we make hard boiled eggs the traditional way on the stove, we rarely get a nicely peeled egg, almost all of them have chunks missing. I haven’t figured out why the pressure cooked version peel so much better, but I’m just happy that they do!
This recipe for pressure cooker eggs cooks them to hard boiled in just 5 minutes. However, you may need to make adjustments for things such as altitude, humidity level, and egg size. A friend of mine that lives in the mountains has to cook hers for 6 minutes, while another friend that lives below sea level in a humid area finds that hers are perfect at 4 minutes. Trial and error is really the only way I know of to discover what works best for you & your situation. Be sure to PRINT the recipe out so you can make notes for next time (i.e. add/subtract a minute, etc).
Even my teenage boys have become old pro’s at making an instant pot hard boiled egg!
Safety Tips for using an Instant Pot:
- If you are new to the an instant pot or any pressure cooker, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading the owners manual BEFORE trying it out AND be sure to follow the use instructions for your specific model.
- ALWAYS double check the pressure indicator before opening the lid.
- When you release the pressure, VERY HOT STEAM can come out of the valve. Keep your face and other body parts away from the steam valve.
- Use a wooden spoon to mash the pressure release nozzle so any steam coming out doesn’t get you!
- Use tongs or other heat appropriate utensils to remove things from the inside because they will be VERY hot and you do not want to get burned.
- 12 large eggs
- 2 ½ cups water
- Add water to the bowl of the Instant Pot.
- Place the eggs in the water.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot and seal the vent.
- Set to pressure cook on high for five minutes.
- When the cook time is up, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release the pressure.
- Remove lid from Instant Pot and transfer eggs to a bowl filled with ice water.
- Allow eggs to cool in the ice bath for 5 minutes before peeling.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
How to store Hard Boiled Eggs:
Peel all the eggs before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will remain safe to eat for 4-5 days when properly stored.
If you are making them for a holiday, such as Easter, they are only safe at room temperature for up to 2 hours, so remind the Easter Bunny that hidden eggs need to be found and eaten or stored right away!
Can you freeze Hard Boiled Eggs?
Egg WHITES do not freeze well, they get rubbery, and just yucky. Egg YOLKS can be frozen for up to 3 months when stored in a freezer safe ziploc bag – be sure to clearly DATE and LABEL it!