Ever wondered how to hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot? Then you’ve come to the right place! This foolproof method is easy, fast and guaranteed perfect every single time!
These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs can be made ahead for an easy on-the-go breakfast or snacking, make great additions to salads or bowls of any kind and peel so easy, you might never want to make them any other way again! Minimal effort is required here and almost no dishes to wash when they’re done. I like doing large batches at a time to use them in various ways throughout the week. They’re the perfect fuel for busy mornings or on days when you don’t feel like cooking. Thank you, Instant Pot, for making the tedious task of hard boiling eggs in a pot on the stove a thing of the past!
Okay, so after learning how to hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot, I’m wholeheartedly convinced that there’s nothing this thing CAN’T do. From tender and fall-off-the-bone delicious Baby Back Ribs to these absolutely perfect hard boiled eggs time and time again, you SERIOUSLY need to jump on the Instant Pot train if you haven’t already.
I hope this doesn’t make me sound *toooooo* old. But does anyone else remember those infomercials from back in the day? The ones where this man is selling a Rotisserie and BBQ machine you can put on your kitchen counter? This machine can cook anything from whole chickens to turkeys, lamb chops to fish, he swore, according to one method: SET IT AND FORGET IT. (I just haaaad to put that in all capital letters because he would almost always make the audience chant that famous line so you know, I’m just playing the part). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out a clip of it here. If you do remember those cringe-worthy infomercials and own an Instant Pot, you’ll know what I mean when I say I want to chant “SET IT AND FORGET IT!” every time I cook something in it.
Because that’s really all you need to do to make this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe. Add some water and anywhere from 6-12 eggs to the Instant Pot. Set it. And forget it – it’ll work it’s magic like it always does.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THESE INSTANT POT HARD BOILED EGGS (EASY PEEL)
Other than the Instant Pot (obviously), you really only need some liquid (water) and however many eggs you want to hard boil.
- The Water: The liquid at the bottom of the Instant Pot helps it come to pressure. Usually one cup is sufficient as long as the base of the Instant Pot is covered. Without it, pressure won’t build, your eggs won’t cook and the dreaded ‘burn’ error will come out to haunt you.
- The Metal Trivet: There are some Instant Pot inserts that are specifically for hard boiling or poaching eggs. If you happen to have one of those fancy things, I ain’t gonna tell you not to use it. However, the metal trivet that comes with the Instant Pot does the job perfectly fine. It eliminates the need for any insert. Just carefully place the eggs in the grooves of the trivet which helps keep them in place. It’s okay if they’re touching or stacked on top of each other, if needed.
- The Eggs: Realistically you can do however many eggs you want or need at any given time. I usually try and aim for a minimum of 6. I mean, you may be able to do less than 6 if you really, really want to. But why, when they’re great for so many things? Since stacking and touching is a-ok, you can do several at a time. Check out this blog who tried (and successfully) cooked as many eggs as can fit in the Instant Pot. A whopping 78 of them! SIDE NOTE: You don’t need to adjust the time depending on how many eggs you’re cooking (score!).
HOW TO HARD BOIL EGGS IN INSTANT POT (KEY TIPS)
IMHO, this is the easiest way to Hard Boil Eggs. Not much time, not much effort and definitely not much (if any) skill is required. The best part? You can go about doing other things like getting ready for the day, while they cook. Here are some tips for how to make hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot come out perfect every single time:
- Add liquid to the bottom of the Instant Pot before cooking. Adding a cup of water to the bottom of the instant pot helps it come to pressure. This ultimately cooks the eggs to perfection. Without the water, steam won’t build up and the eggs won’t be able to cook.
- Use the metal trivet that came with the Instant Pot to help keep the eggs out of the water and neatly placed. It’s okay if the eggs are touching or stacked on top of each other, if needed.
- Do not adjust the cooking time based on how many eggs you have. The cooking time remains the same whether you decide to make 6 eggs or 68 eggs at one time! Cool, huh?
- Quick release the pressure immediately after the Instant Pot beeps by turning the knob to “venting”. Be careful as this will release all the built up pressure into the air so we can get to our eggs and stop the cooking process completely.
- Add the cooked eggs to an ice bath (a large bowl of ice and cold water) for at least 5 minutes to immediately stop the cooking process. The cold shock from the bath also makes the eggs easier to peel since it forces the shell to detach from the egg. Use tongs to transfer the eggs from the Instant Pot to the ice bath. They’ll be extremely hot to the touch once the pressure is released from the Instant Pot.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
You can safely hard boil as many eggs as you can fit in the Instant Pot! They can touch and be stacked on each other, if needed. Use the metal trivet that came with the Instant Pot to keep them in place. Keep in mind that if you are doing a few dozen at a time (go you!), a few might break in the process.
The best part about these Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is that the cooking time always remains the same no matter how many eggs you’re doing at one time. I find that 6-7 minutes, a quick release of pressure as soon as the Instant Pot beeps and a 5 minute ice bath is the perfect method and yields amazing results every single time.
Putting the cooked eggs into a bowl of cold water and ice immediately after cooking cools them down and stops the cooking process. In addition, the contrast between the hot egg and cold water will cause the egg to pull away from its shell resulting in an easy to peel perfect hard boiled egg.
If kept in their shell and in the fridge, these Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs will last up to one week. Only peel when you are ready to eat as the shell will protect any bacteria from contaminating them while in the fridge.
- 6-12 Eggs*
- 1 cup Water
- Pour the water into the bottom of the Instant Pot and add the metal trivet (that came with it).
- Gently add as many eggs as you would like on top of the trivet, using the grooves to hold the eggs in place. It's okay if they are touching or stacked on top of eachother, if needed.
- Put the lid on, turn the venting knob to "seal" and set the pressure to high for 6-7 minutes. When it beeps, immediately release the pressure by switching the knob to the venting position. Cool eggs in a bowl of cold water and ice for 5 minutes.
- Easily peel and enjoy for breakfast, snacks or adding as extra protein to any of your favourite dishes!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Nutrition is only an estimate and calculated using Nutritionix.
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