Looking for an easy way to make perfect hard boiled eggs? Look no further than your Instant Pot! Hard boiled eggs in the instant pot are a hands-off way method that come out easy to peel almost every time.
Whether you’re making deviled eggs, egg salad, or just want a healthy snack option, this is the perfect last-minute solution for your party prep.
Why We Love Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
There’s nothing more frustrating than boiling a pot of eggs just to end up with shells that stick to the eggs and make them impossible to peel. It’s irritating any time, but even more so when you’re rushing to prepare for company and need perfect eggs.
The Instant Pot has solved this problem for me. I can *practically* set it and forget it, and know that my eggs will come out perfect almost every time – without having to watch a pot.
No sticking shell, no green yolk, no brown spots…just beautiful perfectly hard boiled eggs.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot (5-5-10 Method)
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If desired, wash and dry your eggs.
Add 1 cup cold water to the Instant Pot. Place your Instant Pot trivet (the one that comes with the appliance) on the bottom of the pot.
Place the eggs in a single layer on the trivet, making sure to not stack them on top of each other.
Set your Instant Pot to Manual Mode with high pressure for 5 minutes and press Start.
When cooking finishes, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare a large mixing bowl with ice water.
After your pot has naturally released pressure for 5 minutes, press the manual release to remove any remaining stem or pressure.
Use tongs or a large spoon to remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and immediately place them into the ice water. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before peeling. Enjoy!
Don’t skip these tips – read them before baking to avoid any potential mistakes.
How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
The ice bath is one of the biggest tricks to ensuring easy peel eggs. But here are some additional tips you can try to make sure your eggs peel perfectly:
- Be gentle when cracking your egg. You don’t need to whack the egg on your counter. Gently tap or roll the egg on the counter to crack the shell.
- Start on the wider side of the egg: This makes it easier to grab the membrane and use it to help remove the remaining shell.
- Peel your eggs under cold running water. The pressure from the running water can help to release the shell from the egg white underneath.
- Use the pads of your fingers. It’s tempting to use your fingernail to lift up the egg shell, but that’s just asking for chunks of egg white to be taken out.
- Try adding a teaspoon of baking soda or vinegar to the cooking water. Some say that this can make the cooking water less acidic, helping the membrane to loosen from the egg white.
Don’t overcrowd your eggs
Just like boiling in a pot on the stove, you want to avoid overcrowded eggs. Overcrowded This will reduce the chances for cracking.
If you want to fit as many eggs as possible in your Instant Pot:
- I can sometimes get up to 14 or 15 eggs in one batch by standing the eggs upright instead of on their side.
- You can try a stacking steamer basket like this one, that holds up to 18 eggs in one batch.
Don’t get too distracted
One of my favorite things about this method is that it’s mostly set it and forget it. But you don’t want to get too distracted!
If you accidentally leave the eggs in the pot long after the 5 minute natural release, you’ll likely end up with overcooked (read: green-tinged and smelly) hard boiled eggs.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Frequently Asked Qestions:
Why Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot?
I’ll be honest. This method doesn’t take any less time than the stovetop. In fact, our stovetop is usually faster than our Instant Pot.
And the Instant Pot can’t fit as many eggs as a large stockpot…which makes it seem like the stove may be the better choice when cooking eggs for a crowd, right?
The key here is the consistency of the method. I’ve tried so many tricks and methods for stovetop hard boiled eggs, and I haven’t found one that consistently results in easy to peel eggs without green yolks.
But with the Instant Pot, I hardly ever have anything other than gorgeous, easy-peel eggs.
Is the size of the eggs important?
We usually purchase large eggs. Larger eggs may require more cooking time and vice versa. I recommend you do a test run before your party if you choose to use eggs of a different size.
What if my eggs turn out under-cooked or over-cooked?
One of the issues I’ve seen in Instant Pot communities is that there seems to be slight inconsistencies in the way each Instant Pot works. Some run hotter than others, some come to pressure faster than others.
For example: most people say it only takes 5 minutes for their Instant Pot to come to pressure, but ours takes more like 10-12 minutes.
I recommend you test this method at least once before making hard boiled eggs for a party to determine if you need to adjust the cook time for your eggs and your particular Instant Pot.
Do fresh eggs cook differently than old eggs?
Some people swear that fresh eggs re impossible to peel, no matter what method you use. Others say that they’re easier.
Honestly, I’ve never been able to notice a consistent difference between the two. It could also be due to other variables like the thickness of the shells, or how long they were at the store.
What is the difference between the 5-5-5 method and the 5-5-10 method?
The 5-5-5 method and 5-5-10 methods are almost identical, and are really just an easy way to remember the ‘recipe’ for hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot:
- 5 minutes high pressure
- 5 minutes natural release
- 5 or 10 minutes in an ice bath
I prefer to ice my eggs for 10 minutes because they come out almost completely cool and are very easy to peel.
Storing your Hard Boiled Eggs
Store your hard boiled eggs in an air tight, hard sided container for up to a week after peeling.
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Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot (5-5-10 Method)
- 12-14 Large Eggs
- 1 Cup water
- If desired, wash and dry your eggs.
- Place your Instant Pot trivet (the one that comes with the appliance) on the bottom of the pot.
- Place the eggs in a single layer on the trivet, making sure to not stack them on top of each other.
- Add 1 cup water to the Instant Pot.
- Set your Instant Pot to Manual Mode with high pressure for 5 minutes and press Start.
- When cooking finishes, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, prepare a large mixing bowl with ice water.
- After your pot has naturally released pressure for 5 minutes, press the manual release to remove any remaining stem or pressure.
- Use tongs or a large spoon to remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and immediately place them into the ice water. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before peeling. Enjoy!
Remember, the step-by-step photos, egg peeling tips, and FAQ in the recipe post are there to help you if you feel stuck at any point.
- I use a 6-quart Instant Pot for this recipe. You may need to adjust your recipe if you have a larger or smaller pot.
- Remember, your Instant Pot will take approximately 5-10 minutes to pressurize and then begin the 5-minute cooking timer.
- Avoid overcrowding your eggs. They're more likely to crack or cook unevenly if you stuff too many in at once.
- If you need to cook a bunch of eggs at once, you may want to try a stacking steamer basket like this one.
- Don't get too distracted. Remember to release all the pressure after a 5 minute rest and get your eggs into the ice bath as quickly as possible for the best results.
- Store your hard boiled eggs in an air tight, hard sided container for up to one week.