The Instant Pot is the best and easiest way to cook perfect hard boiled eggs every time. With this recipe for Instant Pot Boiled Eggs, you’ll get easy-to-peel eggs with tender whites and creamy yolks. I like to eat hard-boiled eggs on their own with a sprinkle of Everything Bagel salt, or use them in recipes like Keto Deviled Eggs and Keto Egg Salad.
How Long to Boil Eggs in an Instant Pot
Over the years, I’ve tried so many ways to hard-boil eggs. I’ve tried starting eggs in cold water, starting eggs in boiling water, adding vinegar to the pot, even piercing the eggshells with a pin. But my favorite way to hard-boil eggs — hands down — is in my Instant Pot.
Pressure-cooked boiled eggs couldn’t be easier to make. They are literally fool-proof! There’s no waiting for a big pot of water to boil, no fiddly techniques, no babysitting. And best of all, the pressure-cooked hard-boiled eggs are so much easier to peel!
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
The perfect technique for Instant Pot eggs is called the 5-5-5 method. What is the 5-5-5 method for cooking eggs? Here it is, simply:
- 5 minutes to come to pressure
- 5 minutes cook time
- 5 minutes natural release
I like to add an extra step of cooling the eggs in an ice bath after they are finished cooking. But even with this extra ice-bath step, you’ll still have perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs in about 20 minutes.
To make an ice bath for your hard-boiled eggs, add a few cups of ice cubes to a big bowl full of cold water. When the eggs are done cooking in the pressure cooker, carefully transfer them to the bowl full of ice water. This stops the cooking and helps protect against that gray ring that can develop around egg yolks when they get overcooked.
How Many Eggs can you Hard Boil in an Instant Pot
I’ve made this recipe for hard-boiled eggs with as few as 4 eggs, and as many as a dozen eggs in a standard 6 qt. Instant Pot. 12 eggs fit perfectly in one layer on the Instant Pot trivet.
Could you cook just 1? Well, I haven’t tested it, but it would probably be just fine. Just be sure to add the standard 1 cup of liquid.
Making Hard Boiled Eggs in a Pressure Cooker
Cooking hard-boiled eggs in a pressure cooker is simple, but there are a few tricks to know for perfect results every time.
- The first thing to remember is to place eggs on an egg rack or the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot.
- Next, remember to place 1 cup of water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Pressure cookers like the Instant pot need liquid in order to reach pressure.
- As always, remember to seal the pressure cooker. As often as I use my Instant Pot, you’d think I’d remember to turn the release valve to the sealed position — but I sometimes forget!
- Set the pressure cooker to cook 5 minutes on Manual/high pressure.
- After the cook time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. I recommend setting a kitchen timer to 5 minutes so that you don’t forget!
- Once 5 minutes have gone by, carefully release any remaining pressure in the pressure cooker.
- Use tongs to remove the eggs from the pressure cooker, and place them in an ice bath. Remember that the eggs are still very hot! So be careful and don’t burn your fingertips.
- After the eggs have cooled down in the ice bath — about 5 to 10 minutes, peel them and enjoy!
Cooking Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
You can also make soft boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Soft boiled eggs have just-set white and a jammy or runny yolk. I love soft boiled eggs on top of a salad, or a bowl of ramen.
The technique is a bit different for making soft-boiled eggs in a pressure cooker. In short, you’ll want to cook the eggs for a shorter time and use a quick release.
- Set the eggs on an egg rack or a trivet. Place 1 cup of water in the inner pot.
- Close the lid, seal the valve, and set the pressure cooker to cook 3 minutes on manual/high pressure.
- After the cook time has elapsed, use a quick release to release the pressure.
- Quickly place the eggs in an ice bath to stop the pressure. Peel the eggs, and enjoy!
How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Instant Pot boiled eggs are so easy to peel. To start, I tap the egg several times on the counter, creating cracks all along the equator. You can also roll the egg gently across the countertop or cutting board to create a bunch of small cracks. This helps to detach the membrane from the egg white — making for easy-to-peel eggs.
If you are still having a bit of trouble, try peeling the eggs submerged underwater. I usually peel the eggs in the bowl of water left over from the ice bath. So easy!
Storing Hard Boiled Eggs
Unpeeled hard-boiled eggs (still in the shell) can be refrigerated up to one week. Peeled hard-boiled eggs can also be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for one week.
Hard-boiled eggs should only be stored a maximum of 2 hours at room temperature.
Recipes that Use Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a great low-carb snack option. My husband likes to eat them for a breakfast on-the-go, too. So we usually make at least a dozen hard-boiled eggs a week. Here are some ways we like to use extra hard-boiled eggs.
- I keep a batch of hard-boiled eggs on hand in my refrigerator for quick breakfasts and keto snacks.
- Make keto deviled eggs. Or for a twist on the classic recipe, try loaded deviled eggs with bacon, or guacamole deviled eggs.
- Make keto egg salad.
- Use them to whip up a quick egg sandwich with keto-friendly bread.
- Add them to salads for a boost of protein — think Cobb Salad or Salad Nicoise.
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup water
- Place eggs on an egg rack or the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot.
- Place 1 cup of water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Seal the lid, and set the pressure cooker to cook 5 minutes on manual/high pressure.
- After the cook time has elapsed, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes.
- Once 5 minutes have gone by, carefully release any remaining pressure in the pressure cooker. Use tongs to remove the eggs from the pressure cooker, and place them in an ice bath.
- After the eggs have cooled down in the ice bath -- about 5 to 10 minutes, peel them and enjoy!