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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are a surefire method for cooking eggs in a hurry. Make them for Easter egg hunts, deviled egg recipes, or as healthy snacks throughout the week.

Once you make hard-boiled eggs in your Instant Pot you’ll never want to make them any other way! They cook up quickly and evenly and peel so easily. I’ll never go back to the stovetop method.

We love to nosh on hard boiled eggs as snacks or to pack for Hubs’ lunch. If you’re doing a low carb diet like keto, pressure cooker hard boiled eggs are an easy way to get some fat and protein in when you need it.

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • a bowl of ice water
Close up shot of a dozen eggs resting in a cardboard carton.

Equipment

  • stackable egg steamer racks
  • a 6-qt Instant Pot
  • tongs

Directions

Place the eggs in a 6-quart Instant Pot using stackable egg racks. Note that you can make pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs without the rack, but eggs will often crack during cooking if you don’t.

The rack works like a steamer basket and also allows you to cook more eggs at a time. It’s $9 well-spent if you boil eggs with any frequency. 

Add 1 cup of water

Seal the Instant Pot lid and cook on manual setting for 6 minutes.

While you’re waiting on the pressure cycle to complete, prepare a large bowl with water and ice.

Release the pressure manually (quick release) when time is up by turning the steam release valve. Once the steam vent is complete, remove the Instant Pot lid to release the remaining pressure.

The eggs will be hot so use tongs to place them into an ice bath.

Store your Instant Pot hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator to snack on, or peel them all at once under a trickle of cold running water from the sink if you’re using them in a deviled egg recipe. 

Look how pretty these are! They peeled so easily and none were broken during cooking. The yellow yolks are perfection without a hint of green or gray. They are not too dry from overcooking and not so undercooked that they taste like a soft boil.

They make delicious deviled eggs!

Three instant pot hard boiled eggs sliced in half with the perfect yolks displayed.

Tips

Older eggs peel much easier than fresh ones. Of course, you never want to use spoiled eggs, but if given the choice you want to choose the carton in your fridge that’s been there since last week instead of the carton you just bought at the store. This makes peeling eggs a game changer!

FAQ

What about different brands of pressure cookers?

The Instant Pot is popular and happens to be the brand of electric pressure cooker that I use. However, you can just as easily use this method of cooking with another brand. Consult your pressure cooker manual to determine any changes you’ll need to make to this eggs recipe.

Can I skip the ice water bath?

If you’re putting your eggs straight into the refrigerator to peel and eat later, the cold water bath may seem like an extra, unnecessary step. But the purpose of introducing cool water to the eggs is to stop the cooking process. If you skip the cooldown, you risk overcooked eggs with a dry egg yolk in the center.

How long do hard boiled eggs last?

Store them in the refrigerator for up to 7 days if you’ll be eating them. If you’re boiling them to decorate for Easter and won’t be eating them, they can go a little longer.

Can you freeze hard boiled eggs?

No. The egg whites become rubbery and watery when thawed from frozen.

How to Use Hard Boiled Eggs

Try a classic deviled egg recipe with your Instant Pot hard boiled eggs or mix things up a little with my personal favorite: Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Deviled Eggs.

Hard boiled eggs make a delicious addition to potato salad. You can also make egg salad sandwiches or serve them as a vegetarian protein option in your garden salad.

instant pot hard boiled eggs shelled and sitting in a white bowl.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Jenn
Once you make hard-boiled eggs in your Instant Pot you'll never want to make them any other way! They cook up quickly and evenly and peel so easily. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are a great way to boil lots of eggs in a hurry. Make them for Easter egg hunts, deviled egg recipes, or for healthy snacks throughout the week.
4.67 from 6 votes
Cook Time 6 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Keto
Servings 12
Calories 72 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • ice

Instructions
 

  • Place the eggs in the Instant Pot using stackable egg racks
  • Add 1 cup of water
  • Seal the Instant Pot lid and cook on manual for 6 minutes
  • Release the pressure manually when time is up and use tongs to place eggs into an ice bath.
  • Store in the refrigerator to snack on or peel them all at once under a trickle of water from the sink if you’re using them in a deviled egg recipe.

Notes

Older eggs peel more easily than fresher ones. When hard-boiling eggs, use the oldest carton in your fridge and save the freshest ones for other recipes.
Keyword easy peel boiled eggs, instant pot boiled eggs, instant pot hard boiled eggs, perfect boiled eggs, pressure cooker hard boiled eggs
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 186mg62%
Sodium 72mg3%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Enjoy your perfect easy-to-peel Instant Pot hard boiled eggs!

Recipe Rating




Ethelyn Dietrich

Saturday 14th of August 2021

Great recipe, but I have done a little experimenting and found that, with my Instant Pot Ultra, the best cook time is two minutes on high pressure, and an additional two minutes of natural release. When I first cooked eggs this way I discovered that the five-minute / five-minute technique left the eggs overcooked with greenish yokes. This may be due to my Instant Pot model, so I suggest you experiment with the time yourself if you encounter a similar problem.

Jenn

Thursday 19th of August 2021

Thanks for the additional info for those with the Ultra model!

Kathy

Sunday 4th of July 2021

Amazing! I was not a believer until I had to hard boil a bunch of eggs for my potato salad and my husband ate the old ones I was saving! The new eggs peeled so easily! Will definitely do this every time AND tell all of my friends!

Jenn

Friday 9th of July 2021

This hard-boiled egg cooking method makes it so much less intimidating for me to make deviled eggs. I'm glad it saved you some time and frustration on your potato salad! It makes it possible to bring boiled egg dishes to potlucks too since "boiling" and peeling in bulk are a cinch. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! <3