There’s a reason people say that once you’ve made Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot, you are never ever going to want to hard boil eggs any other way.
Because Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are pure perfection. And the best part is that there is little to no margin for error.
With the Instant Pot, you’ll get those perfect easy peel, hard boiled eggs, every single time.
Which if you’ve ever boiled eggs on the stove top, you know is nothing short of a miracle.
I remember trying so many different things to get those perfect boiled eggs on the stove top. From altering the temperature and level of water in the pot, to adding lemon, oil, salt in the boiling water, I tried everything anyone ever suggested. But most of it only worked half the time.
So when I finally tried making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, and they came out perfect the very first time, I thought it was some version of beginners luck, a one-off fluke.
It’s only when my Instant Pot kept giving me perfect hard boiled eggs every single time, that I was a convert! And beyond thrilled to never have to deal with boiling eggs on the stove top again.
The Egg Setting in the Instant Pot
A lot of Instant Pot models come with the egg setting. Some don’t. Either way, it doesn’t matter. I have a model that doesn’t have the egg setting, and I make hard boiled eggs in it all the time.
I am only mentioning this here, because when I first bought my Instant Pot, I had wrongly assumed that only the Instant Pot models with the egg setting could make eggs. Which sounds ridiculous now. And I’m more than a little embarrassed to admit it here. But I guess we don’t know what we don’t know.
Anyway, the point is, you can make hard boiled eggs in any instant pot. 🙂
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Making hard boiled eggs in your instant pot is ridiculously simple and hassle free, as you’ll see.
To begin with, you need to pour a cup of water in the inner pot of your Instant Pot.
Then place the trivet that comes with the Instant Pot inside the pot. You can also choose to use this egg rack. I just went with the trivet for this post, as everyone will have the trivet.
Once the trivet is in place, place the eggs on top of the trivet.
If you only need to boil a small number of eggs, then you can space out how you place the eggs. But if you have more eggs, then it’s okay to stack them on top of each other. Either way works. Just try to avoid touching the sides of the inner pot.
I usually boil anywhere from 4-12 eggs at a time. If there are more than 12 eggs, then I do a second round.
Once the eggs are placed, close the lid of your Instant Pot (after ensuring the sealing ring is in place). And then move the steam release valve to point to sealing.
Once done, press the pressure cook button and pressure cook the eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes.
The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to come to pressure. And then the pressure cooking countdown will start.
Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, wait for 5 minutes, and then manually release all the pressure from the Pot.
Then transfer the eggs into an Ice Bath, and let the eggs sit in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
Once the 5 minutes are up, drain the water, and start peeling.
You should get perfect easy peel hard boiled eggs. Not soft boiled or over done with the nasty dark ring around the center, which happens sometimes while boiling eggs over the stove top.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – The 5-5-5 Method
If you have ever looked up boiling eggs in the Instant Pot, then you might have come across the 5-5-5 method. Or even the 6-6-6 method, or the 7-7-7 method. Basically some variation of a timed method.
This is nothing but a handy way to remember the time for hard boiling eggs in the Instant Pot.
Like I mentioned above – you need to pressure cook eggs for 5 minutes. Then once the cooking cycle is complete, wait for 5 more minutes before you manually release the pressure from the pot. And finally place the eggs in the ice bath for 5 minutes, before you start peeling them. That’s the 5-5-5 method. 🙂
Now many people have tweaked this method to 6-6-6 or 7-7-7 and even 6-5-5, based on their preference, or how they like their hard boiled eggs. So feel free to experiment to suit your preferences, using the 5-5-5 method as a baseline.
How Many Eggs At A Time?
How many eggs you can effectively boil at the same time in your Instant Pot, will depend on the size of your Instant Pot, and also on how well you can stack your eggs, without touching the sides of the inner pot.
Of-course you can always use this Instant Pot egg stacker, which will make stacking eggs totally hassle free, especially if you are working with more eggs.
I usually boil between 4-12 eggs at a time. And it takes the same amount of time to boil them.
How Much Water Do You Need to Put in the Instant Pot for Boiling Eggs
A cup of water is more than sufficient to boil eggs. I have used only 1 cup of water, whether I have been boiling 4 or 12 eggs. And like I mentioned above, if I need to boil more than 12 eggs, then I usually start another batch.
How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs
You can store hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a week. They can be stored peeled or unpeeled. But it’s best to keep the peel on.
Avoid keeping hard boiled eggs at room temperature for too long before refrigerating them. In case you need to take them to a party or picnic, find a way to keep them cool.
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe
- 12 large eggs brown or white
- 1 cup water
- Pour 1 cup of water in the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Place the steel trivet in the pot.
- Place the eggs on the trivet.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot, after ensuring to secure the sealing ring in place.
- Position the steam release valve to point to sealing.
- Pressure cook the eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Once the pressure cooking cycle is complete, wait for 5 minutes, till the lapsed time on the display reads 5 minutes, and then manually release all the pressure from the pot, by moving the steam release valve to venting.
- Transfer the eggs into an ice bath. And let them sit in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
- Once the time is up, start peeling the eggs.
- Instant Pot Hard Boiled eggs are ready.
- I usually boil between 4-12 eggs at one go. If I need to boil more than 12 eggs, then I start another batch.
- A cup of water is sufficient for boiling 4-12 eggs. Use at-least 1 cup of water, and there is no need to increase the quantity of water when you increase the number of eggs.
- Whether you are boiling 4 eggs or 12 eggs, the cook time stays the same. 5 mins on high pressure. However, the Instant Pot will take time to come to pressure before the cooking cycle starts, and this time can vary.
- If you don’t have ice, running the eggs through cold water will work in a pinch.
- If the 5-5-5 method of pressure cooking-pressure release-ice bath doesn’t work for you, use it as a baseline, and adjust the time by a minute or so, to suit your preferences.
- You can store hard boiled eggs (peeled or unpeeled) in the refrigerator for a week. However, avoid keeping hard boiled eggs at room temperature for too long before refrigerating them.
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