Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are quick to make and perfect every time! Using a pressure cooker makes for easy to peel hard boiled eggs.

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs

Want to make perfect hard boiled eggs? Look no further than your Instant Pot! One of the reasons Alex and I love boiling eggs in an Instant Pot is that it is totally hands off. You don’t have to wait for water to boil or worry about overcooking. Simply pop the eggs in the Instant Pot and cook for 7 minutes! The entire process takes about 20 minutes and couldn’t be simpler. Even better: boiling eggs in an Instant Pot makes for easy peel hard boiled eggs. (Really!) Keep reading for how to do it.

Don’t have an Instant Pot? Try our Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs method.

What’s an Instant Pot?

An Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that’s used to cook food at extremely high pressure. This means quicker cook times, versus a slow cooker that cooks long and slow. There are many brands of electric pressure cookers, including Instant Pot, which is a brand name. We use the Instant Pot brand: here’s the 6-quart Instant Pot we use at home.

What’s the Instant Pot good for? For years Alex and I were Instant Pot skeptics, especially since we thought it was just for cooking meat. Since then, we’ve realized there are so many healthy Instant Pot recipes that include both vegetarian and vegan options! There are so many basics you can make: like sweet potatoes, chickpeas, acorn squash, lentils, and even apple crisp! Then there are the soups and stews, like Instant Pot chili and lentil soup. And of course, these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.

 how to peel hard boiled eggs

How to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs

How long does it take to boil eggs in an Instant Pot? Place the eggs in the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 9 minutes. Then drop them into an ice bath to cool them until they’re ready to peel.

Remember that with the Instant Pot, you must factor in a “preheat time” where the Instant Pot comes up to pressure. The “preheat” time for this recipe is 7 minutes, so the total cooking time is around 16 minutes. This recipe uses the “Quick Release” method, meaning that after the 9 minute cook time, they’re ready to go! Just take out the eggs, place them in an ice bath for 5 minutes, and you’re ready to peel.

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs

Easy peel hard boiled eggs

The most interesting thing Alex and I found as we experimented with this Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe is that it makes easy peel hard boiled eggs! This is not something we were expecting, but it was an added bonus to boiling eggs in an Instant Pot.

How to peel hard boiled eggs? For this recipe you can gently tap the bottom of the egg until the shell crushes, then remove the shell in pieces. We used to gently roll the egg long-wise to crush the shell all around, but this can sometimes cause the white of the egg to break. For this Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe, the eggs are so easy to peel that you only need to tap one end to get it started.

From there, you’re ready to get cooking: whether it’s our Easy Deviled Eggs made with a swirl of Greek yogurt, or our classic Egg Salad Sandwich.

hard boiled egg sliced in half

Looking for more hard boiled egg recipes?

Once you make Instant pot hard boiled eggs, there are so many thing to do with them! Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs can be used in these recipes, from us at A Couple Cooks and around the web:

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This Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe is vegetarian and gluten free.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 eggs 1x

Description

These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are quick to make and perfect every time! Using a pressure cooker makes for easy to peel hard boiled eggs.


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Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place the stainless steel trivet into the Instant Pot, then place the eggs on top. Add 1 cup water.
  2. Lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Place the pressure release handle (vent) in the “Sealing” position.
  3. Cook on high pressure 9 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time for 9 minutes. It takes about 7 minutes for the pot to “preheat” and come up to pressure before it starts cooking. Wait while the Instant Pot cooks. (Note: During cooking, avoid touching the metal part of the lid.)
  4. Quick release: Vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot by moving the pressure release handle to “Venting”, covering your hand with a towel or hot pad. Never put your hands or face near the vent when releasing steam. Open the pressure cooker lid. (The shell of an egg may crack during the process, but this doesn’t affect the cooking of the egg.)
  5. Prepare a large bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes. Carefully remove the hot eggs with tongs. Place them into an ice bath: a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Leave the eggs for a few minutes until they are cool.
  6. To peel the eggs, lightly tap one end so that the shell crushes, then start to peel off the shell. You should find that using a pressure cooker makes for noticeably easy peel hard boiled eggs.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Hard Boiled Eggs, Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe, Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs, Vegetarian

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

9 Comments

  • Reply
    Amy Cutting
    October 15, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Quick question, the timer on the Instant Pot only starts counting when it’s actually achieved pressure so from your directions, it’d be the roughly 7 minutes of preheating and then 8 minutes at High Pressure. Is that correct?

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 15, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Hi! Yes, the total cook time is about 15 minutes :)

  • Reply
    Inga
    October 15, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Easy peel is really a nice and unexpected bonus.

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019 at 10:48 am

    The narrative states to set the cook time for 7 minutes and that the pre-hearing takes 8 minutes. But the actual recipe says to set the cook time for 8 minutes and that pre-heating takes 7. I doubt the one minute makes a huge difference, but which is the correct time?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      February 7, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      It is 8 minutes like in the recipe! I’ve updated the narrative to match. Thanks for that catch!

  • Reply
    Aileen Bluhm
    March 17, 2019 at 4:41 am

    I cooked my eggs for 5 minutes and they were burned! Is 7 minutes too long?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      Interesting! We haven’t had reports of this. Did you use the insert and place your eggs on top? What kind of Instant Pot do you have?

  • Reply
    Terri
    April 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    I read this recipe then the comments, where you said the cook time is 8 minutes not including the 7-minute warm up. However the recipe says the cook time is 9 minutes. Maybe 1 minute doesn’t make a difference, but is 8 minutes or 9 minutes the correct high pressure cook time to set?

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 14, 2019 at 10:42 am

      Sorry about the confusion! 8 or 9 minutes will work, but we decided we like the results 9 minutes best!

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