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.

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Want to make perfect hard boiled eggs? Look no further than your Instant Pot! If you have an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, you can cook dozens of everyday essential recipes, like these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. 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 the eggs. 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. And even better: boiling eggs in an Instant Pot makes for easy peel hard boiled eggs. (Really! We didn’t believe it until we tried it.) Keep reading for our Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe.

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 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 eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan recipes (we thought the Instant Pot was just for cooking meat). However, we were pushed over the edge to give it a try when a friend of ours said she loves to cook sweet potatoes in her Instant Pot. We gave it a try and the potatoes came out moist and fluffy, with little hands on time. Since then, we’ve made all sorts of Instant Pot basics: pressure cooker chickpeas, acorn squash, lentils and rice, and even apple crisp! And of course, these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. (More Instant Pot recipes and inspiration here.)

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How to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs couldn’t be simpler: place the eggs in the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure, then drop them into an ice bath to cool them until they’re ready to peel.

How long does it take to boil eggs in an Instant Pot? The cook time is just 7 minutes. However with the Instant Pot, you must factor in a “preheat time” before cooking where the Instant Pot comes up to pressure. For this recipe, the “preheat” time is 8 minutes. Some Instant Pot recipes call for a “Natural Release” process where there is another wait time for the pressure cooker to release the pressure. Luckily, this recipe uses the “Quick Release” method, meaning that after the 7 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.

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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 using the pressure cooker makes for 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 longwise to crush the shell all around, but this can sometimes cause the white of the egg to break. For thsi 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.

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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


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 eggs
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

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.


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 8 minutes: Press the Pressure Cook button, making sure the “High Pressure” setting is selected, and set the time for 8 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.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website 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 food 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.

3 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.

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