Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so simple to make and easy to peel! Once you make hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot you won’t want to cook hard boiled eggs any other way! Also how to make soft boiled eggs in an Instant Pot.
Do you want to know how to make hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot? I’ll teach you! It’s easy!
If you are new to using an Instant Pot, read my Instant Pot Guide before you get started.
One of the first foods that I tried cooking in my IP was hard boiled eggs. I was immediately impressed with how easy they were to make and how perfect they came out. And I could not believe how easily they peeled! The peels literally just fall off as you peel Instant Pot eggs.
Hard boiled eggs are now what I make most often in my Instant Pot! I’ve tested this hard boiled egg recipe many times and many ways (in many different types of Instant Pots) to make sure that your eggs will come out perfect, every time. These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are foolproof!
I make these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs all the time when I’m prepping foods ahead for the week. This hard boiled eggs recipe also comes in really handy at Easter!
Why you’ll love these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs
- They peel so easily. I had become really frustrated with the hard boiled eggs that I was cooking on the stove. They were terrible to peel. Some of the egg white would come off with the peel and it took way too long. It’s unbelievably quick and easy to peel these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.
- These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are foolproof and hands-off while they are cooking. You don’t have to watch a pot on the stove.
- It takes just about 15 minutes to cook hard boiled eggs in an Instant Pot. It doesn’t get much quicker or easier than that.
Does it matter which Instant Pot I use?
I own both a 6 quart and 8 quart Instant Pot and hard boiled eggs are the one thing that I have noticed cook differently in the different sized Instant Pots. The model of Instant Pot (DUO, LUX or Ultra) does not seem to matter.
For perfectly set hard boiled eggs:
- 6 Quart Instant Pot: 5 minutes pressure cook time (high pressure) + 5 minutes natural release
- 8 Quart Instant Pot: 5 minutes pressure cook time (high pressure) + quick release
Eggs take longer to cook in a 6 quart Instant Pot. In a 6 quart, you need to do a 5 minute natural release after a 5 minute cook time. The eggs will continue to cook while the pressure naturally releases.
Why do eggs cook “faster” in an 8 quart Instant Pot? Really, they don’t. Since the 8 quart Instant Pot is larger, it takes more time to come to pressure before the cook time starts, as well as more time to release pressure after cooking. That means that your eggs are getting a few extra minutes of cooking time.
How to hard boil eggs in an Instant Pot:
1. You’ll start by putting 1 cup of water in the inner pot of your 6 quart or 8 quart Instant Pot. Water is needed to create steam which will pressurize the pot during the cooking process.
2. Next, put a trivet or egg steamer rack the Instant Pot. Place your eggs on the rack and close the lid. Turn the steam release valve to the sealing position. Press the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” button and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
3. After 10 seconds the display will say “On” and the Instant Pot will begin pressurizing. It will take about 5 minutes for a 6 quart Instant Pot to reach pressure, and about 9 minutes if you have the 8 quart. Once the pot reaches pressure the float valve will pop up, the pot will beep and it begin counting down the cooking minutes.
4. When the cook time ends the Instant Pot will beep a few times. If you are using a 6 quart Instant Pot, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes by leaving the pot alone. I recommend setting a timer so you don’t forget! Otherwise you may end up with over-cooked eggs with the dreaded green ring around the yolks. (If you are using an 8 quart Instant Pot, immediately quick release the pressure.)
5. Quick release any remaining pressure by moving the steam valve to the venting position with the handle of a long spoon. Be careful, as the steam that escapes will be very hot.
6. Wait for the steam to stop coming out and the float valve (pin) to drop down. Open the pot and use tongs or an oven mitt to immediately transfer the eggs to an ice bath, which is a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs sit in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes and then peel.
How to cook soft boiled eggs in an Instant Pot
For soft boiled eggs:
- cook at high pressure for 5 minutes and do a quick pressure release if you are using a 6 quart Instant Pot.
- cook at high pressure for 3 minutes and do a quick pressure release if you are using an 8 quart Instant Pot.
I recommend experimenting with cook times to find the time that produces eggs cooked just how you like them. If you find that your eggs are under-cooked, try adding a minute to the cook time or add a few minutes of natural release time before you turn the steam release valve to venting. I used to have the problem of under-cooked eggs in my 6 quart Instant Pot until I tried the 5-5 method: 5 minutes of pressure cooking + 5 minutes natural release.
How to peel hard boiled eggs
Tap the eggs on your counter to crack the shell in a few places. Use your fingers to remove the peels. The peels will literally fall off of pressure cooked eggs!
Does the size of the eggs matter?
This recipe was tested with large eggs. If your eggs are extra large they may take an extra minute or two to cook.
Does the number of eggs matter?
I haven’t found any difference in the way the eggs cook when I cook 2 eggs versus a dozen. If you want to cook a dozen eggs, I recommend using these stackable egg steamer racks. For cooking up to 6-8 eggs, the steamer rack that came with your Instant Pot works well.
Do fresh eggs cook differently than old eggs?
I haven’t noticed any difference between farm fresh eggs from our farm box and old eggs, in terms of cook times. Farm fresh eggs and organic free range eggs of course taste better and have a brighter golden yellow yolk.
How Long are Hard Boiled Eggs Good For?
Store hard boiled eggs for up to 7 days in the refrigerator. Do not leave hard boiled eggs out at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Hard boiled eggs do not freeze well. The egg whites have an unpleasant texture after freezing.
It is best to eat soft boiled eggs right after cooking.
Tips for making perfect hard boiled eggs:
- Be sure you don’t forget about your eggs in the Instant Pot or you could end up with over-cooked eggs.
- Transfer your hard boiled eggs to an ice water bath right away. The cold water stops the cooking process.
- Hard boiled eggs peel easiest when you peel them right away after they sit in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes.
- Use your pressure cooked eggs in my easy egg salad recipe.
More Easy Instant Pot Recipes
- How to Cook Frozen Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot
- Instant Pot Shredded Chicken
- Instant Pot Quinoa
- Instant Pot Brown Rice
- Instant Pot Black Beans
Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 cup water
- eggs up to 12
- ice + water
- Place 1 cup water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Put a trivet or steamer rack in the pot (either the one that came with your IP or an egg steamer rack, such as these stackable egg racks.)
- Place eggs in a single layer on top of the rack.
- Close your Instant Pot lid and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
- Set the Instant Pot to manual/pressure cook, high pressure, and use the +/- button to set the cook time to 5 minutes.
- When the cooking time is finished: If you have a 6 quart Instant Pot, do a 5 minute natural release (leave the Instant Pot alone for 5 minutes) and then quick release any remaining pressure. If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot, quick release the pressure as soon as the cook time ends by carefully turning the steam release valve to the venting position. I usually do this with the handle of a long serving spoon.
- When the float valve drops down, the pressure has been released and it is safe to open your Instant Pot. Carefully remove the lid and immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water.
- Let the eggs cool in the ice water for 5-10 minutes and then peel. Hard boiled eggs can be eaten right away or stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
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