Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
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These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so simple to make and easy to peel! They are a great healthy meal prep option for breakfasts, snacks and lunches. This post also includes how to make Instant Pot/electric pressure cooker soft boiled eggs.
Do you want to know how to make hard boiled or soft boiled eggs in your Instant Pot/electric pressure cooker? I’ll teach you! It’s easy!
When I shared this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, I told you how much I love my Instant Pot. This is coming from someone who used to be a huge Instant Pot skeptic!
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. Hard boiled eggs are one of my very favorite things to make in my Instant Pot!
I also love that I can cook dry beans in my Instant Pot, without pre-soaking them. Here’s how to cook black beans in your Instant Pot. There’s no comparison between these homemade black beans and canned!
Why are Instant Pot hard boiled (and soft boiled) eggs the best?
- Let’s start with my favorite reason: Instant Pot eggs are THE EASIEST TO PEEL! I had become really frustrated with the hard boiled eggs that I was cooking on the stove. They were terrible to peel. I had heard that Instant Pot eggs were easy to peel, and YES. Yes, they are.
- Instant Pot hard boiled eggs take less attention from you than cooking hard boiled eggs on the stove. On the stove, you need to watch for when your water comes to a boil and make sure that it doesn’t boil too vigorously (and crack your eggs). With the Instant Pot, all you need to do is get it started and then be ready to release the pressure and remove the eggs when the finish timer beeps.
- It takes less total time to cook eggs in the Instant Pot. Including the time that the IP needs to come to pressure and release pressure, you can have hard boiled eggs ready in about 15 minutes. (Roughly 9 minutes to come to pressure, 5 minutes to cook, and another minute to quick release the pressure.) When I cook eggs on the stove, it takes 15 minutes plus time for the water to come to a boil.
You can cook both hard boiled eggs and soft boiled eggs in your Instant Pot. I cook hard boiled eggs in my 8 quart Instant Pot for 5 minutes at high pressure. In my 6 quart, they take a few extra minutes to come out looking like this:
When I want soft boiled eggs I set the pressure cook time to 3 minutes in my 8 quart Instant Pot or 5 minutes in my 6 quart. They come out looking like this: (This photo was taken after the eggs had been refrigerated for a few hours.)
Does the size of the eggs matter? Yes, if your eggs are extra large they will take an extra minute or two to cook.
Why do eggs take longer to cook in the 6 quart Instant Pot? It may be because the 8 quart has higher wattage. The working pressure also varies slightly between Instant Pot models. You can experiment with cooking times to find the time that cooks eggs how you like them.
When I make soft boiled eggs I prefer to eat them right away, when they’re slightly warm. If I’m just making eggs for myself and I plan to eat them soon after, I’ll cook as few as two eggs at a time. When I’m prepping foods for the week, I’ll usually cook 6-8 eggs in my Instant Pot. You could cook a dozen at a time, I just prefer to make fewer, more frequently.
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.
How to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs:
You’ll start by putting 1 cup of water in the bottom of your 6 quart or 8 quart Instant Pot. I have the 8 quart Duo and I usually put 1 1/2 cups. You want about 1/2-3/4 inch of water in the bottom of the pot, enough to create the steam which will pressurize the Instant Pot.
Next, put a steamer rack in the Instant Pot. Place your eggs on the rack and close the lid. Set the steam valve to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to pressure cook (manual), high pressure, for 5 minutes for hard boiled eggs. (Soft boiled eggs take 3 minutes).
The Instant Pot will begin pressurizing. Once it reaches pressure the red float valve will pop up and the pot will beep and begin counting down the cooking minutes.
Listen carefully for when your Instant Pot beeps to tell you it’s finished cooking. Quick release the pressure by moving the steam valve to venting with the handle of a long spoon. Be careful, as the steam that escapes will be very hot! While the steam and pressure release, prepare a bowl of ice water.
The red float valve will drop down to let you know that all of the pressure has been released and it’s safe to open your pot. Use tongs to transfer the cooked eggs to the ice water bath, let them hang out in there for 5-10 minutes, and then peel!
Tips for making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:
- Be sure to do a quick pressure release (rather than a natural release) when cooking eggs. You want to stop the cooking process right away, or you’ll end up with overcooked eggs.
- Transfer your hard boiled eggs to an ice water bath right away. Same reason as above: the cold water stops the cooking process.
- I’ve found that these easy to peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs peel easiest the day you make them. I leave them in the ice water bath for 5-10 minutes, peel, and then store them in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 1 week. I recommend eating soft boiled eggs right after cooking.
- Use your hard boiled eggs in my easy egg salad recipe.
Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
These Easy Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so simple to make! They are a great healthy meal prep option for breakfasts, snacks and lunches. This post also includes how to make Instant Pot/pressure cooker soft boiled eggs.
- 1 cup water
- eggs (up to 12)
- ice + water
- Place 1 cup water in the bottom of your Instant Pot. Put a 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. If you have a 6 quart Instant Pot, cook for 7-8 minutes for hard boiled eggs or 4-5 minutes for soft boiled eggs. If you have an 8 quart Instant Pot, cook for 5 minutes for hard boiled eggs or 3 minutes for soft boiled eggs. If your eggs are extra large, add a minute or two to the cook time. I’ve found that some experimentation is needed to get the perfect cook time in each Instant Pot – I have both an 8 quart and a 6 quart and the 8 quart cooks eggs faster.
- When the cooking time is finished, immediately (carefully) turn the steam valve to the venting position to quick release the steam and pressure. I usually do this with the handle of a long serving spoon.
- While you wait for the pressure to release, combine ice and cold water in a bowl large enough to hold the number of eggs you have cooked.
- When the red 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 the ice water bath.
- 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. I recommend enjoying soft boiled eggs right after cooking.
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