Faqs About Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
What if an egg cracks?
I wouldn’t worry too much if an egg cracks. I usually end up with 1 egg that cracks and it’s usually an egg that was stacked on top. To try and prevent this, place the eggs in an even layer without stacking. I have also read, but not tried, that you can cover the eggs with water and that will help prevent the eggs from cracking. Let me know if you try that and how it works out!
How long does it take to hard boil eggs in the instant pot?
Cook time is only 6 minutes, but the instant pot needs time to build pressure as well and that can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the size of your pot. I use the quick release method for this recipe and that only takes a couple minutes. Finally the eggs no to hang out in an ice water bath for at least 5 minutes to stop the cooking process. You can hard boiled eggs ready to eat within 25 minutes with this recipe.
Can I cook 12 eggs in instant pot?
Yes, this recipe is for a dozen eggs. 1 cup of water, place all 12 eggs on the trivet included with the instant pot, place lid on set to sealing and set to high pressure for 6 minutes. Do a quick release of pressure and immediately put the eggs in an ice water bath.
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Now your eggs will come out absolutely perfect every time in the pressure cooker! All you need is 3-7 min! Thats it!
How do you like your eggs? A soft boil, a medium boil, or a hard boil?
I prefer a soft boil. I love a runny yolk.
But, no matter what you prefer, I have you guys completely covered to make the absolute perfect hard boiled eggs right in your pressure cooker! All you need is your metal trivet , 1 cup water, and 6-12 eggs.
From there, you can set your timer anywhere from 3-7 minutes . Thats it! No babysitting. No fuss. No waiting for the water to come to a boil. No nothing.
And you know what? Theyre even easier to peel than traditional hard boiled eggs.
After this, youll never want to make hard boiled eggs on the stovetop ever again.
February 8, 2021 by Lisa Wells /
Using the egg setting on the Instant Pot is the easiest way to make hard-boiled eggs perfectly every time. Hereâs how to use the egg cooker function on the Instant Potitâs so simple youâll never go back to using the stovetop!
Hard-boiled eggs are a perfect snack when youâre eating low carb, paleo, keto, or Whole30. Theyâre easy to pack for healthy lunches or grab-and-go snacks. And a quick protein to add to a salad for lunch, or a veggie bowl for breakfast. They make bite-size appetizers as all kinds of deviled eggs. And you can always make them into egg salad using homemade mayo.
Place Eggs In Instant Pot
First, place 1 cup of cold water and a trivet in the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.
Then, place 6 8 large eggs on the steamer rack.
Close Instant Pot lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.
*Pro Tip #1: please ensure youre using 1 cup of Cold Water. Some users like to shorten the coming up to pressure time by using hot water or warm water this will directly affect the final results of your Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs!!
*Pro Tip #2: ensure youre not submerging the eggs in the water! This will also affect your perfect Instant Pot Eggs!
Pressure Cooking Methods: Pressure cook your eggs for
*Quick Release: Once the pressure cooking cycle ends, immediately turn the Venting Knob to Venting Position to release the pressure.
Once the Floating Valve drops, open the lid carefully.
*Pro Tip: Be sure to test and adjust the best cooking time & method to your situation because many factors can affect the results of your hard boiled eggs including:
- Amount & temperature of the cooking liquid
- Amount of eggs
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Perfect Instant Pot Chicken Breast
But chicken breast can be a bit more tricky to cook perfectly. Thankfully, after 20 plus tries, I have perfected cooking Instant Pot Chicken Breast. In fact, now I prefer preparing chicken breast in the Instant Pot over any other cooking method.
Whether fresh or frozen, I can whip up Instant Pot Chicken Breasts in record time and they turn out perfectly tender and juicy every single time.
Does An Egg’s Freshness Affect How Easy It Is To Peel
The age of an egg does make a difference, but only when the eggs are super fresh: Freshly laid eggs are more likely to stick to the shell.
In the US, eggs can sit for up to 30 days before being packaged, and the sell-by date can be a further 30 days after that, which means that, most likely, the eggs you’re getting at the supermarket are old enough that no further aging at home should be necessary. Still, it certainly doesn’t hurt to look for the package with the closest expiration date.
If you’re buying your eggs direct from the farmer, or if you keep a couple hens out back, you may want to let your eggs sit around for a couple of weeks before using them for boiling.
Much more important to the result is the way in which the egg is cooked.
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Why The Pressure Cooker Works
I’ve actually been sitting on this revelation for a few months now, just because I didn’t trust the evidence I saw with my own eyes: Two eggs or a dozen, fresh eggs or weeks old, white eggs or brown eggs, it didn’t matter. The shells slipped easily off each time, leaving a smooth and pristine hard boiled egg.
There are a few theories for why this is. Some say that, similar to steaming eggs, the pressure cooker forces steam inside the egg’s shell during cooking, causing it to separate from the egg white. Alton Brown’s theory is that it’s more about the rapid temperature change inside the sealed pot.
Whatever the reason, it works! Making hard-cooked eggs in the pressure cooker is the only method I’ve found that has worked for me every single time.
Do You Use The Natural Release On An Instant Pot
Natural release just means not opening the valve for a quick pressure release. That means once the cooking time is over, you would let it sit so that the pressure releases on its own naturally.
This process takes a lot longer, anywhere from 15-20 minutes, which in the case of our hard boiled eggs is not the way to make them.
Instead, we find that if we follow the 5-5-5 method the hard boiled eggs come out perfectly every time.
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How To Hard Boil Eggs:
How to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot? Super simple.
*Ive only tested the cooking time for a 6-quart Instant Pot. It may vary with different sizes/brands of pressure cookers.
My Favorite Time For Tried Tested And True Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
I usually do 5 minutes high pressure with a 4 minute natural pressure release, which I still think is an excellent go-to.
After tasting the eggs side-by-side, the 2/15 eggs were much more tender and not rubbery at all! The 2/15 method is also much more flexible, because the high pressure cooking is only happening for a shorter time.
This will be my preferred method and time from now on.
I always put my eggs in my steamer basket, which fits over 2 dozen eggs . Since my basket doesnt fit into my 3 quart Instant Pot, I use a silicone steamer net. If you dont have a basket, just place the eggs on top of the trivet!
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How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs:
Always refrigerate hard boiled eggs right away. They should not be left out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours.
If unpeeled, hard boiled eggs can be stored in a bowl in the fridge and will last for up to a week. If you peel them right away, the eggs should be stored in an airtight container and eaten within 3-4 days.
Tips For Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
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Instant Pot Mini Hard Boiled Eggs
Instant Pot Mini Hard Boiled Eggs are the perfect beginner recipe to learn how to use your new multi-cooker. The easy-to-peel eggs are great as a quick high-protein snack or for making egg salad.
The secret to a good Sriracha Egg Salad Sandwich starts with good hard-boiled eggs. Im talking creamy yolks and easy to peel shells.
If youve struggled with achieving these results using the traditional stovetop method youve got to give it a try in your 3 quart instant pot mini.
Last year we added a new member to our small appliance family, a 3 qt Instant Pot Duo Plus Mini.
After reading the manual we couldnt wait to cook something with it and settled on a batch of hard-boiled eggs.
Looking online and in the IP Books Id checked out of the library I found about 100 different methods.
The most popular is something called the 5-5-5 Method.
- You cook the eggs on High Pressure for 5 minutes
- Let them naturally release for 5 minutes
- Then carefully quick release the remaining steam
- And dunk the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes
We gave it a try using 2 eggs and ended up with overcooked grey yolks and cracked egg shells.
Skimming through the 5-Ingredient Vegetarian Pressure Cooker Cookbook, I noticed the author had a different version that used LOW pressure for 6 minutes followed by a quick release.
So I grabbed 2 more eggs and gave it a try. The whites were perfect but the yolks were a tiny bit overdone.
How To Cook The Best Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot
Just follow three simple steps.
Hard boiled eggs make a rich, protein-packed snack, salad topping, or appetizer. Like, who hasn’t dreamed of finishing off a dozen deviled eggs in one sitting? Just us? OK, cool. Anyway, what we love most about hard boiled eggs is how simple they are to make, especially if you’re cooking them in the pressure cooker. Here’s our step-by-step guide to the perfect Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.
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The Best Way To Peel Boiled Eggs
One last factor that improves your chances of a successful peel, and it’s a major one: Make sure to chill your eggs completely. I mean, let them sit in that ice bath for at least 15 minutes, or, better yet, let them sit overnight in the fridge. The cooler the egg is, the firmer and tighter its structure will be, and the less likely it will be to develop craters when you pry off the shell.
Chilling eggs overnight reduced my count of poorly peeled eggs by a further 50% compared with those peeled after a few minutes of shocking .
Sure, sometimes you may want to serve your hard-boiled eggs hot. My advice for those times? Serve them in the shell so that if they don’t peel well, it’s your guests who will feel inadequate. This is a good strategy for instilling a bit of insecurity and fear in them before a brunch-time debate over politics or religion.
Before I start to peel my eggs, I crack them gently all over their surface, starting at the fat end and gently rotating and tapping all around. I don’t use the roll-it-against-the-counter method, as I’ve accidentally squashed too many eggs with my ham-hands that way.
The many cracks make it easier to gently peel away the shell under running water.
When I’ve got a bunch of eggs to peel, I’ll place either a fine-mesh strainer or the insert of a salad spinner in the sink under the tap and peel the eggs under the flow, letting the shells drop down into the strainer below for easy cleanup afterward.
Benefits Of Cooking Eggs In An Instant Pot
You may be wondering why you should make eggs in the instant pot. Here are some benefits of cooking them this way:
- You dont have to stand over the pot while the eggs boil to make sure the water doesnt splash or boil out. Using an instant pot to make your hard boiled eggs will allow you to go about your business and do something else while the eggs cook.
- The instant pot cooks them perfectly every time, whether cooking 1 or 12 of them.
- The eggs come out of the instant pot perfect for deviled eggs.
- Once you place the eggs on the rack they stay in place and dont bang against each other and crack.
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Can You Freeze Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Most foods can be frozen to preserve them for a future time, but hard boiled eggs are not one of them. If they are frozen the texture becomes terrible. Dont make more than you are going to eat within the week.
Since hard boiled eggs are so good, making them in the instant pot is so easy that you can make a new batch every week if you want to.
Pour The Water Over The Eggs
Simply pour the 4 cups of water with baking soda over the eggs. The water should go slightly above the bottom of the rack basket, so the eggs will barely be in a bit of water. They will not be submerged. The main point of this method is pressure steam cooking. You are not boiling them in the classic sense.
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How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg In A Pressure Cooker
While cooking eggs in the Instant Pot isnt quicker than on the stovetop, it is pretty much foolproof. It takes about 5 minutes at high pressure and then it natural releases for 5 minutes and in ice water for 5 minutes. If youd prefer a bit of a softer yolk try 4 minutes at high pressure, theyll be a bit more creamy but still hard cooked.
Cooking hard boiled eggs in a pressure cooker may take close to the same time but when I say they come out perfectly hard boiled I mean absolutely perfect. Tender whites with picture perfect yolks that are completely cooked with a soft texture.
Does It Matter What Size Eggs I Use
It doesnt really matter what size eggs you use when making them in the instant pot. I use large eggs because they are more readily available in the stores and the price is the best one too.
If you like them larger then feel free to use X-large or Jumbo. If you increase the size of the eggs, you will also have to increase the cooking time of the instant pot eggs, by 1-2 minutes.
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Why You Will Love This Instant Pot Hard
Because it is easy and fast! Just place the eggs into the Instant Pot basket, pop the basket into the pot and then set the timer. No more waiting for water to boil.
No more boiling water splashing on the stove. No more eggs cracking as they bounce against each other. No more forgetting the eggs on the stove and having them boil dry.
Well, maybe that’s just my issue, but in any case, it is no longer a worry with this Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Egg recipe.
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