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Looking for the best method to make hard boiled eggs? Use your Instant Pot! We’re teaching you how to make perfect hard boiled eggs every time with the 5-5-5 method.
Do you have an Instant Pot yet? If you’ve not made our popular ribs or easy apple dumplings, you’re missing out! But what do I use my Instant Pot for the most? Hard boiled eggs. Peel eggs perfectly every time.
Use this fool-proof method the next time you need to make hard boiled eggs for Easter eggs.
My family loves hard boiled eggs. But used to hate making them. I never could seem to get consistency with how well the eggs would peel. Use week old eggs…put them in cold water…boil them for a certain number of minutes. Everyone had their input on the perfect egg recipe, but I always had different results. Everything changed with the Instant Pot pressure cooker.
When someone asks how to get the perfect hard boiled eggs, I say the Instant Pot every single time. Use the 5-5-5 method (which we explain below) and you’ll have eggs that are perfectly yellow and peel beautifully.
The exact number will depend on how large your Instant Pot is. We place a trivet in our 6-quart instant pot and put as many eggs as we can on the rack. They sell egg racks which will hold about 6 eggs, but they also have stackable racks to hold more. A steamer basket will also work. We’ve fit about 8-10 in our Instant Pot with success. If you have more eggs than that, pressure cook them in batches.
We use the 5-5-5 method for cooking eggs in the Instant Pot. What is the 5-5-5 method? 5 minutes high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, 5 minutes ice bath.
Placing the eggs in a cold water bath helps the eggs to peel easily, but it also prevents the discolored yolk. The strange color that sometimes forms around hard boiled yolks is a reaction of the sulfur in the egg white and the iron in the yolk (incredibleegg.org). By placing the warm eggs in ice water, it stops the cooking process and helps to stop the discoloration.
After you get the perfect hard boiled egg, you can store them in an airtight container for a breakfast or snack on the go. They’re great simply with salt and pepper. Or you can make egg salad, add the eggs to a lettuce salad, make deviled eggs, potato salad or a potato egg casserole. Those are just a few of our favorites!
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