Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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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.

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Use this fool-proof method the next time you need to make hard boiled eggs for Easter eggs.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled 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.

How do you hard boil eggs so they peel easily?

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.

How many eggs can you boil in an instant pot?

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.

eggs in a wire basket

How do you cook hard boiled eggs in an instant pot?

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.

  • Place a trivet, basket or egg rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner.
  • Add the water.
  • Place eggs into the basket or trivet.
  • Close lid and set to sealing. Press manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
  • Quick release any remaining pressure after 5 minutes.
  • Open the pot and place the eggs in a bowl of ice water.
  • Allow the eggs to sit in ice water for 5 minutes. Then remove them, dry them and peel them.
  • Serve eggs as desired.
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Why do you put boiled eggs in ice water?

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.

bowl of ice water with eggs in it

What to Make with Hard Boiled Eggs?

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!

cooked egg yolks in a bowl

You can find stackable egg racks on Amazon here.

how to make hard boiled eggs in the instant pot
how to make hard boiled eggs in the instant pot

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

5 from 4 votes
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.
Servings 6
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 large whole eggs
  • ice and cold water

Instructions
 

  • Place the pressure cooker on a solid surface such as the counter or stove.
  • Place a trivet, basket or egg rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot liner.
  • Add the 1 cup of water.
  • Place eggs carefully into the basket or trivet, being careful not to crack them.
  • Close lid and set the vent valve to sealing. Press manual high pressure and set the timer for 5 minutes. Allow the Intstant Pot to work its magic.
  • Allow the pressure to natural pressure release for 5 minutes.
  • Quick pressure release any remaining pressure after 5 minutes. 
  • Open the pot and place the eggs in a bowl of ice water.
  • Allow the eggs to sit in ice water for 5 minutes. Then remove them, dry them and peel them.
  • Serve eggs as desired. Store eggs in the fridge.

Notes

We use large eggs, but this method should work well for medium eggs and extra large eggs, too. 
The calories shown for 1 egg. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 62kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 62
Keyword easy peel eggs, hard boiled eggs, how to cook eggs
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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Bill Checco
9 months ago

5 5 5 for medium eggs?