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    Cooking hard boiled eggs is easy and quick, especially if you are making them in your electric pressure cooker. But how to make perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs that peel easily? Check out this method that is so quick and effortless!

    hard boiled eggs made in the pressure cooker

    I love making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot because it requires less fiddling around with pots, hot water, and the hot stovetop. You pretty much set it and forget it. It is also very convenient when you are making a large batch of hard boiled eggs. I cooked 8 eggs in my Instant Pot and I could have added 2 more easily.

    What I love most about this method is that it makes them so easy to peel, so it’s a great option if you are making an egg salad or devilled eggs.

    Be sure to try my Baked Eggs and Poached Eggs too!

    Why you will love this recipe!

    • Quick: It only takes 5 minutes to cook perfectly hard boiled eggs using this method. It’s so quick and fuss free.
    • Great for a crowd: If you are hosting or taking a dish to a potluck, this is a simple way to cut down on prep time. You can easily cook up to 10 eggs at a time.
    • Make ahead: This pressure cooker recipe is so perfect for meal prep for the week. Cook up a batch and have them ready to add to your favorite salads.

    Ingredients

    You just need large eggs and some water to make this recipe. Make sure that your eggs are fresh by placing them into a bowl of water. If they sink to the bottom they are fresh and good to use, discard any that float to the top.

    eggs on a board

    How to Make Perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

    • Pour a cup of water into the pot, and place eggs on the trivet or rack that came with your pot, or in a steamer basket.
    • Close the lid, turn the valve to Sealing, press the Manual button on the Instant Pot and adjust to 5 minutes at high pressure. 
    • Let the pressure naturally release for an additional 5 minutes after the cooking cycle completes, and then do a quick pressure release by turning to valve to venting.
    • Using tongs, place the hot eggs into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Chill for 5 minutes in the ice bath before peeling. Peel the hard boiled eggs.
    • Slice the eggs in half, season with salt and serve warm.
    process images of pressure cooking eggs

    My technique for making easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs in the electric pressure cooker is 5-5-5. 🙂 Let me explain…

    • You set the Instant Pot on Manual (High Pressure) for 5 minutes
    • Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes (and quick release the remaining pressure)
    • And cool the eggs in ice cold water for 5 minutes.

    They come out perfect every time. And peeling is a breeze.

    Using this technique for Instant Pot hard boiled eggs guarantees that the eggs peel easily and the egg yolk is a nice yellow color with no gray or green circle around them. This gray circle usually appears when the eggs have been boiling for too long.

    Can you make them ahead of time?

    You can store hard boiled eggs (still in the shell) for about a week in the refrigerator. If the hard boiled eggs are already peeled, use them the same day for the best quality. I like to make a dozen hard boiled eggs on the weekend and then use them for breakfast or add them to my lunch during the week. It’s so easy, convenient, and healthy. Eggs are good for you – so nutritional and a great source of high-quality protein.

    close up image of cut hard boiled eggs on a plate

    Can you freeze hard boiled eggs?

    You can’t freeze the cooked eggs whole, unfortunately. When frozen, the egg whites can become very tough and rubbery. You can peel the eggs and remove the yolks and freeze those separately. Frozen yolks will keep well for up to 6 months.

    Can you make soft boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?

    I use the 5-5-5 method to cook hard boiled eggs that are great for meal prep. If you plan on eating your eggs straight away and prefer a jammy yolk, then reduce the cooking time to 3 to 4 minutes. 3 minutes will have just set whites and runny yolks, and 4 minutes will give you firmer whites and jammy yolks.

    TIPS FROM NELI’S KITCHEN

    Recipe Notes and Tips for the Best Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

    • Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure. This will allow the eggs to continue to cook and firm up without overcooking.
    • Once cooked, place the eggs into ice water bath. This stops the cooking process so they don’t overcook, and also makes them easier to handle to peel.
    • If making ahead of time, let the eggs cool fully before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • You can also make a dozen eggs using this recipe without changing the cooking time.
    • For making eggs on the stove top, check out my recipe & tips for easy to peel hard boiled eggs.
    instant pot hard boiled eggs on a plate

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    Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

    Cooking hard boiled eggs is easy and quick, especially if you are making them in your electric pressure cooker. But how to make perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs that peel easily? Check out this method that is so quick and effortless!
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Servings 8 eggs
    Calories 61kcal

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • Pour the water into the pot, and place the eggs on the rack that came with your pot, or in a steamer basket.
    • Close the lid, press the Manual button on the Instant Pot and adjust to 5 minutes at high pressure. 
    • Let the pressure naturally release for an additional 5 minutes after the cooking cycle completes, and then do a quick pressure release.
    • Place the hot eggs into cool ice water to stop the cooking process. Chill for 5 minutes before peeling. Peel the hard boiled eggs.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • Allow the pressure cooker to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes before quickly releasing the remaining pressure. This will allow the eggs to continue to cook and firm up without overcooking.
    • Once cooked, place the eggs into ice water bath. This stops the cooking process so they don’t overcook, and also makes them easier to handle to peel.
    • If making ahead of time, let the eggs cool fully before storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.
    • You can also make a dozen eggs using this recipe without changing the cooking time.
    • For making eggs on the stove top, check out my recipe & tips for easy to peel hard boiled eggs.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 5.4g | Fat: 4.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 61.1mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.7mg
    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy to peel hard boiled eggs, how to boil eggs for meal prep, pressure cooker hard boiled eggs
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    Comments

    Susie

    Thank you!
    Perfect hardboiled eggs!

    Rogene Quinton

    5 stars
    I followed the 5-5-5 recipe for a dozen eggs and they were perfectly hard boiled and the amazingly easiest to peel I’ve EVER cooked!!! I honestly was amazed at how perfectly they were cooked and how easy the eggs peeled. They practically jumped out of the shell! I’d rate this a 10 star recipe if I could!

    Cliff

    5 stars
    Perfect! Have tried for years and always hit and miss on too much or too little and shells not releasing from the egg. Did 2 dozen eggs and to be safe did them 6 at a time. They were done to perfection and came right away from the shell not losing any egg white or it looking like a cratered moon. Thanks. Another reason I love my instapot.

    Anna

    Could you make a dozen eggs? Would water ratio differ? I have a 6qt IP

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yes, you can certainly make a dozen eggs. I haven’t tried with 12 eggs yet, but you can use 1 1/2 cup water instead of 1 cup.

        imnjupiter

        When I put in a dozen eggs at once, I had some shell breakage. Though we could still eat them, they looked bad.
        I’m making a dozen now, but am cooking six at a time.

        Delicious Meets Healthy

        Make sure you add a cup of water to the pot.

    Ken

    5 stars
    These were absolutely perfect! I had heard eggs cooked in a pressure cooker were easier to peel and that was definitely true. Thanks for sharing this technique.

    gigi clark

    5 stars
    Wow, I’ll definitely share this with my friend.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Gigi! 🙂

    Michelle @ Vitamin Sunshine

    5 stars
    I’ve been sending my mom links to your instant pot recipes– she got one for Christmas and hasn’t used it yet! I keep telling her it’s so versatile — so the posts you are doing are great for new users.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hope she enjoyed some of the Instant Pot recipes here! Thanks for sharing my recipes, Michelle, and thanks for stopping by!!! 🙂

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