One of the best things about the Instant Pot and other electric pressure cookers is how consistent they are. As long as you cook things for the same amount of time and release the pressure in the same way, pressure cooking will produce the same delicious results from your Instant Pot recipes every single time!
I’ve found this characteristic to be especially useful when it comes to making boiled eggs. After many experiments with various cook times, pressure release methods, etc., I’ve gotten the process down to a science, and I’m excited to be sharing everything I’ve learned with you in today’s blog post!
Simply follow the cooking instructions in this post, and you’ll be able to use your Instant Pot to cook perfect hard boiled eggs every time! (Or medium boiled eggs, or soft boiled eggs—the choice is yours!)
Once you see how truly easy it is to make boiled eggs in your Instant Pot, you’ll never go back to the stovetop method! 🙂 (And if you’re interested in learning more about the Instant Pot, be sure to check out my eBook Everything Instant Pot! You can buy it in my shop, or download it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!)
How To Make Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot
Step 1: Place a rack or trivet at the bottom of your Instant Pot. You can use the trivet that came with your Instant Pot, a steamer basket, or an Instant Pot egg rack (these are a few of my very favorite Instant Pot accessories!)
Step 2: Place the eggs on the rack and pour 1 cup of hot water into the pot.
Step 3: Select “Pressure Cook,” adjust to High Pressure if necessary, then set the timer for 5 minutes.
Step 4: When the timer goes off, release the pressure from the pot according to how “done” you want your eggs to be:
- Soft Boiled Eggs – Use Quick Release immediately by turning the pressure release handle (or pressing the pressure release button).
- Medium Boiled Eggs – Use Natural Release for 2 minutes, then Quick Release the remaining pressure.
- Hard Boiled Eggs – Use Natural Release for 7 minutes, then Quick Release remaining pressure.
Step 5: Remove the eggs from the pot and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water and let them soak for 5 minutes. (The ice bath stops the cooking process, and, as an added bonus, makes the eggs easy to peel too!)
Bonus Tip: The 5-5-5 Method
- If you can’t remember all of the details about how to make boiled eggs in your Instant Pot, you can always use the “5-5-5 Method.”
- The name tells you how long to do each step in the cooking process: 5 minutes of pressure cooking, 5 minutes of Natural Release time, and 5 minutes in an ice bath.
- This method produces eggs that are somewhere between medium and hard boiled (let’s say “medium plus”), and it’s easy to remember!
How Do I Prevent My Eggs From Cracking While Cooking?
There are several factors that can cause eggshells to crack during cooking, but one of the biggest ones is temperature. When you cook eggs straight from the fridge, the rapid temperature swing from cold to hot can put stress on the shell and cause cracking.
To make cracking less likely, pull your eggs out of the fridge about 30 minutes before cooking them. Using room temperature eggs means the temperature shift will be less dramatic, and thus less likely to crack your eggshells.
What’s the Best Way to Peel Boiled Eggs?
Once your eggs are cooked and cooled, you can either store them in your fridge—shell and all—for up to one week, or you can peel them to use or eat right away.
To peel a hard boiled egg quickly and easily, crack the egg on your countertop, then roll it across your counter using light pressure to break up the rest of the shell. Remove pieces of the shell until you can get your finger under the membrane, and then the rest of the shell will come off easily!
My Favorite Hard Boiled Egg Recipes
Being able to use my Instant Pot to make hard boiled eggs saves me so much time when I make my mom’s famous potato salad. (I also cook the potatoes in the Instant Pot, which saves me a significant amount of time and effort!)
Hard boiled eggs aren’t just a staple in potato salad though. They play a starring role in other salads too, like the ‘80s classic Sarah’s salad. And if eggy salads aren’t really your thing, you can always turn your hard boiled eggs into party-friendly deviled eggs!
Have you tried making hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot?
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
- Electric pressure cooker
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup water
- Place a rack or trivet at the bottom of your Instant Pot.
- Place the eggs on the rack and pour 1 cup of hot water into the pot.
- Select “Pressure Cook,” adjust to High Pressure if necessary, then set the timer for 5 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, release the pressure from the pot according to the instructions in the Notes section below.
- Remove the eggs from the pot and immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water and let them soak for 5 minutes.
- For soft boiled eggs (barely set whites with runny yolks): Use Quick Release immediately
- For medium boiled eggs (firmer whites with jammy yolks): Natural Release for 2 minutes, then Quick Release
- For hard boiled eggs (firm whites with set yolks): Natural Release for 7 minutes, then Quick Release