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How to Make Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

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Boiled eggs in the Instant Pot? Say what? Trust me. I was just as skeptical as you probably are. But after making boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, I’m convinced it is the easiest method. The Instant Pot cooks eggs perfectly every. Single. Time. And trust me when I say I have tried A LOT of methods for boiling eggs.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Whether you need to make some hard-boiled eggs for a potato salad, want some perfectly cooked eggs for breakfast, or are looking for an easy way to meal prep a bunch of eggs at once, the Instant Pot is your answer!

You can easily adjust the cooking time to get your desired level of doneness, and the eggs peel like a DREAM! No more fighting with those pesky eggshells! Let’s get started!

Advantages of using the Instant Pot to Boil Eggs:

  • No overflow mess! You don’t have to worry about boiling water overflowing onto your stovetop.
  • The eggs peel so much easier! I don’t know about you, but I have definitely had my fair share of struggles trying to peel boiled eggs. The Instant Pot produces perfectly cooked eggs that practically fall out of their shells!
  • You can cook a lot of eggs at once! If you’re meal prepping or need to make a lot of boiled eggs at once, the Instant Pot is your best friend. You can cook up to 12 eggs at a time in the Instant Pot.
peppered hard boiled eggs on a white plate.

Ingredients & Equipment You’ll Need For Your Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:

  • Eggs – Obviously, you’ll need some eggs! You can use as many or as few as you like. Just keep in mind that the cooking time will remain the same regardless of how many eggs you are cooking.
  • Water – You’ll need just enough water to cover the bottom the Instant Pot. For me, this is usually about ½ – ¾ cup of water.
  • Instant Pot – This is the Instant Pot that I have and love! You can use any size that you like, but keep in mind that the cooking time will remain the same regardless of the size of your Instant Pot.
  • Large Bowl – You’ll need a large bowl of ice water to place your eggs in once they are done cooking. This helps them stop cooking and makes them much easier to handle.

Now that you have all of your ingredients and equipment, let’s get started!

brown eggs, a bowl of ice, and an instant pot.

What is the 5-5-5 Method?

It might sound technical but the 5-5-5 method just means: 5 minutes of pressure cooking, 5 minutes of rest before opening the lid, followed by 5 minutes of an ice bath.

How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot:

  1. Place the rack that came with your Instant Pot into the bottom of the pot. Add water to the pot.
  2. Carefully place your eggs on the rack in the pot. Don’t stack or overcrowd the eggs. You want them to cook evenly in a single layer.
  3. Place the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the valve is set to sealing.
  4. Set the pot to manual high pressure for the desired level of doneness. I like my hard-boiled eggs on the medium-hard side, so I cook mine for 5 minutes. If you prefer a softer egg, cook for just three-four minutes. For a harder boiled egg, cook for seven minutes. For total cooking times, see the chart below.
  5. Once the pot has finished cooking, manual release for 5 minutes and then do a quick release by carefully turning the valve to venting.
  6. Carefully remove the lid from the pot and use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to the large bowl of ice water.
  7. Let the eggs sit in the ice water for at least five minutes before peeling.

And that’s it! You’ve just made perfect hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! Wasn’t that easy?

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Cook Time Chart For IP Boiled Eggs

  • Soft-boiled eggs – I don’t recommend using the Instant Pot for soft boiled eggs. The stovetop will be the best option, and you can find instructions on how to make them here
  • Medium-Soft Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook for 4 minutes
  • Medium Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook for 5 minutes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook 6 minutes
  • Well Done Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook 7 minutes
4 sliced eggs in a row showing different IP cook times.

How to store boiled eggs

Place the eggs in an airtight container, shell on, and store them in the fridge for up to one week.

They’re easiest to peel immediately out of the ice bath, but I prefer to store them with the shell on if I’m not using them right away.

Recipes To Make With Your IP Boiled Eggs

Tips for Making Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot:

  • If you’re making a lot of eggs, make sure to cook them in batches. Don’t overcrowd the pot, or they will not cook evenly.
  • If you have a lot of eggs to cook, trivet will help or a wire rack that allows you to cook two layers at once.
  • For easy peeling, use fresh eggs that are not too old. Older eggs will be more challenging to peel.
  • If you’re having trouble peeling the eggs, try cracking them all over before peeling. This will help the shells come off more easily.

And there you have it! Now you know how to make perfect hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! Be sure to check out my other Instant Pot recipes, like this one for Instant Pot Hummus.

And if you’re looking for more egg-related recipes, be sure to try these Crock Pot Eggs Benedict Casserole or these Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups!

Do you have any tips for making perfect hard boiled eggs? Share them in the comments below!

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Melissa Williams
Perfect hard boiled eggs made easy in the instant pot.
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 6 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 6 large eggs
  • Ice
  • Cold Water

Instructions
 

  • Place rack in bottom of Instant Pot and pour in approximately 1 cup of cold water.
  • Layer eggs in a single layer (however many will fit/you need).
  • Seal the value and set the timer for 5 minutes on manual setting. ** see notes for additional cook times
  • While eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath by adding ice to a large bowl and filling with cold water.
  • When the time is up, let natural release for 5 minutes and then quick release.
  • Immediately add eggs to ice bath and let them cool for 5 minutes – this step is important.
  • Peel and serve or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

Notes

Cooking times may vary depending on your pressure cooker.
Eggs cook best in a single layer so how many you make will depend on the size of your Instant Pot. 
  • Medium-Soft Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook for 4 minutes
  • Medium Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook for 5 minutes
  • Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook 6 minutes
  • Well Done Hard Boiled Eggs – Cook 7 minutes

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 69mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 270IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Lynard says

    Looking at the 6 minute egg yoke, it looks better than 5, so would it taste different between the 5 & 6 minute cook time? I always add a little water in my ice as I want it as a cold bath to assist in stopping the egg cooking. I have no complaints with the 5-5-5 method.

    • Melissa Williams says

      It really is personal preference and it seems each pot runs a bit differently so it will take a bit of trial & error. 5-5-5 is generally a safe bet.

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