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Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Making perfect hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot pressure cooker is so much easier than using the stovetop method! Plus, you don’t need to worry about boiling over or burning the pot when pressure cooking. Who knew making hard-boiled eggs could be so hassle-free?

Bowl of hard boiled eggs in front of an Instant Pot.
I am an actual Nellie’s Eggs customer. It’s a bonus for me that promotional consideration was provided by Nellie’s for this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and grammatical errorsare my own.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious as well as versatile items around. There are roughly 70 calories in an egg, less than one gram of carbs, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat. Eggs can be enjoyed on a keto diet, a Paleo diet, a vegetarian diet, the Weight Watchers diet, the Atkins diet, etc. You get the idea.

One of the simplest ways to enjoy eggs is to hard boil them. For years, people have been using the cooking process of putting eggs in a pot of water and covering them with an inch of water. Then they would bring the water just to a boil, cover the pot, and then remove it from the heat and let it stand for around 10 minutes. 

While the old-fashioned method works, I have always had difficulty with the next step – peeling the eggs. They would look like they had gone through a war zone. Know what I mean?

I mentioned my problem to a friend. She told me that the best way to make hard-boiled eggs is in an Instant Pot. This pressure cooker method makes them much easier to peel. I took her advice and tried it and will never go back to making hard-boiled eggs on the stovetop. Ever!

Because sharing is caring, I am going to share with you the best hard boiled egg recipe, courtesy of my friend.

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or another electric pressure cooker. (This recipe was tested in a 6-Quart Instant Pot.)

Ingredients

  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Additional water and ice
Bowl of water, bowl of ice, and bowl of brown and white eggs.

Always start with good-quality eggs. It doesn’t matter if they are brown eggs, green eggs, or classic white. If you don’t raise chickens yourself or have a farmer as a neighbor, then look for Nellie’s Eggs.

Nellie’s has a network of over 125 small family-run farms that raise happy hens who get to live the free-range life. Nellie’s Free Range Eggs is dedicated to the humane treatment of its hens and are Certified Humane. Yay!

Instructions

1. Insert your Instant Pot’s wire rack, stackable egg rack, or steamer basket into the pot, pour in 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot, and place a dozen eggs in a single layer on the rack.

Dozen eggs in an instant pot.

2. Place the Instant Pot lid on top and turn the steam valve to the sealed position. Select MANUAL and set the timer for 6 minutes.

Instant Pot set to 6 minutes.

3. When the timer is up, turn the pressure release valve to venting to do a quick pressure release to allow the steam to escape.

4. Carefully remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and immerse them in an ice water bath (a bowl of ice water).

Tongs holding a brown egg.

(To make a cold water bath, aka an ice bath, simply place a couple of handfuls of ice cubes in a large bowl and add cold water.)

Eggs, ice, and water in a large glass bowl.

5. To peel eggs, tap each egg against a hard surface to crack the shell. Continue tapping the egg while rotating it in order to loosen the shell. Starting at the large end, begin removing the shell from the egg. I find it very helpful to peel the egg under running water.

How To Store Hard-Boiled Eggs

Store hard-boiled eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Hard-boiled eggs can be stored for up to 7 days. Peeled eggs should be covered with a damp paper towel.

Ways To Use Hard-Boiled Eggs

Making hard-boiled eggs is a quick and easy way to prepare a nutritious snack or meal. Here are some great options for using Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs:

1. Egg salad: For classic egg salad, mash up the whites and yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper and serve it on toast. You can also add diced celery, olives, and herbs to the mix for a flavorful variation.

2. Deviled eggs: A simple way to dress up hard-boiled eggs is to make deviled eggs. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the yolks into a bowl. Mash the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, and seasonings and spoon the mixture back into the egg white halves.

3. Avocado toast: Slice up a hard-boiled egg and serve it on top of your favorite avocado toast recipe with veggies for an extra boost of protein.

4. Egg wraps: For a light lunch, wrap up some sliced hard-boiled eggs in a tortilla with lettuce and your favorite spread for an easy egg wrap.

5. Potato salad: Hard-boiled eggs make a great addition to potato salads. Dice up the whites and mix them in with cooked potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, and other seasonings for a tasty side dish.

6. Plain: ust add a little salt and enjoy a hard-boiled egg as a snack. It’s also a great way to get in some protein and fat without adding any sugar or processed ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you store hard-boiled eggs?

Store hard-boiled eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be stored for up to 7 days. If you notice any unusual smell coming from the eggs, do not eat them.

Can you freeze hard-boiled eggs?

Hard-boiled eggs can be frozen, but it’s not recommended as the texture and flavor of the egg can suffer when thawed. The egg whites tend to become rubbery.

Can you overcook hard-boiled eggs?

Yes. However, using a pressure cooker provides a more accurate temperature and cook time, thereby reducing the likelihood that your eggs will be overcooked.

Do you need to use fresh eggs or old eggs?

The choice is up to you. According to Cook’s Illustrated, you can ignore old wives’ tales and myths about using older eggs. They recommend that you look at the “best if used by” date when choosing eggs.

Why does the yolk have a green ring around it?

Green rings around the yolk can form if the eggs have been overcooked or if the eggs are older.

Hard boiled egg cut in half.

More Easy Instant Pot Recipes

Bowl of hard boiled eggs in front of an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

If you're looking for an easy way to make hard-boiled eggs, the Instant Pot is your best bet. Not only is it quick and convenient, but it also makes peeling the eggs a breeze.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Pressure and Peeling: 10 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 12 eggs
Calories: 63kcal

Equipment

  • Instant Pot

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • ice water

Instructions

  • Insert Instant Pot’s wire rack into the pot, pour in 1 cup of water, and place a dozen eggs on the rack.
  • Put Instant Pot lid on top and turn the valve to seal. Select MANUAL and set the timer for 6 minutes.
  • When the timer is up, quick release the pressure valve and allow the steam to escape.
  • Remove the eggs from the Instant Pot and immerse in an ice bath.
  • To peel, tap each egg against a hard surface to crack the shell. Continue tapping the egg while rotating it in order to loosen the shell. Starting at the large end, begin removing the shell from the egg. 

Notes

To make an ice bath, simply place a couple of handfuls of ice cubes in a bowl and add cold water.
When peeling eggs, it’s helpful to peel the egg under running water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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Woman holding a hard boiled egg.

And that is how you make hard-boiled eggs the easy way. The eggs are ready to be enjoyed with a dash of salt and pepper or to be used to in a variety of delicious ways, like deviled eggs and egg salad.


Bowl of hard boiled eggs.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy hard-boiled eggs?

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