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This method for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is the best way to get perfect hard boiled eggs in a matter of minutes! You will love how easy the egg shell comes off. I share lots of tips so that you can make perfect hard boiled eggs in your instant pot at home. 

Use these hard boiled eggs to make an Egg Salad Sandwich with Bacon.

A tray of eggs that have been cooked, sprinkled with salt and pepper.

The Instant Pot is the Best Way to Make Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’re looking for the best way to make a hard boiled egg, then you’ve come to the right place! This Instant Pot method will yield perfectly cooked eggs every single time, and the egg shell is so easy to peel off. Promise. 

There are a couple techniques to getting perfect hard boiled eggs so make sure to keep reading for all my tips and tricks. And if you love eggs like we do then try my Egg Muffin Cups or this method for Perfect Fluffy Scrambled Eggs

Close up of a hard-boiled egg cut in half.

Ingredients Needed

I feel silly even putting an ingredient list because you literally need two ingredients; large eggs and water!

  • 12 Large Eggs – I have only ever used large eggs for this method so that is what I recommend using. 
  • Water – The Instant Pot needs some liquid/water in it so we don’t get that awful burn notice. 
  • Ice Bath – This really is not an ‘ingredient’ but you will need a mixing bowl that has been filled with ice and cold water. 

Labeled ingredients for this recipe

How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs In An Instant Pot

Learn how to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot with these easy to follow steps. Be sure and read to the bottom where there is a printable recipe card, along with a printable option, and a pin it button so you can save this method for later. 

  • Water + Eggs Inside the Insert of The Instant Pot

    • Pour the cold water into the IP and then place the wire rack into the insert of the Instant Pot. This is the wire rack that came with you device when you bought it. You can also purchase one if needed. 
    • Place the 12 large eggs onto the rack.

Eggs on a wire rack

  • Cook Eggs on High Pressure For 5 Minutes In The Instant Pot

    • Place the lid on and make sure the valve is set to the ‘sealing’ position. 
    • Manually set the cook time to 5 minutes on HIGH pressure. 
    • Allow the eggs to cook and once they’re done, let it naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes. 
    • After 5 minutes, move the valve to the ‘venting’ position to release the remaining pressure, and remove the lid. 
  • Ice Bath Is So Important for Hard Boiled Eggs!

    • Using tongs, take the eggs and gently place them into an ice bath. 
    • To make the ice bath, fill a mixing bowl with ice and then with cold water. 
    • Allow the eggs to rest for 5 minutes inside the ice bath. 

An ice bath inside a bowl with hard boiled eggs in it.

  • Peel Your Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

    • For easy peel eggs, make sure to peel the eggs right after the ice bath time. The shell should just come right off!

An easy peel egg with a hand holding it.

A tray of peeled eggs with the shells nearby to show how easy the shell peels off.

Perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs FAQ’s

  • What Is a Natural Pressure Release?

    • A natural pressure release is a term for when you allow the pressure to release on its’ own, without moving any valves or buttons, for a certain period of time. Once the food inside the Instant Pot is done cooking, the time will begin to count up, which is for the natural pressure release. For this recipe, we need to allow a 5 minute natural release time and then we release the remaining pressure manually. 
  • What Is a Manual Pressure Release?

    • Opposite of a natural release, a manual pressure release is when we force the pressure out at the end of the cook time. We do this by moving the valve to the ‘venting’ position which will allow all the built up pressure to release. 
  •  How Long Can I Store Hard-Boiled Eggs For?

    • Unpeeled Hard Boiled Eggs can be stored inside the refrigerator for up to 7 days. 
    • Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
  • What Size Instant Pot Should I Use to Make Hard Boiled Eggs?

    • You can use a 6QT or an 8QT Instant Pot for this recipe. I own a 6Qt and that is what this recipe has been tested with. If you own a larger Instant Pot then simply add 1.5 cups of cold water instead of only 1 cup of cold water. 
  • How To Eat Hard Boiled Eggs

    • There are so many ways to eat and use hard boiled eggs!
      • Salt & Pepper : One of my favorite ways is to eat them plain with a sprinkle of kosher salt and black pepper. 
      • Egg Salad : Make an egg salad with leftover hard-boiled eggs. Serve on toasted bread, inside croissants, or in a lettuce wrap. I also like to eat egg salad with some crackers (I prefer gluten-free ones but any will do). 
      • Avocado + Egg Toast : One of my favorite breakfasts is a piece of toasted bread, topped with sliced avocado, slice hard boiled egg, with a sprinkle of kosher salt and a small drizzle of olive oil. So good!
      • Dye Them For Easter : Always a family tradition to dye hard boiled eggs at Easter!
      • Deviled Eggs : Probably the #1 reason why you even need to make deviled eggs! These are always on every Holiday table and my kids love them. In fact, when I was little, I would come home from school and make myself some deviled eggs for a snack! They’ve always been a favorite of mine. 

Overhead of some halved cooked eggs.

Hard Boiled Eggs Tips

Here are a few of my helpful tips so that you can have success making hard boiled eggs in your own kitchen using this Instant Pot method ♥

  • Immediately Peel Eggs After The Ice Bath : If you peel the eggs right out of the ice bath (after the 5 minutes) they are so easy to peel! Like the shell literally comes right off in one piece. 
  • Wash Off The Eggs After Peeling : After peeling the eggs, be sure and run it under some cold water to ensure that all the small egg shell pieces are off of it. 
  • Ice Bath : This step is so important and ensures that the eggs stop cooking and that the shell comes off so easily. Making an ice bath is very simple. Fill a mixing bowl with ice (about halfway) and then fill it up with cold water. 
  • Don’t Overcrowd The Eggs : I have tried this exact method to cook more than 12 eggs at once, and some of the eggs ended up cracking. After testing, and making these eggs dozens of times, I have found that 12 large eggs is the perfect amount for perfect results. I don’t recommend trying to cook more than 12 at a time. Make another batch if you need more than 12. Be sure and change the water out if making another batch. 

IP insert with cooked eggs inside.

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Perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs


Author Jessica - Together as Family
Course Instant Pot, Pressure Cooker
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Natural Pressure Release Time 5 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 12
This method for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is the best way to get perfect hard boiled eggs in a matter of minutes! You will love how easy the egg shell comes off. I share lots of tips so that you can make perfect hard boiled eggs in your instant pot at home. 

Ingredients
  

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ice bath (ice + water in a bowl)

Instructions

  • Pour 1 cup of cold water into the insert of the Instant Pot. Place the wire steam rack inside.
    * I just use the wire steam rack that came with the IP. You can also buy one if needed.
  • Gently lay 12 large eggs on the wire rack.
    Horizontal process photos of this recipe
  • Cover with the lid and set the valve to the 'sealed' position. Manually set the cook time to 5 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the cook time is over, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes.
    * The IP will count up to 5 minutes once the cook time is done for the natural pressure release.
  • Move the valve to the 'venting' position to release the remaining pressure.
  • Remove the lid and use silicone tongs to gently place the eggs inside the ice bath for 5 minutes.
    * To make an ice bath, fill a mixing bowl halfway with ice and then cover the ice in cold water.
    Horizontal process photos of this recipe
  • Remove the eggs from the ice bath and immediately peel them (the egg shell should come off really easy).
    Horizontal process photos of this recipe
  • Peeled hard boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    Unpeeled hard boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
    Horizontal process photos of this recipe

Notes

If Using an 8QT Instant Pot : Use 1.5 cups of cold water. Cook time & directions is the same. 
If Wanting More Than 12 Eggs : After using this method dozens of times, I have found that 12 large eggs is the perfect amount. If you want more than 12, I highly suggest making another batch instead of cramming more eggs in. If making another batch you need to change out the cold water. You always want to start with cold & fresh water in the insert of the IP. 
Egg Shell Peeling Tip : The egg shell comes off so easy if you peel them immediately from the ice bath (after the 5 minutes of course). Be sure and rinse the peeled egg under some running water to remove any small pieces of egg shell. Sometimes it also helps to peel the egg while under a small stream of running water from the sink. 
Recipe Tips -
  • Immediately Peel Eggs After The Ice Bath : If you peel the eggs right out of the ice bath (after the 5 minutes) they are so easy to peel! Like the shell literally comes right off in one piece. 
  • Wash Off The Eggs After Peeling : After peeling the eggs, be sure and run it under some cold water to ensure that all the small egg shell pieces are off of it. 
  • Ice Bath : This step is so important and ensures that the eggs stop cooking and that the shell comes off so easily. Making an ice bath is very simple. Fill a mixing bowl with ice (about halfway) and then fill it up with cold water. 
  • Don't Overcrowd The Eggs : I have tried this exact method to cook more than 12 eggs at once, and some of the eggs ended up cracking. After testing, and making these eggs dozens of times, I have found that 12 large eggs is the perfect amount for perfect results. I don't recommend trying to cook more than 12 at a time. Make another batch if you need more than 12. Be sure and change the water out if making another batch. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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