Have you tried making Hard Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot yet?
Cooking hard-boiled eggs using an Instant Pot was one of the first Instant Pot recipes I made after purchasing my first Instant Pot.
As a newbie to this world of convenience cooking, I was eager to see how this appliance could make the process of making hard-boiled eggs easier, faster and so easy to peel.
And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you achieve perfect hard-boiled eggs using an Instant Pot.
How to hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot
Millions of families will be coloring Easter eggs this weekend and if you are lucky enough to own an Instant Pot hard boiling your eggs is going to be so much easier.
I'm sure you have seen plenty of people raving about how you can make easy to peel hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot.
Even if you are not coloring Easter eggs you might be making deviled eggs to serve with your Easter dinner.
You can hard boil them and peel perfect hard-boiled eggs every time when you pressure cook them in the Instant Pot.
Why are Instant Pot Hard boiled eggs easier to peel?
Do you know why hard-boiled eggs are so much easier to peel when you make them in the Instant Pot?
We have all made hard boiled eggs at one time or another and when we tried to peel them the egg shell stuck to the cooked egg.
As we tried to pick the eggshell off the hard-boiled egg the shell stuck to the egg white and made a huge mess.
When the eggshell sticks to a hard-boiled egg like that it is because the eggs are so fresh the white albumen hasn't had time to shrink and pull away from the inside of the shell.
If you are boiling the eggs on the stove there is a way to avoid this.
If you buy the eggs you plan on hard boiling a week in advance it gives the albumen plenty of time to shrink as the egg ages leaving some space between the egg white and the shell.
Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are so easy to peel because as the eggs are cooking under the steam pressure it forces the albumen away from the shell.
How to make perfect Instant Pot Hard-boiled Eggs
To make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs you will need eggs, water, and an Instant Pot steamer rack.
The Instant Pot usually comes with a metal steamer rack.
You can use the metal rack that came with the appliance or you can purchase an (affiliate link) pressure cooker silicone sling as I have used here.
I was perfectly happy using the metal rack that came with my Instant Pot until I bought the silicone sling with long handles. You'll see why below.
How long to cook hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?
How long you will need to pressure cook the hard boiled eggs will depend on a couple of things.
Do you like your egg yolks creamy or do you like them dry?
Do you like them with a green ring around the yolk or without the green ring?
The size of the eggs you are pressure cooking will also matter.
Here I pressure cooked jumbo eggs for my Tangy Deviled Eggs recipe. I like to use jumbo eggs when I am making deviled eggs.
I also like the hard-boiled egg yolk to be bright yellow and creamy.
Recipes Using Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. One classic use is in egg salad, where hard-boiled eggs are chopped and mixed with mayonnaise, mustard, and seasonings to create a creamy sandwich filling.
Another popular recipe is deviled eggs, which involve halving hard-boiled eggs, removing the yolks, and mixing them with ingredients like mayo, mustard, and spices before spooning the mixture back into the egg whites. Traditional deviled eggs are a must have holiday appetizer. Have you ever tried Buffalo Deviled Eggs?
Hard-boiled eggs can also be sliced and added to pasta salads like my Creamy Tuna Pasta Salad for extra protein, or mashed and spread on toast for a quick and nutritious breakfast.
With their rich, creamy texture and mild flavor, hard-boiled eggs can enhance a wide range of dishes or be eaten with a dash of salt and pepper for a quick snack.
Hard Boiled Egg Directions
To make 12 jumbo Instant Pot Hard Boiled eggs you will cook them on high pressure for 7 minutes.
If you like beautiful golden yellow hard-boiled egg yolks you will immediately quick release the steam once the timer beeps.
It will take 2 to 3 minutes for the steam to quick release.
While the steam is releasing fill a large bowl with ice cubes and cover them with water.
Once the steam has stopped releasing carefully twist the Instant Pot lid and open it away from your face to avoid a steam burn.
Now, this is why I love my instant pot silicone sling.
Unlock the handles of the silicone sling and lift it up out of the Instant Pot and plunge the sling with all of the hard-boiled eggs into the bowl of ice water.
The sling makes removing the hot hard boiled eggs from the Instant Pot so easy.
No worries about how to pick up the extremely hot eggs or metal rack.
If you are a pickled egg fan you can make a huge batch of Pickled Red Beet Eggs in no time when you use a pressure cooker to hard boil the eggs.
How to keep eggs from cracking in the Instant Pot
When making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot it is very important that there are no hairline cracks in the egg shells.
If you look at the top photo you will see a few of the eggs have cracked. I noticed a few of the eggs had hairline cracks as I was loading them into the Instant Pot.
Since the shell was not broken I thought they would be okay and the eggshell would not crack. Not the case.
To avoid cracked eggs when pressure cooking do not use any eggs with those hairline cracks that are visible.
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 extra large eggs
- 1 cup water (see notes)
- Place the metal rack or a silicone sling into the Instant Pot.
- Carefully place 12 jumbo or large eggs into the Instant Pot.
- Measure and add the water to the Instant Pot.
- Place the lid on the Instant Pot and push the valve to the sealing position.
- Pressure the manual button and set the timer for 7 minutes.
- Once the timer beeps use a wooden spoon to push the valve to the releasing position.
- Carefully open the lid. Unlatch the silicone sling if using. Lift the sling and eggs from the Instant Pot and plunge into the ice water.
- Leave the hard-boiled eggs in the ice water until the eggs are cool to touch.
- Peel the eggs and use as needed.
- Makes 12 hard-boiled eggs.
Recipe Expert Tips
- If using a 6-quart Instant Pot use 1 cup of water.
- If using the 8 quart Instant Pot use 2 cups of water.
- If cooking jumbo eggs cook for 7 minutes with quick release.
- If cooking large eggs cook for 6 minutes with quick release.
- If cooking medium or small eggs cook for 5 minutes with quick release.
- To avoid cracked eggs when pressure cooking do not use any eggs with those hairline cracks that are visible.