Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are the perfect way to cook your eggs using the 5-5-5 method. They're simple to make, cooked gorgeously to perfection, and they're so easy to peel, the shell practically slips off.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Cooking hard boiled eggs is a fan favorite for the Instant Pot. It's one of the things that people always used to say they made to recommend that I buy one!
While cooking eggs on the stovetop is also pretty simple, I love that cooking hard boiled eggs in the Instant is so low maintenance and more hands off for this busy distracted mom to 5 (although, if I'm honest, I'll probably always be a little distracted).
You don't have to watch a pot on the stove to see when it boils. Just set your Instant Pot and let it go!
Why the Pressure Cooker Works So Well for Hard Boiled Eggs
Cooking hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot doesn't necessarily save a lot of time, but there are some advantages to it.
This method of cooking is more hands off and requires less monitoring than other methods, which means the eggs will be made consistently every time. Because of this, they are also less likely to be over or under cooked.
Pressure cooking hard boiled eggs also makes them easier to peel even if they're fresh because it cooks them at a temperature that you couldn't achieve on the stove.
What is the 5-5-5 Method for Eggs in the Instant Pot?
The 5-5-5 methods is 5 minutes cooking in the Instant Pot, 5 minutes on natural release, 5 minutes in an ice bath. So basically, it's just a way to remember how to cook hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot without having to search for a recipe every time.
How Many Eggs Can You Make in the Instant Pot at Once?
The simple answer to this is however many you want that will fit in a single layer on the trivet in your Instant Pot (no stacking).
I have a 6-quart Instant Pot, and I can fit 12. You can also make any number less than that if you don't need a full dozen.
What Causes the Yolks to Turn Gray?
The yolks will turn greenish or gray around the outside if they overcooked. To prevent this, simply cook them the amount of time specified in the recipe. Then run them under cold water in a bowl full of ice to stop the cooking.
Can You Overcook Eggs in the Instant Pot?
Yes. If you go over the cook or release time or don't do the ice bath, they can still overcook. They will still be edible, but will have the greenish-gray ring around the yolk.
Ways to Use Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
There are so many uses for hard boiled eggs! Here are some of my favorites.
- Plain as a snack
- On toast
- Chopped on a green salad, such as a cobb salad
- In a sandwich salad, such as tuna or chicken salad
- Egg salad
- Deviled eggs (Here is my favorite classic recipe. I also have these fun variations: Avocado Deviled Eggs and Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs)
- Deviled Egg Potato Salad
- Best Ever Southern Potato Salad
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda optional
- Place 1 cup of cold water in the inner pot of Instant Pot for a 6 quart instant pot or 1.5 cups for an 8 quart Instant Pot.
- Add egg or steam rack to Instant Pot and carefully set as many eggs as desired (up to 12) on the rack.
- Place lid on the pressure cooker and set cook time for 5 minutes on high pressure.
- Once cook time has elapsed, let the pressure release for 5 minutes.
- Do a quick release and carefully remove eggs from Instant Pot and place in ice water bath.
- Let eggs sit in water bath for 5 minutes. Remove eggs from the water bath.
- Peel and use right away or store unpeeled in the refrigerator for later
- Ice bath is necessary to stop cooking and prevent overcooking. Fill a large bowl with the eggs, ice, and cold water, and let sit for 5-7 minutes.
- Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. For best quality, store unpeeled.
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