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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are quick, simple and perfectly cooked every time! Learn how to make soft boiled, medium, or hard boiled eggs in the instant pot to use in your favorite hard boiled egg recipes.

Hard boiled eggs in the instant pot are easy peel (especially farm-fresh eggs) and ideal for these Easter egg chicks or these tasty guacamole stuffed eggs!

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs in a bowl

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs:

For years, we only made stove-top hard boiled eggs until we discovered the instant pot. This method is quick and easy whether you are making 2 eggs or a dozen hard boiled eggs. It is so easy to make batch after batch. The results are always consistent which means no more over-cooked green egg yolks!

Finally! Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs:

The instant pot is the best way to Hard Boil Farm-Fresh Eggs because they are easy to peel. I used to hate boiling my Mom’s fresh eggs because half of the whites were lost with the shell after peeling. They were a mess and so ugly for deviled eggs. The instant pot is by far the best way to hard boil fresh farm eggs because cooking the eggs in a pressure cooker makes them easy to peel.

Easy peel hard boiled eggs from instant pot

Tips for the Best Instant Pot Eggs:

  • Timings below are for large eggs. For medium eggs, reduce cook time by 1 minute and increase by 1 minute for extra large eggs.
  • Start with refrigerated eggs.
  • It’s ok to stack eggs on the rack, but eggs should not touch the water or walls of the instant pot.
  • Transfer cooked eggs to a bowl of ice water right away to prevent overcooking.
  • We use a 6 Qt 7-in-1 Instant Pot Duo. You may need to experiment timings using a smaller or larger pressure cooker.

How to Hard Boil Eggs in Instant Pot:

  1. Place the wire rack (that comes with the instant pot) in the bowl of the instant pot. Add 1 cup water. Place 2-12 eggs on the rack (so they aren’t touching the water).
  2. Secure the lid and set lever to “sealing.” Set to manual “high pressure” and set timer for desired doneness (5 min for soft boiled, 6-8 min for medium boiled, 9-10 minutes for hard boiled). Once instant pot reaches high pressure (which takes 5-6 minutes), your set timer will automatically start counting down.
  3. As soon as your timer is up, use a hot mitt to switch the lever to “venting” position and a hot burst of steam will release. When pressure is fully released and the pressure indicator has dropped, remove lid, use tongs to transfer the hot eggs to a bowl of ice water and let rest 5 minutes to stop the cooking process.

How to hard boil eggs in instant pot with rack and water

How Long to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot:

Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs: 5 minutes on high pressure was what it took for consistently fully cooked egg whites with a wet yolk. I’ve seen several tutorials say 4, 3 or even 2 minutes, but I found anything less than 5 minutes to have a portion of the whites still a little wet and more difficult to peel.

Medium Boiled Eggs: A range of 6-8 minutes seemed to all produced medium boiled eggs. These have fully cooked whites with a tender and somewhat creamy center.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: It took from 9-10 minutes on high pressure with 10 minutes being a dry yolk – the ideal texture for making deviled eggs.

Eggs at different stages for instant pot soft boiled eggs, medium boiled eggs and instant pot hard boiled eggs

Safety Tips for Cooking Eggs in Instant Pot:

  1. If you are new to the instant pot, read the owners manual and be sure to follow the use instructions for your specific model.
  2. Always double check the pressure indicator popup has dropped indicating there is no more pressure behind it before opening the lid.
  3. When releasing pressure, a surprisingly strong spurt of hot steam releases from the valve. Keep your face and others away from the machine while depressurizing.
  4. Use tongs to remove the eggs because they will be blazing hot.

Eggs at different stages of doneness cooked in instant pot

Must-Try Instant Pot Recipes:

I hope you give instant pot hard boiled eggs method a try. If you have farm fresh eggs or struggle with peeling, this easy peel hard boiled eggs method is keeper!

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Time to Reach Pressure: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Instant pot hard boiled eggs are quick, simple and perfectly cooked every time! Learn how to make soft boiled, medium boiled or hard boiled eggs in the instant pot. Cook 2 to 12 eggs at a time.

Author: natashaskitchen
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies
Keyword: instant pot hard boiled eggs
Calories: 62 kcal
Servings: 12 hard boiled eggs

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs (refrigerated)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place wire rack (that comes with instant pot) in the bowl of the instant pot. Add 1 cup water.Arrange 2-12 eggs on the rack (so they aren't touching the water or bowl).

  2. Secure the lid and set lever to "sealing" position. Cook on manual "high pressure" and set timer for desired doneness (5 min for soft boiled, 6-8 min for medium, 9-10 minutes for hard boiled eggs). Once instant pot reaches high pressure (which takes 5-6 minutes), your set timer will automatically start counting down.

  3. As soon as your timer is up, use a hot mitt to switch the lever to "venting" position (a hot burst of steam will release). When pressure is fully released and pressure indicator has drops, remove lid and use tongs to transfer hot eggs to a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes before peeling.

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Brianna
    June 10, 2019

    If my instant pot is only 3 qt., should I just put enough water on the bottom to keep the eggs from touching it? I’m assuming that 1cup would be too much for a 3qt Reply

    • Natasha
      June 10, 2019

      Hi Brianna, I haven’t tried using a 3 qt instant pot but it would probably be too much since you don’t want the eggs sitting in or touching the water. you might do some googling to see if anyone else has experimenting with a 3Qt but I would assume half the amount of water for half the size of instant pot. Reply

  • Jen
    April 16, 2019

    I made hard boiled eggs in my IP for the first time today following your recipe. The 1 cup of water the recipe calls for did not look sufficient so I added an additional half cup of water to the IP and set the IP to 10 minutes on Manual High Pressure. When time was up I vented it but was surprised at the lack of steam? All the water had dissipated and the bottom of the IP was burned…. the eggs are on ice so we shall see, I hope the do not taste burnt… Reply

    • Natasha
      April 16, 2019

      Hi Jen, this was for a 6Qt pressure cooker. It sounds like you maybe used a larger pressure cooker? I had one person report that a larger instant pot needs 2 cups of water and less time in the pressure cooker. I hope that helps for next time! Reply

  • Ellen
    April 10, 2019

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you have a method for eggs that doesn’t require an Instant Pot? Many of us are seniors or disabled and live on very small incomes. An Instant Pot unfortunately is just a luxury item. Thanks Ellen Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 10, 2019

      Hi Ellen, yes you can find that method following this link here I hope that helps! Reply

  • John
    March 30, 2019

    Seems like a lot of hassle just to boil eggs. I have compared the time it takes in total to do this and the boil in the pot is far quicker. Getting the Instant Pot out of the cupboard, setting it up, programming, locking, and then letting the eggs rest 5 min. is way slower than boiling them in a pot on my induction stove top. Why waste the time? Reply

    • Natasha
      April 1, 2019

      Hi John, we get consistent results with this method and it is also a very valuable method if you are using fresh eggs. The instant pot makes the eggs easier to peel since they are cooked in steam versus in water. Reply

      • John
        April 2, 2019

        A double boiler/ steamer can do the same thing. I am not criticizing the pot that you are advertising for, but, my double boiler has never caused a fire or burned up as some Instant Pots have done. Mine was just one such pot. I got a new one free and have not had a problem since. Reply

  • AG
    March 25, 2019

    So i have the exact same instant pot as in the picture and 4 min for me is the 9-10 min mark in the photo.

    5 min gives me the blue/ gray yolk edges too.

    This is really unusual. I have the 6quart model as well. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2019

      Hi AG! I’m wondering if there is an additional setting that is making this so? I haven’t experienced that. Reply

      • AG
        March 30, 2019

        I am wondering if it is time of machine manufacturing and how new the sealing ring is or the quality of the seal ring . Over time the seal ring becomes worse and needs to be replaced. Maybe if it takes longer to come to pressure ? I have been using it for eggs for about 4 years and have replaced the rings many times, (this is my 6th ring) .When I was searching for egg times years ago I saw the 4 min number and it was ideal so I kept using that. I notice when I search now that it seems to be split with people cooking them longer , like the times you mention and then others with the shorter time, this leads me to believe something maybe different internally between more recent machines and the older ones . Unless of course you had your same machine for many years too in which case this is a mystery . Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 30, 2019

          How interesting! That may be the case. Now I’m curious! Reply

          • Nina
            April 16, 2019

            My eggs all cracked! All 12 of them! 🙁

          • Natasha
            April 16, 2019

            Hi Nina, I’ve never had that happen before – did you use a rack and make sure they weren’t touching the wall? Also, are you using a different kind of instant pot? larger maybe? I’m not sure if it’s the culprit, but I’ve heard the larger ones cook faster.

    • Christine
      May 12, 2019

      I do my eggs for 2 min at high pressure with a 4 min hold on low and they are fully cooked hard boiled eggs. (I have the 6qt Instant Pot duo). I can’t imagine what they would look like at 5min high pressure! Reply

  • Ernie
    March 23, 2019

    ***Although I haven’t tried it (I don’t have instant pot) it looks like it works well. I am wondering if a regular pressure cooker could be used for that recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 24, 2019

      Hi Ernie, technically it should work the same way since an instant pot is essentially a pressure cooker. You might have to experiment depending on the type of pressure cooker you have (i.e. if it takes longer to come to pressure, the eggs might take less time to cook once they have reached pressure). Reply

      • ernie
        March 25, 2019

        ***Something to think about, thanks. Love your recipes, they’re all 6star rating. Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 25, 2019

          You’re so nice! Thank you! Reply

    • John
      April 2, 2019

      It does work in any pressure cooker.
      I have one from Presto that is 55 yrs old and came with an egg rack that holds 10 eggs. It still works fine and parts are still available after 55 yrs.
      I doubt that my Instant Pot will be working for my grandchildren 55 yrs. from now. Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        April 2, 2019

        Thank you John! Reply

  • Irene
    March 20, 2019

    Hi Can you do recipes for the air fryer too? Thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      March 20, 2019

      Hi Irene, we just purchased our first air fryer over the weekend at Costco and can’t wait to start experimenting! If you have any suggestions or requests, let me know!  Reply

  • Heather
    March 20, 2019

    Love how easy it is to make eggs in the IP. The chart for how many minutes is awesome too! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that! Thank you, Heather! Reply

      • Ernie
        March 22, 2019

        ***Is it possible to do the same recipe in a regular pressure cooker? Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 23, 2019

          Hi Ernie, I haven’t tested that in a standard pressure but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe Reply

  • Kristyn
    March 19, 2019

    I have yet to try making eggs with my instant pot! They look super easy & delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 20, 2019

      hope you get to try that soon! So so easy in an Instant Pot Reply

  • Courtney O'Dell
    March 19, 2019

    This is the BEST guide to IP boiled eggs ever! Came out perfect 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Becky Hardin
    March 19, 2019

    My favorite way to make boiled eggs. Super fast and so good Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 19, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Julie Blanner
    March 19, 2019

    I love this! It’s so fast and easy, which is perfect since my family loves hard boiled eggs. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 19, 2019

      Thank you so much Julie!! Same here. We love to keep a steady supply of boiled eggs in the fridge and the instant pot makes it so easy to make batch after batch! Reply

  • Anna
    March 19, 2019

    I do an instant press release…if i let it naturally release even by 1 minute they would be way overcooked (blueish gray inside). As soon as I get them out I get them into really cold water, yes. Reply

    • Natasha
      March 19, 2019

      Are you starting with room temp or cold eggs? Is there anything else different in your process (using a rack? smaller egg size?)? I’m wondering if it’s just due to the different type of machine or something different in the method? Reply

      • Anna
        March 19, 2019

        I start with refrigerated eggs. I have tried different sized eggs. If they are large to extra large I set for 3 minutes, for medium sized ones 2 minutes, and for small (from quail eggs to small chicken eggs) I do 1 minute.
        Yes, it is interesting. I realized pretty quickly when following recipes online (that are mainly intended for use with 6 quart instant pots) that my 8 quart cooks everything faster. I learned to adjust liquid (adeing more then it calls for), but minutes to be a little less…(sometimes way less in the case of these eggs.) Reply

        • Natasha
          March 19, 2019

          That is really so helpful to know! Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Anna
    March 19, 2019

    I wanted to share that I use an 8 quart instant pot (duo 7 in 1) and if I cooked on HP for 5 minutes my eggs are always overcooked. I do 3 minutes to make them the consistency of your “10 minute eggs” (in your picture at the bottom) and my eggs cooked for 2 minutes turn out like your “9 minute eggs”. I also use 2 cups of water instead of 1 because of the larger size. I’m not sure if it’s just my specific brand instant pot that tends to cook things faster than others or just the bigger size (or both!)? Anyway, hopefully this can help someone trouble shoot;) Reply

    • Natasha
      March 19, 2019

      Hi Anna, that is so great to know! Thank you for sharing that with me. Definitely interesting and surprising! Are you doing an instant pressure release or a natural pressure release. Also, are you putting the eggs into ice water right away or letting them sit and cool down naturally? Reply

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