How to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (or Soft Boiled!)
Once you’ve tried these instant pot boiled eggs for yourself, you won’t ever make them on the stovetop again! Whether you want instant pot hard boiled eggs or soft boiled, or anywhere in between, the pressure cooker makes for a perfect batch every time.
If you want to know how to boil eggs in the simplest way possible, AND so they’re extra easy to peel, look no further. For me, now the instant pot is the ONLY way to go! Not only does it make the whole process easier and quicker, but the eggs are just plain tastier.
I’ve tried to figure out the secret to making perfect hard boiled eggs on the stove, and it just never works out quite right for me. I’ve got to monitor the pot while it boils, I’m unsure about the exact timing, and they always seem to be a pain to peel once they’re done. But the instant pot solves ALL of these problems!
No monitoring, the timing is easy, and they peel like magic. And seriously, my instant pot boiled eggs have turned out perfectly every time! Whether you like hard, medium, or soft boiled eggs, learn how to boil eggs in an instant pot and experience the magic for yourself.
Instant Pot Boiled Eggs Ingredients & Equipment
Similar to the classic stovetop method, all you need for instant pot boiled eggs is some water and your eggs of choice. Anywhere from just a few eggs to a full dozen, you can cook ‘em all together in the instant pot!
But, they will require some additional equipment, including your instant pot or pressure cooker, a metal trivet, and an optional silicone egg rack. You can get the job done by placing your eggs right on top of the trivet, no silicone rack necessary.
Personally, I used a silicone rack and my boiled eggs turned out awesome! I found that the rack helped to keep the eggs upright while they cooked so I didn’t have to worry about them moving or rolling around on the metal trivet.
1 cup water
How to Make Boiled Eggs In the Instant Pot
To start, simply pour a cup of water into the instant pot, then place the metal trivet inside. If you’re using a silicone egg rack, place that on top of your trivet. Depending on the size/model of your instant pot, you may need a bit more liquid—especially if it looks like there’s not enough to cover the bottom of the pot.
Next, place the desired number of eggs directly on top of the trivet, or onto the silicone rack. I placed my eggs onto the rack so they were upright, with the pointiest side facing up. Generally, I cook 5-6 eggs at one time, but you can do up to 12!
Finally, close and seal the instant pot lid, and set it to cook on high pressure, using your machine’s manual setting. For my Instant Pot Duo, it’s the ‘beans & chili’ setting—reference your machine’s user manual if needed. Cook for 3-7 minutes, depending on your desired cooking preference: hard, medium, or soft boiled.
Once cooking finishes, you can quick release the steam and carefully remove the lid. Using tongs, remove those perfectly cooked eggs and finish up with my easy peel hack!
How Long to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot
As to the specific cooking time, it depends on how you like your eggs cooked. Personally, I’ve found that cooking my instant pot hard boiled eggs for 6 minutes is perfect! But, you can adjust the cook time within 3-7 minutes to suit your preference:
- soft boiled: 3 minutes
- medium: 4-5 minutes
- hard boiled: 6-7 minutes (fully set)
Easy Peel Hack
If you want truly easy peel boiled eggs with a shell that just slides right off, try this hack! This is supposed to make all kinds of hard boiled eggs easier to peel, even those cooked on the stove, but it always works best for me with instant pot eggs.
Before your eggs finish cooking, prepare an “ice bath”—a bowl of cold water filled with ice. Then, after quick releasing the steam and removing the lid, transfer your instant pot hard boiled eggs straight into that ice bath. Let them sit for just a minute, then dry them off with clean paper towels or kitchen towels.
Now, you can store your eggs in the shell and wait to peel them until you’re ready. But, I’ve found that if you peel them straightaway—right after the ice bath—they’re SO unbelievably easy to peel! Simple, fuss-free, and perfectly cooked every time.