These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs turn out amazing every time! They’re easy to peel, perfectly cooked and never have those icky green yolks…
So you know how I’ve raved for years about my awesome method for baked hard boiled eggs? Well, today, I take it all back… Okay, not really, but I’m definitely singing a new tune. My new method is even faster/easier/more consistent!
Hard Boiled Eggs for Meal Prep
You might be wondering why I care so much about hard cooked eggs, but I’m a BIG fan, especially since I’ve been consistently doing a weekly meal prep session. Hard boiled eggs are a super inexpensive source of high quality protein that keeps well for up to a week, making them ideal for meal prep. Conventional eggs run about $0.17 per serving, but even organic eggs can be very economical. I pick up one or two cartons of 2-dozen organic eggs at Costco every week for just $5.99 each — which works out to just $0.25 per serving.
Even before I started doing a true meal prep routine, I made a batch of hard cooked eggs near weekly. They’re perfect with breakfast, an excellent addition to lunch and dinner salads, and a fabulous snack before and/or after sports or workouts. There’s a lot of nutrition packed into these little 70-calorie powerhouses!
How To Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, I now make my “hard boiled” eggs in my Instant Pot! A few days ago I shared my honest Instant Pot review, detailing how I went from being very much on the fence to a raving fan. These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs played a big role in making me a convert.
Pressure steamed eggs in the Instant Pot are nearly effortless and foolproof, consistently producing eggs that are perfectly cooked and super easy to peel. All in just 6 minutes of cooking time! Of course, it does take about 9-10 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure — but this is completely hands off time. No watching to see when a pot starts to boil so you can start your timer!
If you’re an Instant Pot newbie, these Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are the ideal recipe to follow to become acquainted with your new purchase. I will outline the step-by-step process for you below using only the accessories that come with the IP-DUO60 model. But don’t worry if you own a different model — I’ll also share a few recommended accessories you can pick up that won’t break your budget.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Yield 12 eggs
These Instant Pot eggs turn out amazing every time! They're easy to peel, perfectly cooked and never have those icky green yolks... This is the perfect recipe for learning how to use your new electric pressure cooker!
- desired number of large eggs
- 1 cup water
- Place the stainless steel insert pot into the Instant Pot base, along with the included steamer insert. Pour in 1 cup of water.
- Arrange the desired number of large eggs, cold from the refrigerator, on top of the steamer insert.
- Lock the lid on top of the Instant Pot and make sure the steam release knob is turned to "sealing".
- Press the "manual" button on the front. High pressure should automatically be selected, but if it's not for some reason, press the "pressure" button to toggle it to high.
- Use the minus button to back the time down to 6 minutes. Wait a few seconds and you should hear a beep. At this point, the display will read "on", indicating that the Instant Pot is pressuring up. Once it comes to pressure (about 9-10 minutes), it will switch to the timer to steam the eggs for 6 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, use a thick towel or a pair of tongs to turn the steam release knob to "venting". If you've never experienced this before, it can be pretty forceful, so stand back and allow the steam to escape.
- Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and immediately transfer the eggs to an ice water bath (a bowl filled with ice and water) with a pair of silicone-tipped tongs or a slotted spoon. Press the "keep warm/cancel" button to turn the warming function off, and allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes.
- Refrigerate cooked eggs for up to one week.
Notes on the Cooking Time for Instant Pot Eggs
I know know that my version of “perfectly cooked” hard boiled eggs doesn’t always align with others’ tastes. For me, 6 minutes of high pressure produces hard cooked eggs with a white that’s completely cooked and a bright yellow yolk that is cooked but slightly creamy.
Your ideal perfectly cooked egg may require a longer cooking time, so feel free to experiment. Here’s an excellent resource for comparing the pressure cooking times for eggs.
Recommended Instant Pot Accessories
You may not have received an insert trivet if you have an Instant Pot model other than the IP-DUO60. If this is the case, I highly recommend this silicone steamer insert. In fact, I’m going to pick one up even though I have the included insert, simply because I like that I can easily lift the eggs out and submerge them in the ice water bath all at once. Also, if you’re looking for a set of silicone-tipped tongs, you can’t go wrong with these.
Are you excited to make some hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts after you try this recipe. If you’re not an Instant Pot owner, I still stand by my old oven baked method. But if you have one (and love hard boiled eggs like we do), this method is life changing!34