This Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs recipe is a fool-proof method to get quick, easy-peel eggs ready in a snap. Pop them in the basket, set the timer, and simply sit back and relax! Enjoy soft-boiled eggs for breakfast, or use hard-boiled eggs in a variety of foods and snacks, like egg salad.
Like most of you, I have made hard-boiled eggs the old-fashioned way on the stovetop for years. Then I learned how to make Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs and thought my world had been turned upside-down.
However, the easiest way BY FAR is these Air Fryer Eggs.
I had no idea this was even a possibility until recently! Honestly, I wasn’t sure it would work. After all, there is no water involved!
But, the first time I tested it out it worked like magic. Hard-boiled eggs with easy-to-peel shells that come out perfect every time. You can also either make hard-boiled or soft-boiled eggs by simply adjusting the cooking time a few minutes.
This is one of those air fryer recipes you will be using again and again.
Hard-boiled eggs are a simple and nutritious breakfast that can be served up with a sprinkle of salt and pepper alongside a slice of toast.
Next time you need hard-boiled eggs for your favorite recipe, or are craving a keto snack, you’ve got to try making them in the air fryer!
How to Air Fry Eggs
Add to Basket
Either a 4-quart or 6-quart air fryer will work. The larger the basket, the more eggs that will fit. Place eggs in a single layer in the basket. Avoid excess shaking or movement while placing the eggs on the wire rack so that they don’t hit each other and crack.
Be sure to grab eggs straight from the refrigerator. If the eggs have been at room temperature, you’ll ned to reduce the cook time by 1-2 minutes.
Cook in Air Fryer
Set the air fryer to 270°F (or 275°F) and preheat for 2-3 minutes. Do NOT set the temperature above 300°F. At higher temperatures, eggs won’t cook at a slow enough rate and will end up burning. Also, the peel will be really difficult to remove.
Cook the eggs for 12-13 minutes for soft-boiled eggs or 15-16 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
Ice Water Bath
While the eggs are cooking, combine ice and cold water in a large bowl.
As soon as the the timer goes off, place the eggs in the ice water bath. You want to stop the eggs from cooking by cooling them off quickly. Leave them in the water for at least 5 minutes or up to 10.
Once the eggs are cooled, crack the rounded bottom on a hard surface. Working around the egg, gently remove the peel. If the egg shells are not coming off easily, try running them under running water.
Meal Prep and Storage
- To Prep-Ahead: You can hard-boil eggs several days before you will use them. Cooked eggs will keep in the fridge.
- To Store: Unpeeled hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to 6-7 days. If they have been peeled, use within 4-5 days.
- To Freeze: It is not recommended to freeze hard-boiled eggs as the taste and texture will not be good once thawed.
Yes! Along with hard boiling an egg in an air fryer, you can make a fried egg as well. Cook a cracked egg on an aluminum foil-lined air fryer basket and cook at 350°F for 4-8 minutes, depending on how runny you want the yolk.
Eggs are incredibly healthy, especially when made in the air fryer! They are full of vitamins, minerals, and iron and a great source of protein. Making eggs in an air fryer is also a healthy way to prepare them as little oil is needed.
After preheating your airfryer, cook eggs in a single layer for 12-16 minutes, depending on how runny or firm you’d like the yolk.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Preheat the airfryer. Be sure to allow a few minutes for the airfryer to heat up in order to fully cook them.
- Keep ’em cold. Take the eggs straight from the refrigerator for the most predictable timing.
- Check the time. Depending on how runny the yolks need to be, cook the eggs for more or less time.
- Put ’em on ice. Have the ice bath ready so the eggs can cool down immediately after cooking.
- Running water. If the shell is being difficult difficult, try peeling the egg under running water.
Ways to Use Air Fryer Eggs
Check out these delicious recipes that use hard-boiled eggs:
Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe
This recipe for Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs is a fool-proof way to get quick, easy-peel eggs ready in a snap. These eggs are perfect for breakfast, as well as in a variety of foods and snacks, like egg salad.
- 6 large eggs straight from refrigerator
Preheat air fryer to 270°F (or 275°F) for 2-3 minutes.*
Place eggs in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12-13 minutes for soft-boiled eggs and 15-16 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
While the eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath. Load a large bowl with ice and then fill with water until it is ¾ full. Once eggs are done cooking, immediately immerse them in the ice water bath for 5-10 minutes, or until cool to the touch.
Peel the eggs by hitting the rounded bottom end of the egg on a hard surface and then rolling until it has cracks all over it. Be careful not to apply too much pressure when rolling so that you don’t break the egg. Begin peeling the egg at the rounded end. If you have difficulty, run it under cold running water while you peel to help loosen up the membrane. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
If your air fryer does not go below 300°F, simply set it to this temperature and cook eggs for 1-2 minutes less.