Learn a foolproof way to make perfect Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs that are easy-to-peel with a few simple tricks! This 5-5-5 pressure cooker method cooks the eggs in only 5 minutes and creates perfectly set, creamy yolks and firm whites that are great for deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, or to eat on their own for breakfast.
Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe
I was just about to post these Classic Deviled Eggs when I thought,
“Hey! Do my readers know how to make hard-boiled eggs?…
And do they know how to make them in the Instant Pot?”
If not, then you are in for a real treat because this method could not be more simple, straightforward, and is pretty much foolproof!
You may have seen on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago chronicling my trials and tribulations of perfecting the hard-boiled egg.
After perusing numerous accredited websites I was dumbfounded.
There was no universal answer for how long do you boil hard-boiled eggs on the stovetop?!
Some people put their eggs in cold water, others in boiling water,
A few dunked their hard-boiled eggs in an ice bath, others in a lukewarm bath,
While others boiled on the stovetop for 10 minutes, others only 7 minutes.
Three dozen eggs later, I finally realized the best and most predictable way to make hard-boiled eggs is in the Instant Pot!
(Since this experiment I have learned How to Boil Eggs that come out perfect every time!)
Instant Pot vs. Stovetop
One of the primary benefits of cooking your eggs in the Instant Pot is that it is a science, not an art.
There is no guessing or eye balling when the water is at the right temperature, wondering when you should set the timer.
Nope, boiling eggs in the Instant Pot is as simple as putting your eggs in a basket, pressing a few buttons, and then waiting for it to do it’s magic!
To make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot you will need some type of metal or plastic piece that lifts the eggs off of the bottom of the pot.
Any of the following accessories will work:
- Steamer Basket – I purchased this a few years ago and it has worked perfectly for hard-boiled eggs!
- It can hold A LOT of veggies, bones, or even a dozen eggs.
- Egg Rack – This is definitely much more specific to eggs and works wonderfully.
- If using this, make sure you place your eggs with the rounded bottom down.
- Trivet – This comes with most pressure cookers and can be used if you don’t have either of the other two accessories.
- You will have to be careful when stacking your eggs on top of each other.
You will only need to follow a few simple steps to make hard-boiled eggs in your Instant Pot:
Pour 1 cup of cold water into a 6-quart Instant Pot.
Place steamer basket, egg rack, or trivet full of eggs into the Instant Pot.
- You can cook up to a dozen with a basket or 14 with a rack.
Cover pot with the lid and ensure the pressure release valve is sealed.
Put the Instant Pot into Manual Mode or Pressure Cooking mode and turn the pressure to High.
Set the timer for 5 minutes if you like a slightly less done yolk, or 6 minutes if you like them more creamy.
The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to heat up, and then will start the cooking process (5-6 minutes.)
- Wait an additional 5 minutes after the timer goes off before releasing the pressure valve.
Remove your eggs using towels (the eggs will be hot!) and transfer them to an ice water bath.
How to Peel Eggs
One of the major quandaries when troubleshooting this recipe was how to easily peel a hard-boiled egg once it’s cooked.
3 Tips for Easy-to-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs:
- Ice Bath: An ice bath immediately after you finish cooking the eggs is crucial… and ice them for at least 5 minutes! The longer you ice them the easier they are to peel.
- Rolling it Out: Hitting the rounded bottom of the egg and then vigorously rolling the egg (so it has cracks ALL over it!) resulted in an egg that was easier to peel.
- Running under Cold Water: If your eggs are still being a bit tricky, run them under cold water while peeling. Make sure the water runs between the egg white and the membrane so it helps to separate the two.
Some say old eggs are easier to peel. If you happen to have some week or two-week-old eggs, go ahead and use those up.
If you don’t, no problem! In my dozens of egg trials, I did not see a huge difference.
How long do they last?
Hard-boiled eggs can last for up to a week, peeled or unpeeled, if refrigerated properly.
It’s easiest to peel freshly cooked eggs, so I recommend peeling your hard-boiled eggs before storing them for later.
Do I need to use an ice bath?
You do not have to soak the eggs in an ice bath after they are done cooking, but this extra step definitely makes them way easier to peel.
Are older eggs better to use?
Some believe older eggs are easier to peel, but there is not hard and fast evidence on this fact. You can use either fresh or old eggs with similar results
Why do my eggs have a green ring?
This is most often caused by boiling or cooking the eggs for too long. Additionally, you may have too much iron in the water that was used.
Can I freeze them?
No, I would not recommend freezing hard-boiled eggs since the white will become rubbery if frozen.
- Use cold water and cold eggs so everything is at the same temperature in the Instant Pot.
- You need either a trivet, steamer basket, or an egg rack to boil eggs in the Instant Pot.
- An ice bath is crucial to getting the peel of the eggs to slide right off.
- The longer you let your eggs soak in the ice bath, the easier they’ll be to peel.
- Use the 5-5-5- method when boiling eggs in the Instant Pot.
- 5 minutes of cook time, 5 minutes of natural pressure release, and 5 minutes in an ice bath.
What to Make
Once you have your hard-boiled eggs cooked and peeled you can either eat them on their own with a bit of salt and pepper, make a batch of Classic Deviled Eggs, or chop them up into this Avocado Egg Salad.
Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
Learn how to cook Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs that are foolproof, easy-to-peel, and so simple to make!
- 12 eggs
- 1 cup cold water
- Ice bath
Pour cold water into a 6-quart Instant Pot. Place the steamer basket, egg rack, or trivet full of eggs into the Instant Pot.
Cover Instant Pot with lid and ensure the pressure release valve is sealed.
Turn the Instant Pot onto High Pressure and set the timer for 5 minutes if you like a slightly less done yolk, or 6 minutes if you like them a bit more creamy.
The Instant Pot will take a few minutes to heat up, and then will start the cooking process (5-6 minutes.) Once the Instant Pot timer goes off, wait an additional 5 minutes before releasing the pressure valve.
Quickly remove your eggs using towels (the eggs will be hot!) and transfer them to an ice water bath. Make sure the eggs are completely covered with water/ice and let them cool in the ice bath for at least 5 minutes.
Once completely cooled, hit the rounded bottom of the egg on a hard surface and then vigorously roll the egg so it has cracks ALL over it. Peel the egg under cold running water for best results.
Make classic deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, or enjoy them on their own!