Hard-boiled eggs might be something that you feel pretty comfortable, even confident, about. But wait, let’s just take a second to reconsider. Have you ever thought about making them in an Instant Pot? It’s fast, easy, and you might even find that those shells slip right off.
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We know that change is hard or that sometimes you just prefer the old ways. But let us make a case for the appliance that has taken over nearly all of our kitchens. The Instant Pot does a phenomenal job of making hard-boiled eggs—fast and cooked uniformly every time. Let us show you how.–Jenny Latreille
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How to Make Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
- 6-Quart Instant Pot
- 6 to 8 large eggs* cold
- 1 cup water
- Cook using high pressure for 5 to 7 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. 5 minutes should give you set whites with runny yolks, while 7 minutes should give you hard firm whites and fully set yolks.
- Manually release the pressure and move the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool for 5 minutes.
*Why did my eggs turn brown in my Instant Pot?There are a few things that will cause your eggs to come out with brown spots or yolks. Making them in a pressure cooker is different than boiling them in a big pot of water, so you’ll need to take a few precautions when you do it this way. Make sure that you use sufficient water and that you’re using the steamer rack, in order to keep them from burning and turning brown. Overcooking is the other factor that will lead to browning, so make sure that you’ve got the timing right and put those freshly cooked eggs into cold water as soon as they’re done in the Instant Pot—this step will also help to avoid that green ring around the yolk.
Recipe Testers’ Reviews
This is my go-to method for Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs. No more boiling on the stove for me! I can comfortably fit 7 eggs on the trivet in my 6-qt Instant Pot, plus that’s about as many as we need for the week. We like our eggs cooked for 6 minutes. The yolks aren’t too firm, yet not too jammy. The shells are a breeze to remove and there’s never that unsightly ring around the yolk.
I cook the eggs before bed and let them sit in the fridge overnight, so they're ready to use in the morning—sliced on top of avocado toast with a generous shake of everything bagel seasoning.
I always poo-pooed the thought of making hard-boiled eggs in my IP. Why are people raving about this? I mean, really! It’s so darn easy to make hard-boiled eggs on the top of the stove, why would I want to get out the IP and deal with that? Well, I now see what all the fuss is about. I fit 6 eggs onto the rack of my IP. I set the timer for 6 minutes. When the 6 minutes were up, I did a quick release of pressure. I let my eggs cool in an ice water bath in their shells for 1 minute. I ended up with eggs that just slipped out of their shells and were perfectly cooked. Yes. It's really easy to make hard-boiled eggs on top of the stove, but next time that I want, or need, some hard-boiled eggs, I’m going to grab my IP. These Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are easier, and the results can’t be beaten.
Originally published July 18, 2021