The very first Instant Pot recipe we made was Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs for obvious reasons. They were quick to make, hard to mess up and cheap to experiment with. Once you utilize your Instant Pot to make Hard Boiled Eggs you’ll never look back. For years we searched for the holy grail of Hard Boiled Egg Recipes. No matter what “tip” we tried, our hard boiled eggs were left with huge chunks of missing “flesh” after we were done peeling. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs continue to be the only manner in which we can easily remove the shell without losing half the whites.
This Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg Recipe is easy to follow and creates fluffy, creamy yellow centers with blemish free whites! While most people refer to the 555 rule, our method comes to 444: 4 minutes of steam, 4 minutes of release followed by 4 minutes of an ice bath. It’s just as easy to remember, and in our opinion, creates a better hard boiled egg. Of course hard boiled eggs are like candy….some prefer sour candy while others prefer chocolate. Both are delicious, however it comes down to preference.
Without further ado, here is our Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe!
Oh, before we forget, we know you’re wondering what our second Instant Pot recipe was, since this was our first. These Instant Pot Little Smokies!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- Utilize large eggs if possible. They are less apt to overcook. If you only have medium, shave a 1 minute off both the cooking time and “natural release” time.
- We tested the “steam” setting, “egg” setting and “pressure cooker” setting. The steam method created an egg white that was chewy and soft where as the pressure cooker and egg setting whites were a bit tougher. Still nice, but tougher.
- Do not let the eggs touch the water or the side of the pan. They will crack and you’ll be sad.
- The amount of eggs you cook at a time is flexible. We’ve done 4 and up to 12. The cooking time will not change.
- 1 Cup Water
- 4 - 12 Count Large Eggs
- Place the trivet that came with your instant pot in the pot.
- Add the water followed by the eggs.
- Close the lid and press the "steam" button and adjust to 4 minutes at high pressure.
- Let the pressure naturally release for 4 minutes, then finish with a quick release.
- While your eggs steam, fill a large bowl with ice and water.
- Once the pressure is released, place the eggs in the ice bath for 4 minutes.
- Remove from the ice bath, pat dry and refrigerate until you're ready to enjoy.
Hard boiled eggs will stay for a week in the refrigerator, as long as their shells are in tact.
Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs
Interested in making soft boiled eggs? Utilize the steps above, however set your timer to 2 minutes for runny eggs or 3 for true soft boiled.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs 555 Rule
Many people swear by the Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs 555 Rule. We tried it several times and were left with tough, grey eggs. Of course, as mentioned above, it depends on the size of your eggs. We tested this method out on large eggs, save for one experiment with medium. Those two batches were slightly grey and tough, but still less than satisfactory.
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