Do you have an Instant Pot and don’t know where to start? I am still getting the hang of it, but I’ve mastered how to make PERFECT hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.
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What Can the Instant Pot Do?
215,000+ Amazon customers purchased the Instant Pot on Prime Day alone. Now that it’s in everyone’s kitchen they are looking for new recipes to try.
The Instant Pot is a single appliance that does the job of seven (yes, seven!) different kitchen appliances. It can handle the tasks of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and a warming pot. Think of all those appliances taking up space in your kitchen that can be replaced by one.
New to using the Instant Pot? Learn about these seven tips for efficiently using your Instant Pot.
While I am still learning all the functions of the Instant Pot, the first technique I mastered was preparing hard and soft-boiled eggs.
How Are Eggs Healthy?
One large egg has 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids. Nearly half the protein is in the yolk so don’t ditch the yolk!
Eggs were once avoided and criticized for their cholesterol content. However, the totality of scientific research has shown no or little effect between dietary cholesterol and cardiac outcomes or markers of heart disease risk in healthy individuals.
Government and health organizations have revised their dietary cholesterol recommendations. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans place no daily limit on dietary cholesterol intake. Foods like egg yolks and some shellfish are higher in dietary cholesterol but not saturated fats making them a healthful choice along with healthy eating patterns.
Hard-boiled eggs are something I pretty much meal prep every week for myself. One large egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, including choline plus the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, all just for 70 calories.
Why the Instant Pot method works:
Now, I know making hard-boiled eggs on the stovetop is not too challenging, but this Instant Pot method makes it even simpler and in just 5 minutes, they are ready. Plus, there is a science behind why cooking eggs in the Instant Pot make them easier to peel. The reason according to Alton Brown is:
“Eggs that are quickly heated are easier to peel than eggs that are slowly heated, say in cold water brought to a boil. Fast cooking prevents the white from bonding so epoxy-like to the outer membranes. Since pressure steamers can generate temperatures between 230 and 250 degrees F it is suspected that this is actually why folks think they’re magic egg machines.” Also, thorough cooling eases peeling by allowing the proteins in the albumen to fully set and harden, thus preventing tearing.
How to Make Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Pour the water in and place the rack (trivet) in the bottom. Then sit the eggs on the rack in the Instant Pot in a single layer.
Cook for 3 minutes on high pressure. Once the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.
Transfer the eggs to a bowl with ice and cold water until they are cool enough to hold in your hand.
Peel right away.
The Best Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs
If you want to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, pour the water in. Set the rack in the bottom. Place the eggs on the rack. Cook for 5 minutes using high pressure. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then transfer to an ice bath. Peel once they are cool enough for you to hold.
Tips for Making
- Make sure the eggs are in a single layer, do not stack them.
- There is an accessory you can buy that is specifically for making eggs in the Instant Pot that may allow you to cook more at a time.
- When you release the pressure, place a towel over the top. Also make sure the pressure cooker is away from cabinets so the steam doesn’t ruin them.
How Long Do Cooked Eggs Last?
Hard-Boiled Eggs will keep up to a week in your refrigerator. Make a few perfect hard-boiled eggs to create delicious recipes throughout the week.
A few ways I use hard-boiled eggs are:
- Pair hard-boiled eggs with avocado and tomato. I usually just add a little salt and pepper, but when I’m looking to add an extra pop of flavor, I add everything but the bagel, sesame seasoning blend.
- For a filling snack, try my version of a “quick deviled egg”. Scoop out the yolk, mix with hummus and fill back in the egg white.
Ways to Use Instant Pot Eggs
- Go for a traditional cobb salad but switch up your greens with a Kale Cobb Salad
- Serve Classic Egg Salad over greens or enjoy a Simple Egg Salad Sandwich
- Switch up your typical deviled egg appetizer with Quinoa and Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs or Greek Deviled Eggs to serve at your next party
- Pair with whole grains! Try this Farro Grain Bowl or Brown Rice Breakfast Bowls
- Serve up lunch in style with this mason jar Mediterranean Chopped Salad
- Opt for a soft-boiled egg when served in a warm bowl of Ramen.
Make PERFECT Hard Boiled and Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
- Prep Time: 3
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 8 minutes
- Yield: 5
- Method: Instant Pot
Make PERFECT Hard Boiled and Soft Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
Eggs (up to as many that can fit in an even layer in your Instant Pot – do not stack)
1 cup water
Instant Pot with the rack
Place the rack in the bottom of the pot. Pour the water in the pot. Place the eggs on the rack.
Set Instant pot on high pressure on manual 3 minutes. Quick release placing a towel over the valve. Quickly add eggs to a bowl with cold water and ice until cool enough to hold. Peel right away.
Set Instant Pot on high pressure on manual 5 minutes. Natural release 5 minutes then use quick release placing a towel over the valve. Quickly add eggs to a bowl with cold water and ice until cool enough to hold. Peel right away.
Keywords: eggs, instant pot, meal prep
Love it! If only I had room for it in my teeny NYC kitchen!
Try the smaller size! I’m still figuring out all the functions, but it’s looking like it might take the place of a few of my other appliances.
The possibilities for the instapot are endless! great pics
I have yet to experiment with my instant pot that I got at Christmas but this is going on my food prep list for this weekend!! 5 minutes is amazing!
You have to start using it! I’ve been meal prepping hard boiled eggs and various whole grains every week.
I have never thought of using my pressure cooker for hard boiled eggs. Risotto yes, hard boiled eggs no. Now I know how. Thanks for sharing this great tip. ????
Ohhhh, I have to try using my Instant Pot for risotto!
I don’t think I have a manual setting on my Instant Pot.
6 qt, has yogurt function. Most recipes that I have used specify high or low pressure setting. There also normal. So, if the pressure valve is closed, I assume this “under pressure” cooking? Also specify the number of eggs this works for. Other recipes say 6 minutes for 12 eggs. I want to cook only 6 at a time. Please advise. Thanks.
What version of the Instant Pot do you have? Yes, if the pressure valve is closed it would be considered “under pressure” cooking.
I just make sure the eggs are on an even layer at the bottom of the instant pot. I’ve done 2 and even 6 at a time. I still did them for 5 minutes and they were perfect every time. Hope this helps!
Thank you! I made six, 5 @ high, rest for 5, open manually, cold water bath for 5. Delicious!
Happy to hear it worked for you!! It seriously make it so easy and they come out perfect every time! Be on the lookout – I have more Instant Pot recipes to come!
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I eat so many eggs each week. I need to try this ASAP!
Awesome tutorial! The instant pot is a kitchen essential!
How easy! I’ve just now discovered the magic of everything-but-the-bagel seasoning (I know, only a few years behind lol) and I’m obsessed!
This is so great! I had no idea I could hard boil in the instant pot- what cant it do??
Love how easy this is! Thanks for the simple instruction 🙂
Love the idea of using the Instant Pot for hard boiled eggs in that cobb salad! I’ve been thinking recently (as a new mom) I might need to bite the bullet on getting an Instant Pot.