Hard boiled eggs were one of the first things besides my favorite broccoli cheese soup that was tried in my instant pot. I struggled to find the right time to cook my eggs with having the 8 qt model instead of the 6 qt mode most were basing their recipe times on. After a little experimentation and a lot of batches of eggs that were not quite done or had green rings, here are the results.
These eggs make the perfect meal prep for breakfast, a simple snack, or an addition to any salad! Check out this amazing recipe by Through the Cooking Glass for deviled eggs we are mentioned in. You can also make a great egg salad for lunch prep!
Start by placing the eggs in the egg holder inside your instant pot. If you do not have an egg holder, you can use the trivet to hold your eggs above the water, just make sure your eggs are in a single layer. Today I made 7 eggs in anticipation I may loose one in the cooking process since I wanted 6 total for meal prep! It is not uncommon to have an egg explode during the cooking process, but don’t worry, it doesn’t make a huge mess and is super easy to clean up inside the instant pot.
Then add in the water and start the instant pot on high manual pressure for 5 minutes, at this time I set a second kitchen timer for 15 minutes. The 15 minute total time is the key, I had read about the 5-5-5 method, 5 minutes up to pressure, 5 minutes at pressure, and 5 minutes natural release. This caused my eggs to be too done waiting the full 5 minutes for natural release since my pot is the 8 qt model takes longer to get to the cooking pressure making the total cooking time too long. Also with smaller pots that do not take as long to get to pressure you may need to wait longer for the natural release than 5 minutes.
After the kitchen timer goes off, quick release the pot and put the eggs into an ice bath for 10-15 minutes.
Once the eggs are cooled, peel them, these will be the easiest eggs you have ever pealed! The steam and pressure make the egg shells more fragil and easier to peel even if they are fresh. Eggs that are 1-2 weeks old seem to peel the best. However, fresh eggs still do better with this method than others I have used.
Place the eggs in an air tight container to keep in the fridge. They will keep for 1 week per USDA guidelines if they are peeled or unpeeled.
Ingredients For Instant Pot Eggs
3/4 Cup of water
Perfect Easy Peel Instant Pot Eggs
- instant pot
- 6 Eggs
- 3/4 Cup Water
- Place eggs on the trivet in a single layer or in an egg holder in the instant pot.
- Pour in water, make sure there is enough to cover the bottom of the instant pot, reduce amount if using a mini instant pot to 1/2 cup.
- Set pot on manual high pressure to five minutes.
- Set a kitchen timer for 15 minutes.
- When the kitchen timer goes off the instant pot should display a lapsed time close to 5 minutes, cancel the pot's process and do a quick release.
- Place the eggs in an ice bath for 10-15 minutes.
- Peel eggs and place in an air tight container for up to 1 week.
- Enjoy your perfect easy peel Instant Pot Eggs!