If there’s one thing I can’t do it’s to peel an egg without breaking the entire thing. Seriously. For the life of me I cannot get that hard-boiled egg peeled in a way that didn’t take half the egg away. That is anyway, until I started to make hard-boiled eggs in my instant pot!
I swear, I’d keep my instant pot for this reason alone. Seriously. Those peels just peel off. I’m not a die-hard instant pot fan, but I will give it this: hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot is the way to go.
And if you’re wondering why I’m not a super instant pot fan, because really, they are ALL the rage right? And as a mom of 5 little ones, shouldn’t I be all over it?
Check out this post where I compare the instant pot to the slow cooker and you can tell me what you think of yours!
Anyway…. Back to the instant pot hard-boiled eggs….
How to hard boil eggs in your instant pot
This is actually a ‘recipe’ that I recommend everyone who’s new to instant pot cooking to start with!
I teach you on a video on how to exactly do this in Instant Pot School, so if you’re super new to your instant pot, definitely get out this free video training vault about the instant pot!
It’s a great way for beginner instant pot users to get started using their instant pot and to get used to using it, without really screwing up your entire meal the first time you use it.
In a super short answer, to hard boil your eggs in your instant pot, all you need to do is add 1 cup water to the bottom of your inner pot, add you trivet, plop your eggs on top, close and lock the lid, press manual cook, then cook time, adjust to 3 minutes, (make sure your pressure valve is locked) and then let it naturally release 2 minutes after cooking!
But since this is probably your first time you want a more in-depth answer than that to actually have your hard-boiled eggs turn out right?!?
If you’re new to your instant pot, definitely check out this post here on how to make sure that your instant pot works perfectly! AKA Instant Pot Do’s and Don’ts
And… if you need more beginner or even super simple recipes to make in your instant pot make sure you check out this Sausage and Broccoli Mac n Cheese (literally on your table in 30 minutes!)
How many eggs can you cook in an instant pot at one time?
This will vary, if you only have the trivet that came with your instant pot, you can layer the eggs 2 high.
In my 6 quart instant pot, this means I can get about 12 eggs in it. 6 eggs on the bottom of the trivet, and then 6 eggs laid on top of those eggs.
If you find that you’re always going to be cooking more eggs than that at a time, or don’t want to spend the time balancing the eggs correctly, (especially when taking them out of the inner pot) then get yourself this super handy egg accessory that goes with the instant pot!
Bonus Tip: If you want your yolk perfectly in the middle of the hard boiled egg, place you eggs UPRIGHT with the skinny end up in this special egg trivet to have that perfectly uniform deviled egg!
How long does it take to boil an egg in the instant pot?
The actual cooking time? This is will be anywhere from 2-5 minutes cooking time, depending if you want a hard-boiled egg, or only a soft-boiled egg.
What you need to keep in mind though, is that for every instant pot recipe, it takes time for the pot to come to pressure.
When I make boiled eggs, I count on it taking 5-7 minutes for my pot to come to pressure, and then another 3 minutes cooking time, and then another 2 minutes for it to naturally release pressure.
So this will depend on how ‘hard’ you want your eggs, and how many eggs your cooking at the same time. It can take anywhere from 9-15 minutes before your eggs are ready to be dumped into the ice bath.
What is the 5-5-5 method for instant pot hard-boiled eggs?
The 5-5-5 method for hard-boiled eggs in the instant is when you cook the eggs for 5 minutes, let it naturally release for 5 minutes, and they sit in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
Personally I don’t like doing it this way! In my experience, it cooks my eggs just a little too much leaving the edges of my yolks going slightly grey or even green.
So how do you really cook hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot? How long?
1.Put 1 cup water in the bottom of your instant pot
2. Add your trivet, either the one that came with your instant pot, or this super handy trivet made for just eggs!
3. Place your eggs on the trivet. If you only have your traditional trivet, you can put 2 layers of eggs, otherwise use a double layer trivet if you have the egg trivet.
4. Close and lock the lid, making sure the pressure valve is locked. Press, manual cook, then cook time. If you want soft-boiled eggs, set the time to 2 minutes, if you want hard-boiled eggs set the time to 3 minutes.
5. Let it come to pressure and cook, once it’s done cooking, let it naturally release for 3 minutes. Then quick release the remaining pressure (you can do this without the mess by just slightly turning your pressure valve)
6. Remove the eggs with a pair of tongs and drop them into an ice water bath for 5 minutes. (This is just a bowl filled with ice and water)
That’s not to overwhelming is it? I would love to see how yours turned out and to share your success!!! Post your picture on Instagram using the hashtag #mamasrealmealssuccess and tag me at @mamasrealmeals so that I can see it!
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