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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Did you know that you can make “hard boiled” eggs in your Instant Pot? They turn out perfectly every time, and are easier to peel than traditional hard boiled eggs. Whether you like the yolks a little runny or rock hard (Hi, Mom!), I’ve got you covered.

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Hard Boiled Eggs Without The Green Ring

Growing up, I always thought hard boiled eggs naturally had a green ring around the yolk. I didn’t know that was the result of overcooking them! My mom has always had the tendency to over-cook food because she’s paranoid of salmonella contamination (no raw cookie dough for me– my kids are lucky we make Edible Vegan Cookie Dough!), so I didn’t know any better. But now I do.

To prevent the green ring, it’s important to place the eggs in a cold water bath immediately after cooking them. This stops the cooking process. Use the cooking times below to make sure you don’t overcook them, too.

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How Long Should I Cook Hard Boiled Eggs?

I decided to do a little experiment, cooking my eggs anywhere from 2 minutes to 5 minutes in the Instant Pot, all with a 5 minute “natural release” before releasing the rest of the steam pressure. Below are the results.

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As you can see, after 5 minutes the yolks are very well done, and after two minutes they’re softer, but still not runny. For a runny egg, use the “quick release” method, which means you immediately release the steam after the cooking cycle is over.

How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?

You can keep them for up to one week in the fridge, either with the shell on or peeled.

Do Hard Boiled Eggs Need to Be Refrigerated?

Yes, they do. Unlike raw eggs, which can sometimes be stored on the counter, cooking the eggs can make them more susceptible to bacteria contamination due to changes in the shell. It’s recommended that you discard hard boiled eggs if they’ve been out on the counter for more than two hours.

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Can You Freeze Hard Boiled Eggs?

If you make too many eggs, or your eggs accidentally freeze in the back of your fridge, keep in mind that the white part of the egg doesn’t thaw well. You can freeze the yolks to use for later use, for up to 3 months in an airtight container. (I’d peel the eggs and freeze just the yolks to make your life easier– peeling a frozen egg doesn’t sound fun.)

Which Instant Pot is Best?

I’ve found the 6-quart Instant Pot (affiliate link) to be sufficient for every recipe I’ve made for my family. If you have more than 4 family members, you might want the 8-quart for making larger quantities.

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Whether you use them for a quick breakfast, snack, or a salad topper, I hope you’ll find this method for cooking hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot helpful.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Here's my go-to method for making PERFECT hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, without a green ring around the yolk. They're easier to peel this way, too!

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4
Calories: 77 kcal
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs (or as many as you want to cook)
Instructions
  1. Fill your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water and place the metal trivet inside. 

  2. Place the eggs on top of the trivet, then secure the lid onto the pot. Make sure you turn the vent at the top to the "sealing" position. Press the "Manual" button, then the "-" button to lower the time to 5 minutes. (Or use just 3 minutes for a runny yolk.) 

  3. For harder egg yolks, wait 5 minutes after the cooking process is over to release the steam. (The Instant Pot will read LO:05 on the screen when 5 minutes has passed.) For softer egg yolks, release the steam immediately after the cooking process stops. 

  4. To release the steam pressure, carefully turn the vent to the "venting" position. Make sure your hand isn't over the top of the vent so you don't get burned by the steam. You'll know all the pressure has been released with the silver pressure gauge next to the vent has dropped. 

  5. Remove the lid and use tongs or a spoon to carefully remove the hot eggs. Place the eggs in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Let them cool for 5 minutes before peeling and serving. 

  6. Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one week. 

Per egg: Calories: 77, Carbohydrates: 0, Fiber: 0, Protein: 6, Fat: 5

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite use for hard boiled eggs? We use them on my Vegetarian Cobb Salad!

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Comments

nancy

Does it matter if the eggs are cold from refrigerator or room temperature before putting them in the instant pot?

    Andrea

    I put them in straight from the fridge. Some shells were cracked when I opened the lid but I don’t know if this was the reason. Either way, they cooked just fine and I peel them all at once anyway!

    Thanks for the method Megan, I hadn’t thought of making eggs in the IP!

Jenny

Thank you for trialing this out! We love hard boiled eggs but I usually try to make them while I’m cooking other things in the kitchen and often get distracted, leading to eggs being a little more cooked than I wanted. This will solve that problem! 🙂

Melissa bailey rodriguez

Thanks for showing us something else to do with the instant pot! I don’t have one yet, but am definitely considering investing in one so it’s great to learn about all you can do with it! #detoxinistachallenge

Nikki

Thanks for sharing your method. I use the 5-min / 5-min suggestion and they are always consistently cooked. But for some reason, I get the green ring of yuck every time. I put them in a cold bath immediately, I try old vs new and white vs brown. Today I said what the heck and boiled in a pot and voila.. No green ring. Any suggestions?

    pCS

    I have the same experience. Even cooking for 2 mins and plunking them in an ice bath immediately after releasing the steam, I get green rings.

Michele

Nope. Totally didn’t work.Did 5 min pressure cook, 5 min natural release, 5 minutes in ice water. Wouldn’t peel, and the yolks were still glossy yellow but not runny. Not sure what I did wrong!

    Megan Gilmore

    Hmm… mine are usually borderline over-cooked at 5 minutes! My only thought would be that maybe the pot was set to low pressure instead of high, or if you happened to start with warm or hot water, instead of cold/room temperature water in the pot, that the eggs wouldn’t get the whole cooking time, since all recipes with the Instant Pot include heating the water up as part of the cook time. Or perhaps eggs can just vary based on how fresh they are? This has consistently worked for me for the past year, but I hope you find a time that works for you, too!

Dusty

Is your keep warm on or off? I get confused with the instant release and have been setting my 8 qt to no keep warm and setting a timer for the 5 minutes before quick release – is this right or wrong? I thought maybe the keep warm wouldn’t be on if you quick release. Thanks for your help/time.

    Megan Gilmore

    I believe my pot automatically switches to a keep warm setting after the cooking cycle is complete. I have never changed the settings it came with. I don’t think would necessarily matter in the time span of 5 minutes, as the pressure will naturally release either way, but if you turn it totally off it might release pressure a little faster that way.

Carlee Savage

Hi!Thanks for this recipe! I have the mini which works great for 2-3 people.
I do not have a manual setting, but used the “egg” setting and subtracted one minute from the automatic six minutes. The manual says to use the “More” setting for hardboiled. We’ll see how they turn out!

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