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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 4 eggs (or as many as you want to cook)
- Fill your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water and place the metal trivet inside.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!