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Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs are incredibly quick and easy to make, perfectly cooked every time, and easy to peel. This may just be the best way ever to make hard-boiled eggs!

I guess I really should call these air fryer hard-cooked eggs because they aren’t actually boiled (in fact, you don’t use any water at all). Whatever they’re called, if you have an air fryer, you’ve got to try them!

When I first heard about eggs cooked in the air fryer, I was very skeptical. I was a loyal fan of Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs for a long time, and I didn’t think that making hard-boiled eggs in the air-fryer would work at all.

But, hey, I had to try it. And to my surprise, it worked so well that this is now my new favorite way to make hard-boiled eggs (sorry Instant Pot…but I still love you)!

The eggs are perfectly cooked with a firm yolk and no green/gray ring. They’re easy to peel. And, although they take about the same amount of time as cooking on the stove, they’re so much simpler to make (and almost completely hands-off!).

Just preheat the air fryer, put the eggs in the basket, and let them cook. Go do some other stuff in the meantime, if you’d like, since there’s no babysitting – er, eggsitting – required.

An ice bath after cooking quickly cools them down so they don’t overcook, and it helps the shells come off easily. And that’s it! They’re ready to enjoy!

These air-fried eggs are delicious for breakfast, lunch, as a snack, or you can use them in recipes like Egg Salad, Deviled Eggs, Potato Salad, and lots more!

6 eggs in an air fryer basket

Ingredients you need:

Note: Exact amounts are in the recipe card below.

  • Large eggs (cold, straight from the refrigerator)
  • Cold water
  • Ice cubes

Special equipment needed:

  • Air fryer (I use a 6-quart basket-style air fryer)

Here’s a look at how to make Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs:

Note: This is just a quick overview of the steps. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe with detailed instructions.

2 images; one of an air fryer with text that says preheat air fryer to 250 degrees Fahrenheit; the other of 6 eggs in an air fryer basket with text that says place the eggs in the air fryer basket
2 images; one of an air fryer with text that says cook for 16 minutes; the other of eggs in a bowl of ice water with text that says place the eggs in a bowl of ice water until fully cooled (about 10 minutes)
2 images; one of a hand peeling an egg with text that says peel the eggs; the other of cooked and peeled hard-boiled eggs on a white plate, 4 whole eggs and 2 eggs sliced in half with salt and pepper shakers on the side with text that says enjoy

Tips & Tidbits:

  • This is more a method than a recipe, and the recommended cook time is just a guideline/starting point.
    • All air fryers and eggs are different, so you might have to experiment with yours to find the sweet spot (do this with one egg at a time). Once you get it, as long as you use the same procedure and same size eggs, it should work the same every time after that!
    • I tested this recipe using an Instant Vortex 6-quart basket-style air fryer (#notsponsored) and large grocery store eggs that are cold and straight from the fridge.
  • If you use smaller or larger eggs, you will need to decrease or increase the cooking time (for example, when I have used extra-large eggs, I needed to increase the cooking time to 17 minutes).
  • The air fryer should be preheated before you add the eggs. If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat cycle, just run it at 250°F for about 3 minutes.
  • You can cook anywhere from 1 to 6 eggs; the cooking time will be the same.
  • Don’t overcrowd the eggs in the air fryer. You want the hot air to circulate around them so they cook evenly.
  • Sometimes you will notice brown spots that look like crumbs on the eggshells after they are done cooking. This may be from residue in the air fryer, or it could just be the cooking process (not sure which). Either way, it doesn’t affect the egg inside.
  • Keep any eggs you aren’t using immediately stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days.
    • You can store them with the shells on or off. Peeled eggs should either be covered with water (make sure to change the water every day) or covered with damp paper towels.
air fryer hard boiled eggs cut in half on a white plate sprinkled with salt and pepper with small salt and pepper shakers on the side

I eat tons of hard-boiled eggs, most often for breakfast, and my very favorite way to enjoy them is simply sprinkled with some salt and pepper. They’re also delicious topped with everything bagel seasoning.

I hope you try this recipe for Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs are incredibly quick and easy to make, perfectly cooked every time, and easy to peel. This may just be the best way ever to make hard-boiled eggs!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Preheat and Ice Bath: 13 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 egg each)
Estimated Calories: 70

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs, cold, straight from the refrigerator

Special Equipment

  • air fryer (I use a 6-quart basket-style air fryer)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 250°F.
    Note: If your air fryer does not have a preheat cycle, run it at 250°F for about 3 minutes. You want the air fryer to be at 250°F before you add the eggs.
  • Add the eggs to the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving space in between them to allow for proper air circulation.
  • Cook for 16 minutes.
  • Immediately remove the eggs from the air fryer to a bowl of ice water; allow them to sit in the ice water until completely cooled, about 10 minutes.
    Note: Don't skip this step. It cools down the eggs so they don't overcook, and it helps make the eggs easy to peel.
  • Peel and enjoy!

Notes

  • The cook time is just a guideline/starting point. Because all air fryers and eggs are different, you might have to do a little experimenting with your air fryer to find the sweet spot (do this with one egg at a time). Once you get it, as long as you use the same procedure and same size eggs, it should work the same every time after that!
  • I tested this recipe using an Instant Vortex 6-quart basket-style air fryer.
  • You can cook anywhere from 1 to 6 eggs; the cooking time will be the same.
  • If you use smaller or larger eggs, you will need to decrease or increase the cooking time (for example, when I have used extra-large eggs, I needed to increase the cooking time to 17 minutes).
  • Sometimes you will notice brown spots that look like crumbs on the eggshells after they are done cooking. This may or may not be from residue in the air fryer or it could just be the cooking process. Either way, it’s normal and doesn’t affect the egg inside.
  • Keep any eggs you aren’t using immediately stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 days.
    • You can store them with the shells on or off. Peeled eggs should either be covered with water (make sure to change the water every day) or covered with damp paper towels.
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Robert OLeary

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Michelle, I made your Angel Hair Pastawith Scampitoday and it was soooo good that I made you my new Recipe Suplier I had to change some things Not because I wanted to but I live in Oregon and it was pouring out. I replaced the White Wine with a bit of 7UP the lemon juice with a squeezed tangereneand guesss what IT TURNED OUT WONDERFULLY So thats why you are my new go to for recipes THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

Michelle

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Thank you so much, Robert! That's so awesome that you were able to substitute ingredients you had on hand, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I hope you find lots more recipes to try!