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Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

The best and easiest way to make hard-boiled eggs is in an Instant Pot. It’s quick and easy, and the eggs are a breeze to peel!

Look at those beauties! Nice firm whites. Gorgeous yellow yolks. NO icky gray/green ring. And sooo easy to peel. When it comes to hard-boiled eggs, it doesn’t get any better than that!

For whatever reason, I was super late to the Instant Pot party. I think it’s because I have accumulated a ton of cooking gadgets over the years and was trying to downsize just a bit. Well, I finally broke down and bought one about a year ago, and it was love at first use!

These hard-boiled eggs are the first thing I made with my new Instant Pot, and let me tell you something. For me, they are almost worth the price of admission alone – I make a bunch every few days – although there are some other really great things you can make in the Instant Pot (recipes on the way!).

hard-boiled eggs on a plate with a few cut open showing the yolks

INGREDIENTS YOU NEED TO MAKE INSTANT POT HARD-BOILED EGGS:

  • Eggs
  • Water

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Instant Pot
  • Steamer rack (comes with Instant Pot)

HERE’S A QUICK LOOK AT HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT HARD-BOILED EGGS:

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The 6-minute cook time in this recipe is for standard store-bought large eggs. If your eggs are smaller or larger, you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. For example, sometimes I get larger eggs from a local farm that are closer to the size of an extra large egg from the store, and I need to adjust the cooking time to 7 minutes.

Oh, and by the way, if you’ve ever made hard-boiled eggs on the stove top with farm-fresh eggs, you know how very difficult they are to peel (which is why they usually tell you to use older eggs when making hard-boiled eggs). When I use the Instant Pot, even those farm-fresh eggs peel with ease!

whole and halved hard-boiled eggs on a white plate

COMMON QUESTIONS:

  • Can I cook more than 6 eggs at a time? Yes. With either a 6-quart or an 8-quart Instant Pot, you should be able to fit 12 large eggs on the rack. Cooking time is the same. I have not tried to do more than 12 eggs. If anyone has done more than 12, please let us know in the comments below how it turned out!
  • How do I cook hard-boiled eggs if I don’t have an Instant Pot? Place the eggs in a pot and cover them with enough cold water to come an inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil (uncovered) over medium-high heat. As soon as the water boils, remove the pot from the heat, put the lid on, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the eggs and place them in ice water or very cold water until they are cool.
  • What’s the best way to store hard-boiled eggs? Hard-boiled eggs need to be refrigerated and are best stored unpeeled in their shells. They will last up to one week. If the eggs are peeled, store them in the refrigerator in a bowl of cold water (the water should cover the eggs and should be changed every day) or in an air-tight container (put a damp paper towel over the eggs) for 5 to 7 days. Don’t store them on the door because the temperature fluctuates too much there. In the middle of the fridge and closer to the back of the fridge is a good place.

With the time it takes to come up to pressure and then the actual cooking time and cooling time, you’re in it for about 20 minutes – which is about how long it would take on the stove. BUT these hard-boiled eggs are so much better! No pot of water and eggs to babysit or forget about (yep, I’ve done that way too many times), the eggs are perfectly cooked, and they peel with ease every single time.

I hope you try these Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs and love them as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

The best and easiest way to make hard-boiled eggs is in an Instant Pot. It’s quick and easy, and the eggs peel like a dream! 
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Author: Michelle – Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Cooling Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 egg per serving)
Estimated Calories: 70

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • cups water

Instructions

  • Place the water in the Instant Pot.  Place the steamer rack in the pot. Place the eggs on the rack, spacing them evenly.
  • Put the lid on the Instant Pot. Turn the steam release handle to “sealing.” Press Manual (or Pressure Cook, depending on the model of your Instant Pot) and set the time to 6 minutes at high pressure. (Note: It will take about 8 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure before the cooking time will begin to count down).
  • When the cooking time is finished, immediately turn the steam release handle to “venting” (please be careful and take precautions – there is HOT steam that will come out) and quick-release the pressure. 
  • Remove the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool, about 6 minutes. 
  • Remove the eggs from the ice water. Peel and serve.

Notes

  • Store any leftover hard-boiled eggs (unpeeled) in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Cooking time of 6 minutes is for standard large store-bought eggs. If your eggs are smaller or larger, you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • I used an 8-quart Instant Pot for this recipe.
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Rita

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

I used room temp large very fresh eggs. 6 minutes in IP with 6/8 minutes in water bath. Rolled eggs on counter to crack shells, but did not want to easily peel...they seemed to be sticking. I placed in tap water bath for a minute or so which seemed to loosen shells making them easy to peel off. Thanks for mentioning this works for fresh eggs!

Michelle

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Hi, Rita! Happy New Year! Sometimes it does help to leave the eggs in the cold water longer, especially if the shells seem to be sticking a bit. So glad they turned out for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment and rate the recipe!

Kristyn

Monday 15th of April 2019

You have inspired me to get an Instant Pot. I just did hard boiled eggs for the first time. Thanks to your recipe, I finally am able to get perfect eggs with ease of pealing. Gone are the days of the frustration of pealing eggs. Can't wait to make hard boiled eggs to dye eggs for Easter with my girls!! We also make lots of soft boiled eggs and lots of pickled eggs. I used to dread it.........but not anymore!!! Thank you!!

Michelle

Monday 15th of April 2019

Hey, Kristyn! Thank you so much! The best compliment I could ever hope to get is that I inspired someone to cook something! Happy Easter to you and your girls!?