Instead of how to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, a better title for this post would be how to make hard cooked eggs in the Instant Pot, because technically the eggs are pressured cooked, not boiled.
If you’re looking how to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, they should probably be called hard cooked eggs. Or pressure (hard) cooked eggs. The things you’ll need are an Instant Pot, eggs, and water.
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I use the 7 in 1 Instant Pot and find it’s really suitable for all my needs.
The 9 in 1 Instant Pot is also becoming a big seller and has the egg cooker function on it. If I decide to upgrade, this is the one I’m getting. Or maybe I should just wait for Instant Pot to add more features and bump up the tally to 12 or 15!
This post is aimed at the Instant Pot that I use, which means we manually adjust the egg cooking time.
Set up your Instant Pot on the counter and get your eggs ready. I buy my eggs from a nearby bird and small wildlife rescue. Free-range eggs for $4/dozen is very reasonable and I like to think I’m doing my part to donate a little money for the care of the birds that are being rehabilitated.
Add a cup of water into the Instant Pot. You can use the little steamer rack that came with your Instant Pot and put it inside. I’m a single so I cook 2 eggs at a time. I just find a way to balance them on the rack. It doesn’t seem to matter which end is up or if they sit sideways. If you have a big group and you’re cooking more than two eggs, you probably want to buy a rack that is made for cooking multiple eggs in the Instant Pot.
Once you have the eggs set up on the steamer rack, put the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure it’s set to the sealing position.
Press the manual button on the Instant Pot.
You might need to play around with the time, but I find 6 minutes is about right. Hit the + or – key on the Instant Pot to reach 6 minutes.
When the Instant Pot timer goes off, you have a couple of choices. You can remove the eggs right away. I find the egg is still a little soft, including the yolk. It still tastes great to eat, so if that’s the way you like it, 6 minutes will be the end of the eggs time in the Instant Pot.
Sometimes I leave the eggs in the Instant Pot a little longer, When the Instant Pot reaches the end time of 6 minutes, it switches to the warming function and counts up on the timer how many minutes it’s been. I’ve left the eggs in as long as 5 minutes and am happy with the hard boiled egg. It’s firm and the yolk is fully cooked. You might need to play around with that a few times until you reach the desired texture of hard boiled eggs.
Either way, if the timer goes at 6 minutes or you leave it warming for a few more minutes, the next step is to put on an oven mitt and switch the sealing tab to the venting position which will allow the steam to escape and the button will drop down when the lid is no longer sealed.
That’s when you can remove the Instant Pot lid.
Use tongs and put the eggs into a bowl of cold water with a few ice cubes.
Leave them for a couple of minutes and then peel them.
The bonus to cooking eggs in the Instant Pot under pressure is that the shell peels off easily.
Do you cook eggs in your Instant Pot? What length of cooking time works best for you?