Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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Quick and Simple Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs: Whip up perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs in a flash with your Instant Pot! Ideal for making Deviled Eggs, egg salad, or delicious soy sauce eggs. These eggs are also convenient for packing into lunch boxes—a nutritious and energizing snack option for any time of day!

We’ve made countless batches of deviled eggs in our kitchen, and one of the biggest frustrations has always been peeling the eggs. You’re probably familiar with it too—those stubborn, pitted shells that are a hassle to remove. It’s not just a waste of time but also of perfectly good eggs.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe | Mean Green Chef

But the Instant Pot changed all of this, in fact, any pressure cooker will do the trick. You can easily hard boil a dozen eggs at a time. The beauty is the shells slip right off! No more cursing, nudging and wrestling eggs out of their shells.

  • Shell Adherence: Freshly laid eggs tend to have a higher pH level, which results in a lower air pocket between the shell and the egg white. This can make it more challenging to peel the eggs compared to older eggs.

  • Membrane Integrity: As eggs age, the pH level increases and the membrane between the shell and the egg white starts to degrade. This can lead to easier peeling of older eggs, as the membrane separates more readily from the egg white.

  • Cooking Method: The cooking method used can also impact the ease of peeling. Hard-boiling eggs using a gentle, consistent heat and then immediately cooling them in ice water can help to create an air pocket between the shell and the egg white, regardless of the egg’s age, making them easier to peel.

  • Storage Conditions: Proper storage of eggs can influence their peeling ease. Fresh eggs stored in the refrigerator for a week or two may peel more easily than those stored at room temperature.

  • Shock Method: Some suggest that a quick shock method, such as shaking the eggs in a covered container or rolling them gently on a hard surface, can help loosen the shell from the egg white, facilitating easier peeling.

  • Practice and Experience: Peeling eggs, whether fresh or older, can be a skill that improves with practice. Experimenting with different cooking and cooling methods, as well as egg storage conditions, can help determine the best approach for achieving consistently easy-to-peel eggs.

Instant Pot Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

  1. Prepare Eggs: Place desired number of eggs in the stainless steel insert of the Instant Pot.

  2. Add Water: Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot to create steam.

  3. Set Pressure Cooker: Close the lid of the Instant Pot and ensure the steam release valve is set to the sealing position. Set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for 3 minutes.

  4. Natural Release: Once the cooking cycle is complete, allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes.

  5. Quick Release: After 5 minutes of natural release, carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position to release any remaining pressure.

  6. Ice Bath: Using tongs, transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool rapidly and stop the cooking process. Let them sit in the ice bath for 2-3 minutes.

  7. Peel Eggs: Gently tap each egg on a hard surface to crack the shell, then peel under cold running water to remove the shell.

  8. Serve: Serve the soft boiled eggs immediately, seasoned with salt and pepper if desired. Enjoy!

Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe | Mean Green Chef
Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe | Mean Green Chef

For a medium-cooked eggs with firmer whites and a jam-like yolk consistency, cook for 4-minutes before proceeding with the remaining steps.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe | Mean Green Chef

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How to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe | Mean Green Chef

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. Seriously fast, easy hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Use your IP to whip up a batch of Deviled Eggs, egg salad or soy sauce eggs! Even perfect for dropping into a lunch box, the perfect snack to power up. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Mean Green Chef


  • 2-12 large eggs
  • 1 cup water


  • Add water to Instant Pot®, place the metal trivet inside the pot. 
  • Place the eggs on the trivet, piling into a pyramid if preparing more than one layer of eggs. 
  • Select Manual + Pressure High + 5 Minutes (hard boiled) making sure that the valve is closed.
  • Once you hear the beep indicating the cook time is done, turn the IP off and wait 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes is up, open the vent to allow any extra pressure out.
  • Remove eggs and soak in a cool water bath for 5 minutes.


  • Hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to one week, peeled or unpeeled. 
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    1. I always learn something new from you! We boil eggs everyday & it’s quiet a frustration. Thanks for this Angela🤗

      1. Awww, thanks so much, Jane! Glad that you found this helpful 🤗

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