Easy Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

These Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are so easy! You will love this foolproof method for making hard or soft boiled eggs in your Instant Pot or pressure cooker.

Perfectly cooked Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs sliced in half, showing creamy yolks

We’ve been making hard-boiled eggs using our stovetop method for years, but these Instant Pot eggs might just be better. Use this pressure cooker eggs recipe to make eggs for ramen, deviled eggs, egg salad, avocado toast with egg, or enjoy them as a high-protein snack.

What I love about this recipe is that it can be used to make hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs. As a bonus, Instant Pot eggs are easy to peel! The peels literally slide off. Amazing!

What You Need for Instant Pot Eggs

  • Pressure cooker: An Instant Pot or other electric pressure cooker brand.
  • Trivet or steamer basket: This raises the eggs above the water. Most Instant Pots come with a suitable trivet.
  • Water: 1 cup for standard-sized Instant Pots. Check your manual if using a different size.
  • Eggs: As many as will fit in a single layer. My 6-quart model fits 10 to 12.
  • Ice bath: A bowl of ice water to immediately stop cooking.
  • Slotted spoon or tongs: To safely transfer eggs to the ice bath.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot

To make hard-boiled eggs in your Instant Pot, add 1 cup of water to the pot and insert your trivet or steamer basket. Place eggs in a single layer on the trivet.

Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs cut in half, ready for salads, deviled eggs, and more

Seal the lid and cook on High Pressure for your desired time: 3 minutes for soft yolks, 5 minutes for medium, or 7 minutes for fully set whites (see below for exact cooking times).

Once the cooking time is up, manually release the pressure. Immediately transfer the eggs to a prepared ice bath to stop cooking. After a few minutes of cooling, you’re ready to peel and enjoy your perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs!

These really are the easiest hard-boiled eggs to peel. We were curious to know why this was the case and found that Alton Brown attributes this to the high temperature and the speed at which the eggs are heated inside the pressure cooker.

How Long To Cook Eggs in the Instant Pot

  • 3 minutes: Soft, runny yolk with just-set whites. Ideal for dipping toast soldiers!
  • 4 to 5 minutes: Jammy yolk, bright yellow center, firm whites. Great for ramen or salads.
  • 6 to 7 minutes: Mostly set yolk with fully firm whites. Versatile for snacks or egg salad.
  • 8 to 9 minutes: Completely cooked yolk. Perfect for deviled eggs or adding to potato salad.

Important: For all cooking times, release the pressure immediately after the cooking cycle ends. This stops the eggs from overcooking.

Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs cut in half, ready for salads, deviled eggs, and more

How to Store Hard-Boiled Eggs

Unpeeled eggs: Refrigerate in their shells for up to one week in a bowl or airtight container. Soft-boiled eggs do not last as long; assume 2 days.

Peeled eggs: Refrigerate immediately after cooling. Keep moist by submerging in cold water (changed daily) or wrapping in damp paper towels within an airtight container. Eat within 5 days. We do not recommend storing peeled, soft-boiled eggs.

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy!)

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These Instant Pot eggs could not be simpler! If you are looking for a 100% foolproof method for cooking eggs in your pressure cooker, you have found it. What we love about this recipe is that it can make hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs. You can also use it to make eggs for ramen, deviled eggs, salads, and a healthy snack.

*Please read the manufacturer’s instructions for your pressure cooker before following this recipe.

Makes 2 to 12 eggs

You Will Need

2 to 12 large eggs

1 cup water


    1Place a steaming rack or metal trivet at the bottom of the pressure cooker (ours comes with our 6-quart Instant Pot).

    2Pour the water into the pressure cooker. Then, carefully set the eggs onto the rack to not touch the water below.

    3Seal the pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for your desired cooking time: 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs, 5 to 6 minutes for medium-boiled eggs, and 7 to 9 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.

    4While the eggs cook, prepare a bowl filled with water and ice.

    5When the timer goes off, manually release the pressure. Be careful to keep your hands away from the steam from the cooker.

    6When all the pressure has been released, open the lid and transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Peel the eggs after a few minutes of sitting in the ice bath.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • How many eggs fit in the Instant Pot? This depends on your pot size. A 6-quart usually holds 10 to 12 eggs in a single layer.
  • Should I use the egg setting? Not necessary! Use the High Pressure button for easy, customizable results.
  • What’s a manual release? Refer to your manual for your model’s quick-release button or valve. This lets you safely release built-up steam.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 egg / Calories 71 / Protein 6g / Carbohydrate 0g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 0g / Total Fat 5g / Saturated Fat 2g / Cholesterol 185mg / Sodium 62mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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2 comments… Leave a Review
  • John Elliott November 9, 2021, 11:42 am

    I just had major oral surgery and have been on a soft food/liquid diet for four days. This eating has not been pleasant until this morning. I took my instant pot and made a batch of the soft boiled eggs featured here. My life has changed, I am now happy again

  • Sarah June 20, 2020, 4:40 pm

    I wanted to try my insta pot to make deviled eggs. My eggs were medium size so I set timer for 9 min but they were underdone. I did another batch at 11 min and it was better.


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