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How to Make Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot

Instant Pot boiled eggs

Do you want perfect hard boiled eggs that peel easily, EVERY time?  Instant Pot boiled eggs are the answer!

I didn’t understand why the pressure cooker was so popular until I made Instant Pot boiled eggs…and now I get it!

I kept seeing recipes online and on Youtube for the Instant Pot, and because of its rave reviews on Amazon, I bit the bullet and ordered one!

Boy, I’m glad I did!

The Instant Pot is truly worth the investment for making fast healthy dinners, fall of the bone meats, or savory soup, in no time at all.

Did you hear the word FAST in that sentence?

I can have a hearty meal on the table in 20-30 minutes for most recipes.  I’ve only had my Instant Pot for a short while and the first recipe I tried was hard boiled eggs.


My Love/Hate Relationship with Hard Boiled Eggs

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with boiled eggs.

I love to eat them for a fast breakfast or a great healthy protein snack during the day. But, boiling eggs on the stove top and getting them to turn out perfect, was a chore for me!

I hated peeling them because the shell would inevitably stick to the egg.

The eggs looked like craters on the moon by time I finished peeling them, mostly when peeling farm fresh eggs.

Even though I enjoy eating hard boiled eggs, I had nearly given up on making them.

I had tried EVERYTHING.

Yes, I tried baking soda. Yes, I tried cold water bath. Yes, I tried boiling and then removing from the stove for 15 minutes with a lid on and then tossed in a ice water. I tried vinegar. I tried it all.

Then something magical happened…Instant Pot boiled eggs!  The eggs come out perfect every time and peel so easily.

I realized quickly that I will never boil eggs on the stove top again!  The Instant Pot way it so easy and the eggs come out perfect, easy to peel and with no smell!

Boiled eggs on a plate

What is an Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker.  It can take the place of a slow cooker by cooking food up to 70% faster.

An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker, yogurt maker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer…… And, no, it’s not your mama’s pressure cooker.

Plus an Instant Pot is smaller than most slow cookers, and take up less counter or cabinet space

It is great for someone with a busy lifestyle, or someone who doesn’t want to dirty many pots and pans to make a meal, since the instant pot cooks food all in one bowl.

The Instant Pot has a healthy stainless steel cooking pot with not chemical coating.

It’s fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food.


What to Make with the Instant Pot

Instant Pot boiled eggs was the first thing I tried.  After I saw how perfectly it cooked food,  I became quite adventurous.

There are hundreds of Instant Pot recipes on the internet as well as Pinterest and Youtube.  Mine came with a small recipe book just to get started.

There are also many Instant Pot recipe cookbooks on the market now also. (like these on Amazon)

Instant Pot Cookbook -550 Recipes for Every Day

Instant Pot Cookbook- For Fast and Healthy Meals

Paleo Cooking with your Instant Pot- Gluten Free Recipes

I believe the Instant Pot is a trend that is here to stay.  The rave reviews and everyday convenience makes it the best appliance to have in your kitchen.


How to Make Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

I watched several different techniques for making boiled eggs before I settled on the technique I picked.

It worked Perfect for me!

It doesn’t mean other techniques don’t work just as well, the one I am sharing is just the one that worked great for me.

We have the 6 quart Instant Pot (it has over 30,000 customer reviews on Amazon with 4.5 stars!

Boiled eggs in an Instant Pot

I began with 7 eggs in the pot sitting on the steam rack.  My Instant Pot came with a stainless steel steam rack.

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The 5-5-5 Method

I used the 5-5-5 method the first time I boiled eggs.  Steam 5 minutes, set 5 minutes, and cool 5 minutes. This seems to be the most popular method on the internet.

But the next time I made boiled eggs in the instant pot them I skipped the second step of the 5 minute “setting” time.

Instead, I hit the “steam” button for 5 minutes, and took them out of the pot right away after 5 minutes by venting the pressure.

I put the eggs immediately in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and peeled them while still a little warm.  They still came out perfect and cut way down on the time!

Use whichever method you prefer.  If you are short on time, just do step one and two.


Boiled eggs in cold ice water


Boiled eggs being peeled


Instructions for Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

5-5-5 Method

  1. Place stainless steel steam rack in the pot (it came with mine!) and add eggs (I used 7 eggs).
  2. Add 1 cup of water and close the lid.
  3. Press the “steam” or “manual”  button to high pressure for  5 minutes. Once the Instant Pot comes to pressure (usually takes about 5-7 minutes), it will cook for 5 minutes. The time will count down on the Instant Pot timer.
  4. After the timer has gone off, allow the eggs to sit in the pot for 5 minutes. The pressure will begin to naturally release.
  5. At 5 minutes (it will read L0:05 for 5 minutes), switch from sealing- to- venting to release any remaining steam.
  6. Open the pot and immediately place eggs in cold water for 5 minutes. My eggs peeled easily with one hand.


*** Update:

If you are short on time, you can skip step 2. (a 5 minute wait time):

  1. Set instant pot to “steam” or “manual” for 5 minutes.
  2. CAREFULLY vent the pressure after 5 minutes, remove eggs and cool in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
  3. Peel eggs

I needed to make Instant Pot boiled eggs one day, but realized I was short on time. So, I skipped step 2, which was the 5 minute waiting time. Instead, I steamed the eggs for 5 minutes, vented the instant pot and immediately placed eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes. Again, the eggs peeled easily and came out PERFECT!

Use either technique for easy to peel hard boiled eggs.


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Have you tried to make boiled eggs in your instant pot?  What method do you use?

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  • Jim
    December 4, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Just bought Karen an instant pot. Shared this recipe with her. Have you made yogurt with yours yet?

      December 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I haven’t. I will have to try that! My favorite is being able to stick frozen meat in the instant pot and it is cooked within minutes, instead of thawing for hours. I will be sharing a lot more instant pot recipes soon!