Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are the only method I use to make hard-boiled eggs. The eggs turn out PERFECT every single time. I have never had them NOT turn out. Every time, the Instant Pot cooks them to absolute perfection. Another bonus is the eggs are always easy to peel. I am all for quick and easy! Plus, you can cook as many as your pressure cooker can hold.
I love egg salad sandwiches, potato salad, and chef salad, but I hardly ever made them because I hated making hard-boiled eggs on the stove. The outcome, inevitably, was the shells would crack and leak in the pot, or the yolk wouldn't be cooked all the way through. But then, trying to peel them was a nightmare. We have tried so many different ways over the years, but they all failed. Remember the hack that went around about putting eggs in a muffin tin and baking them in the oven? That was a BIG fail.
I am happy to tell you that experiences like that are all in the past! Cooking hard-boiled eggs in the pressure cooker is just so darn easy....anyone can do it! It takes no time at all....and they are so easy to peel! Nowadays, I am pleased to tell you that if I decide to have a hard-boiled egg on my salad, I just put the eggs in the pressure cooker, and in no time at all, I'm enjoying my perfectly cooked and easy-peel egg.
The only ingredients you need are eggs and water. You can make 2 eggs or up to 18 eggs at a time, depending on the size of your Instant Pot.
I use our own farm fresh free-range organic eggs. I highly recommend you use organic eggs. They are so much healthier for you. According to Penn State University, organic eggs have more micronutrients than conventional eggs, plus three times more omega-3 fatty acids, 40% more vitamin A, and twice as much vitamin E. More importantly, organic eggs are free from any antibiotic residues. In a 2000 published study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, researchers found that antibiotics used in chicken feed could remain in a chicken's eggs for up to seven days. Yikes.
Hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to any salad, a high-protein snack on their own, or for breakfast, or even lunch. Furthermore, eggs are a great source of lean protein, at about 6 grams per egg!
I use the 5-5-5 method for cooking hard-boiled eggs.
- First, 5 minutes of cook time in the Instant Pot.
- Then, 5 minutes natural release.
- Finally, 5 minutes in ice-cold water.
When you add in the 5 minutes it takes to come to pressure; the eggs will be ready to eat in only 20 minutes! That is amazing!
To start, place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Add 1 cup of cold water. Place eggs on top of the trivet. Space them out evenly. Secure the lid. Set to "sealing." Set to 5 minutes on high pressure.
When the timer beeps, signaling that it is done, natural release for 5 minutes. (I set a timer, so I don't forget). As soon as the timer is up, switch to "venting" to release steam. Be sure to use a long-handled spoon or oven mitt, so you don't get burned from the steam as it spurts out! When the pressure is fully released, and the pressure indicator has dropped, remove the lid.
Then, use tongs to move the hot eggs to a bowl of ice water. Let them sit in the ice water for 5 minutes to stop the cooking process. After 5 minutes are up, remove your eggs from the water and peel.
Enjoy your perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs!
👩🏽🍳 So easy to peel
These are seriously the easiest eggs ever to peel. After removing the egg from the ice water, gently tap the egg on the counter and peel it away. It just slides off effortlessly! It leaves no shell behind and takes no egg with it. So you don't waste any white part of the eggs, and no more bits of shell are left on the egg. Perfect every time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Most importantly, eggs should not be kept at room temperature for very long and should be refrigerated as soon as possible.
For maximum freshness, leave hard-boiled eggs in their shells until you are ready to eat them. The shell will also help to protect the egg from bacteria. They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
To store peeled hard-boiled eggs, place them in a sealed container with a damp paper towel on the bottom and on the top of the egg to keep it moist. They will also keep for about 1 week if stored this way.
Yes, hard-boiled eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Hard-boiled eggs are low in calories and rich in many important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. In addition, eggs are an excellent source of protein. While the yolk provides nutrients, fat, and protein, the white is almost exclusively protein. Plus, they contain all nine essential amino acids. As a bonus, hard-boiled eggs are not prepared with the addition of any butter or oil, which makes them a healthier choice than fried eggs.
Eggs have gotten a bad reputation due to their high cholesterol content. But, according to Healthline, though hard-boiled eggs are high in cholesterol, studies show that dietary cholesterol does not negatively impact blood cholesterol in most people. In fact, eggs have been found to improve cholesterol profiles by increasing “good” HDL cholesterol.
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How To Make Perfect Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
- 1 cup cold water
- 2-12 eggs preferably organic
- Place the trivet (the wire rack that your Instant Pot came with) in the Instant Pot.
- Add 1 cup of cold water.
- Place eggs on top of the trivet. Space them out evenly.
- Secure the lid. Set to "sealing". Set to 5 minutes on high pressure.
- When the timer beeps, signaling that it is done, natural release for 5 minutes. (I set a timer so I don't forget).
- As soon as the timer is up, switch to "venting" to release steam. Be sure to use a long-handled spoon or oven mitt so you don't get burned from the steam as it spurts out!
- When the pressure is fully released and the pressure indicator has dropped, remove the lid.
- Then, use tongs to move the hot eggs to a bowl of ice water. Let them sit in the ice water for 5 minutes to stop the cooking process.
- After 5 minutes are up, remove your eggs from the water and peel.
- Enjoy your perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs!