Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

I know what you are thinking – Should I really use my sophisticated-amazing-perfect Instant Pot to make a simple thing such as hard boiled eggs?

I want to make beef stew! I want to make orange chicken like in the restaurant! I want to make cakes! I can make eggs on the stovetop and keep my Instant Pot to better stuff.

Well, believe me, after the first time you make this Instant Pot hard boiled eggs recipe, you won’t be able to cook eggs any other way ever again! Why? 3 simple reasons:

1. You can make a huge amount of eggs in one time. In one level trivet, I can make up to 12 eggs using my standard 6-quart Instant Pot.
2. It’s super clean! The eggs don’t break or explode all over your precious pot!
3. Using this method, makes the eggs very easy to peel! It’s like a magic!

Are hard boiled eggs healthy?

Hard boiled eggs are very easy to make in the Instant Pot, very healthy and rich in protein which is wonderful. Healthy person can eat up to 2 eggs per day, and if they are hard boiled and oil free, you have nothing to worry about.

How Long Are Hard-Boiled Eggs Good For?

I’m keeping them in the fridge and eat them all in 3 days. Means if I make them in Sunday evening, I can eat them till Wednesday evening.

How many eggs can you make at once?

You can make 4, 6 or even 12 eggs to same way with only 1 cup of water. When cooking eggs using the Instant Pot, the steam does the work for us. Just make sure you put the eggs in once layer and that they are not touching each other.

Do I need any special accessory to make boiled eggs?

For this recipe you will need an egg rack metal trivet in order to make the eggs. Even if you don’t have any special accessory, for the first time you can use the simple trivet that you got when you purchased the Instant Pot. Later you can get dedicated Instant Pot trivets that comes with handles so you can make much more eggs at once and take them out all together.

Can you cook eggs in Instant Pot without trivet?

Yes, you can make hard boil eggs in Instant Pot without a trivet! I’m doing it sometimes and it works great:

In order to do so, just add 2 cups of water instead of 1 cups, and follow the same instructions:

High pressure for 5 minutes, natural pressure release for 5 minutes and 3 minutes in a bowl.

Anyway, usually I’m making Instant Pot hard boiled eggs with the basic metal trivet that comes with the Instant Pot. Here is the full guide:

How to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs?

Step 1 – Put the trivet inside your Instant Pot and put eggs on trivet.

Step 2 – Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes. Can cook for 4 minutes if you like soft boiled eggs.

Step 3 – Once done, wait for a 5 minutes for a natural release. Once done, move the valve handle to “venting” for a quick pressure release. (Do it when the instant Pot shows “L0:05” just like in this picture:


Step 4 – Open the lid, take the eggs out using a spoon and put them in a bowl filled with cold water. Wait 3 minutes, take them out and enjoy.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: international
Keyword: egg, Hard Boiled Eggs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Place the trivet or egg rack inside the Instant Pot and add one cup of water.
  • Put the eggs on the trivet and close the lid.
  • Cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking time ends, wait for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, do a quick pressure release.
  • Remove the lid take out the eggs.
  • Put the eggs in a bowl of cold water for 3 minutes and serve.

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22 thoughts on “Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Does it make a difference when you do more eggs at a time? I had 6 eggs in for 8 minutes and the came out beautifully, but were really difficult to peel.

    1. Try this:
      5 minutes high pressure cooking
      5 minutes natural release
      Quick release and 5 minutes in a bowl filled with cold water.

      1. I cook 18 eggs for 3 mins in a rack from amazon. I stared at 5 min then 4 then 3 fully cooked not soft going to try 2 min next they keep a long time in fridge a couple weeks and peal easy

        1. Same here. I was getting a little grayish tinge around the yolk so I experimented like you did. It doesn’t matter if they touch or not. And I always put them in ice water after. Even eggs purchased that day peel like magic.

    2. The physics of pressure cooking is such that changing the amount of food does not change the cooking time. Changing the density of the food (for instance a roast of the same weight, but thicker density) can change cooking time. Your eggs are the same density regardless of how many you have in the pot. The only thing that might change that is if you crowd them together so much that the steam can’t get around them.

  2. Corrie- Do you know how the eggs would turn out if you use low pressure for soft-boiled eggs for the time you suggested (4 minutes)?

  3. I know a lot of people use their IP to boil eggs, and I guess I will try it just to see. But I have steamed my boiled eggs for a long time and am quite happy with the results. It does take a little longer but a couple of minutes here and there is no big deal for me. I bring a half cup or so of water to a boil, add eggs and steam for 10-12 minutes, remove eggs, and dunk in cold water for a few minutes to cool. Peel easily every time. But I will try the IP to see what all the fuss is about.

    1. I’m doing it mainly because it allowed me to peel them much more easily after cooking in the Instant Pot :]

      1. Agree! Fresh eggs were impossible to peel. Had to wait a couple of weeks to hard boil. Felt a bit YUCKY doing it that way. 5-5-5 eggs were perfect.

  4. I always have an egg or two develop a crack when cooking like this, even though they all look fine going in. Any idea how to prevent this?

    1. Hmm, I wonder why! Some eggs have thinner shells than others, so it may have to do with the brand or the size of the eggs. Larger eggs tend to have thinner shells that are more delicate, so try purchasing slightly smaller eggs and see if that helps?

  5. Best hard-boiled eggs ever! When I boil them in water on the stove, usually one egg breaks. Your way produces perfect eggs. Thank you!

  6. I’ve been making myhard boiled eggs this way for months. We eat a lot of them. Question: should the eggs be room temp? I’ve been using them straight from the fridge. Also sometimes some eggs will have the discoloration on the yolk and some won’t. Sometime there is a burn mark under the shell but the egg is fine.

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