Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are super easy to make using the 5 5 5 method in the pressure cooker and so easy to peel. Make a dozen or more at one time!
These pressure cooker hard boiled eggs are the best hard cooked eggs ever! And seriously, this is one of the easiest Instant Pot recipes you can make!
I just updated this post as of Jan. 2020 to include instructions for cooking hard boiled eggs in the 8 quart Instant Pot. Usually, I make eggs in the 6 quart, but you can cook a bunch at a time in the larger pot.
I made my first pressure cooker hard boiled eggs right before Easter. Nothing like a holiday to inspire a few kitchen shortcuts, right?!
We needed so many hard boiled eggs that I wanted to make the process as easy as possible. And, you guys, I am SO glad I did!
Why make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?
Honestly, for me, this method is foolproof and much easier than using the stove. I did 5 batches of eggs, and everyone of them turned out well with only one egg having a small crack.
You don't have to stand over a pot of boiling water, and your house won't smell like eggs afterwards. Plus the shells are super, super easy to peel off!
What's the best method for making eggs in the Instant Pot?
There are many different recipes for Instant Pot hard boiled eggs out there. But I stuck with the one I've seen over and over again -- the 5 5 5 method.
What's the 5 5 5 Method for Eggs
It's basically the amount of time to cook eggs in the Instant Pot or any electric pressure cooker. With this method you allow:
- 5 minutes pressure cooking time
- 5 minutes for a natural pressure release
- 5 minutes in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process
Basically, you place a trivet or steamer basket in the Instant Pot. Then, you add a cup of water and your eggs.
You pressure cook the for 5 minutes. Actually you're steaming them since the eggs don't touch the water,
Then, you let the pressure come down naturally for 5 minutes. You quickly release the remaining pressure, and then, you stop the cooking process by letting the eggs cool off in a nice icy bowl of water for 5 minutes.
After that, you're good to go. Peel 'em right away, stick 'em in the fridge for later -- whatever works best! We love using hard boiled eggs to make Instant Pot Potato Salad, Guacamole Deviled Eggs, Basil Parmesan Deviled Eggs and egg salad!
How Many Hard Boiled Eggs Can You Make in the Instant Pot
I have made a dozen eggs at once in my IP. It's okay if they touch -- it won't affect the cooking experience.
Although I personally haven't tried it, others have made more -- up to 24 eggs ( 2 dozen) at a time.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the 8 Quart
You can also use the 5 5 5 method in the 8 qt. Some people say that you can overcook eggs using this method in the 8 quart, but this isn't entirely true.
I cooked hard boiled eggs in my older 8 quart Duo and my brand new 8 quart Duo Crisp. The new Duo Crisp took 5 minutes to reach pressure and after a 5 minute natural release, it released the remaining pressure in a few seconds -- just like my 6 quart.
The older Duo took 7 minutes to pressurize, so I tried a quick release, and it took a little longer to release pressure. All 3 Instant Pots made perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs, although I liked the texture better from the eggs that were naturally released.
How Much Water do You Need to Cook Eggs
For the 6 qt, you need 1 cup of cold water. For other models, follow the instructions that came with your Instant Pot. For example, my older 8qt Duo needs 2 cups, while my newer one only needs 1 ½ cups.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe 5 5 5 Method
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 cup water
- 12 large eggs
- ice and additional water for cooling
- Place trivet in the Instant Pot, and pour in 1 cup water
- Arrange eggs evenly on trivet
- Cover, turn valve to sealing position, and hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes
- Do a 5 minute natural release, and turn valve to venting position to release remaining pressure. When pin drops, remove lid, and carefully remove eggs to a large bowl filled with ice water
- Allow eggs to cool for 5 minutes, then remove from ice bath, and peel or place in refrigerator until ready to use
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Post was originally published in 2018 and updated in Jan 2020.
These Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are the easiest ones we've ever made. I hope you like this method as much as we do!