hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot or Stovetop: 2 Ways

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If you’re here, you’re probably wondering how to boil eggs perfectly every time! Spoiler: my go-to method is to make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! HoweverI will also tell you the best stovetop method that I’ve found.

I’ve tried so many different methods that claimed to make “perfect eggs” (see them all below!). Yet, none of those methods ever produced consistent results. I wanted eggs that were easy to peel.

With other methods, sometimes I’d get eggs that were easy to peel, but not always. I’d get frustrated boiling large batches of eggs and following different methods, only to have eggs that were hard to peel.

I would feel wasteful throwing out shell pieces with egg white chunks attached, or I’d feel frustrated having to take the extra time to separate the egg white from the shell fragments.  

Also, if you want more aesthetically pleasing eggs for dishes like Deviled Eggs, then it’s important to actually get perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Health Benefits of Eggs

In my house, we love having a Tupperware of boiled eggs in the fridge. We tend to avoid heavily processed foods, and eggs are one of the cleanest, healthiest meals or snacks. 

Eggs are a great source of proteinvitamins, minerals, and fat. They’re just really nutritious all around!

Although people used to avoid eggs due to cholesterol concerns, newer research has shown that eating eggs do not contribute to cholesterol levels as previously believed.

My kids also like hard-boiled eggs sometimes. Since they are pretty picky eaters, it’s nice to have another protein source on hand.

My Go-To Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Guys, I’m not going to lie: using the Instant Pot to cook eggs has been the best method for boiling perfect eggs that I’ve tried. I will also tell you the best method for boiling eggs on the stovetop afterwards.

If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you should highly consider getting one. It’s usefulness goes way beyond boiling eggs (e.g. making yogurt, green smoothies, bone broth, etc.).

A lot of other recipes out there say to use the “Egg” or “Manual” Instant Pot function. The reason why I don’t use them is because neither produced consistent results in terms of easy-to-peel eggs.

Here’s the very basic method I use, which always produces consistent results:

Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

  • Step 1: Put two cups of water in the Instant Pot. Turn on the Sauté function with no lid.
  • Step 2: Once the water is boiling, add a steamer insert or rack with eggs into the pot. Put the lid on the Instant Pot (WITHOUT the pressure release valve attached) and let the eggs cook for 12 minutes. Keep the Sauté function on this whole time.
  • Step 3: After 12 minutes, turn off the Instant Pot. Once the pressure has released to allow you to remove the lid, remove the eggs and run cold water over them. You can peel them immediately.

Tips: 

  • Here’s a cheap steamer insert that I got off of Amazon specifically designed for use in the Instant Pot. I have a 6-quart Instant Pot, and this strainer can fit 12 eggs lying down lengthwise across the bottom. You can obviously cook less eggs at a time if you want (or more, if you have a larger Instant Pot).
  • You can use the inside rack that comes with the Instant Pot instead of a strainer, but we found it way too handy to just lift the strainer out once the eggs were done versus trying to scoop the eggs out.
  • The eggs cook best when they are lying down lengthwise across the strainer, not standing up. Try to lie them down as best you can. 
  • You do not need to put the eggs in an ice bath afterwards, unless you just want to cool the eggs down quicky. 

Best Method for Hard-Boiled Eggs on the Stovetop

Ok, so if you don’t have an Instant Pot, let me share the method that always produced easy-to-peel, perfect hard-boiled eggs on the stovetop. 

Note: it involves using a steamer set-up such as this one. If you have a steamer insert for a pot, you can use that, but we used a steamer specifically.

Hard-Boiled Eggs on the Stovetop

  • Step 1: Fill up the bottom pot of your steamer with about two inches of water. Ensure the water does not touch your steamer tray/basket that will go on top of the water pot, so put less water if necessary. Do not add your steamer tray yet.
  • Step 2: Wait for the water in the pot to boil on high heat. In the interim, fill your steamer basket full of eggs that you want to boil. Try to lie them down lengthwise, versus standing up.
  • Step 3: Once the water in the pot is boiling, put the steamer basket full of eggs on top to start steaming them. Immediately cover the steamer basket with a lid. Let the eggs steam for 12 minutes.
  • Step 4: After 12 minutes, immediately remove the eggs from the tray and run them under cold water. You can now peel or use them as you like.

Popular Methods That Didn’t Work

Before discovering hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, I tried the following methods that were supposedly fool-proof for how to boil eggs:

  • Boiling the eggs for exactly 12 minutes on the stove top.
  • Using an ice bath immediately after removing the eggs from the stove.
  • Putting salt in your boiling water.
  • Adding vinegar to your boiling water.
  • Putting eggs straight into boiling water from the fridge.
  • Adding eggs to cold water in the pot before it boils.
  • Bringing eggs in cold water to a boil, then turning off the heat and letting the eggs sit in the hot water with a lid.
hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot

Why Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot is a Superior Method 

I cannot tell you enough how great using the Instant Pot is for boiling eggs! As you can see in the previous section, I tried so many different methods for boiling eggs. Sometimes, certain eggs or batches would turn out okay, but never consistently.

I was always hopeful whenever I tried a new method, only to be disappointed when the results weren’t consistent. 

Boiling eggs in the Instant Pot eliminates a lot of guesswork. You don’t need to add salt or vinegar to the water. You don’t need to put the eggs in an ice bath afterwards. It’s just very cut-and-dry, as outlined above.

Also, whenever I had boiled eggs that were hard to peel, I would wonder whether the eggs were too old, as Internet searches would suggest. I never wonder whether my eggs are too old with the Instant Pot, since the eggs always come out perfect.

The eggs are always so incredibly easy to peel, which saves me time by not having to scrape egg whites off of shell pieces, or trying to peel the egg delicately for fear of pulling off egg white chunks. Hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is just too good!

hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot

More on the Instant Pot

The Instant Pot we have is a 6-quart model. You can make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot with any size. For our family of five, a 6-quart model does just fine with all of our uses. We make a dozen boiled eggs at a time, which fits perfectly in our 4.5-cup round glass Tupperware.

If you normally cook for really large crowds, you may want a larger Instant Pot size. However, for eggs, the process is quick enough to just do additional batches in succession.

As mentioned above, I bought this steamer insert for our Instant Pot, since it fits perfectly. However, if you don’t want to buy a strainer insert, feel free to use any metal strainer that you have that can fit your Instant Pot. 

You can even use the metal rack that comes with the Instant Pot, but we find it way more convenient to just lift the strainer out when done versus trying to scoop the eggs out off the rack.

Comments/Questions on Making Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot?

Thanks so much for reading our post. We know quite a few people who actually never heard of boiling eggs in the Instant Pot, so figured this article would be helpful in spreading the word.

If you have any specific ways you make hard-boiled eggs, favorite egg recipes, or any other comments/questions, please comment below. We love to hear from our readers!

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