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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

April 8, 2019 (Last Updated: May 11, 2019)

Perfectly cooked eggs in the Instant Pot

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs cut in half with a few eggs in the background.

Hard boiled eggs are such a simple food. But sometimes the simplest of foods can be the most difficult to perfect. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs makes my life a little easier and my eggs absolutely foolproof. 

We raise our own chickens and always have a surplus of eggs. One of the most difficult challenges with farm fresh eggs is getting the peel to just slide off when making hard boiled eggs. I have a previous recipe for hard boiled eggs using a stove top method. That was my go-to method for years. Now I am going to use my Instant Pot whenever possible. I will still use the stove top method when I don’t have my Instant Pot available.

Eggs piled into an Instant Pot.

How to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs 

  • Use an Instant Pot
  • Use the rack that came with your Instant Pot
  • Place 1 cup of water in the bottom
  • Arrange eggs on rack
  • Close lid
  • Pressure cook on low pressure for 5 minutes
  • Use natural release
  • Remove from pot when cool enough to handle

Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs with an instant pot in the background.

Tips for making  Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Select eggs of similar size. This isn’t a problem if you are using store bought eggs, but our farm fresh eggs are all different sizes.
  • Make certain there aren’t any cracks in eggs
  • Carefully arrange eggs on rack

How can you tell if an egg is hard cooked?

You can’t differentiate between a hard cooked egg and a raw egg by looking at them. And if you don’t do something you will be playing egg roulette when you go to grab an egg. My method works every single time – as long as you remember to do it! Before storing hard cooked eggs, mark the top of the eggs with a permanent marker. That’s it! Just place a simple mark on the top of the egg. 

It’s super simple, but you’ll never be confused again. If you forget to mark your eggs, you could try this spinning method

Black marker on  Hard Boiled Eggs in an egg carton.

How to use hard boiled eggs

Hard boiled eggs can be peeled and eaten whole with a bit of salt and pepper. They can also be used in a Cobb SaladDeviled Eggs or in Egg Salad.  At Easter time you can also turn hard boiled eggs into Easter Eggs. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later!

Partially peeled hard boiled eggs.

 

Did you make these hard boiled eggs? I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below or take a picture and tag me on Instagram #beyondthechickencoop

5 from 6 votes
Half peeled hard boiled egg cooked in an Instant Pot
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Cook Time
5 mins
Wait Time
20 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Hard boiled eggs in an electric pressure cooker

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggs, hard boiled eggs, Instant Pot Eggs
Servings: 12 Eggs
Calories: 62 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 eggs
Instructions
  1. Place water in bottom of Instant Pot container. 

  2. Place rack on bottom of container. Carefully arrange eggs on rack.

  3. Place lid on Instant Pot. Push Pressure Cook, low and set time for 5 minutes.

  4. Instant Pot will begin heating up and will seal once it reaches pressures. Timer will begin once pressurized.  When time is up, allow pot to depressurize naturally. Remove lid

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Amount Per Serving (1 egg)
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Potassium 60mg 2%
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 4.8%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Cheryl
    April 14, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I usually put my eggs in the Instant Pot for 6 minutes. When that’s counted down, I’ll leave them 2 or 3 minutes in the warming and then hit the valve to depressurize and remove the lids. Then I use tongs to put the eggs into a bowl with water and ice cubes. I’ve never let the Instant Pot naturally depressurize with the hard boiled eggs, but then I want to eat them pretty quickly! And yes, easiest eggs ever to peel.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 15, 2019 at 5:27 am

      Thanks for these tips, Cheryl! My Instant Pot is still fairly new and I’m learning all the tricks. I haven’t used the quick release much. I’ll need to give your method a try.

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    April 10, 2019 at 8:31 am


    I have yet to try boiled eggs in my instant pot, but there are some great tips! And I love to have boiled eggs handy for a quick snack 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 10, 2019 at 5:44 pm

      I love taking them in my lunch. Super easy and portable!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 9, 2019 at 6:58 am


    Great idea. Fresh eggs are so hard to peel if just boiled.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 10, 2019 at 5:46 pm

      Sometimes they are next to impossible to peel, but with the Instant Pot they are easy peasy!

  • Reply
    Haylie / Our Balanced Bowl
    April 9, 2019 at 5:34 am


    Kathy, thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve been dying to try Instant Pot Hardboiled eggs – especially with Easter coming up (I always make deviled eggs!) Definitely making these 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 9, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Thanks, Haylie! We use a lot of hard boiled eggs this time of year too!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    April 8, 2019 at 5:56 am


    I just got my daughter an Instant Pot so I’ll be sending this on to her. She will appreciate it! (Now I just need to get myself one! 😉 )

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 9, 2019 at 5:16 am

      Thanks for sharing my recipe…and yes, you do need to get yourself one too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    April 8, 2019 at 5:19 am


    Such great tips right here!! I don’t have an instant pot – I SO need to invest in one 🙂
    Appreciate your advice, Kathy! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 9, 2019 at 5:14 am

      In the meanwhile, you’ll have to use my other method for making hard boiled eggs.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    April 8, 2019 at 5:15 am


    Great tip about putting a mark on the hard-boiled eggs! I love a good hard-boiled egg, and I was actually just thinking I need to make some for yummy salads. I still don’t have an instant pot (I know, I know…), but I’m totally going to have to get one now. This is such a quick and easy recipe! Thanks, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 9, 2019 at 5:09 am

      Sometimes it’s the simple things that makes our lives easier. The black mark has saved me many times. 🙂

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