Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

You can make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker. I love eggs made in the Instant Pot, they are cooked perfectly, and quickly.

Hard boiled egg slices on a cutting board

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Hard-boiled eggs can be challenging. If you cook them too long, the egg yolks can get a green hue on them. If you don’t cook them long enough, you can’t use them for recipes.

Hard-boiled eggs make a great high protein snack. I also love them in creamed eggs on toast. You can make boil eggs. You can also cook them in an Instant Pot. The Instant Pot is a particular pressure cooker brand.

A dozen eggs in front of an Instant Pot

I love my Instant Pot! You can cook rice, steam, saute, slow cook, make yogurt, and use it as a pressure cooker. This kitchen appliance is one I use every single week.

It has a stainless steel insert so you can always scrub it nice and clean. So if you are wondering if you can make eggs in the Instant Pot, you can.

What I love about preparing Instant Pot hard cooked eggs is that they come out perfectly. If you aren’t super attentive, you may have eggs that are overcooked.

You can cook eggs in the Instant Pot easily. I like to cook mine a dozen at a time. I prefer either eggs from my mother’s chickens or organic eggs.

Let’s go over what you need to do to cook perfect hard boiled eggs in your Instant Pot.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot

  1. Place a wire rack in the bottom. I used the one that came with the Instant Pot. If you don’t have the one that came with the pot, you can use a stainless steel rack as long as it fits inside of the pot.
  2. Add 1 cup of water. The eggs steam instead of being fully submerged. This gives you an almost fluffy yolk on the inside.
    You will need a wire rack to hard boil eggs in the Instant Pot.
  3. Place the eggs on the wire rack.
    Spread out the eggs on the wire rack evenly to cook the eggs in the pressure cooker.
  4. Put the lid on.
  5. Set the pressure cooker to high and for 6 minutes.
    Demonstration of settings for instant pot hard cooked eggs.
  6. Do a quick release when the cooking cycle has completed.
  7. Immediately remove the eggs from the Instant Pot.

Recipe Tips

  • If you are using a larger pressure cooker be sure to add in additional water. Go up to 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Make sure to do a quick release, and remove the eggs from the pot, this way they don’t accidentally overcook.
  • Can’t get your InstantPot to seal? Remove the lid and check the silicone ring to make sure it is in place.

Frequently asked questions about cooking eggs in an Instant Pot

If I want to cook more eggs do I need to increase the time?

No, the Instant Pot works off of pressure, not strict cooking time. We are concerned about cooking time while the pot is under pressure.

I have an 8 quart Instant Pot, do I need to add more water?

Yes, I would increase the water to 1 1/2 cups.

How do I soft boil an egg in the Instant Pot?

If you want a runny yolk set the cooking time to 2 minutes. If you want a yolk that is soft but somewhat firm, set the cooking time to 3 minutes.

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Slices of hard boiled eggs on a wood cutting board

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

How to make perfect hard boiled eggs in an Instant Pot.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot, Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, Keto, Paleo
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 62kcal


  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup water


  • Place rack inside of an Instant Pot.
  • Place eggs on the wire rack.
  • Add 1 cup of water.
  • Put the lid on and seal the Instant Pot.
  • Set pressure cooker on high for six minutes.
  • When the cooking time is done, release the pressure with an instant release.
  • Carefully remove the eggs from the pot, they will be very hot.



  • If you are using a larger pressure cooker be sure to add in more water. Go up to 1 1/2 cups of water.
  • Make sure to do a quick release and immediately remove the eggs from the pot. This way they don’t accidentally overcook.
  • Can’t get your InstantPot to seal? Remove the lid and check the silicon ring to make sure it is in place.


Calories: 62kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Infographic on how to make InstantPot Hard Boiled Eggs.

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Reader Interactions


    • Stephanie

      The minimum amount of liquid for the 8 quart pot isn’t available online since the bowl is so big, I would add 1 1/2 cups of water. The time will not change. Pressure cooking is different, and it the amount of time under pressure will not change. I hope this helps.

  1. Greg

    5 stars
    Nobody is searching google for “hard cooked instant pot recipe”. Hard boiled is perfect name for them and the eggs were perfect too thanks!

  2. Nancy

    5 stars
    My husband And I are 85. For our 64th anniversary we bought an instant pot. We are still experimenting and we just love it. The eggs come out perfect.

    • Xara Buckingham

      The thought of two people who have been married for 64 years old having fun together experimenting with the Instant Pot makes me happy!

    • lee

      i loved ready your comment. that after a lifetime together you’re cooking together. and with a “new contraption”. i can hear my dad using that phrase when some new gadget came out. he would have been 83 year year. have fun. blessings for many more years of cooking together!

  3. Donna Oliphint

    5 stars
    Just tried this for the first time. I’m 67 and my mom is almost 89. We live in Alabama and have made deviled eggs a LOT. We just ate one of the 12 eggs that practically slipped out of their shells, and were amazed. They were cooked perfectly, and the yolks were practically fluffy! Thanks so much for the instructions.

  4. SUE

    5 stars
    OH MY GOODNESS! Stephanie would never have believed this had i not seen it…i buy only fresh yard eggs..store bought eggs makes me actually nauseated..
    was trying to get ahead on Good Friday lunch..so i thought get a dozen eggs done & stuff tomorrow for deviled eggs..fresh yard eggs are a pigeon to peel. i will never pot-boil an egg again..THANK YOU SO MUCH TO THIS..

  5. Heather Brown

    I tweaked this method slightly by using the Egg setting for 7 minutes, quick release steam and then into an ice bath for 7 minutes. The eggs peel perfectly, the shells practically fall off after cracking. So super easy and the eggs are perfectly hard cooked.

  6. Frank Swails

    I love boiled eggs plain, deviled or pickled what I hated was boiling and peeling the eggs. Having chickens and boiling and peeling fresh eggs was a painstaking process so I didn’t do it often. Came across your way using the instant pot and it turned out great. I will never boil eggs again. Thanks

    • Marilyn

      Hi Frank, This is a tip that I learned from friends who raise hens. If you are using your own fresh eggs it is easier to peel them if you use “older” eggs (ones that have been if the fridge for two weeks or so). Thanks for the Instant Pot tips and times Stephanie!

  7. Kathryn McCrary

    My grandson ass if I had finished his pickled eggs at 12 at night. I didn’t want to do it the old fashion way but I don’t have a basket for my instapot. So I started searching my cabinets for an alternative. Came up with a strainer that had the handle broke off of it. It’s not a very deep one and it just fit inside my pot. But it 14 eggs in eggs and cook them for 7 minutes. They came out perfect. I might add that I turned the top of the strainer to the bottom of the pan and it made a small Dome. I placed that eggs around the outside of the Dome and then to the middle.

  8. Sierra

    How do you do an “instant release”?

    I just got my Instant Pot, and my first thing I’m attempting is these hard-boiled eggs, so forgive me if this is a ridiculous question! 😉

    Thank you!

  9. Pearl

    I had to comment again. You have the best directions for doing hard cooked eggs in the pressure cooker. I like that you have the directions to cook a whole dozen eggs and not just a portion. Every time I do my eggs following your directions, they come out perfect! Not rubbery and the eggs yokes are yellow (no green) and fluffy. Making hard cooked eggs is now so easy to do and fun!

  10. Ellen Barner

    I just made 6 hard-cooked eggs in a steamer basket with 1 cup of water on egg setting 5 min with quick release. Yolks are not completely cooked. Will try 6 min next time. Easy to peel! Used IP-Lux 6.

  11. Pearl

    Thank you for your pressure cooker recipes. I am on the hunt for comfort food, that can be made in electric pressure cooker (I have an instant pot too). Your pressure cooker recipes are exactly what I need.
    On a side note, I made your chocolate pecan pie recipe for Thanksgiving. Oh my! So good! Thank you Stephanie!

  12. Suzie Beard

    I love your site! When I want to cook something like Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup (yum) or hard boiled (sorry, read where I’m supposed to say hard cooked) eggs, all I have to do is pull up your site. Thanks for everything you do.

  13. Barbara

    Add peeled, chunky-cut potatoes to a couple of eggs (in the shell, of course) in a steamer basket, set for 4 or 5 minutes on high pressure, and you have ingredients for a fast potato salad. By the time you chop some pickles and onions, it’s ready. I often add 2 or 3 more eggs, just to keep as ready-to-eat in the refrigerator, or to use for chicken or tuna salad on a whim. The Instant Pot is the most useful countertop appliance in the kitchen, bar none! I even stir-fry in it!

  14. Judith

    I would recommend calling these hard cooked rather than hard boiled. You do not really need to “boil” eggs to hard cook them — only need 160 degrees. I’ve been doing this in my electric pressure cooker for years. I also make soft cooked with hard whites and soft yellows at a lower pressure and shorter time period plus cooling quickly. I like and use them both ways.

  15. Judith

    If I may suggest, it is better to call them hard cooked rather than hard boiled because that better describes what you’re aiming for in my opinion. Just a suggestion. I’ve been doing these for years. You can also make soft cooked with hard whites and soft yellow if you want. Less pressure and/or less time and quicker cooling to get the soft cooked.

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