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.
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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.
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
- 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.
- Add 1 cup of water. The eggs steam instead of being fully submerged. This gives you an almost fluffy yolk on the inside.
- Place the eggs on the wire rack.
- Put the lid on.
- Set the pressure cooker to high and for 6 minutes.
- Do a quick release when the cooking cycle has completed.
- Immediately remove the eggs from the Instant Pot.
- 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
No, the Instant Pot works off of pressure, not strict cooking time. We are concerned about cooking time while the pot is under pressure.
Yes, I would increase the water to 1 1/2 cups.
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.
Recipes to Make with Hard Boiled Eggs
Favorite Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot Beef Stew
- Instant Pot Corned Beef
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- Instant Pot Risotto
- Instant Pot Stick of Butter Rice
- Instant Pot Tomato Soup
Check out more of my easy Instant Pot Recipes here on CopyKat!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 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.
I see 6 minutes and 7 minutes. Which is it?
I only see six minutes on my recipe.
I’m very new to IP mine is 8qt. Does the amount of water change if using smaller or larger pots for 12 eggs?
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.
Nobody is searching google for “hard cooked instant pot recipe”. Hard boiled is perfect name for them and the eggs were perfect too thanks!
You know you are right, I agonize over this, because these eggs are cooked by steam/pressure, so they really aren’t hard boiled either 😉
I couldn’t believe how perfect these came out!
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.
The thought of two people who have been married for 64 years old having fun together experimenting with the Instant Pot makes me happy!
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!
Thank you! I followed your instructions to the tee and the eggs were perfect!
My eggs were cooked on 5 minuets and the yellow was not done. What did I do wrong
I don’t know. Did the pot seal properly? What size of eggs did you use?
Yes it sealed. I have been using it for a few months and I am used to using it. I use large eggs.
Again, I am sorry, I am not sure why the eggs were still soft. I hope they weren’t runny. Are you at a high altitude?
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.
It’s awesome when you don’t have to work at it to peel eggs!
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..
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.
Thanks for your tip. I also read this weekend you can just put the eggs in the fridge to cool to make eggs peel easier.
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
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!
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.
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! 😉
you manually release the pressure. so it releases the steam. 🙂
You manually release the pressure instead of letting the machine do it.
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!
Thank you Pearl 😉 Now I am off to make some egg salad!
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.
Above says 7 minutes. I did 7 and waited 1 min after I turned off the insta pot, then did the quick release and put the eggs (10) in a bowl of ice water. They were perfect and peeled easy!!!
6 natural release
6 ice water bath
Cooked to creamy perfection
Peel easier than you can imagine
This was the best result ever!
I use the 6-6-6 cooking method for my eggs also. I’ve made dozens of hard cooked eggs & they’re perfect every time. Never any broken ones either. I agree with you about easy to peel. The shells slip right off!! Don’t have to hold them under running water to peel.
Perfect for “Deviled” Eggs!
What about jumbo eggs should they be done longer?
I would go with the time listed.
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!
I am glad you enjoyed the Cracker Barrel Chocolate Pecan Pie recipe. It was a favorite of mine.
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.
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!
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.
You could have a point there. Thank you!
This sounds delightful. I will try it next time I want to cook eggs for a salad or whatever
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.