Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so quick and easy to make. Take your IP eggs to the next level using the 5-5-5 method for perfect eggs every time!
Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are a weekly staple in our household. To tell the truth, I make IP eggs every single week for our dogs.
When they see me pull out my pressure cooker they immediately sit nearby. After that, they wait to see if I pull a carton of eggs out of the fridge. Seriously, they know it means their weekly snacks are being made and they wait impatiently for those farm fresh eggs to be cooked.
My husband loves them too so I love making sure the fridge is stocked with them at all times.
In all honesty, this girl isn't a huge fan of eggs. For some reason, I only eat them about once or twice a year. When I do eat them I love them mashed with butter and salt. My Mom used to make them that way and it immediately takes me back to my childhood.
I love using my instant pot to make hard boiled eggs. To tell you the truth, once I discovered the 5-5-5 method for cooking them I was hooked. I mean, it's so simple and they turn out perfectly every single time. Seriously, I've never had one batch not turn out the way we like them. It's a fool-proof method for cooking instant pot hard boiled eggs.
Honestly, this 5 5 5 method for cooking hard boiled eggs in your IP is pure genius. For one thing, it's easy. Secondly, it's easy. And lastly, it's easy. Did I mention it's easy? To clarify, I'm pretty sure I mentioned how easy they are to make once or twice.
Hope you love this method for cooking perfect hard boiled eggs every single time.Whether you use an instant pot brand pressure cooker or something else, these eggs will turn out incredible.
- Eggs - I use a dozen every time I make these
- Water - 1 cup of water
- Ice - for an ice bath after cooking
Directions for 5-5-5 IP eggs
- First, plug the instant pot in. Pop the metal trivet inside.
- Then, add water.
- After that, add eggs carefully.
- Then place the lid on, place it in the "sealing" position.
- Hit "manual" and set for 5 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off allow the IP to do a "natural release" for 5 minutes.
- Cover the vent with a towel and do a "quick release" carefully.
- Unlock lid. Transfer the eggs to a water bath. Let them rest in there for 5 minutes.
- Finally, peel and eat them right away or store them in the fridge.
How long to boil eggs in the Instant Pot
- We're using the 5-5-5 method for these eggs. It's just an easy way to remember how to cook eggs perfectly in your pressure cooker.
Breakdown of 5-5-5 method:
- Cooking time = 5 minutes
- Resting time = 5 minutes
- Ice bath = 5 minutes
How many eggs can you fit
- This is a popular question about IP eggs. You can cook anywhere from 1 to 12 eggs in your average size instant pot or pressure cooker.
- You can use the metal trivet that came with your IP or you can buy special tools to place inside to help cook eggs. I use my trivet.
Why do you use an ice bath
- Basically, you are shocking the eggs. This stops the cooking process so they don't overcook.
- To clarify, overcooked eggs will have a green ring around the yolk.
How to store
- I recommend storing them in the fridge with the shells on.
- Store them in the fridge in an empty egg carton or a container that seals.
- You can store your eggs in the fridge for up to a week.
- While whole cooked eggs can be frozen but I don't recommend it. It changes the texture and flavour of the whites of the egg. They become rubbery which is pretty gross.
- On the other hand, cooked egg yolks are okay to freeze on their own. Place them in a sealed baggie or container before freezing.
Recommended equipment and tools
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- Instant Pot - Any size will do. I love my 6 quart.
- Trivet for IP - It should have come with your machine but if not you can order separately.
- Stackable Egg Steamer - I just ordered one of Amazon but it's not here yet.
- Steamer Basket - For this recipe I didn't use one but I ordered one recently.
- Bowl - Use any large mixing bowl you have. I have a large white bowl I love for blog photos.
- Tongs - These make removing eggs easy. I prefer the silicone ends on mine.
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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egss
- 1 cup water
- 12 large eggs
- Place your metal trivet inside your instant pot.
- Pour the water into the instant pot.
- Place the eggs carefully on the metal trivet. You should be able to fit 12 in there easily.
- Plug the instant pot in and cover with the lid. Set the valve to "sealing".
- Press the "manual" setting button and adjust it to 5 minutes.
- Once the timing on your IP goes off, allow it 5 minutes to do a natural pressure release. Set your oven timer so you don't forget. Or use an egg timer.
- Once that 5 minute natural release is done you can toss a towel or cloth over the valve and do a quick release. Do this carefully so you don't hurt yourself or damage your cupboards with steam.
- Unlock and remove the IP lid.
- Fill a large bowl with ice, and a bit of water if you like. Now carefully transfer your eggs to the ice bath using tongs. Allow them to rest in the ice bath for 5 minutes. Again, use your oven timer or an egg timer so you don't leave them in there too long.
- Now you can either peel them and enjoy them immediately or you can store them in the fridge for about a week.
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When I let the eggs naturally release for 5 minutes after the 5 minute cooking time, they are overdone and green around the yolks. When I release pressure immediately after the 5 minutes of cooking and plunge them into ice water they are perfect. Very strange.
Hi Susan. What size instant pot do you have? And what size eggs? That could be affecting the time.
This method is perfection. We make eggs once a week and use our IP every time.
Thanks. We love making them this way too.