Side Dish | March 31, 2021

Perfect Peel Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Peel Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs are the easiest way to make hard boiled eggs.  You’ll never go back to your stove top method after you try cooking them in your pressure cooker. The peels practically fall off, and we have all of the cooking times to reach your perfect yolk!

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs being peeled on a marble counter. There are shells to the left and eggs to there right.

Thoughts on Hard Boiled Eggs

One thing I always call my mom and ask her is how to make hard boiled eggs.  It’s a simple task, but one I can never remember how to do.  Recently I started making my eggs in the pressure cooker, and I’m converted.  One thing I have found, is that the doneness of the yolk is highly personal.  Some like them hard, some like them medium, and some like them soft.  I’ll tell you exactly how to cook your eggs in the pressure cooker and have the yolk come out exactly the way you want it!
Hard boiled eggs in egg cups. There are 4 lined up - a white egg, a light tan egg, a tan egg, and a dark tan egg.

What Ingredients Do I Need?

The ingredient list is pretty simple when it comes to hard boiling eggs:

  1. water
  2. eggs

Pro Tip: To avoid cracked eggs, always start with room temperature eggs.  It reduces the shock to the egg and your chance of having a crack after cooking.  So set them out on the counter for about 30 minutes before you start your cooking.

A basket of eggs and a cup of water on a wooden tray,

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot

1. Insert your trivet into your pressure cooker.

2. Add 1 cup of water.

3. Fill your pressure cooker with desired number of eggs. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high for:

  • 5 minutes for hard yolks
  • 4 minutes for medium-hard yolks
  • 3 minutes for medium yolks
  • 2 minutes for soft-medium yolks
  • 1 minute for soft yolks.
  • Allow a 5 minutes natural release with each time.

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs pinterest image.

4. Transfer eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes.

How to make pressure cooker hard boiled eggs.

Perfect Peel

The method I use for peeling my eggs is cracking the shell in multiple places.  I find that it just slides right off.  There is nothing worse than spending longer peeling the egg than you did cooking it.  So give it a firm roll on the counter and pull the shell off.

Easter is right around the corner and we love the tradition of dying eggs. I’ve tried many methods over the years for making lots and lots of hard eggs – I’ve tried boiling, and I’ve even tried baking.  But pressure cooking your eggs is the easiest method and most fool-proof I’ve found.

Various doneness of pressure cooker hard boiled eggs lined up on a marble tray. There is parsley and salt and pepper to the side.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Q&A

How many eggs can I make in the pressure cooker?
between 2-24 eggs.  Despite the number of eggs – add 1 cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.
Can you overcook a hard boiled egg?
When it comes to boiling eggs, a common complaint is overcooking, leading to a dark green color around the yolk.  I’ve found that the yolk of a hard boiled egg is a personal preference.  If you like your yolk slightly less cooked, try using 4 minutes for your cook time with a 4 minutes release.  Or 3 minutes with a 3 minute release for a softer center.
Should I peel hard boiled eggs immediately?
Once eggs are cooked, they should be used within one week. It doesn’t matter if they are peeled or not.
What if I don’t have a trivet?
The eggs can touch the bottom and sides of the pot, but it will burn the shell.  This burn won’t affect the flavor of the egg, but will leave a dark mark on the shell.
What can I make with hard boiled eggs?
They are delicious eaten on their own, but you can also make:
add them to a salad
Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs.

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Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs being peeled on a marble counter. There are shells to the left and eggs to there right.
Perfect Peel Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Egg
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 

Look no further- your perfect egg is here!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hard boiled egg, instant pot egg
Servings: 12
Calories: 63 kcal
Author: Kadee
Ingredients
For Pressure Cooker
  • 12 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup Water
Instructions
Pressure Cooker
  1. Add one cup of water to your Instant Pot.

  2. Insert metal trivet and place eggs on top.

  3. Fill your pressure cooker with desired number of eggs. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high for:

    5 minutes for hard yolks

    4 minutes for medium-hard yolks

    3 minutes for medium yolks

    2 minutes for soft-medium yolks

    1 minute for soft yolks

  4. Let naturally release for 5 minutes and then release the rest of the steam.

  5. Transfer eggs to an ice bath (large bowl of water filled with water and ice cubes) and let stand for 5 minutes.

  6. Peel if desired.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Q&A

How many eggs can I make in the pressure cooker?
between 2-24 eggs.  Despite the number of eggs - add 1 cup of water and cook for 5 minutes.
 
Can you overcook a hard boiled egg?
When it comes to boiling eggs, a common complaint is overcooking, leading to a dark green color around the yolk.  I've found that the yolk of a hard boiled egg is a personal preference.  If you like your yolk slightly less cooked, try using 4 minutes for your cook time with a 4 minutes release.  Or 3 minutes with a 3 minute release for a softer center.
 
Should I peel hard boiled eggs immediately?
Once eggs are cooked, they should be used within one week. It doesn't matter if they are peeled or not.
 
What if I don't have a trivet?
The eggs can touch the bottom and sides of the pot, but it will burn the shell.  This burn won't affect the flavor of the egg, but will leave a dark mark on the shell.
 
What can I make with hard boiled eggs?
They are delicious eaten on their own, but you can also make:
add them to a salad
Nutrition Facts
Perfect Peel Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Egg
Amount Per Serving (1 egg)
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 71mg3%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I had 3 eggs crack following this method. Do you know what causes that? I always thought when I did it on the stove the eggs bumped each other — but I actually have one of those inserts for my instant pot so I know that’s not what happened.

    1. 5 stars
      Kellie, I was told many, many years ago, by my very country farming Nanaw, that the reason an egg may crack in boiling water is because it already had a very fine weak spot in the shell. One that would go completely unnoticed in normal circumstances. She also said to only boil eggs that are at room temperature. The high heat is what causes them small fine lines to go ahead and crack open. I see this recipe calls for the eggs to be at room temperature as well. I don’t know how true her theory is but she was right about many things lol.

  2. 5 stars
    JEEZ LOUISE is there anything a pressure cooker can’t do?! Thank you for helping me get the most out of my magic little pot

  3. 5 stars
    5 STARS PERFECTION!! (I wasn’t able to hit the “stars”… more than likely my cell) I have a trivet that came with the IP, then I ordered the one with black handles (heat resistant handles, no mit required 😉) I had a huge ice bath ready. Lowered it in holding the handles and let them swim away! TY!