Side Dish | March 30, 2020

Perfect Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Peel Instant Pot 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.

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs peeled, alongside of the shells.

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.  I’ll include stove top instructions for the traditionalists, but I’m telling you – eggs in the pressure cooker are perfection.
Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs peeled in an egg holder.

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.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot

  1. Insert your trivet into your pressure cooker.  Add 1 cup of water.
  2. Fill your pressure cooker with desired number of eggs.
  3. Seal pressure cooker and cook for 5 minutes.  Allow a 5 minutes natural release.
  4. Transfer eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes.

How to make hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker.

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.

Instructional Video

To show you just how easy this Instant Pot hard boiled eggs method is – check out my instructional video below.  I promise you’ll be floored by the results of pressure cooker perfect peel eggs.  I like to think of it as the 5-5-5 method.  5 minutes in the pressure cooker, 5 minute natural release, and 5 minutes in an ice bath.  I promise you won’t be calling your mom to remind you of this simple cooking method.

Instant pot full of eggs.

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 peeled in an egg holder.

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5 from 4 votes
Perfect Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs by popular foodie blogger Oh So Delicioso
Perfect Peel Instant Pot 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
For Pressure Cooker
  • 12 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup Water
For Stove Top
  • 12 eggs at room temperature
  • 2 quarts water
Pressure Cooker
  1. Add one cup of water to your Instant Pot.

  2. Insert metal trivet and place eggs on top.

  3. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes.

  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.

For Stove Top
  1. Take a clean needle and poke a tiny little hole in the top of the eggs. This allows the air to escape from the inside of the egg and the egg to expand without cracking the egg.

  2. Lay your eggs in a pot and fill just above the eggs with cold water.

  3. Bring water to a rolling boil. Once boiling, turn off heat and cover with lid.
  4. Allow to stand covered for 14 minutes.
  5. Drain water cool.

  6. Peel.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Peel Instant Pot 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!