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!
Thoughts on Hard Boiled Eggs
What Ingredients Do I Need?
The ingredient list is pretty simple when it comes to hard boiling 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.
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.
4. Transfer eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes.
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.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Q&A
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Perfect Peel Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Egg
For Pressure Cooker
- 12 eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup Water
- Add one cup of water to your Instant Pot.
- Insert metal trivet and place eggs on top.
- Fill your pressure cooker with desired number of eggs. Seal pressure cooker and cook on high for:5 minutes for hard yolks4 minutes for medium-hard yolks3 minutes for medium yolks2 minutes for soft-medium yolks1 minute for soft yolks
- Let naturally release for 5 minutes and then release the rest of the steam.
- Transfer eggs to an ice bath (large bowl of water filled with water and ice cubes) and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Peel if desired.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Q&A
I have a pampered chef pressure cooker and it said to do for 12 minutes. I lowered the time based on your information. I'm nervous but excited to see how it goes.
Scott M. Selke says
Followed to the T. Eggs were at room temp for almost 2 hours. Did 18 eggs. 8 cracked when I opened the pot. What happened?
Hi Scott, usually when eggs crack like that it is because of 1 of 2 reasons - 1. the shells were already compromised before they were cooked, or 2. they were touching the sides of the instant pot when cooked. I have had batches were none of them broke and batches where several break. And I honestly think it is reason number 1.
Jessica Lemmon says
AMAZING! I still have problems cooking hard boiled eggs in my instant pot but I am going to give this a shot for sure.
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!
Erin V says
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
How to adjust if you use a smaller numb er of eggs?
The instructions stay the same no matter the amount of eggs you use! They come out perfect every time.
I cant believe how perfect this cooks the eggs!!
Kellie Jobe says
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.
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.