Side Dish | March 21, 2018

Perfect Peel Instant Pot 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.

Hard Boiled Egg shells and uncooked eggs

Simple Ingredients

The ingredient list is pretty simple when it comes to hard boiling eggs. Water and eggs. 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.

uncooked Eggs and empty instant pot

Fool Proof

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.  You can put 12 to 24 eggs in at a time, and you won’t be picking off tiny pieces of shell later on.  These guys peel like a dream.

blue dyed Hard Boiled Eggs in an egg crate

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.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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.


5 from 2 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: 125 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.

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg
Amount Per Serving (1 egg)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 327mg 109%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 8.6%
* 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.