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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs [Instant Pot Pressure Cooker]

I love hard boiled (HB) eggs.

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I love deviled eggs made with HB eggs, I love potato salad with HB eggs and I love egg salad made with HB eggs.

What I don’t love is making the hard boiled egg.

Anyone else see peeling HB eggs as their nemesis? They defeat me on a regular basis.

I have read tons of “perfect” methods for the “perfect” and/or “easy to peel” HB eggs, but no matter what I do, those damn shells…

Plus, who else is guilty of putting their eggs on the stove, walking away and forgetting them for too long, or losing track of how long they’ve been cooking, or getting their water boiling too heavily and you crack an egg or 2 - then you get that gross bubble like protrusion of egg white that seeps out.

Ugh - I hate cooking hard boiled eggs on the stove top.

I have been tempted to try the oven method - eggs in a muffin tin baked in the oven, but then they're supposed to be "hard boiled” - never tried it. Have you? Something about heating my oven and leaving it on for the 25-30 minutes this technique calls for bothers me too… especially in the middle of a Florida summer (which is pretty much year round!).

So the Instant Pot

I heard cooking eggs in the Pressure Cooker was a good method, so I tried it - actually it was the 2nd thing I ever made in my Instant Pot!

Well let me tell you what. I was LITERALLY GIGGLING with JOY when I finished this method and started peeling… I have never in my life experienced this kind of bliss peeling eggs.

I also love and have a technique for Perfect Medium Boiled Eggs! They are just as easy to make consistently in the Instant Pot! Soft Boiled Eggs, too, for those who like ‘em runny 😜

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
The 6-6 method
6 minutes manual, QPR, 6 minutes ice bath

Put about 1 1/2 cups water in the bottom of your Instant Pot and place rack on top of water (rack that comes with IP works!). 
Place eggs on top of rack - I used 6 large eggs. NOTE: you don’t want the water touching the eggs.
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Close lid and turn vent knob to Sealing.

Press “Manual” button, and adjust cook time to 6 minutes using “+/-“ buttons.

After a few seconds, the display will change from your cook time of 6 to “ON” - the Instant Pot is starting to pressurize. This will take about 5-10 minutes.

When machine pressurizes, your cook time countdown will begin. Once 6 minutes is complete, the Instant Pot will beep a few times. It automatically changes to “Keep Warm” setting, and begins to depressurize. The display will show as below.

Turn the Instant Pot Off by pressing “Keep Warm/Off” button.

Manually release the pressure (QPR) by turning the vent knob on the lid to “Venting”. 
NOTE: steam releases - I ALWAYS place a towel over the knob BEFORE turning to “Venting”.

Open the lid, and behold - your eggs! Carefully remove (I use tongs - yessss they will be HOT). Place in ice water for 6 minutes.

Now, the moment of TRUTH…

Peel your eggs (get ready to giggle!)

Seriously, have you ever had the entire peel come off altogether!?

1 peel almost intact, 1 perfectly peeled egg!

6 minutes Manual, QPR, 6 minutes ice bath

6-6 method

PERFECT Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled egg (left) vs. Medium Boiled Egg (right) from the Instant Pot

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*updated from original post on 12/15/16


  1. More than one way to skin a cat they used to say; I'm going to try this next time.

    1. “They” are still correct! Definitely more than one way, but this is what I find to be the most consistent and easy. Enjoy! Thanks for the comment!

  2. I have tried the oven method and it doesn't work well for getting the eggs to peel easily. I have been steaming them but now I have the IP and will try them in there today. I hope they peel as easily as the regular steaming method! Thanks for the info!

    1. Good to know I am not missing out on that silly oven technique! Come back and let me know what you think about how easy they peel using this method - I wanted to cry for joy the first time I did it! -Jessica

  3. Is there a technique for cooking hard boiled eggs at high pressure for those of us who don't have a dual pressure device?

    1. Hi there! I think we might have just "talked" on Facebook :) Almost all of my recipes including this one is using regular Manual High Pressure. Thanks for the question! -Jessica

  4. did a dozen at 5-5-5. many shells were cracked and partially peeled. should the eggs be at room temp, before starting?

  5. Thanks for the recipe and instruction of boiling eggs in pot. I must try this.
    how long to boil eggs

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