Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are just so useful! This Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe makes keeping a bunch on hand in the fridge incredibly easy!

instant pot hard boiled eggs in a plastic container

It’s frustrating to make them on the stove, right? You’ve got them in the water, you don’t know exactly when to remove them, and they end up cracked, or worse, overcooked.

As usual, the Instant Pot comes along to save the day! You can just set your timers and come back to perfect hard boiled eggs – every single time, without fail or disappointment.

What are hard boiled eggs?

Hard boiled eggs are eggs that are fully cooked while leaving the shells intact. Instead of having a soupy, sticky texture like raw eggs have, when you remove the peel your eggs will be hard; a fully cooked egg white, and a fully cooked yolk, still in an egg shape!

salt and pepper containers with sliced hard boiled eggs

How long do you cook hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?

For this hard boiled egg recipe, you’ll let your Instant Pot pressurize for 5 minutes, then you cook for 5 minutes, then you allow a naturally release for 5 minutes. Easy peasy!

Can you cook soft-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?

Hard boiled eggs are delicious and quite useful, but they’re not the only kind of egg cooked in the Instant Pot! Here are some other cook times:

overhead show of instant pot boiled eggs in a white bowl on a gray and white napkin

SOFT BOILED EGGS (cooked egg whites with wet yolks): 3 minutes
SLIGHTLY SOFT BOILED EGGS (cooked egg whites with custardy yolks): 3.5 to 4 minutes
FIRM YET STILL CREAMY (cooked egg whites with almost fully-cooked yolks): 4 to 4.5 minutes
HARD BOILED EGGS (cooked eggs whites and fully cooked yolks): 5 minutes


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close up shot of hard boiled eggs made in a pressure cooker

Tips and Recipe Notes

  •  Don’t overcrowd your Instant Pot! A lot of pressure builds up inside, so your eggs need room between them.
  • Make sure you use enough water! This is crucial to your eggs cooking properly.
  • Have your ice bath ready so you can put your eggs in it right away. This will prevent them from overcooking (since they’ll continue to cook a little longer once they come out of the Instant Pot)

How do you peel hard-boiled eggs cooked in the Instant Pot?

You can peel your Instant Pot hard boiled eggs just the same as you would regular boiled eggs, but you’ll find the shell comes off even easier, especially if you soak them in the ice bath for about 10 minutes.

How Do I Store Hard Boiled Eggs?

Whether you peel them or leave them in their shells, hard boiled eggs should last in your fridge for about 7 days. If you peel them, keep them covered, or in a Ziploc bag. Once you’ve cut into your eggs, however, they won’t last long. I recommend eating them right away.

more eggs in a clear plastic container in front of an instant pot with fresh parsley

Can I Freeze Hard Boiled Eggs?

I don’t recommend it. Some people have tried it, but it seems like it can affect the texture of the egg whites and make them not so great for eating. Instead, just make yourself a few new eggs. It’s so quick and easy!

What to Do With Hard Boiled Eggs?

Some of my favorite ways to eat hard boiled eggs:

  • Make deviled eggs
  • Deviled Egg Potato Salad
  • Put them in a garden salad
  • Eat them with salt & pepper
  • Put chunks in your pasta salad
  • Make egg salad sandwiches
white eggs in an instant pot liner with a white and blue napkin from  5 5 5 method

Instant Pot 5 – 5 – 5 Eggs

In the Instant Pot world, we call these the 5-5-5 hard boiled eggs! Why do we call them that? It’s because we allow the eggs to cook and chill for 5 minutes in certain stages of making them!

  • Stage 1: Cook eggs on High pressure for 5 minutes
  • Stage 2: When done, allow the pot to naturally release pressure for 5 minutes, and then quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Stage 3: Place eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.

More Yummy Recipes You’ll Enjoy

All this talk about eggs has me in the mood for Air Fryer Egg Rolls! How about you? Try any of these for a real treat:

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Yield: 12-13 Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are just so useful! This Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe makes keeping a bunch on hand in the fridge incredibly easy! Just set your timer and come back to perfect eggs, every single time!

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes


  • 12 - 13 Medium/Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup + Extra Water
  • Ice


  1. Wash and dry your eggs, if desired.
  2. Place the eggs in one layer, in the bottom of the pot, making sure to not stack them on top of each other.
  3. Add water.
  4. Place your instant pot on manual/high pressure and set the timer for 5 minutes. It will take it about 5 minutes to pressurize and then it will start the 5-minute cooking countdown.
  5. Let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes before manually releasing and removing the eggs.
  6. Fill a bowl big enough to hold the eggs, with water and some ice.
  7. Immediately place the eggs from the instant pot into the cold water. Leave for 10 minutes. Enjoy!


●I used a 6-quart instant pot. If you have a smaller or larger one, you may need to reduce or add more eggs.
●You do not need the water to cover the eggs. It just needs to be about halfway up the eggs.
●An ice bath is one of the best ways to ensure the eggs will peel easily after cooking. However, you can also add a teaspoon of baking soda to the cooking water as that tends to help as well.
●Farm fresh eggs do not peel well, no matter what. So, be aware that they might give you issues, even if you try these techniques.
●Actual cooking time is only 5 minutes, but it will take time to pressurize before cooking starts, and you have the release after it cooks, which also takes more time. Therefore, I believe it’s truly 15 minutes for the full cooking time.

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