Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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Admittedly, I am considered a late bloomer in the Instant Pot world. I have learned though, there are many people who have an Instant Pot because it is the rage, but are not quite sure how to use it or not sure how they can best be utilizing the speed and convenience these provide.  Because I am a kid of the 80’s, I am very familiar with Crock Pots, they were the Instant Pot of my era. What is better than that putting a nice big roast and root vegetables in the Crock Pot in the morning only to return that evening and dinner is done? There was no browning of meat, but the flavors were good if you seasoned it and the meat was always tender.  Weeknight meals were a snap!

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs couldn’t be any easier!! 

We have chickens and they are good layers! Since it is only Craig and I, we have a plethora of eggs at the ready. In fact, we are overrun with fresh eggs on most days. The one thing about fresh laid eggs, they are often a struggle to peel after being boiled. I know I am not the only one with this problem, because there are Facebook pages with long threads dedicated to “tricks” to peeling fresh eggs. The main reason I was triggered to get an Instant Pot was to cook baked potatoes in a snap! Such a silly reason, but it grabbed me and pulled me in. However, even better than that, is I have since learned Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are ready in 5 minus and they peel like a dream!

When my boys were teenagers, I would have to boil 36 eggs at a time to make enough egg salad to last more than a day or two. They were very active teenagers and could easily eat 2 or 3 full sandwiches at a time.  Eggs were cheaper than lunch meat, so we had egg salad a lot! I got very good at boiling eggs to the exact time, bathing them in iced cold water for just long enough to make peeling a quick endeavor.  If however, I got distracted and the eggs cooked too long or I didn’t get them in cold water at the right time, I had an hour long battle, bent over the kitchen sink to peel these 36 little boogers, because the shell stuck like a !%#&@*&! Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are a breeze in comparison to my old ways.

Making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is quick, efficient and reliable every time!

To get started, you will want to place the steaming rack into the bottom of your Instant Pot. If you are using fresh eggs, make sure to double check they are clean before placing on the steamer rack. When placing the eggs on the rack, don’t overcrowd them. They can be touching, but do not overlap them or there will be some eggs not quite as cooked as the others. So, for consistency of cook, keep them in a single layer on the steamer rack. 

You will then place the lid onto the Instant Pot and twist to secure then push “Egg” to start. This will bring up the number 5 and it will begin to pressurize and cook. When it is actually pressurized and cooking, there is no sound and very little steam. Once the eggs are done, you will want to carefully turn the pressure quick release valve to let off the steam and allow you to open the pot. Then place the cooked eggs into an ice bath for a few minutes or until they are cool enough handle and peel. 

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are cooked in 5 minutes, easy to peel and perfect every time!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
pressure release time 5 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Course Breakfast, Salad, sandwich, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people


  • Instant Pot 6 quart


  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups water


  • Place clean eggs on steamer rack in Instant Pot.
  • Pour 2 cups of water into Instant Pot and place lid onto pot and make sure it is secured.
  • Push "manual high" or "egg" which will make a number 5 appear in the window. This would indicate it will cook for 5 minutes. When timer goes off, turn the quick pressure release valve to "venting."
  • Once all the pressure has been released, carefully remove lid and set aside.
  • Remove eggs and place into an ice bath for a few minutes or until you are able to comfortably handle eggs to peel.
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It really doesn’t get much easier than this to make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. This is a reliable, consistent way to make hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel, and always perfectly done in the middle. If you are late to the Instant Pot party, much like I was, its okay. It’s never too late to make your life much easier!!


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