Nevertheless, I continued to prepare hard-boiled eggs the same way I had for years. While that method was generally effective, it was clearly not foolproof. As a result, I became a bit frightened when I had company over to cook instant pot hard-boiled eggs! Looking for best instant pot pressure cooker? we have compiled some reviews you can use as reference.
I no longer have to worry about hard-boiled eggs that are undercooked (or overcooked) when I cook them in my Instant Pot. Hard boiled eggs cooked under pressure are foolproof. These hard-boiled eggs will have golden centers without green rings, and they’ll peel like a dream!
How To Make Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
My eggs were cooked by following the popular “5-5-5” method. It is best to put your eggs in a steamer basket and seal them inside your pressure cooker along with a cup or so of water. After the pressure cooker reaches high pressure, it takes five minutes to cook the eggs, followed by five minutes of natural pressure release before the eggs are removed from the cooker, hence the “5-5-5” method.
The basic formula here appears to work just fine, though I typically wait closer to 10 minutes before my pressure cooker is fully pressurized.
Aside from this I decided that 4-minute eggs have a better texture than 5-minute eggs. At four minutes, the egg whites are firm but soft, and the yolk is cooked through but still creamy; at five minutes, the whites became rubbery, and the yolk became chalky. Take a look at both ways and decide which you prefer.
5-5-5 Method for Cooking Instant Pot Hard-boiled Eggs
- Hard boiled eggs ideally should be cooked using the 5-5-5 method in a pressure cooker.
- The pressure cooker takes about 5 minutes to come to pressure, then
- about 5 minutes to cook, followed by
- 5 minutes of natural release. However, to get REALLY cooked hard boiled eggs that peel like a dream, I added another step:
- cooking in a water bath for 5 minutes.
- This is really the best way to hard-boil eggs, so the 5-5-5-5 method is perfect!
- In 20 minutes, you will have hard-boiled eggs that peel perfectly, are perfectly set, and bright yellow (there are no green rings in my recipe!).
Cooking Instant Pot Hard-boiled Eggs
- Add 1 cup of cold water to the inner pot (liquid is always needed to reach pressure in a pressure cooker.)
- Place eggs in egg rack or carefully on top of the rack that came with the Instant Pot.
- Cooker should be sealed.
- Adjust the timer to 5 minutes (5 minutes on high pressure–push the manual button and adjust the timer accordingly).
- Cook time has passed, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes (I suggest setting a timer that will beep at 5 minutes so you don’t lose track of time).
- When 5 minutes have elapsed, use a wooden spoon or kitchen towel to knock the vent knob to vent position to release any remaining pressure.
- Put the eggs into an ice bath after removing them from the pressure cooker. If your fingers aren’t steel, use a potholder when handling eggs!
- Once eggs have been in an ice bath for 5 minutes, remove them from the ice bath.
- Hardboiled eggs are perfect when they are peeled.
Which Pressure Settings to Use for Instant Pot Hard-boiled Eggs
We cooked the eggs at high pressure in the Instant Pot. Some electric pressure cookers come with an “egg” or “steam” setting, but we’re bypassing that here to keep things utterly simple. Using high pressure on the manual setting will steam your eggs perfectly, don’t worry.
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Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs Tips
- When deciding how to cook eggs, consider their freshness: Older eggs will work better for hard boiling, while fresher eggs are best for other methods such as frying and scrambling.
- You need to pay attention to the size of the eggs prior to setting the cook time on your Instant Pot: extra-large eggs require 7 minutes, and jumbo eggs require 8 minutes. No matter what size the egg is, you can hard boil it!
- Only put enough eggs in your steamer basket to fill it no more than it can hold. Putting too many eggs in your basket increases the risk of your eggs not cooking evenly (or even cracking!).