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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs create easy to peel hard boiled eggs! These eggs are so easy to peel, a child can do them! Quick, easy and idiot proof directions that will have you wishing you had tried sooner!



How on earth has it taken me this long to post the most basic and easiest recipe you can make in an Instant Pot?

If you scope out Num’s the Word you’ll see very few Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker recipes on here. 

There is really no excuse for that.

I received an Instant Pot before they were a thing.  Back when they first hit the market and no one wanted anything to do with them.

I certainly don’t use mine every day, but we do use it regularly.

And we love it. 


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - uncooked eggs - uncooked eggs in Instant Pot


However, there is no excuse that it’s taken me this long to write about Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot.

For those of you with an Instant Pot, if you haven’t tried hard boiled eggs in it, then you’re doing them eggs the  wrong way.

For those of you who have made hard boiled eggs in yours, you know what I’m talking about.

I once had a friend tell me when we were in our early 20’s that she could burn water.

She claimed she was a terrible cook and for the life of her could not figure out how to boil eggs or make anything.

Hard boiled eggs are one of the trickiest things to master when it comes to cooking in my opinion.  

Getting that perfectly cooked egg where the shell magically falls off is literally impossible.


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - water poured over eggs


Ok, not impossible.  But difficult for those who don’t make them on a regular basis. Also getting the perfectly cooked center is also tough.  How long do you cook it, do you put the eggs in boiling water or cold water? Lid on or lid off?  So many questions when cooking hard boiled eggs on the stove.

This is why you need an Instant Pot.  If for no other reason than for making hard boiled eggs.

Imagine a world where you no longer have ugly eggs that are gouged.  A world where you don’t have to buy your hard boiled eggs precooked and peeled!  Imagine letting your kids dye their eggs for Easter and  then magically being able to eat those same eggs?!  Crazy right?

What if you were the person who showed up to the next barbecue or pot luck or work lunch with beautifully cooked deviled eggs?!  

The jealousy that would arise in everyone who can’t cook hard boiled eggs.  They’d all want to know your secret and really, you’ll just tell them they are so easy to make in your Instant Pot.


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - Cooked eggs place in a bowl of ice water or snow


Now that you can see yourself as the master of potlucks, you can make that fantasy a reality.

When myself or others talk about how easy Hard Boiled eggs in the Instant Pot are to peel, you’ll probably write us off with ideas of how delicate our fingers are.  With how easy it might be for us, but you couldn’t possibly peel a hard boiled egg without making a giant mess.

If those were thoughts that ever crossed your mind, think again.

In the photos you’ll see a picture of a child’s hands peeling the eggs.  That’s my son.


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - cooled eggs being peeled by a child


He LOVES hard boiled eggs and LOVES to peel them.  It’s like Christmas morning when we make hard boiled eggs and the task of peeling the shells is fun to him.

The kicker is that all the eggs you see in the photographs were peeled by my 5 year old boy. 

The boy who literally jumps off the couch, runs around the house and has more rambunctious energy than most kids.

This is also the boy who magically peels hard boiled eggs like they are bananas in a peel.  

If my 5 year old can peel Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, then you can too!


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - peeled eggs in front of instant pot



Congratulations!  Buying an Instant Pot is a big deal.  It’s a large purchase and one I hope you find useful.

However even if you never make a meal, you have to try hard boiled eggs at least once.

Maybe you’ve purchased it but haven’t used it yet.  When I got mine I was definitely intimidated by it.  What do I make, how do I make it and will it taste weird?

If you haven’t used yours yet, out of fear, then try this recipe first. It’s basic, quick and you really can’t mess up. Eggs, water and a pair of tongs are all you need for great eggs.

The only part you could mess up is over cooking or under cooking your eggs.

However that is an easy fix.  The key to perfect eggs is to immediately remove them from your Insta Pot and place them in ice water.  If you don’t remove them they will continue to cook.  And that’s not what you want to happen.


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - close up of hard boiled eggs in bowl



Well, there are a few tricks you can do to help yourself.

  1.  If you are making this in winter and live in a state with snow, then scoop up a bowl of snow!  Natures natural ice!  I like to scoop up a bowl, add a few cups of water and turn it into a wet slushy.  Add your eggs to that and cover them up with more snow or bury them in the water.
  2. If you don’t have snow, then the other trick I do regularly is that before I even start, I will fill 2 large bowls with cold water. Place both of those bowls into the freezer.  Then make your eggs as directed.  When you are ready to put your eggs in ice water, pull out one of your bowls and place eggs in it. The water should be nice and chilled, despite not having ice.  Leave them in this bowl for 3-4 minutes then transfer to the second bowl of freezer water.  Finish cooling in this bowl.  Yes it dirties more bowls, but it also cools your eggs down quickly!


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - hand holding up hard boiled egg in front of instant pot



If you want a runny egg or a soft boiled egg, that can also be done in the Instant Pot.

Cook your eggs for 2 minutes – 10 minutes depending on how hard you want the yolk. 

Runny yolk, 2 – 4 minutes. 

Soft yolk, 6-8 minutes. 

Hard yolk 10 minutes. 

Test out one or two eggs until you get your preferred cook time.  As for my family, we like hard yolks and 10 minutes works best for us.


I like to cook 10 at a time.  However you can squeeze 12 in there.  The key is to use your metal rack that came with your Instant Pot or you can purchase a stacking egg holder for ease.  Your goal is to not let your eggs touch the bottom or sides of your instant pot.  If you have a larger 8 quart Instant Pot, you can cook more eggs than the traditional 6 quart.


Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - hard boiled eggs in a bowl with one cut in half



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Yield: 10 Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs - close up of hard boiled eggs in bowl

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs create easy to peel hard boiled eggs! These eggs are so easy to peel, a child can do them! Quick, easy and idiot proof directions that will have you wishing you had tried sooner!

Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 10 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice water


  1. Place metal rack into Instant Pot.
  2. Place 10 eggs or less into Instant Pot on metal rack. Do not let eggs touch the edges of Instant Pot.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into Pot.
  4. Place lid on and close vent.
  5. Set to Manual, High Pressure for 10 Minutes.
  6. Once timer goes off, carefully switch pressure valve to steaming. Be sure to stand back so you don't get burned. Allow to fully steam until float valve (silver round thing next to steaming vent) drops.
  7. Place eggs in a bowl of ice water and let cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Once eggs are cool, then be amazed at how easy they are to peel.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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