How to Make the Best Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Making Instant Pot eggs couldn't be easier. Check out our Test Kitchen's foolproof method for how to make hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot.

Instant Pots are all the rage—and with good reason! The multi-cooker is equipped with an easy-to-use. In order to perfect the best instant pot recipes, start with simpler of techniques first. I always have hard-boiled eggs on hand for a quick snack or lunch, but had never made my hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot before. (It seems perfect for deviled egg recipes, too!)

After hearing that the machine was able to cook big batches of perfectly hard-boiled eggs in a flash, I asked my friend, chef and dietitian Abbie Gellman, MS, RDN, to bring over her Instant Pot to see if the hype was true.

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How to Cook Eggs in an Instant Pot

The method is super simple. You can cook the eggs straight out of the fridge and make one or a dozen with the same recipe. (How amazing is that?)

You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of water
  • Eggs
  • Instant Pot

Making Hard Boiled Eggs

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We tried what’s known as the “5-5-5 method.”  It’s easy to remember off the top of your head! Five minutes pressure cook, five minutes release and five minutes to cool.  Don’t have an Instant Pot? This can be modified for an electric pressure cooker. Here are the steps:

  1. Pour water in Instant Pot. Place steamer basket (purchase the perfect one here!) or trivet on top of water. Carefully place eggs on top of trivet or basket.
  2. Secure the lid. Set the pressure release to Sealing.
  3. Select Manual setting and set the cooking time to 5 minutes at High Pressure.**
  4. While cooking, prepare an ice bath.
  5. When cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Then, move the pressure release to Venting to release all remaining steam.
  6. Open the pot and transfer the eggs to the ice bath to cool for 5 minutes. Peel when ready to eat or use.

We’ve heard that cooking time should be increased to 7 minutes for extra-large eggs and 8 minutes for jumbo eggs. You can also reduce to 3 minutes for soft boiled eggs.

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The Pros & Cons

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The hard-boiled eggs were super easy to peel! I can’t explain the scientific reason for this, but it’s a breeze. Gellman noted that it’s nice to program the Instant Pot and walk away. No need to watch the water boil, set a timer or worry about things boiling over. The eggs are on the interior rack, so they won’t bump into each other and crack. The eggs are also beautiful in color, so perfect to use for deviled eggs or other pretty recipes. (Like these 12 delicious deviled egg recipes!)


Using the Instant Pot to make hard-boiled eggs won’t save you any time. But since you can just set it and move onto another task, it doesn’t seem like a con.

In the end, my friend and I agreed that this method was going to be our new go-to.  It’s official: you can make everything in your Instant Pot!

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Jennifer Bowers, PhD, RD
Jennifer is a doctoral-level Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with nearly 25 years of experience. The majority of her career has focused in health care, disease prevention and nutrition education for all ages - from middle school to graduate school students. She owns a private practice focusing on freelance writing and extracurricular nutrition clubs for children. When she's not working, Dr. Bowers enjoys swimming, running, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, and reading.