The kids and I made homemade, natural egg dyes the other day. I'm working on sharing those with you here on the blog, but this post on how to cook hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot needed to come first! I'm so excited for the natural dye post. Asher absolutely loved learning about the foods that were used to make the dyes and we had so much fun experimenting with the different colors and the outcomes.
I've tried every method of hard boiling eggs. All of the tricks that supposedly made peeling them easier. I used to use a stove top method by Alton Brown that I thought was the best. But peeling the eggs still took forever, and I still occasionally lost some whites to the shells. I started experimenting with cooking them in an electric pressure cooker, and will never go back to the stove again!
Let me first say, don't have expectations of shorter cooking times compared to the stovetop. It still takes about the same amount of time, if not a couple of minutes longer, to cook them. The real draw here is cooking consistency and the ease of peeling. When you do instant pot hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot, they cook evenly every single time. And the shells. Well, they practically fall off. You will never have mangled egg white shells for deviled eggs again with this method.
I just tried this and it totally failed. I have no idea why. Unless the cook time listed is a misprint, but that doesn’t seem likely. I cooked my eggs for 6 minutes and did two batches and one from each batch is the same- runny egg white, not even close to having a cooked yolk. I’m disappointed. We can still dye them tomorrow but we’ll have to throw them all away when we’re done. They’re neither raw or hard boiled! What a bummer. I’m curious if I’m the only one this has happened to.
I wonder if your pot is not pressurizing. We had the same issue. Then got the dreaded error on the pot finally. Instant pot replaced our pot for free as it had a defect. We lost lots of eggs during this process! It basically turned into a crock pot.
Leslie Wilcox Carlisle
Thank you so much for sharing how to do this. I was able to peel 16 VERY fresh eggs in 6 minutes! And without crying?! My son tasted one and said the yolk was perfect. I did have some eggs overcook at the wide, air-sac end so I adjusted the time. I also decreased the time to 3 minutes for my smaller pullet size eggs and they look great. I am using an 8qt Instant Pot. For my second batch I made sure the eggs were not touching the side of the instant pot as I had two small eggs split open in the middle and both were on the edge of the wire rack.
THE SOLUTION for farm fresh eggs!! 😀
I’ve never had boiled eggs peel more easily!! I couldn’t believe it. A couple of the shells cracked and started to fall off (revealing beautifully smooth eggs) as I was taking them out of the pressure cooker. Our 4 year out daughter was equally pleased with the ease of peeling! THANK you for this! I will never use any other method for boiling eggs. 😀
Yay! So glad you found this helpful!