Are you wondering How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs? If so, an electric pressure cooker, better known as an Instant Pot, is the trick you need to try for the best eggs! These easy to peel hard boiled eggs are cooked to perfection in less than 15 minutes.
How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
I know I am not alone in wondering How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. My husband LOVES hard boiled eggs. He will happily snack on them with salt and pepper any time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner! Therefore, I have tried making hard boiled eggs on the stove top in the past with very limited success. Once in awhile they will turn out alright, but more times than not, they end up overcooked, impossible to peel and just plain disappointing. While my husband isn’t the most discerning customer, I am infuriated when they turn out so poorly! Because of this, he has gotten very few hard boiled eggs over the years. This all changed once I bought my Instant Pot!
My electric pressure cooker, better known as an Instant Pot has been my saving grace when it comes to hard boiled eggs. It really couldn’t get any easier than this. You simply add a couple cups of water to your pot along with eggs and cook them under pressure for a few minutes. After a quick natural release, pop the eggs in an ice bath to cool them off and stop the cooking process. You are left with the most amazing hard boiled eggs that peel like a dream with perfectly cooked yolks.
I can’t even count the number of times I have made these easy hard boiled eggs since purchasing my Instant Pot. Sometimes I just pop a few in for recipes like this Crispy Chicken & Avocado Cobb Salad or Roasted Garlic Potato Salad and other times I make a whole dozen for my husband to have on hand in the refrigerator. These would also work wonderfully for dying Easter eggs!
One key thing to keep in mind when cooking eggs in an electric pressure cooker is that the cooking times are actually counter intuitive. Normally we think that the more food we add to a pot, the longer we need to set the cooking time. It is actually the complete opposite in this instance. Because the pressure cooker takes longer to come to pressure when there are more eggs inside, it needs to be set for a shorter amount of time because the eggs start cooking while the pot is coming to pressure.
My personal preference is to cook 3-4 eggs for 5 minutes with a 5 minute natural release. When cooking a dozen eggs, I prefer cooking them for 4 minutes with a 4 minute natural release. The ice bath is also a critical component you do NOT want to skip. This stops the cooking process so they don’t continue to (over)cook once removed from the pot.
If you don’t try anything else new in your Instant Pot, please at least try this recipe. I have never found a more consistent and easy recipe for cooking hard boiled eggs that are so incredibly easy to peel IN.MY.LIFE. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
- 1½ c. water
- Bring your eggs to room temperature. (They are less likely to crack.)
- Add 1½ cups of water to the interior pot of your electric pressure cooker. Add the eggs on top of the water and place the lid on top. Be sure the vent is set to seal.
- For 2-6 eggs, cook on high pressure for 5 minutes with a 5 minute natural pressure release.
- For 7+ eggs, cook on high pressure for 4 minutes with a 4 minute natural pressure release.
- For 18+ eggs, cook on high pressure for 3 minutes with a 3 minute natural pressure release.
- (Natural pressure release is allowing the electric pressure cooker to slowly release the pressure on it's own. After the 3-5 minute natural release, turn the knob to 'vent' and release all of the pressure.)
- Once the pressure is released, immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water. Chill in the ice bath for 5 minutes.
- Remove from the ice bath and peel if you will be using them immediately or store them refrigerated for up to a week.