Perfectly Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs have eluded me forever until now! I know that I am not only person on Earth that gets excited over perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs. Don’t be shy, I see you smiling because you know exactly what I am talking about.

Perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot.

Last fall I purchased and Instant Pot (affiliate link) and one of the suggested beginner recipes (besides boiling water) is to make hard boiled eggs. My first thought was why would anyone want to make hard boiled eggs in a pressure cooker?

How to make perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.

When I make hard boiled eggs on the stovetop I set the timer for 16 minutes to bring the eggs to a boil. Then I turn them off and let them sit for 18 minutes. Then they get cold water for 5 minutes. Then I have to pick and peel the egg shells off and my eggs look like a mess. That’s a total of 39 minutes with me babysitting a pot of eggs.

Perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs need an ice bath before peeling.

Needless to say, Facebook and Pinterest are filled with tons of opinions and recipes on how to make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Since I was still an Instant Pot newbie I decided to give it a try and use the 2-10-5 method which means cook for 2 minutes with 10 minutes of natural pressure release (NPR) and 5 minute ice bath.

The Instant Pot makes perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs.

How to Make Perfectly Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs

When I make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot I put them on the metal trivot that came with the pot (some people use a steam basket) to keep the eggs from touching the pan. Then I add one cup of water to the pot, set the timer for 2 minutes on manual high pressure and I walk away. It takes the Instant Pot approximately 5 minutes to come to pressure and then it cooks the eggs for 2 minutes. After the 2 minute cooking time is done I let the pot sit and do a natural pressure release (NPR) for 10 minutes. After the NPR process the eggs get a ice cold water bath for 5 minutes.

Perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs in less than 30 minutes.

Now here is where the magic happens, I crack the egg shell and when I start the peeling process the shell practically falls off of the egg. Every time I have made eggs in my Instant Pot I get perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs. Oh it’s the little things in life that make me smile. 🙂


The Instant Pot makes perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs.

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2 comments

  1. Charlotte says:

    The instant pot for hard boiled eggs is great! This is similar to the method I like also. I let mine natural release for 12 minutes. I use fresh eggs from our chickens. Think that makes any difference? Thanks for joining our first instant pot linkup. Be sure to join the next one in two weeks!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      I would love to use fresh chicken eggs. I am guessing there would be a time difference because mine were chilled in the fridge.

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