Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are fast and easy to make! Whether you need one egg or a dozen, this simple process will have you and your family eating some delicious eggs in no time.

Hard boiled eggs cut open to show the yolk

It’s egg season! Sunshine and warmer temperatures means the hens are back to laying and we have piles of fresh eggs waiting to be eaten. I love this time of year!

We don’t force our hens to lay during the winter using heat or extended light so for several months of the year, we only get maybe one or two eggs a day. For a family of six, that’s not a lot so we use them sparingly.

But once the snow starts to melt and the sun comes back, the eggs start showing up and it doesn’t take long for them to start piling up!

One of our favorite ways to enjoy our eggs is hard boiled. My girls perk right up when they find out I’m making a batch.

Hard boiled eggs are the perfect accompaniment for homemade muffins at breakfast or a fruit and yogurt smoothie at lunch. They’re also a great, simple snack all on their own!

Fresh eggs are notorious for being incredibly difficult to peel when hard boiled. I used to struggle with this issue when I hard boiled our eggs in a pot of water the traditional way.

But a few years ago my husband picked up an Instant Pot for me to use to make large batches of yogurt. Once I learned that I could make hard boiled eggs in it that were much easier to peel, I was so excited!

Here are the easy steps to make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs.

Some hard boiled eggs

How to Hard Boil Eggs in an Instant Pot

Start by placing the streamer trivet that comes with the Instant Pot in the bottom.

Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pot. It doesn’t matter if you’re hard boiling one egg or a dozen, just 12 cup of water will do.

Gently place the eggs onto the trivet. You can even stack them on top of one another if needed.

Eggs inside an Instant Pot to be hard boiled

Lock the lid into place and move the vent to Sealing.

Using the Manual or Pressure Cook options, set the time to 5 minutes.

It takes a few minutes to build up pressure and then the 5 minutes will begin.

A red instant pot showing 5 minutes on the timer

Once the 5 minutes of cooking time is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes.

While you’re waiting, fill a bowl with a few handfuls of ice and some cold water.

After the 5 minute countdown is over, manually release any remaining pressure. I do this by carefully moving the vent with a wooden spoon.

Remove the lid and gently move each egg from the Instant Pot into the bowl of ice water.

Allow the eggs to chill in the ice bath for 5 minutes.

Drain off the water and they’re ready to be eaten!

Eggs in a bowl of ice water

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are best stored with the shells still on and unpeeled. They will last longer this way and are less likely to pick up any odors in the fridge from other foods.

Be sure to gently dry the egg shells off after removing the eggs from the ice bath. Then place in an airtight container, preferably hard-sided but if all you have is a gallon bag, that will work too. Store in the fridge.

If you want to peel your eggs so they’re ready when you need them, place them in a bowl of cold water. Leave the bowl uncovered and store in the fridge. Change the water daily until you use the eggs.

This is a great way to do some food prep when you have the extra time to peel the eggs. Then they’re ready to go later when you need to make deviled eggs, egg salad, or another recipe quickly.

How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?

If the eggs were left unpeeled with their shells on, they will last in the fridge for up to a week!

If you peeled the eggs and placed them in a bowl of water in the fridge, they will only last for 2 days so use them right away.

Six hard boiled eggs

Ways to Use Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are so versatile and have many uses so they’re great to have on hand! Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Plain-Hard boiled eggs make an excellent and healthy snack or part of a meal. I often make a batch for us to have at lunch or breakfast along with muffins or smoothies. But if I just place them in a bowl on the counter, they’ll be gone in minutes. Even our toddler loves to have his own!
  • Deviled-Deviled eggs are delicious and pretty easy to whip up, whether for a snack or an appetizer for guests. Just slice the eggs in half lengthwise, scoop out the yolks into a bowl, and mix them up with a bit of sour cream (or mayonnaise), a dollop of mustard, and a few dashes of salt and pepper. Add spoonfuls of yolk back into the egg whites and they’re ready!
  • Egg Salad-This is a favorite summer meal of ours, either for lunch or even dinner! I like to dice up some hard boiled eggs (plan on two per person) and mix them with a spoonful of sour cream, (mayo works as well but isn’t as healthy!), a squirt of mustard, and some salt and pepper to taste. We like to eat this plain or on top of toasted sourdough. Such a quick and easy meal!
  • In Salads-Chopped up hard boiled eggs make a great topping for a basic salad. Add some leftover shredded meat and a little cheese and lunch (or dinner) is served.

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are so easy to make and are a great way to use up all of those extra eggs. Not to mention it’s a healthy snack or meal for your family!

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

A fast and easy way to hard boil eggs, whether you need one or a dozen! In just a few minutes, you'll have warm, delicious eggs for a snack or favorite recipe.
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Hard boiled eggs cut open to show the yolk
Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:5 minutes
Steam Release and Chill:10 minutes
Total Time:17 minutes


  • Instant Pot with trivet
  • Large mixing bowl for ice water


  • Eggs
  • 1 cup Water
  • Ice and water for chilling


  • Place the steamer trivet that came with your Instant Pot in the bottom.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  • Gently set one or more eggs onto the trivet, stacking them on top of one another if necessary.
  • Lock lid in place and set the valve to Sealing. Use the Pressure Cook setting for 5 minutes.
  • Once the 5 minutes is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 5 minutes.
  • While waiting, fill a large mixing bowl with some ice and cold water.
  • After 5 minutes, manually release any remaining pressure and remove the lid.
  • Carefully place the eggs into the bowl of ice water and set a timer for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes is up, remove the eggs from the water, peel, and enjoy! Or refrigerate for later!


You can use this method to cook up to a dozen eggs at once! 
Store dried, unpeeled hard boiled eggs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Store peeled hard boiled eggs in an uncovered bowl of water in the fridge for up to 2 days, changing the water daily. 
Hard boiled eggs do not freeze well.
Servings: 1
Author: Lisa Harlow

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