We eat hard boiled eggs all the time in my house! I often reach for one as a mid-morning snack, and they make a speedy appetizer when deviled, too.
Once I started hard boiling eggs in the Instant Pot, I never looked back. I know, cooking eggs on the stove top isn’t a difficult task, but it really is a lot less fussy to make them in an electric pressure cooker. There’s no watching and waiting for the water to boil, or standing by to get the timing just right.
Eggs turn out better when pressure cooked, in a couple of ways. For one thing, they’re reliably easy to peel — something about the pressurized steam helps the eggs to unstick from the thin membrane between the egg and shell. Even super-fresh eggs can be peeled without divots or layers of the egg white peeling off with the shell. The eggs also tend to come out with the yolks much more centered, making for a nicer presentation when it comes to deviled eggs. Since the eggs stand upright in a rack as they cook, the yolks are able to stay suspended right in the middle of the whites.
My favorite egg rack I’ve come across so far is the one from OXO. It’s a cheery yellow color, and I always love a bright and sunny kitchen accessory! It’s also incredibly well-designed and functional. Made of thick, sturdy silicone, it has a slightly grippy texture, allowing the eggs to rest firmly in their little circular spots. It holds up to 9 eggs, and of course you can steam fewer at a time if you like. If you want to steam even more eggs, the racks are stackable — you can rest another one on top of a layer of eggs, so up to 18 will fit in the pot at once. The egg rack is sized to fit in every size of Instant Pot, too, including the Mini (3-quart) size.
There are lots of different timing variations given for hard boiling eggs in the Instant Pot. My favorite is the easiest one to remember: 5 minutes of cooking, followed by 5 minutes of natural pressure release. This works for extra large eggs, and you can adjust the cooking time up or down by a minute if you’re using jumbo or large eggs, respectively.
And now, onto the step-by-step how-to!
How To Hard-Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot
Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot and place the OXO Silicone Pressure Cooker Egg Rack inside.
Place the eggs on top of the rack.
Secure the lid and make sure the pressure release is set to its Sealing position. Select the Egg program for its default time/pressure setting, or if your Instant Pot doesn’t have an Egg program, select the Steam setting and set the cooking time for 5 minutes at high pressure.
(The pot will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure before the cooking program begins, and then it will start its 5-minute countdown.)
While the eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath. In a bowl, combine a trayful of ice cubes and 2 cups of water.
When the countdown ends and the cooking program is finished, let the pressure release naturally for another 5 minutes, then move the Pressure Release to its Venting position to release the remaining steam from the pot.
Open the pot. Using a pair of tongs, transfer the eggs from the pot into the ice bath. Leave the eggs in the ice bath for 10 minutes, until all of the ice is melted and the eggs are cool.
You can store the eggs in their shells, or peel them right away. To peel, roll an egg around on a flat surface, pressing down with moderate pressure. You don’t want to smush the egg, but you do want to crack the shell all over, making it much easier to peel and loosening the shell’s membrane from the egg inside.
Starting at the pointy end of the egg, carefully peel off the shell. Dunk the egg back into the ice bath water to remove any bits of shell that are still clinging on. And you’re done!
Eat or use the eggs right away, or store them in a tightly lidded container in the refrigerator. To keep the eggs fresh in the fridge for up to a week, cover them with cold water, and change out the water daily.
This post is sponsored by OXO. All opinions are my own.
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