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Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot

I”m not a huge fan of hard boiled eggs, but every once in a while (usually on holidays) I like to have some deviled eggs. Whenever I made hard boil eggs, I always had to look up how long to cook them. It was just something I couldn’t remember. Also, was it boil the water then add the eggs? Or are you supposed to add the eggs then add water and boil? Also, when do you start the timer? When it comes to a full boil or when the first bubble comes up? Is a simmer OK? ?

My confusion all ended a few years ago when I found out I could cook them in my pressure cooker! Soon after, I discovered the Instant Pot and said goodbye to my old pressure cooker! Now it’s so easy peasy with just a push of a button! The best part is that THEY PEEL SO EASY!!

I use the 5-5-5 method in the Instant Pot. Cook for 5 minutes, allow for a natural pressure release for 5 minutes, then quick release and put them in an ice bath for 5 minutes. While I didn’t think of this method myself, I honestly don’t know who to give the credit to. So to whomever thought of this method, thank you!

For this recipe you will need:

  • Instant Pot (or pressure cooker)
  • Rack insert
  • 1 cup water
  • About 6 cups of ice water
  • 1-12 eggs


  • Insert metal rack into the Instant Pot. I use the one that came with it, but a special egg rack like this could be used instead. The rack is used to prevent eggs from moving around and cracking each other.
  • Add 1 cup water to the instant pot.
  • Add however many eggs you plan to cook. You can cook 1 egg or you can cook a whole dozen, or more! The cook time remains the same. I would recommend cooking a small amount to make sure the cooking time produces eggs to your liking. Some people like them VERY hard boiled and some people like them a tad bit on the softer side. I’m honestly not too picky about it.
  • Put the pressure cooking lid on the Instant Pot and be sure to turn the valve to “sealing”.
  • Push “Pressure Cook”, and adjust the time to 5 minutes on high.
Don’t mind my dirty Instant Pot!! It’s VERY used 😉
  • Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes and then twist the valve to “venting”. Psssshhhhhh 😉
  • Once pressure has been released remove the lid and put the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
  • Viola! Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or peel and serve right away.
I only made a few eggs and was going to make deviled eggs. Unfortunately, I let my kids peel them and this turned into them eating them 😛
5 from 1 vote

Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot

A no fuss way to make hard boiled eggs that peel perfectly EVERY time!
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword Pasture raised, Peels So Easy, Perfect Yolks
Author MommaDarlin


  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cups ice water
  • 1-12 eggs

Cooking equipment

  • Instant Pot or pressure cooker
  • Rack insert


  1. Insert metal rack into the Instant Pot
  2. Add 1 cup water
  3. Add eggs

  4. Put lid on and set valve to “sealing”

  5. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes

  6. Allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes and do a quick release

  7. Once pressure has been released, put eggs in the ice bath for 5 minutes.

  8. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or peel and eat right away.

Recipe Notes

This is the 5-5-5 method:

  • cook for 5
  • natural release for 5
  • ice bath for 5

I would recommend cooking a very small batch first to make sure the 5 minute cook time gives you the eggs you desire. Some people prefer their eggs VERY done while others may prefer a tiny bit of softness in the yolks. Let me know how long you cook yours and how they turn out! 🙂

Do you have your own perfect way of cooking hard boiled eggs? Let me know in the comments how it’s done in your kitchen!!

2 thoughts on “Hard Boiled Eggs In The Instant Pot

  1. 5 stars
    I made a dozen eggs 1 week ago using this method. I accidently let it naturally release for a bit longer though. Oops.
    Also, I didn’t have any ice so I just let the eggs sit under my cold running water for about 5 minutes. One week later and they still peel just as easy as day 1!

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