Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs) are incredibly easy to make, ready in just 15 minutes using the 5-5-5 method, and a foolproof way to get a perfect eggs and an easy peel every time!

I love pressure cooker recipes because they are really quick and easy to make, even on busy weeknights! And on my list of favorite instant pot recipes is my Instant Pot Steamed Broccoli, Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes, and Instant Pot White Chicken Chili!

instant pot hard boiled eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs)

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are quick and easy to make using the 5-5-5 method, for a total time of under 20 minutes for perfect hard boiled eggs that peel easily every time! This method is great for making healthy snacks for the week, or to cut down on prep time for a large batch of deviled eggs for a party (perfect for holidays like Easter!). I like this more than the stovetop because you can easily control how hard or soft you want your eggs. This can be used to make one egg or a dozen eggs all at once, and is so much easier than boiling eggs!

How many eggs can you hard boil in an instant pot?

This depends on the size of your instant pot, but usually 6-12 eggs. The rule is that you can fill up the trivet in one layer, so the eggs aren’t touching the bottom of the pot.

What is the egg setting on instant pot?

The egg setting on instant pot is usually 5 minutes on high pressure. This will make hard boiled eggs (less time for soft or medium eggs), just follow the natural pressure release directions as usual. And don’t forget the ice bath at the end, this is what makes them easy to peel.

Can eggs touch in instant pot?

It’s OK if the eggs are touching, but you don’t want them touching the bottom or sides of the pot. This can cause the eggs to crack and break apart.

Why are my eggs cracking in the instant pot?

If your eggs are cracking, it might be because the cooking time is set for too long. Another reason may be that the pressure is too high. You can try lowering the cooking time, and setting the pressure to low to see if that helps your instant pot eggs to stop cracking.

If your eggs are still cracking, make sure you’re using the trivet, and the eggs are not touching the bottom or sides of the pressure cooker directly.

How to Make Soft, Medium, and Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Soft Boiled Eggs: For soft boiled eggs, set your pressure cooker for 5 minutes. Then instead of a natural release, do an instant release, then straight into the ice bath.
  • Medium Boiled Eggs: Set the instant pot for 4 minutes, then naturally release for 4-5 minutes, then right into ice water.
  • Hard Boiled Eggs: Use the 5-5-5 method, 5 minutes high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, vent, then 5 minutes in an ice bath.

How to Make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Place your trivet into the pressure cooker, add one layer of large eggs (about 12 large eggs in a 6-quart instant pot), and a cup of water on the bottom. (This is about a cup water, but the important part is to make sure the bottom of the pot is covered but the eggs aren’t submerged.)
  2. Set your pot for a cook time of 5 minutes on high pressure using the manual button.
  3. Once 5 minutes are up, use the next 5 minutes with the pot on natural release, then do a quick release for the remaining pressure.
  4. After the pressure is done venting, use a spoon to place eggs into an ice bath for at least 5 minutes. The ice bath is the trick to getting your eggs to peel easily, so don’t skip this part!

How long do hard boiled eggs keep after pressure cooking?

Hard boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for 5-6 days. I do not recommend freezing hard boiled eggs, because the egg whites will not have a nice texture once defrosted.

hard boiled eggs in instant pot

What egg recipes can I make with hard boiled eggs?

  • Avocado Egg Salad
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Sliced on top of salads
  • By themselves for a high protein snack!

Tips for Making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Don’t skip the ice water after the eggs are done cooking. The cold water helps the egg whites shrink slightly in the shell, so the shells will practically fall off when you’re ready to peel them! This is especially helpful if you’re peeling a lot of hard boil eggs for egg recipes.
  • Use fresh eggs to get the best results for your hard boiled eggs. This also helps the eggs peel more easily.
  • Don’t forget to add water to the bottom of the instant pot, or you will get the burn warning, and the pressure in the pot won’t build correctly.
  • I usually set the eggs on top of the trivet that comes with the instant pot, but you can use a pressure cooker steamer basket if that’s what you have.
  • Remember that a minute more in a pressure cooker is a lot longer than a minute on the stovetop in terms of overcooking your hard boiled eggs. Make sure you set a timer for the pressure release, or your eggs can easily overcook!
  • You can use large or extra large eggs for this recipe. For smaller eggs, decrease the time by 1 minute.
  • Use an oven mitt for the quick release, to prevent touching the hot steam and burning your hand by accident.
  • If your hard boiled egg yolks have a green ring around them, that means they are overcooked. Watch the timing, or reduce the cooking time by a minute next time. If that doesn’t work, try switching your electric pressure cooker to low pressure. Also, don’t skip the ice water bath, because this stops the cooking eggs.

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instant pot hard boiled eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs)

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs) are incredibly easy to make, ready in just 15 minutes using the 5-5-5 method, and a foolproof way to get a perfect eggs and an easy peel every time!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ice Bath: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Jacqui
Yield: 12 servings


  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups ice, for ice bath


  • Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)


  • Place trivet in instant pot, then place eggs on top of trivet. Pour cup of water into the pot. Close the lid and seal the pressure valve. Set manual pressure on high for 5 minutes.
  • Once the pot signals that the 5 minute cook time is over, let the pot naturally release for 5 minutes. Then quick release the rest of the steam. Once the pressure is released, use a spoon to transfer eggs into an ice bath for another 5 minutes before peeling.


Click on the time in the instructions to start a timer!


Calories: 81kcal (4%)Carbohydrates: 1gProtein: 7g (14%)Fat: 5g (8%)Saturated Fat: 2g (13%)Cholesterol: 211mg (70%)Sodium: 82mg (4%)Potassium: 78mg (2%)Sugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 306IU (6%)Calcium: 32mg (3%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
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