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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Once you make these easy-to-peel Instant Pot hard boiled eggs, you’ll never go back to the stovetop. It is the only way I make hard boiled eggs now! With 3 simple steps, you can do it too.

Yield: 8-12 eggs 1x
Total: 12 minutes (only 4 minutes pressure cook time)


  • 812 eggs
  • 12 cups water

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  1. Pour 1 cup of water in the steel pot of a 6 quart Instant Pot (use 2 cups for an 8 quart), place the wire rack/trivet in the bottom, and line up your eggs. You can really squeeze them in there. Our readers tell us you can even stack them in two layers!
  2. Push the “Manual” button and adjust the time to 4 minutes. Make sure the Pressure is on “High.”
  3. While the Instant Pot comes up to pressure (it will take about 5 minutes), add some ice and water in a bowl nearby as an ice bath. You’ll use this to “shock” the eggs when they are done, bringing their temp down quickly so the cooking process is stopped.
  4. After the 4 minute cooking time is up, let the pressure naturally release for 3-4 minutes (meaning, don’t touch it). I think 3 minutes is PERFECT personally. Watch it closely, so they don’t sit longer than this. After that, turn the knob on top to release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Using tongs to transfer your eggs to the ice bath immediately.
  6. Then, get peeling. The shells will come right off! I sometimes run them under water to get the little shell pieces off. (Warning: Don’t put your shells down the garbage disposal!)

© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Instant Pot