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How to boil eggs in the Instant Pot

We gather so many eggs in the spring and summer here on the homestead. And, although we love eating boiled eggs, peeling them is another story. Until now! Enter, the Instant Pot. Boiling (or rather steaming) the eggs make for the easiest to peel boiled eggs ever! And, they are perfect every time!

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eggs in a metal basket ready for steaming

If you’ve ever struggled peeling a boiled egg, you know what I’m talking about. They can be near impossible at times and all you end up with is a mangled egg that isn’t very appetizing!

For years, I just accepted this since farm fresh eggs are notorious for being hard to peel once boiled.

When I realized I could steam the eggs in the Instant Pot, I was more than happy to give it a try. This is the instant pot I use: https://amzn.to/3xJGzVF

First of all, it takes much less time using this method. Second, the eggs peel like a dream!


My prior method for boiling eggs was to bring a pot of water with the eggs in it to a boil on the stove top.

Once the water reached a boil, I would turn off the heat and add a lid.

Let them sit for 15 minutes and I had perfectly boiled eggs.

Well, kind of. Those perfectly boiled eggs looked like they had been through a sieve by the time I peeled them!

3 boiled eggs on a cutting board

Are eggs good for you?

Yes! Eggs, especially farm fresh, are very nutritious!

Farm fresh eggs are a wonderful source of protein and are high in many vitamins and minerals.

In fact, farm fresh eggs can contain up to 20 times more omega 3 fatty acids than their store bought counterpart!

This makes for an amazingly healthy and delicious little nugget!

washed eggs in a colander

How to boil eggs in the instant pot:

First and foremost, if you are using farm fresh eggs, you will need to wash the eggs.

We leave our eggs unwashed until we are ready to use them.

They have a naturally occurring coating on them called the “bloom”.

This coating protects the eggs from spoiling quickly.

Once it is washed off the eggs will need to be kept in the fridge. Otherwise, unwashed, they can stay on the counter for weeks.

After washing the eggs, place 1 cup water in the instant pot liner.

Use either a trivet or basket to stack your eggs on. You can steam many eggs at one time since they are not bouncing around in boiling water, there is no danger of cracking.

Put the eggs in the instant pot. Add the lid and put in the sealed position.

lid of instant pot

Press the pressure cook button and adjust the time to 6 minutes.

Once the timer goes off after the 6 minutes are up, force release the pressure and carefully remove the lid. (It will be very steamy!)

instant pot with 6 minutes on digital timer

In the kitchen sink, have a bowl of cold water ready and using tongs remove the eggs and place in the bowl.

Allow to sit in the cold water for 5-10 minutes before peeling.

eggs sitting in cold water in a bowl

Voila! They peel so easily!

I wish I had known about this method much sooner.

I store my boiled eggs in the refrigerator. They will last for at least a week.

one cut boiled egg with 2 uncut behind it

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  1. I find recipes calling for so many minutes of pressure cooking and then an immediate release is such a waste of money. I use to do my eggs for 5 minutes and then a quick release. Then I decided to try something different.
    I now cook my eggs for 3 minutes and a natural release, the eggs are always perfect. I will also put them on late at night for 3 minutes and keep warm overnight. In the morning they are still pretty warm and I put them in my egg open container til cooled and then into the refrigerator. Why pay for extra cooking time when it is not needed!
    I also do this for meals, I cut down the cooking time and let it natural release!

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