Do you have an Instant Pot and don’t know where to start? I recently received one as a gift and been playing around with all the features. I am still getting the hang of it, but I’ve mastered how to make PERFECT hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.
Hard-boiled eggs are something I pretty much prep every week for myself. A few ways I use hard boiled eggs are:
Breakfast: Chopped hard-boiled eggs with avocado and tomato. I usually just add a little salt and pepper, but when I’m looking to add an extra pop of flavor, I add the Trader Joe’s “everything but the bagel, sesame seasoning blend”.
Lunch: Simply top on a salad or mashed into a quick egg salad.
Snack: My version of a “quick deviled egg” – Scoop out the yolk, mix with hummus and fill back in the egg white.
Now, I know making hard boiled eggs stove top is not too challenging, but this Instant Pot method makes it even simpler and in just 5 minutes.
I was first introduced to the Instant Pot at Living Plate, where I teach cooking classes. We kept getting a lot of inquiries for recipes using the Instant Pot since it has been such a hot new kitchen appliance lately.
Did you know?
215,000+ Amazon customers purchasing the Instant Pot on Prime Day alone. Now that it’s in everyone’s kitchen they are looking for new recipes to try.
The Instant Pot is a single appliance that does the job of seven (yes, seven!) different kitchen appliances. It can handle the tasks of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and a warming pot. Think of all those appliances taking up space in your kitchen that can be replaced by one. I wrote all about the amazing functions of the Instant Pot over on Luvo’s Fresh Blog.
brown vs. white eggs – what’s the difference?
Chickens can lay brown, white, speckled, or event blue-green eggs. The color of the egg is determined by the breed of the hen that lays it. Among commercial breeds, hens with white feathers and ear lobes lay white-shelled eggs; hens with red feathers and ear lobes lay brown eggs.
Using the Instant Pot method to hard boil eggs, make them extremely easy to peel. The reason according to Alton Brown is:
- Age increases the size of the airspace as well as the pH of the eggs thus weakening the bonding power of the internal membranes. (The ideal pH is 8.6 to 8.9 which a typical chicken egg reaches about 10 days after being laid.)
- Eggs that are quickly heated are easier to peel than eggs that are slowly heated, say in cold water brought to a boil. Fast cooking prevents the white from bonding so epoxy-like to the outer membranes. Since pressure steamers can generate temperatures between 230 and 250 degrees F I suspect that this is actually why folks think they’re magic egg machines.
- Thorough cooling eases peeling by allowing the proteins in the albumen to fully set and harden, thus preventing tearing.
- Eggs (up to as many that can fit in an even layer in your Instant Pot - do not stack)
- 1 cup water
- Instant Pot with the rack
- Place the rack in the bottom of the Instant Pot. Pour the water in the pot. Water should not be above the rack.
- Place the eggs on the rack.
- Properly seal the Instant Pot lid and valve. Set on manual for 5 minutes.
- Quick release the valve to let steam escape. Remove the Instant Pot lid and carefully remove the eggs into a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes, or until eggs are cool enough to handle. Peel eggs.
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