Here’s how to make the easiest 2-Minute Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs that peel easily and make great snacks. With this method, you don’t have to babysit the Instant Pot and the eggs turn out perfectly!

sliced eggs on a plate

Hard-boiled eggs are just about the perfect healthy snack (see my full list of healthy snacks). They have a nice balance of protein and fat, and they’re portable and taste great. Eggs are naturally vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb, and keto. Kids love hard-boiled eggs, and adults do too.

Why You Need This Recipe

  • There are several tried-and-true methods for cooking eggs in an electric pressure cooker. This 2-minute method deserves recognition as you don’t have to “babysit” the eggs. This is great for busy people who like to set the Instant Pot and then do other things around the house while it cooks the eggs.
  • With this method, the egg yolk gets perfectly cooked without that ugly green ring.
  • Make cooked eggs for snacks, deviled eggs, egg salad, or for Easter!
eggs in a bowl on a table

Instant Pot Egg Methods

5-5-5 & 6-6-6

There are several legitimate methods to cooking hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. The most popular method is known as 5-5-5. For this method, you cook the eggs for 5 minutes at high pressure, let them come down naturally for 5 minutes, do a quick release, and then give them an ice bath for 5 minutes.

Some people also do a 6-6-6 method in the same way. As mentioned above, the only problem with these methods is that you have to keep a close eye on your Instant Pot and you can’t leave the kitchen. 

2-Minute Method

My personal preference for making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs is to use the 2-minute method where you cook the eggs at high pressure for a cook time of 2 minutes, and then use a natural release for 15-20 minutes. This allows you to set the pot, walk away, and come back in approximately 25-30 minutes. 

Since I often like to set the Instant Pot and then go take a shower, fold laundry,  or work on some social media stuff on my computer, this method is foolproof and works so well. 

Key Ingredients

For this simple egg recipe, you just need some large eggs. I recommend using chilled eggs from the refrigerator. If you use fresh eggs are at room temperature, they may get overcooked.

You’ll also need water to help bring the Instant Pot up to pressure. If you are new to using the pressure cooker, don’t miss my guide on how to use the Instant Pot Duo.

water and eggs on a table

Recipe Steps

Step One

Place the trivet on the bottom of your stainless steel pot and add 1 cup of water. Place the eggs on the trivet (anywhere from 1 to 24 eggs is possible).

Step Two

Lock on the lid, set the valve to sealing, and set the time to 2 minutes on high pressure.

instant pot hard boiled egg process photos

Step Three

Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes.

Step Four

Transfer your eggs to an ice bath and then peel before consuming.

Cooked eggs are delicious with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add some smoked paprika for a nice flavor touch.

I hope you enjoy this cooking process for hard boil eggs as much as I do!

plate of hard boiled eggs cut in half

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • Use large eggs that have been chilled in the refrigerator.
  • Ideally, you would use a trivet or steamer basket inside the Instant Pot to keep the eggs out of the water at the bottom.
  • You can use white or brown eggs for this recipe.
  • Want a slow cooker version? Check out my recipe for Crockpot Hard Boiled Eggs.

FAQs

How long can I keep hard boiled eggs in the fridge?

Hard-boiled eggs will keep up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can I make hard boiled eggs in the Ninja Foodie this way?

Yes! This method is the same across all brands of electric pressure cookers.

Does this method prevent the green ring around the yolk?

Yes, because the eggs get put in an ice bath before peeling. This helps prevent the green ring.

Are eggs healthy?

While eggs have been vilified in the past due to their cholesterol content, eggs are actually very healthy and part of a balanced diet. One egg contains about 70 calories, 6 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat and 0.4 grams of carbs. Eating a protein-rich snack is one of my tips for dealing with sugar cravings.

Can I cook eggs without the trivet?

If you don’t have a trivet or steamer basket for your Instant Pot, you can use several pieces of aluminum foil to make a square rest to hold your eggs out of the water. You may need to scrunch up or fold several pieces to elevate the eggs out of the water (so they don’t get overcooked).

cooked hard boiled egg on a fork

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2 Minute Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs


Description

Here’s how to make the easiest 2-Minute Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs that peel easily and make great snacks. With this method, you don’t have to babysit the Instant Pot.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 6 eggs (or up to 24 eggs if you are using a 6-quart or 8-quart Instant Pot)
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Place the trivet in your Instant Pot pressure cooker.
  2. Add one cup of water to the pot.
  3. Place the eggs carefully on the trivet and lock on the lid.
  4. Press “pressure cook” and make sure the setting is for “high.”
  5. Use the arrows to adjust the time to 2 minutes.
  6. Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes. 
  7. Carefully remove the lid. Use tongs to place the eggs in a bowl filled with ice water to cool the eggs.
  8. Then, pour off the water and refrigerate the eggs for up to a week.
  9. When you’re ready to eat the eggs, just gently peel off the shell before consuming.

Notes

  1. Cooked hard-boiled eggs can last up to a week in the refrigerator.
  2. The total cooking time for this recipe is 32 minutes which includes the time for the pot to come up to pressure and the natural release time. 
  3. Use large eggs that have been chilled in the refrigerator.
  4. Ideally, you would use a trivet or steamer basket inside the Instant Pot to keep the eggs out of the water at the bottom.
  5. You can use white or brown eggs for this recipe.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: instant pot hard-boiled eggs, eggs in a pressure cooker, easy peel hard boiled eggs instant pot

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