All of a sudden it’s Easter, that season where the humble hard boiled egg finds itself cooked and decorated ad infinitem and uniquely popular in the yard and on the table. If you’re making hb eggs this year, do yourself a favor and make Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs. Cooking hb eggs under pressure this way is without question the most reliably good and easiest-to-peel method this skeptical cook has come across.
Boiled, Baked or Pressure Cooked?
I’ve been a boiler for years and invariably, because I really don’t like overcooked, stinky and grey-ringed eggs, I undercook my eggs and therefore they are very hard to peel. Not any more . . . not with the Instant Pot. You can get a nice, just-done yolk with a perfectly firmed white every time AND and the peeling is easy. The method is simple — put some water in your pot, set your eggs on the cooking rack, utilize the manual setting choosing low pressure and 11 minutes, release your valve and open lid as soon as you are able to do so, transfer eggs to a cold bath, and boom you’re done.
More About the Instant Pot
This post is not sponsored by Instant Pot, nor do I receive affiliate compensation, but I do want to mention that I think the Instant Pot is a genius machine that is worth the investment for the home cook who cooks often and likes predictability, efficiency and fun short cuts and surprises. I gave up quite a few cooking “toys” before the big move here from L.A. last year, so I’ve been less than enthusiastic to start the acquisition process in that area again, but I had friends who kept insisting. Also I am always a little uncertain as to whether I’m going to understand something with any technology to it at all.
But with the Instant Pot this story has a happy ending. After letting is sit a month or so, I got it out and started cooking, and the first dish I made was literally the best beef stew made with short rib I’d ever made in my life! If you like to cook I would definitely give it a try. One more tip: there are so many sites devoted to Instant Pot recipes and in doing my research I’ve probably scoured them all, and my current favorite resource for Instant Pot recipes is the wonderfully down to earth, personable and adorable Hong Kong born couple Jacky + Amy Pressure Cooker Recipes. They don’t always get the grammar and spelling right but their cooking and recipe testing is in depth and dependable!
Happy Easter, happy cooking.Print
Easy-to-peel perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot
6 large eggs (right out of fridge)
1 cup water (cold)
Pour water into Instant Pot. I use the 60 Qt Duo Instant Pot.
Set rack in pot and place eggs on top of rack.
Plug in Instant Pot and choose manual setting, hitting the minus (-) button until you get to “11” for 11 minutes. Make sure your valve is set to “seal” and choose low pressure, not high pressure.
That is all you have to do to the Instant Pot. It won’t seem like anything is happening and you might wonder if you should start pressing other buttons like “steam” or “meat,” etc. But after a few seconds the pot will start to come up to pressure without you doing anything else, and the cooking will begin.
When the clock is at zero, release the pressure valve and pull up on it for quick release. As soon as you are able to open the lid, do so and immediately transfer eggs to a bowl filled with cold water (it doesn’t have to be ice water).
Peel eggs when you are ready to decorate or otherwise use.