Prepare perfect hard-boiled eggs every time using this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs 5-5-5 cooking method! You’ll never go back to the stovetop again!
One of my favorite things to make in the Instant Pot is hard-boiled eggs! The eggs cook perfectly in the pressure cooker using the 5-5-5 method, and when you are done, they peel so much easier than the traditional method.
What you’ll need
For this recipe, you quite literally only need one main ingredient; eggs! But, just for ease, here is what you need:
- 6 to10 eggs– depending on how many will fit on the rack
- Egg rack or trivet– keeps the eggs out of the water and allows them to steam and cook evenly.
- 1 cup water– add to pressure cooker
- Ice-cold water– to soak the eggs
What is the 5-5-5 Method
The 5-5-5 method means 5 minutes high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, and 5 minutes in ice-cold water.
Cooking at high altitude
Depending on your area’s altitude, you may have to adjust and play around with the 6-6-6 and 7-7-7 methods as the Instant Pot does need more time to cook at a higher elevation.
- 5-5-5 Method: 5 minutes high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, and 5 minutes in ice cold water
- 6-6-6 Method: 6 minutes high pressure, 6 minutes natural release, and 6 minutes in ice cold water
7-7-7 Method: 7 minutes high pressure, 7 minutes natural release, and 7 minutes in ice cold water
Be sure to start with 5-5-5 and increase the time by 1 minute if you find it wasn’t to perfection!
What is a natural release
Natural release means letting the Instant Pot depressurize gradually on its own. When making hard-boiled eggs, you will want to let it release pressure naturally for 5 minutes and remove any additional pressure manually or by pressing the release button.
Soaking in iced water
Placing the hard-boiled eggs in ice-cold water helps them to peel quickly and easily. Additionally, it stops the cooking process making your eggs come out perfect every single time!
Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are a filling, protein-rich breakfast or snack. They’re delicious on their own with a bit of salt, but they’re also great in various recipes such as egg salad sandwiches or deviled eggs.
How to store
- Hard-boiled eggs are best stored unpeeled as the shells seal in moisture and keep the eggs from picking up odor or flavor in the fridge.
- Store in a resealable bag or container with a lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days. If storing peeled, wrap the eggs with a damp paper towel to keep them moist.
- I don’t recommend freezing as the cold toughens the whites.
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup water
- iced water
- Instant Pot
- Trivet or egg rack
- Place egg rack or trivet in the Instant Pot and add water.
- Arrange eggs in a single layer on the rack or trivet.
- Close and lock the lid and set the valve in the SEALING position. Pressure cook on HIGH for 5 minutes.
- Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, allow it to naturally release for 5 minutes and then manually release any remaining pressure.
- Using tongs, carefully remove the eggs from the pressure cooker and place in the ice bath for about 5 minutes.
- Roll on the counter and peel.
- 5-5-5 Method: 5 minutes high pressure, 5 minutes natural release, and 5 minutes in ice-cold water
- 6-6-6 Method: 6 minutes high pressure, 6 minutes natural release, and 6 minutes in ice-cold water
- 7-7-7 Method: 7 minutes high pressure, 7 minutes natural release, and 7 minutes in ice-cold water
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