How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot (5-5-5 Method)

One of the best things to make in the Instant Pot is Hard Boiled Eggs. The 5-5-5 Method will change the way you cook eggs forever.

Instant Pots are one of the most popular kitchen gadgets right now and these Hard Boiled Eggs just might be the most popular thing to make in them.  

If you want perfectly cooked eggs that peel easily every single time, then we can show you how to make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot. 

How to make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot:

The first step is to place a steamer basket in the Instant Pot.  Then, place 12 eggs directly in the steamer basket. If you don’t have a steamer basket, see below.


Now you don’t have to cook all 12. If you want 1 egg, the time would still be the same.

Add at least 1 cup of water.  Some have shared that if you completely cover the eggs, fewer eggs will crack.

Place the lid on the Instant Pot.  Make sure the knob is turned to “Sealing,” not “Venting.”  Push the “Manual” button and set for 5 minutes.

 

While the eggs are coming to pressure and cooking, prepare an ice bath. After the eggs have cooked for 5 minutes, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then you can do a quick release.

Remove the steamer basket and eggs and place in the ice bath.  Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes in the ice bath. As you peel, crack the egg and gently peel.  They will be the easiest eggs you’ve ever peeled! Every time!

What if I don’t have a steamer basket? Where can I get a steamer basket?

This is the steamer basket that I have and love.  Bonus! It comes with 2 extra 6 quart Instant Pot Sealing Rings.

Having a steamer basket makes transferring the hard boiled eggs from the Instant Pot to the ice bath so easy!  I also recommend having a second Instant Pot liner for your ice bath. Find it here.

If you don’t have a steamer basket, you can still make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot. Simply nestle the eggs in the pot or on top of the trivet. Add water and you are good to go!

What is the 5-5-5 method?

The 5-5-5 method is one of the most popular techniques for making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot.  The 5s refer to:

  • Setting the cook time for 5 minutes
  • After cook time, a 5 minute natural release
  • Cooling the eggs in the ice bath for 5 minutes

How can I keep my eggs from cracking?

I’ve made the hard boiled eggs with just 1 cup water, but I always seem to have at least one egg that cracks.  A reader recommended filling the pot with water until all the eggs are covered to avoid cracking eggs. Give it a try!

What is the purpose of the ice bath?

An ice bath is simply a container of ice water that you can place the eggs in after the 5 minute natural release.  Placing the eggs in the ice bath cools them quickly and stops them from overcooking. If you want your eggs to be just right, don’t skip the ice bath.

Ever since I started doing the ice bath, my eggs are a lot easier to peel. You will have to let me know if you can tell a difference.

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    Ingredients

    • Eggs
    • Water

    Instructions

    1. Place steamer basket in the Instant Pot.  Then, place 12 eggs directly in the steamer basket.
    2. Add as much water as desired, at least 1 cup.  Some have shared that if you completely cover the eggs, fewer eggs will crack.
    3. Place the lid on the Instant Pot.  Make sure the knob is turned to “sealing,” not “venting.”
    4. Push the “Manual” button and set for 5 minutes.
    5. While the eggs are coming to pressure and cooking, prepare an ice bath.
    6. After the eggs have cooked for 5 minutes, let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then you can do a quick release.
    7. Remove the steamer basket and eggs and place in the ice bath.  Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes.
    8. Peel and eat.

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One Response to “How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot (5-5-5 Method)”

  1. Just made hard boiled eggs in my new IP for first time. They were brownish and the yolks were dark on the outer edge when they were done. I used eggs from different stores, not planned that way, but same reaction so I’m not sure what happened. Any suggestions?

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