No-Fail Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs (no more 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 & works on farm-fresh eggs, too!)
This is the ONLY way to do boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! With No-Fail Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs, you get easy-to-peel, perfectly cooked eggs every time — even farm-fresh eggs! No more 5-5-5 or 6-6-6; this method for pressure cooking eggs is simpler and faster!
How many ways are there to boil an egg??
You’d think there wouldn’t be that many… but there are.
And people are confused!
Second, I bet I see at least 5 comments per day in the Instant Pot Community Facebook Group from people who tried various methods of hard-boiling eggs in their Instant Pots — most of the time lamenting because whatever method they used didn’t actually work.
The most common methods are the 5-5-5 and 6-6-6.
What The Heck Is 5-5-5 and 6-6-6??
The first number is how long the eggs actually pressure cook. The second number is how long to leave the eggs in the Instant Pot AFTER they’ve cooked, otherwise known as NPR or “natural pressure release”. And, the final number is how long to put the eggs in a cold water/ice bath.
So, the 5-5-5 method is 5 minutes of cooking, 5 minutes sitting in the IP still under pressure, and 5 minutes in cold water. Same with 6-6-6.
Furthermore, MANY folks swear by these methods. I’m not saying they don’t work because they obviously do, or people wouldn’t keep using and recommending them.
#1 — They’re unnecessary.
Even if you get great results using these methods, there is a better, faster way! And, I’m allllllll about better and faster! Anywhere that I can save time and still get good results, I’m in!
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#2 — They don’t always work for farm-fresh eggs.
Ever experienced the massive frustration that is peeling a fresh egg? It’s maddening (assuming you can even get the shell off without obliterating the white)!
The 5-5-5 and 6-6-6 methods don’t reliably work on super fresh, from-the-farm eggs. My no-fail method does!
No-Fail Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
This is the ONLY way to do boiled eggs in the Instant Pot!
Have you ever noticed a grey ring around the yolk of your boiled eggs or experienced rubbery whites? Both are signs of over-cooked eggs! With this no-fail method, you get perfectly cooked, easy-to-peel, hard-boiled eggs every time.
- No watching a timer.
- Works every time, especially on fresh eggs!
- You peel them when you’re ready!
- No “natural pressure release” because that actually overcooks the eggs.
- IP boiled eggs are 1 of 6 Instant Pot meal preps that’ll save your sanity!!
Are you ready for No-Fail Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs? P.S. I’ve also got you covered on Instant Pot Soft-Boiled Eggs — no slimy white, perfectly runny yolks!
After 2 years of receiving comments from folks who’ve tried this method, I have some updates and notes to add…
#1 — Altitude matters.
Several people have commented that my method hasn’t worked for them. I always reply to their comment with a question: Are you at a high altitude? Though I have yet to receive an affirmative response to my question, I suspect that altitude may be the reason for their failures.
That’s not their fault nor mine; however I think it’s an important consideration. People at high altitudes who normally cook their foods for longer periods will likely have more success with the 5-5-5 or 6-6-6 methods simply because the eggs are cooking for longer in the Instant Pot.
I live at less than 1,000 feet above sea level — LOW altitude.
#2 — Egg Temperature.
Though it’s mentioned in the recipe notes, I’ve had some requests to make this information more prominent.
This method is for farm-fresh eggs, which are usually not refrigerated but are kept out on the counter at room temperature. So, of course, if you use cold eggs and the method doesn’t work, egg temperature is likely the culprit. We get our eggs from local farmers who don’t wash or refrigerate the eggs, meaning my eggs are room temperature when I make Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs.
That said, I have used cold eggs with this method and had success every time. In 2 years of using this method, I have NEVER had one failed attempt!
#3 — Freshness also matters.
Just like altitude and egg temperature matter, the freshness of your eggs also matters. Whether boiled on the stove or in your Instant Pot, older eggs are going to be harder to peel. Period.
Again, my method is for farm-fresh eggs — they’re fresh! I never have the same batch of eggs sitting on my counter for more than a few days.
If you use my method with 3-week-old, refrigerated eggs, at a high altitude, and it didn’t work, please don’t leave me a poor review or comment. Thanks!
No-Fail Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
With this no-fail method, you get perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs — yes, even when your eggs are fresh off the farm — EVERY TIME! No watching a timer, peel when you're ready, no grey ring around the yolk!
- 1dozen farm-fresh eggswill work on grocery store eggs, too
- Place the metal trivet in the bottom of the stainless steel insert of your Instant Pot.
- Add 1 cup water to the pot.
- Place the eggs on the metal trivet.
- Put the lid on the Instant Pot, checking that the seal and all parts are in working order.
- Seal the vent.
- Press the "Manual" button and adjust the time to 4 minutes on high pressure.
- When it beeps, IMMEDIATELY release the pressure.
- As soon as the pressure has released, IMMEDIATELY remove the lid.
- Using tongs, transfer the cooked eggs to a bowl.
- Cover the cooked eggs with cold water and set aside until cool enough to handle or even several hours, until you're ready to peel them.
- Peel, then store in a covered, airtight container in the fridge.
This method is using ROOM TEMPERATURE, farm-fresh eggs. If your eggs are refrigerated, take them out of the fridge and allow them to come to room temp before cooking.
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What do you think of this method for boiled eggs? Will you give it a try?
Post originally published on April 1, 2018. Updated with new pin images on April 10, 2019. Text updated on January 13, 2020.