Hard boiled eggs are a staple in my house. Hard boiled eggs are the best grab and go breakfast. The more easy healthy options I have in my fridge the better we all eat. The less I worry because I know I have healthy options in the fridge. But to be honest I am kinda lazy about meal prep.
I am a super star Meal Planner, but I hate spending a day or even half a day on prepping food for the week. The weekends are my family time and I would rather not be meal prepping. But I know that the more I do prepare ahead of time, the more time during the week I will have.
So the pressure cooker has been my compromise. There is very little active prep/cook time. I can cook hard boiled eggs, chicken breasts or whole, stock, rice and various other items in bulk and have a lot one hand, with little effort.
Hard boiled eggs are one of those things that are super helpful having on hand!
So here we go. I tested out several times. The one I knew, and started with, was the 6-6-6 method. Hope you are not superstitious or anything.
Using this method the eggs came out perfect. So perfect, in fact, that I felt silly testing out other methods – but I had to do it! And I am glad I did because what I found next surprised me.
My house likes hard boiled eggs – not medium or soft-boiled. But my results will help you if you like soft or medium boiled eggs too.
First, you will need 1 cup of water and the trivet (the Instant Pot comes with a trivet) or a steamer basket, something to hold the eggs in place. The trivet works the best.
Next, place the eggs on the trivet, give them enough room so they do not touch. I did 8 eggs and still had room for a few more.
Set the IP to High Pressure for however many minutes for the desired boiled egg. Below is a photo of the eggs and the different time results..
It was interesting, I did not need wait on a natural pressure release. I could cook the eggs for 7 minutes and then immediately put in cold water for 6 minutes. And they came out perfectly hard boiled. 6 Minutes and QPR was more of a medium-boiled and 5 minutes was almost soft-boiled. If you like soft-boiled I would reduce the time to 4 minutes.
I was surprised that the doneness of eggs is about 1-2 minutes apart. But however you like your eggs, cooking them in a pressure cooker is so much faster than waiting for a pot to boil, then cooking and cooling the eggs. In fact, I get better eggs every time by pressure cooking them, than I do cooking them on the stove. And the eggs peeled perfectly at each cooking time.
Comment below and let me know what you think. And how do you like your eggs?
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**These instructions are for electric pressure cookers**