Have a pressure cooker? You can have flawless hard-boiled eggs in 15 minutes!
If not- check out our manual saucepan method here! —> https://abakerandherchef.com/hard-boiled-egg-how-to/
This pressure cooker how-to is a time (and nerve) saver for me because I HATE peeling hard-boiled eggs- but MAN do I love me some deviled eggs! (Check out our recipe here: https://abakerandherchef.com/everything-bagel-deviled-eggs/) Up until I discovered this method, Spencer almost exclusively boiled our eggs and pealed them because I wouldn’t have any of it. Never knowing how long or how many to cook at one time and then peeling the shell and taking up half of the egg white with it was incredibly frustrating and I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THAT. And that my dear friends, is why I’m pumped to share with you this method I found that works like a charm for me EVERY. TIME.
Okay, okay, I may have misled you…. “flawless” hard-boiled eggs? Anyone who’s actually claiming their method is flawless is either lying to you or they throw in a bit of pixie dust each time they boil their eggs. There’s always going to be a bad egg or two- a big air pocket, a small crack you didn’t notice, “seepage” from the eggs when they’re boiling… you’ll probably never have a perfect batch and that’s O.K.A.Y! (But if you do, snap a photo and reach out to us…. Spencer and I would love to see that proof).
This method however, has been nothing short of phenomenal for me and I can honestly say that I no longer mind boilin’, crackin’, and peelin’! It combines 5 minutes each of pressure cooking, natural steam release, and an ice bath (this step is immensely important) and significantly decreases how much work you have to put into peeling your eggs. As far as cracking the eggs go, I usually tap the egg while rotating it on the counter, and then gently roll it like a rolling pin. Essentially you want your eggshell to look as cracked as asphalt straight out of a cold and wet winter here in Iowa.
What you will need:
- Pressure Cooker (We have an Instant Pot Duo Nova 6-quart)
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup water
Instant Pot 5-5-5 Method Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Pressure Cooker
- 12 Eggs
- 1.5 cups Water
- Place your trivet in the pressure cooker and pour 1.5 cups of water in
- Carefully place 12 eggs (or as many as you can fit) on the trivet without overlapping. Eggs can be touching, but you want to make sure they are all touching the trivet.
- Set cooker to the regular "Pressure Cook" function on "High" and set timer for 5 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure cooker to naturally release. DO NOT MANUALLY RELEASE STEAM as this may ruin the integrity of the boil.
- Create an ice bath in a bowl filled with cold water and ice
- After releasing for 5 minutes, immediately transfer eggs to the ice bath and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Take all eggs out of the ice bath at once, peel and enjoy!