Easy to Peel Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
“There is more than one way to crack an egg.” However, not all methods are equal, and there is one way that is superior to the rest.
Making hard-boiled eggs is one of those things that you just do and never think about it in detail. I used to always put the eggs in a pot filled with water, turn the heat up, and boil the eggs until they were done. I mean, they are hard-boiled eggs, so preparing them in water must be the best way to cook them…. Right?
WRONG! When I got my Instant Pot last Christmas and looked up recipes for it, I kept coming across hard-boiled eggs. Then my son got into this phase where he wanted to eat eggs every day. No really, every, single day. Some days, he would even down 4 eggs for breakfast. So, I figured it was a good time to take a crack (ha…ha…) at the Instant Pot eggs.
Instant Pot steams the eggs in extremely hot water vapor and cooks the eggs more gently than boiling water, resulting in a more tender egg. All you have to do is pour 1 cup of water on the bottom of the pot and put the eggs on the trivet that came with the pot. You can put as many eggs as you want into one layer on the rack. Then just close the lid, hit the steam function, and set it to 5 minutes at high pressure. It will take about 5 minutes for the pressure to build up and 5 more minutes for the Instant Pot to cook the eggs. After you hear the beep that indicates the eggs are done, take them out right away or else the eggs will continue cooking.
Now here is the key to making the eggs easy to peel. Throw the eggs in an ice bath immediately after you take them out of the Instant Pot. The ice water stops the cooking immediately and separates the egg membrane from the shell. After about 5 minutes (while the eggs are still slightly warm), crack the shell all the way around by tapping the egg on a hard surface. Then peel away! You can usually get the entire shell to come off in one large piece. How satisfying is that feeling?
The resulting eggs are nice and tender, like a baby’s butt. No more egg whites stuck on the shells! No more cratered eggs that look more like a meteor than an edible egg! Hurray to beautiful, delicious hard-boiled eggs!