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How to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot (Soft to Hard)

If you want to learn how to boil eggs in the Instant Pot, you’re at the right place. No matter how you like them, simply follow these tips and times for the perfect egg every time!

Instant Pot soft-boiled eggs, sprinkled with truffle salt and a side of prosciutto. That’s my favorite easy breakfast.

I started eating that for breakfast when I first started the Keto diet. It was such a filling breakfast yet still felt indulgent. I’m not always Keto, but I do stay low-carb most of the time, and it’s still my favorite way to start the day.

Soft-boiled is the way I prefer to make my Instant Pot eggs, but since the others in this family like them hard-boiled, I’ll make two quick batches. It’s so quick and easy to make them, then we have eggs ready for everyone to grab for breakfast or a quick snack!

They’re especially good for making Pickled Deviled Eggs.

Fried Deviled Eggs on a white plate
Turn your hard-boiled eggs into Fried Deviled Eggs! (Click photo for the recipe)

How to boil eggs in the Instant Pot: FAQ’s

Why did my eggs turn brown in the Instant Pot?

This can happen when your eggs are overcooked. I’ve never had it happen if I don’t cook them longer than 5 minutes, but if it does happen to you, just know that it’s harmless and you can still enjoy your eggs. If your eggs are too overcooked, it may be best to turn them into an egg salad or deviled eggs.

How many eggs can you hard boil in the Instant Pot?

I’ve had great success with anywhere from 2-24 eggs. Most mornings I make just two or three eggs for breakfast, but it’s great to make a big batch and have a quick, healthy snack ready anytime.

You don’t need to peel your eggs before refrigerating them. In fact, they’ll keep better if you don’t. Keep them in a bowl or container in the refrigerator, or use the egg holder that comes with your fridge if you have one for easy access. Unpeeled eggs will keep up to a week when refrigerated.

hard-boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot, halved

Can eggs touch in the Instant Pot?

You don’t need to worry about your eggs touching when you cook them in the Instant Pot. They do need to be on the trivet or in a steamer basket, not directly on the bottom of the pot. Stack them on top of one another or keep them in one layer, depending on how many you’re cooking at one time.

How to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot

How to Boil Eggs in the Instant Pot

Yield: 6-12 eggs
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes

No matter how you like your eggs, simply follow these tips and times for the perfect egg every time!


  • 1 cup water
  • 6-12 large eggs


  1. Pour the water into the Instant Pot, then place the trivet inside.
  2. Place the eggs on the trivet in one layer.
  3. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot, making sure the valve is set to "sealing".
  4. Press "manual" and be sure the pressure is set to "High". Set the timer according to the following times: Soft-boiled: 3 minutes Medium-boiled: 4 minutes Hard-boiled: 5 minutes
  5. When the time is up, release the pressure by carefully switching the valve from "Sealing" to "Venting" (be careful as steam will shoot out immediately).
  6. Once all the pressure is released, remove the lid and immediately place the eggs in an ice bath (a bowl of ice and water). Remove the eggs after about 5 minutes, then peel.


I've seen other recipes that give the times of up to 7 minutes on high pressure for hard-boiled eggs. I've tried cooking my eggs that long several times and I find them to be over-cooked, but 5 minutes gets me perfect hard-boiled eggs every time. I tested this in both the 5-quart and 6-quart Instant Pot.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 372mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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