8 Quart Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs cooked in the 8 quart instant pot are insanely easy to peel and keep for up to one week!

A cooked hard boiled egg cut in half on a wood cutting board.

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I'm not sure if it's fair to call these eggs hard boiled eggs.  Clearly, pressure cooking is not the same thing as boiling.  Hard boiled eggs, however, is the term that most people associate with eggs that end up whole and cooked like these, so I'm going to stick with the hard boiled terminology for the sake of clarity.

That being said, I am here to tell you that preparing hard boiled eggs in your instant pot is legit the most foolproof, easy, flawless way to make perfect hard boiled eggs that come out perfect every time.

Every. Single. Time.

If you have an 8-quart instant pot and haven't used it to make hard boiled eggs, you need to try it stat!  I promise you will never want to make them any other way!

Hard Boiled Eggs in an instant pot on a wire rack and hard boiled eggs in a ice bath bowl.

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

Making hard boiled eggs in your 8 quart instant pot is easy! First, you add one and a half cups of water to your instant pot, followed by a trivet, and then the eggs. Seal and pressurize your instant pot and cook for five minutes. Quick pressure release the pressure and wait until the pressure valve drops, then place the eggs into an ice bath for ten minutes to stop the cooking process. For detailed instructions, see the full recipe card below.

Are Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel?

I have cooked hard boiled eggs by the traditional boiling method, in the oven, and in an electric pressure cooker.  The eggs cooked in the instant pot are BY FAR the easiest to peel. The shells practically slide off in huge pieces with no egg sticking to the shell. Try it! I swear, it's like magic how easily they peel!

How to Use Instant Pot Boiled Eggs

Here are some great ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs:

A cooked hard boiled egg cut in half on a wood cutting board.

Why Do My Instant Pot Eggs Explode?

There are seveal things that may contribute to why all or some of your eggs explode and come out of the shell when cooking. Here are a few things to consider if your eggs exploded:
  1. Make sure you use at leat 1 1/2 cups water for an 8 quart instant pot.
  2. Place your eggs on a trivet so that they don't touch the water.
  3. Make sure your eggs are free of cracks -- even hairline fractures will lead to an exploded egg.
  4. Be sure your eggs are not touching the side of the pot.

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

Store instant pot hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Yummy Recipes That Use Hard Boiled Eggs

Looking for a few recipes that use pressure cooker hard boiled eggs? Check out some of my favorite recipes from the archives that use hard boiled eggs:

Loaded Deviled Eggs Bacon Wrapped Egg Salad Dogs Mom's Traditional Potato Salad BBQ Ranch Cobb Salad

If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

8 Quart Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 1 MINUTES
Cook time: 5 MINUTES
Total time: 25 MINUTES
Hard Boiled Eggs cooked in the 8 quart instant pot are insanely easy to peel and keep for up to one week!


1 1/2 cups water
6 large eggs (or less)


  1. Pour one an a half cups of water into the bottom of your 8 quart instant pot. Place the trivet into the instant pot and arrange the eggs in a single layer on top of the trivet.
  2. Place the lid onto your instant pot and turn the steam valve to the sealing position.
  3. Select the manual/pressure cook, high pressure setting and set the time to five minutes. After 10 seconds the display will say On. Once the instant pot is pressurized, the float valve will rise and the cook timer will begin counting down.
  4. While the eggs are cooking, prepare the ice bath by filling a large bowl with water and ice.
  5. At the end of the five minutes, carefully turn the steam release valve to the venting position. When the float valve drops, open the instant pot and carefully transfer the eggs to the ice bath. Leave the eggs in the ice bath for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the eggs from the ice water bath and store them in the refrigerator until ready to use. To peel, roll the eggs on a cutting board while applying gentle pressure to crack the shell. Peel off the shell and discard.


This recipe is written specifically for the 8 Quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Pressure Cooker.

Author: Becky Tarala

Nutrition data should not be considered a guarantee. Please see our full Nutrition Data Disclosure.


  1. Great hard boiled eggs ,, I use this method and cook 45 that's right 45 medium eggs per batch. Just follow the recipe. it 's important when using the 8 quart pot and medium eggs to NOT use the 5 5 5 method use the method described above ,as soon as the 5 minute pressure cooker time is finish vent the steam release valve , and cool them down in the ice bath ASAP. . I make big batches of Pickled eggs and the time to cook and peal using this method is amazing and the eggs come out cooked but tender not rubbery at all ..Thanks for a great recipe.

  2. I must have done something wrong. I have the 8 qt Duo. Cooked them for 5 minutes, quick released, then iced them for 10 minutes. They turned out as soft-boiled eggs which were perfect soft boiled eggs. I love them, my kids wanted to make deviled eggs. I've used the 5-5-5 method before and they turned out perfectly.

  3. Hmm, I followed the instructions but my eggs came out soft, runny/raw in the middle... I cooked at High Pressure 5 mins, quick released, then ice bath after. I'll try again next time with more minutes or maybe try the 5-5-5 method another commenter mentioned. I have an 8 quart pot.

  4. I used the 5-5-5 method in my 8 quart pot with 2 cups water, because the pot instructions said to use 2 cups as the minimum and all of my eggs cracked!

  5. I have the 6qt and add 1 cup of water and put the eggs in the basket, used the trivet before, but no difference and easier to put in and take out as well as cook more eggs at once. I hit the egg button on my machine. After it’s done wait 5 minutes, release steam and then into the ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Perfect every time. I did 14 in the basket tonight before I cooked frozen meatball spaghetti. Also the only way I cook that any more. Frozen meatballs, then broken spaghetti to fit, sauce and water rinsining the sauce jar. High for 17 minutes. Natural cool down and dinner is ready!

    1. My egg button says 6 minutes when I use it.