Instant Pot to the rescue again! As a time saver, the Instant Pot has saved my patooty on numerous occasions. Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are so easy and simple and best of all, quick, it’s a no brainer. Another upside – eggs that peel PERFECTLY, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
One Monday morning as I’m making lunch for the husband to take to work – one of my quick and easy standby lunches is a salad, because let’s face it, those are really easy to throw together. A base of some sort of greens, topped with whatever assorted vegetables I happen to have on hand, and then topped with a protein – usually chicken pulled from my Best Roasted Chicken Ever, which I make almost every Sunday. Easy, right? Well, I don’t remember what I had going on that particular Sunday, but come Monday morning when I’m in the fridge looking for protein to top this salad with, I got nothing. No chicken, no bacon, no meat of any kind.
I spy some eggs and think, hmmmm…I could boil some up which would take about 30 minutes – 10-15 for the water to come to a boil and then 9-15 minutes to cook the eggs. Then, cooling them…and by now I’m thinking maybe he could just buy lunch at the cafeteria today. In the back recesses of my mind I vaguely remember hearing you can boil eggs in the microwave. Seriously, you can. Amazing what you can find just by Googling! So…how else can you quickly boil eggs? Enter, The Instant Pot.
The Benefits of Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
Now, there may or may not be health benefits to Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs vs stove top hard boiled eggs, but I know for a fact there are sanity benefits to Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs because there’s no guesswork and no additives! Gone are the days of guessing whether to leave them in the pan to cool or to take them out immediately. Gone are the days of adding vinegar or baking soda or a pinch of salt to the water to facilitate easy peeling or to keep the eggs from cracking while boiling. And who has the time to carefully poke a small pinhole into the bottom of each egg? Seriously? Are you losing your sanity yet?
Let’s talk about peeling hard boiled eggs. Did you just cringe as I did? My experience has been that some eggs would peel with ease while others, dare I say most, would drive me to the very edge of my sanity and there I would teeter like Humpty Dumpty. See what I did there? Lol. Some of my eggs had pockmark craters that could rival the moon. Which I guess is okay if you’re making egg salad. But if you’re making Deviled Eggs and need those egg whites to look amazing, then you need to cook your eggs in the Instant Pot. Then, they will peel with such ease. I have yet to have a pockmarked egg when cooked in the Instant Pot! My trip to Cray-Cray world averted.
Another sanity saver is the fact that I do nothing but put the eggs in the Instant Pot with a cup of water, set the timer and walk away. While it’s doing its thing, I get ice bath ready (a bowl filled with ice cubes and water), and wait.
So, let’s do this!
Place the trivet that came with your Instant Pot into the Instant Pot. Pour in one cup of water. Place a dozen eggs in a single layer onto the trivet. You can do less than a dozen, but the cooking time will be the same. Might as do a whole dozen and have them on hand.
Close the lid, lock it, and set the valve to “sealing”. Press the “Manual” button. Then press the “Pressure” button so that “low pressure” is selected and then adjust the time using either the “+” or “-” buttons until 6 minutes is reached.
Walk away. Get a bath. No…really, get a bowl, put some ice cubes and some water in it and wait. When the six minutes have counted down, place a towel over the valve and release the steam by turning the valve to “venting”. Be careful…steam burns. Very carefully, using tongs, remove each egg and place it into the ice bath. This stops the cooking process.
When cool enough to handle, remove each egg. From here, what I do is place them back into the carton and then label the carton with a “boiled on date” and then put them into the fridge for later use.
Perfectly peeled eggs always look nice when serving!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs are great for quick snacks. Sprinkle with a little fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt and it makes a wonderful protein snack.
Slice into quarters and top a salad for protein. No cafeteria, pre-made salad can rival what the hubby takes to work!
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