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Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

You might have seen on Instagram or Facebook this past weekend that Santa brought me an InstantPot for Christmas. So far, I’ve used it a handful of times to make fairly basic things, but I want to get really comfortable with it in order to

1) actually utilize it properly
2) branch out in some of the things we eat around here and
3) share recipes with you!
(update: here are all my Instant Pot recipes!)

THIS IS A GREAT INSTANT POT RECIPE FOR BEGINNERS!

While I would love to dive right into some complicated things, I feel it’s necessary that I/we get comfortable with the basics before we do that. Don’t you agree? You know how much I love my basics and covering all the bases before I begin!

I mean, if you’ve been the owner of an Instant Pot for awhile now and you’re a pro, GREAT! I would love your best tips, tricks, and recipes! For the rest of us who may just be getting familiar with this contraption, let’s start small and work our way up.

Oddly enough, the second thing I made in my Instant Pot was 2 racks of BBQ ribs for New Year’s Eve, but in all honesty, it was super easy. Which is what I hear most things are with this amazing device.

But today, we’re starting really basic with hard boiled (hard potted?!) eggs because hard boiled eggs are something we’ve struggled with for years on end in our house. And the Instant Pot has finally saved us!

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

STOP STRUGGLING WITH REMOVING SHELLS

Our issues with hard boiled eggs? I have never ever had luck with the pot of water method. Ever.

My eggs never peel right, and it’s hit or miss with the doneness of the inside of the eggs, so we’ve always resorted to the oven trick. We typically put eggs into a mini cupcake/mini muffin pan and bake them.

This method works really well, but the peeling is spotty and the eggs themselves always wind up with a little discoloration on them where the egg rests on the pan.

Totally fine for eating, as it doesn’t change the taste, but not so great if you’d like to use your eggs for something like deviled eggs where presentation is pretty key. It also requires oven use, which seems silly for eggs. Doesn’t it?

Hard cooked eggs in the Instant Pot was the very first thing I did after my initial steam test. And oh my goodness, this method totally changed my life!!

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

There are several timings out there (believe me, I Googled the you-know-what out of Instant Pot hard boiled eggs before I started), but this is what works for me, my elevation (apparently, that’s possibly a factor?!), and my preferred doneness of my hard cooked eggs. Feel free to play around with your times. The method will always be the same.

FOLLOW THIS ONE SIMPLE METHOD

The method is:
heat/allow to pressurize
cook
rest/warm/allow to release pressure naturally
manually release remaining pressure
ice bath

As far as times go, I found that a 7-7-7 method works perfectly for me. I like to call this the Monica Method. Or, you can just call it the Fresh April Flours method. Whatever works for you.

So where do these 7s work in the method?

After your Instant Pot has pressurized on its own and started cooking, you’ll cook for 7 minutes, rest/warm/natural pressure release for 7  minutes, and then ice for 7 minutes.

COOK FOR 7 (ON “STEAM”), REST FOR 7, ICE FOR 7

And it works perfectly every time.

BUT, there’s one bit BUT to this. I find the very best results using the “steam” setting as opposed to the “manual” setting. Why? I’m not exactly sure, but Google tells me that the steam function allows the Instant Pot to heat at full power continuously while it’s coming to pressure.

I tried my 7-7-7 method on manual and it resulted in green-rimmed eggs. Which taste totally fine!! But remember how I said this should be all about taste and appearance? Yeah. No good.

I also tried 7 minutes on manual with no warm setting and the eggs weren’t done enough. So steam function it is!

Now we’re really talking about a FAF method!

So if you’re working with your Instant Pot for the first time, let’s break this down.

FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE METHOD

You’ll start by adding 1 cup of cold water, the wire trivet that came with your Instant Pot, and cold eggs to the pot.

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Put on the lid and turn your lever to “sealing.”

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Press “steam,” at which point your Instant Pot will automatically choose “high pressure” and display a 10. This is your cook time. Use the “-” button to put the time to 7. You’ve now set your cook time to 7 minutes (the first part of the 7-7-7 method).

After a few seconds, your Instant Pot will accept 7 minutes as your cook time and then start heating and pressurizing. The display will say “On.” This process takes about 7-8 minutes, but is not part of the 7-7-7 method. This is just part of the preparation of the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

When your Instant Pot is ready to cook, the little metal knob will be completely raised, indicating pressure in the pot, and it will start counting down your 7 minutes of cooking time.

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

When your 7 minutes is up, it will BEEP and the display will read “L 0:00.” This is your “keep warm” setting and it will start counting up. You’ll want to count up to 7 minutes (the second part of the 7-7-7 method).

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Since it will sit until you manually stop it and not beep to let you know your 7 minutes of resting/warming/natural pressure release, you will either need to be able to watch it or set a separate timer for yourself to let you know when 7 minutes is up. 

After the 7 minutes of resting, you will move the knob to “venting,” at which point the Instant Pot will release the remaining steam and pressure. When it’s finished hissing, remove the top, and use tongs to retrieve the eggs for their ice bath.

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Your eggs will take their icy bath for 7 minutes, the last part of the 7-7-7 method.

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

After this point, you can stop and store your eggs or peel them immediately. I’ve done both, and both ways yield easy-peel eggs that are perfectly cooked on the inside.

SERIOUSLY. Look at those fluffy, perfect eggs!!

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!

Salad, straight up, as a quick breakfast, for Easter, as deviled eggs… Endless opportunities for hard boiled eggs, and you did them beautifully in your Instant Pot. Aren’t you proud?

SO. Now that you’re a little more comfortable with your Instant Pot, what else would you like to see?

Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs: The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!
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Instant Pot Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

The 7-7-7 rule gets hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel and the perfect texture every time!
Prep Time7 mins
Bake Time7 mins
Total Time14 mins
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 6 eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 large eggs

Instructions

  • Add 1 cup of cold water, the wire trivet that came with your InstantPot, and cold eggs to the pot.
  • Put on the lid and turn the lever to "sealing."
  • Press "steam." Use the "-" button to adjust the time to 7 minutes.
  • When the InstantPot beeps, the display will read "L 0:00." This is your "keep warm" setting and it will begin counting up.
  • After the InstantPot has warmed for 7 minutes, carefully move the knob to "venting." When most of the noise has stopped, remove the lid.
  • Using tongs, remove the eggs and place into a prepared ice bath for 7 minutes. After this point, you can stop and store your eggs or peel them immediately.
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Love it. I havent tried eggs yet but made my first pulled pork this week. Would love to see high protein healthy meals.

Is it shameful to admit this the only reason i bought one in the first place last year? I’ve made so many things but the time i save on peeling eggs is the best!!!

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I received this pot for Christmas . . . the eggs were the first thing I tried . . . and I was hooked . . . and willing to give up storage space in my small kitchen. Sounds like kindred spirits here.

You had me at the Monica Method. I didn’t click on it but it only took a minute to realize what that meant. Will definitely be checking your whole blog our now!

Do you use the 7-7-7 method for a dozen eggs as well?

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I used this method yesterday with 8 eggs and they came out perfect! Thank you for sharing!

Is there a way to make hard boiled eggs if the InstaPot didn’t come with the wire basket ?

If you have a regular metal steamer basket you would use in a pot on the stove or anything metal (i. e. small cooling rack) that will fit inside of your Instant Pot you can use that to keep your eggs off of the bottom of the pot.

Love how you broke this down for new users!

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Tonight I decided to do your egg recipe. Much to my surprise they really came out beautifully. I accidently bought medium eggs so timed 5 5 5. They were so perfect. Thank you.

Love love the instructions! Very easy to understand!😉

Just wondering – do really fresh eggs peel easily? If they do, I will be using this recipe always. Thanks for the great instructions.

When I hit steam fir 7 minutes the keep warm light up also. Is that correct?

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So I’m a newbie with the instant pot & I want to say thank you for the awesome detailed instructions! It helped me know what the ‘pot’ should look like. Wow…those eggs turned out amazing! If you have any good high protein recipes for this rookie I would love it.

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I made my first boiled eggs today. Your recipe was on point and worked flawless. My mom would be proud. Thanks!!!

I did 6 eggs in an 8 qt Ultra!! Had some green!! Should the recipe be adjusted? Had an issue of the steam release valve not sealing completely after the float valve popped up!! Could that be the cause???

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I tried the “Monica Method” of making boiled eggs this afternoon, and I’m totally hooked! I ordered my IP (actual brand is Yedi for mine) a month ago, but the day it arrived, my minister also asked me to do a huge, time sensitive project for him, so I didn’t even pull the pressure cooker out of its boxes until I was done with that. Then it sat on what little counter space I have (I don’t have a kitchen in my studio, so made up a pseudo one) for a few days. Today, I did the water test, and then the eggs, and as I said, I’m hooked. Now I can have boiled eggs whenever I want, without having to resort to those nasty ones sold in all the grocery stores in bags.

I’m so happy with, and so impressed with this method of cooking eggs that I told my friends a few doors down that I’d cook eggs for them, too–they’ve been buying the pre-boiled bagged eggs, but dislike the rubbery texture and the tiny size of eggs used–so they’re happy to have me do that for them.

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I have done this 3 times now hoping that the first time I just didn’t get lucky. Each time the eggs were perfect. This is just too good to be true ! Love it. I am hooked. Came out perfect. Everyone peeled very easily.

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They came out perfect!!

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These turned out perfect! Thanks!

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Best hard boiled eggs I’ve ever made! It really did turn out perfectly!

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Perfect hard boiled eggs! Thank you!