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How to Boil an Egg with Instant Pot

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How to cook eggs in an electric Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Recently, we have been getting a lot of emails asking how to cook (fill in the blank). So I figured, let’s start off with something easy–and popular, boiled eggs the Instant Pot. Below is all the information you need to boil your perfect egg.

How do you like your boiled eggs?

Soft-boiled eggs – 3 to 4 minutes.

Medium-boiled eggs – 5 to 7 minutes.

Hard-boiled eggs – 8 to 9 minutes.

Screen-Shot-2018-01-15-at-8.07.29-PM How to Boil an Egg with Instant Pot


Below is the recipe, from Kitchn.


Makes 1 dozen eggs

What You Need

12 large eggs
1 cup water

Instant Pot electric pressure cooker
Steamer insert or steamer basket
Slotted Spoon
Large bowl half-filled with cold water and ice


  1. Put a steamer basket and 1 cup of water in your electric pressure cooker: Insert the steamer basket that came with your pressure cooker, or just a generic folding steamer basket like the one shown here. Pour in 1 cup cold water.
  2. Add 3 to 12 eggs: I usually cook 12 eggs at a time.
  3. Lock the lid: It’s important to know how the lid on your pressure cooker works. Make sure it is locked into place. Most pressure cookers won’t start without the lid locked in properly.
  4. Turn on the pressure cooker and set to LOW: For eggs, you want LOW pressure (not HIGH).
  5. Cook your eggs: For soft-boiled eggs, set the timer for 3 to 4 minutes. For medium-boiled eggs, set the timer for 5 to 7 minutes. For hard-boiled eggs, set the timer for 8 to 9 minutes. Your ideal time for eggs depends on how you like the yolks (runny? gooey? jellied? super hard?) and also the specifics of your machine. I usually cook soft-boiled eggs for 2 to 3 minutes and get a gooey but not liquid yolk.
  6. When the timer goes off, release the pressure manually: Your pressure cooker will gradually come up to pressure, and then start counting down the time you set. By the time you set it up, the machine will beep or buzz. Carefully use a towel to release the pressure by swinging the pressure release on the lid. You should see steam escaping with a loud hiss. Be careful —it’s hot!
  7. Immediately put the eggs in an ice bath: When all the steam has been released and the safety latch on the pressure cooker allows you to remove the lid, open the pressure cooker and immediately transfer the eggs to an ice bath. Let them cool there for 5 to 10 minutes, then put them in the refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  • Remember: You will need to do a little experimentation on the right time for you and your taste. These are general guidelines, but may vary slightly depending on your machine, your preferences, and how many eggs you are cooking at once.
  • Have a stovetop pressure cooker? Check out Laura’s links above for more info on cooking eggs in a stovetop cooker.

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