Hard-boiled eggs are a busy family snack staple! Eggs are a fantastic, inexpensive protein source and are SO versatile.
I like to boil up a big batch of hard boiled eggs every Saturday after picking up my groceries. If I start them right when I get in the door, they can be done and cooling by the time I am putting away all of the food!
Both of these methods are fool proof!
Stove Top Hard Boiled Eggs
Fill a large saucepan with tap water. Gently add your eggs. I prefer to only have one layer of eggs on the bottom of the pan. I can fit a dozen in my 3-quart saucepan.
Heat the eggs and water to boiling. When the eggs are at a nice rolling boil, remove them from the heat and cover the pan with a tight fitting lid.
Set a timer for 12-15 minutes. I like softer set yolks, so I opt for the 12 minute timing.
When the time is up, drain the hot water from the pan and place the eggs in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
I then store the eggs in their shell in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
The Instant Pot is a game changer for my hard boiled eggs!
The Instant Pot combines the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge maker, steamer, yogurt maker and warmer. This is the one that I own. (note: I just checked and Amazon has it at a VERY good price currently!)
The Instant Pot takes all of the babysitting out of the hard boiled egg equation.
If you search for Instant Pot Hard boiled egg recipes you will find all kinds of versions that sound like a crazy secret code. You will usually see 5-5-5, or 4-4-4 methods.
This method refers to the time of each stage, for example, 5-5-5 refers to 5 minutes at high pressure, 5 minute natural release and then 5 minutes in an ice bath.
People have very good results with this method. BUT, one of the things I enjoy about the Instant Pot is my ability to set it and forget it. Also, I don’t have an ice maker, so an ice water bath seems a bit of a bother to me.
After some trial and error, I have found that 2 minutes on steam setting and then simply walking away works great for my eggs.
Update: My newest foolproof version is EVEN BETTER! (especially if you prefer your yolks on the less cooked side). Cook the eggs on 4 minutes on LOW PRESSURE, perform a quick release, and run eggs under cold water until cooled. I almost never get an exploded egg with this method, also. I cook mine for 3 minutes on low pressure because my 8 qt Instant Pot tends to cook things faster than most recipes suggest. IT is important to learn the “personality” of your pot!
Here is how I cook my hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. In my 8 quart pot, I put a cup and a half of water into the inner pot. Then I place a trivet in the pot and stack as many as two dozen eggs on the trivet. Close the pot and set to sealing and set the pot to steam for 2 minutes. I let the pot naturally release, and when I remember my eggs (usually a half our later) I open the pot and store in the refrigerator.
Hard boiled eggs cooked in the Instant Pot are the easiest eggs you will ever peel!
Uses for Hard Boiled Eggs
I use hard boiled eggs as a quick snack or breakfast on the go. They also work great in an egg salad, in potato salads or on top of a green salad.
Hard boiled eggs in their shells will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. Some people like to peel their eggs in advance to save time, but if they are cooked in the Instant Pot, they will peel so easily it is not necessary to peel them in advance.
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What is your favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs?