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Making the perfect hard-boiled egg is so fast and straightforward. Learn how to cook the perfect egg every time without any fuss. These easy-peel hard-cooked eggs taste and look fantastic. I uncovered the secret to beautifully cooked and easy-peel hard-boiled eggs, and I cannot wait to share that with you.

How Long To Boil Eggs?

There is no simple answer for how long to cook hard-boiled eggs since each cooking method has different cooking time requirements.

However, I uncovered the secret to beautifully cooked and easy-peel hard-boiled eggs. Although I tried three different methods, I found the eggs were not easy to peel for the most part.

However, the Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs are the real easy-peel eggs. I found the perfect way to cook easy-peel eggs, and I cannot wait to share it with you. However, I wanted to share the most used methods first.

Pressure cooked eggs

Pressure cooked eggs

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Start Cooking Eggs in Boiling Water

The first method I tried started with enough boiling water to cover the eggs. Then, using a strainer, I lowered the eggs into the boiling water and allowed them to boil 30 seconds before lowering the temperature to the lowest setting for 13 minutes.

While the eggs were cooking, I prepared a bowl with ice water. Once I cooked the eggs, I scooped them up with a strainer, gently lowered them into the ice bath, and set the timer for 15 minutes.

Then I peeled the eggs. The eggs were a bit messy to peel. If you would like them soft boiled, allow them to cook for 6 minutes. The soft-boiled eggs turned out perfect with firm egg white and creamy yolks. I enjoy serving them in egg cups with toast.

Start Cooking Eggs in Cold Water

The following method I tried is the one I have been using for years. For this method, place the eggs in the pan and add enough cold water to cover the eggs at least two inches. Next, add one tablespoon of salt and place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.

Turn off heat, remove the pan from the burner and cover for 13 minutes. After precisely 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice bath for 5 minutes.

Then gently crack the entire egg and start peeling from the large end. Peel the eggs under running water. These still were not easy-peel eggs. See the photo below.

Tip: When using the stovetop cook method, use older eggs to make them easier to peel.

The pot boiled eggs results

The pot boiled eggs results

Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

I have to admit I was skeptical about cooking eggs in the Instant Pot, but I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did since I discovered the secret to easy-peel hard-boiled eggs.


Instant Pot with rack

Instant Pot with rack

Next, place the rack inside the Instant Pot.

Add water to Instant Pot

Add water to Instant Pot

Add two cups of water, making sure the water is not covering the rack.

Place eggs on the rack

Place eggs on the rack


Place the eggs on the rack.

Select your settings

Select your settings

Place lid on and lock into position. Select pressure cook (high temperature) for 4 minutes.

Allow to natural release for 5 minutes, then turn the quick-release button and remove the lid.

Turn quick release button

Turn quick-release button

Perfectly cooked eggs with hot water.

Cooking eggs in the Instant Pot

Cooking eggs in the Instant Pot


Using tongs, place cooked eggs in the ice bath.

Placing hot Instant Pot eggs in an ice bath

Placing hot Instant Pot eggs in an ice bath

Eggs cooling off in the ice bath

Eggs cooling off in the ice bath

Beautiful Instant Pot Eggs

Beautiful Instant Pot Eggs

Instant Pot cooked eggs

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

These easy-peel hard-cooked eggs taste and look amazing
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hard Boiled Eggs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Ice bath: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal
Cost: 3


  • 12 eggs


  • Place the rack inside the Instant Pot.
  • Add 2 cups of water (water should not cover rack)
  • Place eggs on the rack in a single layer
  • Secure lid and plug in your Instant Pot
  • Select Pressure Cook and add 4 minutes for cooking time
  • After the 4 minutes of cooking time has ended allow the natural release for 5 minutes then manual release while holding a towel
  • Remove lid and with tongs remove eggs and place in an ice bath for 5 minutes
  • Peel and enjoy
  • Refergridate up to 3 days



These easy-peel hard-boiled eggs make beautiful eggs for deviled eggs. See my family recipe for the best-deviled eggs ever. 
Easy peel eggs

Easy peel eggs


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes before peeling. This step is where I started getting giddy. I peeled the first egg, and the peel came off in one piece, and I was amazed. I knew that had to be a fluke, so I peeled another egg, and again the peel slid off in one piece.

So I cooked another batch, this time using fresh eggs that I just purchased, and again they ALL were easy-peel hard-boiled eggs!  I cannot wait to make a batch of deviled eggs with these Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs and decorate some for Easter eggs.

The Best Way to Cook Easy Peel Eggs

In conclusion, the best hard-boiled eggs are not the ones cooked on a stove, but the ones cooked in an Instant Pot. You will be so surprised and delighted with the results. Thus the trick to peeling hard-boiled eggs is to cook them in an Instant Pot.

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Bon Appetit,





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Kathy Hendrix

Tuesday 11th of April 2023

I have one question which seems to never be mentioned when talking about steaming or boiling eggs. What temp should the eggs be before cooking them?


Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Just printed off your instructions and am looking forward to making hard-boiled eggs in my Instant Pot.


Saturday 8th of May 2021

I hope yours turn out perfect too. Happy Mother's Day, Kippi


Monday 1st of June 2020

I shared this recipe with my neighbor. She ran over so excited at how well the eggs cooked in the Instant pot. Your recipe for the deviled eggs is wonderful, my husband loves them.

My Moms Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Tricks · Just That Perfect Piece

Friday 17th of April 2020

[…] today about my Easter preparation I learned about another trick! You can read more about her method HERE Did you know you can cook your eggs in your Instant Pot and make them perfect too? So if you know me […]

Donna Reidland

Monday 23rd of March 2020

I just recently tried boiling eggs in my InstaPot and was amazed how great they came out!


Monday 23rd of March 2020

Donna, I just joined team Instant Pot too. Cooking hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is the BOMB. Have a safe and happy spring. Hugs, Kippi

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