This Easter you should cook your hard boiled eggs in your pressure cooker. It’s the best way to cook hard boiled eggs. It’s quick, easy, your eggs will be perfectly cooked, and amazingly easy to peel.
If you haven’t tried cooking hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker, you’ve been missing out. Laura, Hip Pressure Cooking, and Heather, Healthy Family Cookin, turned me on to cooking eggs in the pressure cooker and I haven’t cooked them any other way since. Today I’m sharing an updated version of how to cook Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter in the Pressure Cooker, or any time of year.
Making Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter in an Instant Pot
I like to use my steamer basket, the OXO Good Grips Pop-Up Steamer. It makes removing the eggs from the pressure cooking pot easy. If you don’t have a steamer basket, you can use the rack or trivet that came with your pressure cooker. If you don’t have a rack, they’re inexpensive to buy and a must have with a pressure cooker.
I only cooked 8 eggs, but if you want to cook more, the handle is removable and you could put more in the center.
It took 6 minutes for my electric pressure cooker to reach high pressure, a 6 minutes cook time, and another 6 minutes for a natural pressure release. I just pressed the start button and walked away until the timer beeped. It couldn’t be more simple. When the pressure has released, remove the steamer basket/eggs from the pressure cooker and plunge the basket into ice cold water to stop the cooking.
There’s a lot of discussion about cooking perfect hard boiled eggs on the Instant Pot Facebook Community Group. While 6 minutes on high pressure with a 6 minute natural release works for most people, everyone likes their eggs a little bit different. Timing could vary based on the size of your eggs, what material your steamer basket is made of, etc. If it’s your first time hard boiling eggs in the pressure, you may want to just cook 1 egg until you find out the sweet spot for you.
Once the eggs are cooled, remove the eggs from the cold water and refrigerate until you’re ready to color your eggs for Easter. If you’d like ideas for decorating your eggs, here’s a guide for dying your eggs, and I saw lots of fun, creative ideas on Pinterest. My daughter was the creative genius behind our eggs. She was having so much fun coloring them that we decided to quickly cook up another batch and color more.
For more Easter pressure cooker recipes,including my quick, old-fashioned potato salad recipe and details on how you can “bake” your Easter ham in the pressure cooker, visit my Easter Pressure Cooker Recipes roundup.
- 1 cup water
Put a steamer basket* in the pressure cooker pot. Add the water and the eggs. Lock lid in place, cook on High Pressure for 6 minutes.
When timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 6 minutes. Then turn off pressure cooker and do a quick pressure release. When the pressure is released, carefully remove the lid. Remove the steamer basket from the pressure cooking pot. Put eggs into ice cold water to cool.
*You can put the eggs on a rack or trivet as well, but I prefer the basket so the eggs are easier to remove from the pressure cooking pot.
You can cook a single egg or as many as will fit in your steamer basket and the cook time will be the same.