Big Batch of Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter

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This Easter, make a big batch of Instant Pot / pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs to decorate with your favorite festive designs. The pressure cooker is the best way to make large amounts of easy to peel hard-boiled eggs in minutes. 

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs dyed for Easter and placed in a basket with dyed eggs and jellybeans around it.

I make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot / pressure cooker all year long. But come Easter, I’m making big batches of perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs to decorate with my kids.

🥚 If this is your first time cooking eggs in the pressure cooker, start with my Perfect Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs Post, where I’ve covered everything you need to know. 

Update: Every Easter, I make huge batches of hard-boiled eggs in the pressure cooker. I’ve updated this post with new tips to help you make large batches of eggs to decorate with your family. 

Instant Pot hard boiled eggs dyed for Easter and placed in a basket.

An electric pressure cooker is the best way to ensure that whether you’re cooking one or several dozen eggs, they come out perfectly hard-boiled.

And the best part about pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs? They’re much easier to peel than the stovetop method. No more egg sticking to the shell. 

How to Make Big-Batch Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter 

This big-batch hard-boiled egg recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL.

I find that the best tool to make a large number of pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs is a good steamer basket. My favorite is the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Steamer.

However, if you prefer a silicone steamer basket, the deep sides of the Avokado steamer basket makes it easy to remove all of the eggs from the pressure cooking pot at once. 

A basket of decorated Easter eggs placed in front of an Instant Pot.

If you don’t have a steamer basket, you can use the rack or trivet that came with your pressure cooker.

💡 Whether I’m cooking a small or big batch, I follow the 6-6-6 rule for pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs.

For a deeper look at the process, read my guide to perfect pressure cooker eggs. The 6-6-6 timing represents 6 minutes at high pressure, a 6-minute natural pressure release (followed by a quick release), and 6 minutes in an ice bath to cool the eggs down. 

This timing works every time for me here at 5,000 feet. However, those of you at lower altitudes report that a shorter cooking, time, such as 5-5-5 or even 4-4-4 gets the job done. To test it out the first time, try cooking one egg and seeing what works best. 

Overhead close up of Easter eggs made in an Instant Pot.

How Many Eggs Can I Cook in My Pressure Cooker?

This is the best part about this recipe: you can crowd in as many eggs as will fit inside your pressure cooker bowl! 

We pile our steamer basket high with eggs and usually don’t have issues with cracking. (When we occasionally do get a crack, I’m pretty it’s because the egg already had a hairline fracture before I placed it in the pressure cooker.)

⏲️ Regardless of whether you’re cooking one egg or dozens, there’s no need to change the cook time, pressure release time, or even the amount of water! 

Overhead shot of pressure cooker hard boiled eggs dyed for Easter and placed in an egg carton.

Unique Ways to Decorate Pressure Cooker Easter Eggs

Once you have a big batch of hard-boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot / pressure cooker, it’s time to get decorating!

Here are some fantastic ways to put a unique spin on your Easter eggs this year:

  • Marbled Eggs from My Baking Addiction are made with whipped cream. This is a fun way to get little hands involved. 
  • Stunning, abstract Foiled Eggs are a shiny step up from classic pastels.
  • A layer of black chalkboard paint turns white hard-boiled eggs into a blank slate for doodles and drawings
  • Transfer a temporary tattoo onto eggshells for easy, quick and unique Easter eggs.
  • And don’t discount store-bought kits! We just used a simple Paas shimmering pearl color kit from the grocery store.
Easter eggs made in an Instant Pot and placed in a basket in front of a carton of Easter eggs.

More Delicious Recipes For Your Easter Menu

Easter is a time to celebrate. This means that we’re using our pressure cooker to prepare a feast—modified for social distancing style this year!

We always start by reheating our centerpiece: a classic Easter ham

Pair it with one of these amazing sides:

Easter eggs spread out on a table with jellybeans in front of an Instant Pot.

Best Instant Pot Egg Recipes

Check out the delicious ways your family can make them in your Instant Pot / pressure cooker:

🍳 Learn how to make perfect Instant Pot eggs, from soft boiled to poached to egg loaves, with my complete guide.

Pressure cooker hard boiled eggs dyed for Easter and placed in a basket with dyed eggs and jellybeans around it.

Pressure Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs for Easter

Yield: 6 to 12+ Eggs
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Easter is the perfect time to make these beautiful pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs in a big batch decorated with bright colors for spring.


  • 6 to 12+ cold eggs (as many that fit in your pressure cooker)
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Pour 1 cup water in the bottom of the pressure cooking pot. Place a steamer basket* on the bottom and place the eggs inside the steamer. Lock the lid in place. Select High Pressure and 6 minutes cook time.**
  2. While the eggs are cooking, prepare an ice water bath, with enough cold water and ice to cover the eggs you cook.
  3. When the cook time ends, turn off the pressure cooker. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 6 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid.
  4. Remove the steamer basket from the pressure cooking pot. Place the eggs into ice-cold water for 6 minutes to stop the cooking process.
  5. Once eggs have cooled completely, transfer to the refrigerator until ready to dye or to eat.


*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.

**The 6-6-6 timing works well with my pressure cooker at my altitude. However, you may need to add or subtract a minute or two depending on your altitude, the freshness of the eggs, or the material of your steamer basket. See full details at my Perfect Eggs Post.

You can cook a single egg or as many as will fit in your steamer basket and the cook time will be the same.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 to 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 12Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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Instant Pot hard boiled Easter Eggs photo collage including dyed Easter eggs in a basket, pulling the eggs out of the Instant Pot steamer basket using tongs, and a carton full of dyed Easter eggs of various bright colors.
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