How to Make Better, Easy Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

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Eggs. We eat a lot of them at our house.  And we eat them in a variety of ways, but I love the versatility of the hard boiled egg.  My husband grabs a couple on his way out the door to work.  The kids love to slice them and put them on toast in the morning or have them as part of their lunch.  And I love to have an easy, grab-n-go protein snack.  At one point in my health journey (read about it here), I ate hard boiled eggs anytime I was hungry and didn’t want soup.

But I don’t love peeling the eggs. That has always been my least favorite part.  I tried a variety of recipes for making the perfect, easy-to-peel hard boiled egg.  Nothing seemed to work.  I always struggled to take off just the peel and not half of the egg with it.  It always ended up with me cranky and throwing an egg (or 5) into the trash that I just couldn’t get to peel.  Or calling for my husband to join me in the torture.  Misery loves company, right??

And since we use so many hard boiled eggs, I had to go through this torture a couple times a week.  That is, until I started using my Instant Pot to make “hard boiled” eggs.  Using the Instant Pot, the eggs are not actually submerged in the water to boil.  They are actually being pressure cooked.  But that doesn’t really matter too much to me.  They look like a hard boiled egg.  They taste like a hard boiled egg.  They are a hard boiled egg.

Let me tell you, this was a life changer for me.  I am no longer grumpy whenever I have to make a batch.  And I don’t have to eat all the “bad” eggs that didn’t peel properly and would have gone bad since the kids (and husband, lol) didn’t want to get anywhere near them.  They are soooo easy to make!  I highly recommend giving them a try.  If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you should totally get one if only for the ease of making “hard boiled” eggs!  I have the 6 quart and love it!  You can click here to check it out.

I like my eggs on the less “dry” side, so I cook them for a shorter time.  This also allows me some grace during the natural venting time since I tend to get distracted by children, dog, laundry, homework, etc.  I tend to let them naturally vent longer than I intend to. But no worries! Making the eggs in the Instant Pot is actually very forgiving in terms of timing, which, besides the ease of peeling, is one of the main reasons I love this method.

And check out my video below showing how easy it is to peel eggs cooked in the Instant Pot.

 

Here is what I do:

Add 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot removable pot.

Place in the wire rack.

Add your eggs on top of wire rack in a single layer. (I usually use 12-14 depending on how many I can squeeze in at once, but you can put in less if you’d like.)

 

Close lid and put vent option to “Sealed.”

 

Push “Manual” button and set for 4 minutes at “High Pressure.”

 

Let it naturally release the steam for 5 minutes after it finishes cooking and then release the rest of the steam quickly by turning the to “Vent” (use a towel or pot holder to protect your hand).

 

Use tongs to move the eggs into an ice water bath for 5 minutes.

Peel and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Happy eating!  🙂

 

 

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Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Make easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. 

Author: Lisa
Instructions
  1.   Add 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot removable pot.

  2.   Place in the wire rack.

  3.   Add your eggs on top of wire rack in a single layer. I usually use 12-14 depending on how many I can squeeze in at once, but you can put in less if you’d like.

  4.   Close lid and put vent option to “Sealed.”

  5.   Push “Manual” button and set for 4 minutes at “High Pressure.”

  6.   Let it naturally release the steam for 5 minutes after it finishes cooking and then release the rest of the steam quickly by turning the to “Vent” (use a towel or pot holder to protect your hand.

  7.   Use tongs to move the eggs into an ice water bath for 5 minutes.

  8.   Peel and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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