Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

published Apr 3, 2022
Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe

The surprising value of cooking an egg in the air fryer is not having to deal with a big pot of water at all!

Makes12 eggs

Cook15 minutes

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many hard boiled eggs cut in half on a gray plate
Credit: Laura Manzano

Hard-boiled eggs are probably not the first food that comes to mind when you think about an air fryer — mostly because, well, you need water to boil them. However, cooking an egg in the air fryer means not having to deal with a big pot of water at all!

Why Does Air Frying Eggs Work?

There are several methods to boiling an egg, and all can go awry. You can fill a pot of water, bring it to a boil, and add the eggs to the hot water … and they can crack upon entry. Or you can start the eggs in cold water and bring them up to a boil to prevent cracking, but because every stove boils water at different rates, it’s hard to know exactly how long to boil. Air frying eggs encourages a set-it-and-forget-it method. There are no concerns with water boiling over, finding the right-sized pot, or adjusting the heat source. 

Additionally, air frying eggs is a great method to cook a large number of eggs at once. Just fill your air fryer basket with as many eggs as you can fit in the basket in a single layer.

What’s the Best Way to Peel Eggs?

A surefire way to cleanly peel the shell away from the egg is to peel the egg while it’s still hot. Any contact with cold water before cracking forces the thin membrane layer below the shell to shrink and adhere to the egg white

Take the egg and tap it on the counter all over the surface to break the peel, then peel away under a gentle stream of cold water. Once peeled, place eggs in a bowl of cold water to fully cool.

Credit: Laura Manzano

What Issues Might I Face Air Frying Eggs?

  • Overcooking: No one likes a rubbery egg. Air frying eggs at a low temperature for only a slightly longer-than-normal time period ensures tender whites and a creamy yolk.
  • Exploding eggs: This is actually unlikely to happen in an air fryer, which cooks eggs gradually at a consistent temperature. Eggs famously explode in the microwave because microwaves make food very hot very fast, and the pressure in the yolk, which has no place to go, causes the egg to explode.
  • Burning fingers: It’s always best to handle hot eggs with tongs. When it comes to peeling, be sure to peel under a stream of cool water so your fingers don’t get too hot.

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe

The surprising value of cooking an egg in the air fryer is not having to deal with a big pot of water at all!

Cook time 15 minutes

Makes 12 eggs

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 12

    large eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat an air fryer to 270ºF. Place 12 eggs in the air fryer basket in one layer. Air fry for 15 minutes.

  2. Almost immediately after the eggs are ready, peel them under a gentle stream of cold water.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The peeled eggs can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.