From Stovetop to Instant Pot: Every Way to Hard-Boil an Egg

From Stovetop to Instant Pot: Every Way to Hard-Boil an Egg

Kelli Foster
Jan 9, 2019
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Of all the ways to cook an egg, there's nothing quite as convenient and versatile as a hard-boiled egg. This make-ahead, portable, peel-and-eat wonder makes for a quick and easy breakfast, simple solution for bulking up lunch, and a satisfying mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

If they're as big a part of your week as they are mine, you're likely well-acquainted with the tried-and-true method of boiling eggs on the stovetop, but that is far from the only way to make them. From the classic stovetop method to appliances like your slow cooker, Instant Pot, and air fryer, here's a rundown of every single way to make hard-boiled (okay, and "boiled") eggs.

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1. How To Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time

Let's start with the classic. This simple, straightforward method for hard-boiling eggs on the stovetop is foolproof. At a minimum all you need is a saucepan and a timer.

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2. How To Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs in an Instant Pot

For anyone who has a new Instant Pot, eggs are always the first thing I suggest you make. This method isn't significantly faster than the stovetop, but it's an easy way to cook a lot of eggs at once and, best of all, it makes for the absolute creamiest hard-cooked eggs.

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3. How To Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Oven

For those times all the burners on the stovetop are in use (hello, weekend meal prep) and other appliances aren't an option, you can also use the oven to make a batch of hard-cooked eggs. You'll need a muffin tin and about 30 minutes, and will get easy-to-peel eggs mostly similar to those cooked on the stovetop.

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4. How To Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs in a Slow Cooker

When time isn't of the essence or you'd prefer a set-it-and-forget-it method, you can also use your slow cooker to make hard-cooked eggs. It's an especially useful method for making a lot of eggs at once. It's simply a matter of covering a single layer of eggs with water and cooking on the HIGH setting for about two-and-a-half hours.

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5. How To Cook Hard-Boiled Eggs in an Air Fryer

Hard-cooked eggs are just one more thing you can make in your air fryer. Similar to other methods, since the are eggs are cooked in a single layer, the size of the air fryer will dictate the maximum number of eggs that can be cooked at once. Once the fryer is heated to 250°F, add the eggs to the basket in a single layer and cook for 16 minutes, then cool them in an ice bath. The result is a tender white and firm, creamy yolk just like you'd get from the stovetop.

And here's a handy cheat sheet to pin for later.

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More Tips on Hard-Boiled Eggs

How To Hard-Boil Eggs

Serves 6

  • 6

    large eggs

  • Cold water

  • Ice

Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water by an inch.

Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile fill a large bowl with ice water.

As soon as the water comes to a boil, remove the pan from heat and cover the pan. Leave the eggs in the covered pan for 10 minutes.

Transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice water and leave them there for at least 1 minute.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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