I love a good hard-boiled egg. No family gathering is complete without a tray of deviled eggs. And nothing holds a candle to a delicious egg-salad sandwich. But my least favorite thing about these dishes has to be boiling and peeling the eggs.
Why I Hate Boiling Eggs
I am a super busy Mama (aren’t we all). The thought of waiting for eggs to boil does not make me happy. Sure there are worst things in the world but probably about 75% of the time I let them cook too long and end up overcooking the eggs.
What I do Instead of Boiling Eggs
One of my favorite, must-have kitchen gadgets is the instant pot. I received this as a gift for my birthday, and truthfully I didn’t really want it. But, I jumped on the bandwagon and haven’t looked back. Making hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot is super easy you will never boil eggs the old fashioned way again.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
Add about a cup of water to the instant pot. This doesn’t have to be precise, but you do want to make sure there is sufficient water in the pot.
Add the rack. There is a handy egg accessory that you can purchase here. One day I plan to get it, but right now, I just use the rack that came with the instant pot. It’s been working fine for me.
Add your eggs. I have cooked up to 20 eggs before, but this works for just about any amount. I usually make a dozen at a time because they are perfect for my lazy keto diet.
After you have added the eggs, put the lid on and make sure the steam release spout is closed so that the instant pot will pressurize. Set the timer for five minutes. The instant pot will begin to pressurize, and when it’s done, the timer will start. Once the five minutes are complete, you will hear a beep. Now you want to start a second timer for 4-5 minutes. I usually have my phone close by so I use that timer. When the second timer goes off manually release the pressure (be careful, steam burns) and open the lid.
Remove the eggs from the instant pot and put them in a large bowl of cold water. You want to do this immediately, so the eggs don’t continue to cook in the pot. I like to peel them right away, but you can wait until they are cooled.
How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Now that you have your perfectly cooked batch of hard-boiled eggs, it is time to peel them. There is an art to peeling hard-boiled eggs. It took me way to long to figure this out. I like to run water while peeling the eggs. It helps me with getting the shell off easier. Another essential tip is the first crack the egg from the fatter end. There is usually a little pocket where the shell is not on the eggs allowing you to start the peeling process smoothly.
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