This Is The Most Brilliant Hack For Hard-Boiled Eggs Of All Time

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

My niece Maggie got her first Instant Pot around the same time that I got mine, and we’ve been swapping tips and recipes ever since. (Side Note and Proud Aunt Brag: If you’re interested in the keto diet, Maggie shares tons of great keto tips, recipes, and inspiration on Instagram at @lowcarbllama)

If you’re a faithful reader, you’ve probably seen my recipe for perfect Instant Pot boiled eggs. Well recently, Maggie told me about a way to make hard-boiled eggs in the Instant Pot that turned out to be a MASSIVE game-changer. And I’m very excited to share her brilliant tip with all of you today!

And for more useful Instant Pot tips and hacks, be sure to check out my eBook Everything Instant Pot! You can buy it in my shop, or get it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

A Faster, Smarter Way To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

If you’ve ever needed to make several hard-boiled eggs to use in a recipe, then you already know what a pain it can be. You have to cook them, cool them, then peel them all individually, then chop them up and throw them into your potato salad, egg salad, or whatever it is that you’re making. And it takes forever.

But with this new Instant Pot method, you cook the eggs out of the shell. No shell means no peeling, so you’ll have your cooked eggs ready to go in half the time it would normally take, or less!

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

You’ll need:

Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack


Grease your pan with butter or cooking spray, then crack the 8 eggs into the bottom of the pan.

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of your Instant Pot, then set the trivet inside. Place the pan of eggs onto the trivet and secure the lid.

Cook the eggs on High pressure for 6 minutes, Natural Release for 5 minutes, then Quick Release any remaining pressure in the pot.

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

Carefully remove the pan from the pot, and remove the “block” of eggs from the pan. Transfer the eggs to a cutting board, chop them up, and you’re done!

Hard-Boiled Eggs Hack

4 Delicious Ways To Use Them

Now that you’ve got all these delicious chopped egg bits, what are you going to do with them? Here are some tasty ideas:

What’s your favorite way to use hard-boiled eggs?

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  • It’s just the two of us so we don’t need quite so many. If that’s you, search the ‘net for how to hard cook eggs in the air fryer. Very fast and easy, come out with yolks centered (perfect for deviled eggs!). Plunge into cold water and they shell easy. We do 4-6 eggs at a time in our 6 qt. air fryer.

  • Been doing it this way for quite a while! and even better yet to make potato salad I put the diced potatoes in first on the rack then put my bowl of cracked open eggs on top, so I can cook both a the same time! Also I saw another hint using a cooling rack-lay on top of your eggs and press down to chop them-haven’t tried it but sounds cool!!

  • what if you don’t have an instant pot? For decades (literally) i have been making hard boiled eggs that come out perfect and peel perfectly by using a pot and lid. Cover your eggs with COLD water and add PLENTY OF SALT. I don;t measure it just give about 20 shakes into the pot. Bring the water rapidly to a boil. Lower temperature until the water is JUST simmering and cover. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes. When eggs are COMPLETELY cooled, roll to crack, then easily peel. Works every time!!!!!

  • OMG ! Jillee! LOVE this! My Friend and I were Just trying to figure out how to do this! Thanks for the post and idea. I don’t have an IP either, but I do have a pressure cooker and I love it. Thanks again.

  • Another way to do this is to use a Pam sprayed glass bowl in your IP. It slides right out for chopping. I love this method of making hard boiled eggs!

  • I love all your ideas and suggestions. Today I loved the boiled egg hack for cooking several eggs at the same time. But, I don’t plan to buy an Instant pot. I’m going to try the microwave method mentioned by A. Also maybe put water in a larger pot and boil it around a smaller pot with the eggs in it, like a double boiler system. Great idea. Such a pain to shell a lot of eggs. Thanks!

  • This is magnificent. I don’t have an instant pot but like the whole idea of doing egs this way. Thank you for another great, easy, fast hack.

  • I have been cooking my eggs this way since I got my instant pot. What I do to make egg salad even easier is simply put the egg “cake” in a bowl and use a potato masher to crumble the eggs, much less mess than chopping with a knife!

    • I ‘boil’ multiple eggs in the microwave.
      Grease the microwave container (I use olive oil), PIERCE the yolks with the point of a knife (very important–yolks explode) and cover.
      two eggs at full power for one minute. If the yolk is still runny, another 15 or 20 SECONDS.
      More than two eggs, keep adding 15 seconds until the yolks are set. Let cool to touch and chop away.
      Any time I need chopped eggs, this is the easiest, quickest way to make them. (and no extra equipment to store)

  • There aren’t a whole lot of things on this site that are practical for my particular life and circumstances, but this is genuinely genius. Big thanks for sharing the tip! And even the things on OGT I can’t use still make my think or give me tips to potentially pass on to friends, which I appreciate.

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