Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, 6-6-6 method | Food Under Pressure

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

The 6-6-6 method, step by step.

I love hard boiled eggs. I also love deviled eggs made with HB eggs, potato salad with HB eggs and egg salad made with HB eggs. What I don’t love is making the hard boiled egg. That is, until the Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg!

Anyone else see peeling HB eggs as their nemesis? They defeat me on a regular basis.

I have read tons of “perfect” methods for the “perfect” and/or “easy to peel” HB eggs, but no matter what I do, those damn shells…

Plus, who else is guilty of putting their eggs on the stove, walking away and forgetting them for too long, or losing track of how long they’ve been cooking, or getting their water boiling too heavily and you crack an egg or 2 – then you get that gross bubble like protrusion of egg white that seeps out.

Ugh – I hate cooking hard boiled eggs on the stove top. Have I mentioned that yet?

So the Instant Pot

I heard cooking eggs in the Pressure Cooker was a good method, so I tried it – actually it was the 2nd thing I ever made in my Instant Pot!

Well let me tell you what. I was LITERALLY GIGGLING with JOY when I finished this method and started peeling… I have never in my life experienced this kind of bliss peeling eggs.

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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

The 6-6-6 method = 6 minutes manual, 6 minutes NPR, 6 minutes ice bath

6-6-6 method, Step 1:

Put about 1 1/2 cups water in the bottom of your Instant Pot and place rack on top of water (rack that comes with IP works!). 

Place eggs on top of rack – I used 6 large eggs. NOTE: you don’t want the water touching the eggs.

If you’re in the market for a rack or other accessories for your IP, take a look at my Favorite Instant Pot Accessories.

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Close lid and turn vent knob to Sealing.

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Press “Manual” or Pressure cook button, and adjust cook time to 6 minutes using “+/-“ buttons.

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After a few seconds, the display will change from your cook time of 6 to “ON” – the Instant Pot is starting to pressurize. This will take about 5-10 minutes.

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When machine pressurizes, your cook time countdown will begin. Once 6 minutes is complete, the Instant Pot will beep a few times. It automatically changes to “Keep Warm” setting, and begins to depressurize. The display will show as below.

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6-6-6 method, Step 2:

Let the eggs to sit in the pot while it naturally releases it’s pressure for 6 minutes — but, how do I let the pot naturally release pressure? Answer: you do nothing at all.

The display will now count up as it sits on keep warm, naturally releasing pressure. Wait for the time count to reach 6 minutes.

Then, turn the Instant Pot Off by pressing “Keep Warm/Off” button.

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Manually release the remaining pressure (QPR) by turning the vent knob on the lid to “Venting”. 

NOTE: steam releases – I always place a towel over the knob BEFORE turning to “Venting”.
YES GUYS!! Steam is HOT!! Do NOT leave your hand on the towel after turning the knob.

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6-6-6 method, Step 3:

Open the lid, and behold – your eggs! Carefully remove (I use tongs – yessss they will be HOT). Place in an ice bath for 6 minutes.

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Now, the moment of TRUTH…

Peel your eggs
(get ready to giggle!)

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Hard Boiled egg (left) vs. Medium Boiled Egg (right) from the Instant Pot

Soft Boiled Eggs

Learn How to make Soft Boiled Eggs —> Click Here

Learn How to make Medium Boiled Eggs —> Click Here

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