Why DOESN’T the 5-5-5 method work for everybody? Today we’re going to check out the ULTIMATE secret for the perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Instant Pot Recipe!
Why Your Attempts May Have Failed
The #1 reason. Drum roll, please… NPR – or better known as “Natural Pressure Release”
Let me explain. The manual that my Instant Pot came with, explains the WHY’s of using NPR, and I quote.
For food with large liquid volume or starch content, use the natural release method as thick liquid may splatter.-Instant Pot Manual
Guess what eggs don’t have? That’s right STARCH! We’re also not working with a large liquid volume or thick liquid either. There’s simply no reason (I mean unless you like overcooking your eggs) to use NPR.
Because like I said, after 5 minutes of natural press release, the eggs are just sitting there cooking while they should be taking an ice bath!
Why This Is The Best Method For Farm Fresh Butt Nuggets?
Whether you’re buying your eggs, or gathering them from your chickens, hard to peel boiled eggs are a giant pain in the butt!
I struggled for years, and even thought about buying an egg steamer. I just can’t imagine having yet another appliance in the kitchen unless it can do multiple things.
This is the best method because when you steam eggs, they are MUCH easier to peel!
Farm fresh eggs are known to be hard to peel, but when you steam them in the instant pot, they are easy to peel, and rarely ever give you any issues!
My Hard Boiled Eggs Instant Pot Recipe Method, I’ve dubbed Thee The Just 5 Method
So what’s the method that works for me?
I cook my eggs, using the “egg” button. I change the time to 5 minutes, and so it begins. When it beeps to let me know it’s done, I “QUICK RELEASE” the steam.
After the steam has released, and the float valve drops down, I open the lid, and quickly over to the sink I go.
I drain the liquid in the pan. Then, I like to add several cups of ice, or I use a reusable freezer block (shown in picture) that I’ve placed in a plastic bag (so it doesn’t touch the food). Then I fill the pan with water.
Cool Them Down FAST!!!
When people talk about ice bathing the eggs for five minutes, this is another red flag for me. You really want to cool down the eggs as quickly as possible.
When the ice melts, and the water is still warm, the eggs are still hot and cooking most likely. Add more ice and/or more cold water. Get them cooled down as quickly as possible! This is an EXTREMELY important step that you don’t want to miss!
If you don’t cool down the eggs quickly, they will continue to cook and be overdone by the time you peel them.
- 6 eggs or more (You can use any amount of eggs that will fit into your basket or trivet.)
- 2 cups Water
- Place the inner pot into the Instant Pot
- Then, place your trivet or steamer basket inside the inner pot.
- Load up your basket or trivet with eggs.
- Place the lid on the IP.
- Press the “egg”button and set the time to 5 minutes. After 10 seconds the IP will say ON. Eventually, it will come to pressure and count down from 5 minutes.
- When the IP beeps at the end of the five minutes, “QUICK RELEASE” the pressure.
- When the pressure has been released, triple check that the float valve is down.
- Open the lid, and using mitts pull out the inner pot and take it to the sink.
- Dump the hot water, then add ice and cold water. If the water gets warm, add more ice. Stir around the eggs and water, and continue to add ice until the water stops warming up.
- Peel your eggs now or later. They should last for up to 7 days unpeeled and chilled. Peeled eggs will last about 5-7 days, chilled.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 186mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g
For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.
Hard-Boiled Eggs Instant Pot Tips!
You can cook one egg or thirty. Well…depending on how big your unit is. I cook about 30 at a time, in my 8 QT, since we have chickens and a TON of eggs!
You can use eggs straight from the fridge or eggs at room temperature.
Use a steamer basket (I have one like this) if you plan on cooking 30 eggs. It just makes life so much easier. It won’t matter if the eggs touch the sides of the basket.
Or you can buy an egg trivet. These look like they hold about 14 eggs.
Also, check out Egg Bites Recipes!
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