Instant Pot Soft- and Hard-Boiled Eggs

One of my goals for the new year is to add a few more recipes to the blog - there’s certainly a shortage of recipes and posts about food around the ‘net that talk about food in a neutral or helpful way (I’ve found most to be restrictive or diet-based) so I’m hoping to share more about how to make food satisfying, with some gentle nutrition tips along the way.

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Eggs are a fabulous, cheap, and versatile source of protein and fat, which will help keep you satisfied and satiated for longer. They’re a go-to add-in for me when it comes to prepackaged and convenience meals, which are tasty but can be low in protein and leave me hungry pretty soon after. Boiled eggs are also super easy to transport and pack if your schedule requires a lot of quick meals or on-the-go eating.

As I’ve gotten older and my tastes have changed, I’ve also found myself reaching for more runny eggs with ramen or to dip toast into, so I wanted to share a perfectly soft yolk here as well!

Pregnant friends: ask your doctor or dietitian before consuming runny eggs. Pregnancy is an immunosuppressed state, meaning you’re more susceptible to foodborne illnesses. You can also find pasteurized eggs in the store (they’re still raw, but pasteurized at a low temperature for a long time to kill bacteria), or fully cook your eggs!

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THE RECIPE

Instant Pot Soft- and Hard-Boiled Eggs

Perfect soft or hardboiled eggs in the Instant Pot, in less than 10 minutes!

Prep time:

Cook time:

Ingredients:
  • 2-6 eggs
  • 1 cup water

Instructions:
  1. Place steamer rack in Instant Pot.
  2. Place eggs on rack and pour water over them.
  3. Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes (soft boiled) or 5 minutes (hard boiled)
  4. Quick-release the pressure and move eggs into a bowl of ice water to cool.
  5. Peel and enjoy!)

Recipe Notes

Make sure to have a bowl of ice water on hand to transfer the eggs to to stop the cooking process. If you’re going for soft-boiled eggs, only leave the eggs in ice until they’re cool enough to handle so they stay warm for you to eat.

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How to Crack a Boiled Egg

Cracking and peeling a boiled egg may seem intuitive, but this tip has been a game changer for me in getting shells off cleanly: tap the broad, flatter side of the egg onto your counter or plate (this side has the egg’s air bubble and the extra space may help you get the rest of the shell off) and use this as a starting point for peeling.

That’s all! What’s your favorite way to enjoy boiled eggs? I’d say I’m a tie between deviled eggs & runny in a bowl of ramen!

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