Pressure-Cooker Hard-Boiled Eggs

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Try these pressure-cooker hard-boiled eggs! This recipe is quick to fix and foolproof. —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pressure-Cooker Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup cold water

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  1. Place trivet insert and 1 cup water in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Set eggs on trivet. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes; quick-release any remaining pressure.
    Rinse eggs in cold water and place in ice water until completely cooled. Drain and refrigerate. Remove shells; if desired, cut eggs before serving.

Pressure Cooker Hard-Boiled Eggs Tips

What is the 5-5-5 method for pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs?

Pressure cook eggs on high for 5 minutes, wait 5 minutes before releasing pressure after the cooking time, and then plunge the eggs into an ice water bath for 5 minutes. For extra large or jumbo eggs, increase the cooking time to 7 or 8 minutes, respectively. With this method, you’ll have perfectly hard-boiled eggs with creamy, yellow yolks—and as a bonus, peeling pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs is a snap. Find more tips on how to peel a hard-boiled egg.

Can you use a stovetop pressure cooker instead of an electric pressure cooker?

Stovetop pressure cookers work very well for hard-boiled eggs. Set the pressure to high, and cook for 5 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally until your indicator shows that the pot is no longer under pressure. Remove the lid according to the manufacturer’s safety directions, then plunge the eggs into an ice water bath for 5 minutes.

Can you soft boil eggs in a pressure cooker?

Yes! Reduce the cooking time to 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs and skip the ice water bath.

What are some safety considerations when working with a pressure cooker?

Always read the safety instructions on your pressure cooker before starting. It’s very important to not exceed the maximum fill line on your cooker. Using long-handled tongs to release the pressure valve on electric pressure cookers will prevent burns from spattering steam. If you’re nervous to use a pressure cooker for hard-boiled eggs, learn about other ways to boil eggs.

Can you stack eggs on top of each other to make more pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs at a time?

Eggs will rattle around less and cook more evenly if placed in a single layer. Stacked eggs can collide during cooking, which can lead to cracks and leaks before the eggs are cooked. Can’t get enough eggs? Check out our ideas on ways to eat eggs all day.

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 egg: 72 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 186mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 medium-fat meat.