Perfect Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs Guide

An eggsperiment on how to make perfect pressure cooker eggs! Check out our results & find your favorite soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs! :) pressurecookrecipes.com

Want to make pressure cooker hard boiled eggs or a perfect soft boiled egg, but not getting the results you want? You’ve come to the right place! We’re taking the guesswork out of making the perfect pressure cooker eggs with our “eggsperiment. 😉

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Wait, didn’t you just post about soft boiled eggs? Yep! So why another one?

As we were testing our recipe for the Ramen Egg (Japanese Soft Boiled Egg), we ran into a problem. We first tried cooking the eggs for 3 minutes at low pressure, then quick release. We weren’t satisfied with the outcome. You’ll see why below.

So how long should we cook the eggs in our Instant Pot electric pressure cooker to achieve the perfect soft boiled egg? Or medium boiled eggs? What about perfect hard boiled eggs?

Let’s get cracking!!!

Here's our experiment on how to make perfect pressure cooker eggs! We cooked the eggs 11 times at high or low pressure from 3 to 14 mins with Instant Pot. pressurecookrecipes.com

High Pressure vs. Low Pressure??

We first tested whether we should use high pressure or low pressure to cook the eggs for best results.

For the high pressure eggs, the egg whites turned out to be slightly chalky (more noticeable for older eggs). We preferred the egg whites from the low pressure eggs, so, we proceeded the rest of the experiment with cooking the eggs at low pressure.

Then, we’ve cooked the eggs using the exact same method using ten different cooking times.


Method For Perfect Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Pressure Cooker: Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker
  • Altitude: close to sea level
  • Eggs: store-bought extra large eggs, straight from the fridge
  • Liquid: 1 cup of cold tap water
  • Time: 3 to 14 minutes (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 minutes)
  • Pressure: Low Pressure at 5.8 ~7.2 psi (40 ~ 50kpa)
  • Release Method: immediately Quick Release
  • Cold-Water Bath: 30 seconds of cold water bath, rinse under cold running water for 5 seconds, then another 3 minutes of cold water bath
  • Cooking Method: on a steamer rack

In order to ensure the accuracy of this experiment, we started fresh with a cool pot for each run. So, after each run, we removed the hot water from the pressure cooker and rinsed the pot and rack with cold running tap water until the pot has cooled down.

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Tools to Make Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs

Vegetable Steamer – We normally use the trivet that came with our Instant Pot Pressure Cooker (as shown in the above picture). For those who use other electric pressure cookers, this steam rack & basket will work great.

Are you ready? Here we go! 


The Pressure Cooker Eggs Results

Perfect pressure cooker soft boiled egg, medium boiled egg, and hard boiled eggs comparison chart using Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker.


Hey what happened to the 3-minute one?!
Before we go into that, let’s take a closer look at the yolk of these Pressure Cooker Eggs. 😀

5 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg – egg white is just set; yolk is thick and runny

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6 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
– egg white is fully set; yolk is slightly cooked on the edge, but it’s still thick and runny

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7 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg 
– egg white is fully set; yolk is half set, the middle is still runny7 minutes pressure cooker soft medium boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com
8 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white is fully set; yolk is 80% set, still a little wet in the middle8 minutes pressure cooker perfect medium boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com

9 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white is fully set; yolk is set but tender, no more runny yolk9 minutes pressure cooker medium boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com
10 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white is fully set; yolk edge is hard boiled, still tender in the middle10 minutes pressure cooker medium hard boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com

12 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white is fully set; yolk is almost fully set12 minutes pressure cooker hard boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com
13 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white is fully set; yolk is fully set (sorry for just having a quarter of the egg…Jacky “accidentally” ate it before we took the picture -___-)13 minutes pressure cooker perfect hard boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com

14 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg
 – egg white and yolk is fully set14 minutes pressure cooker hard boiled egg pressurecookrecipes.com
Okay! As promised. First take a deep breath…here it is…
3 Minutes Pressure Cooker Egg – Yep, saved this last, as it might gross some of you out.3 minutes pressure cooker egg results pressurecookrecipes.com

Perfect Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs Tips

Note: Making pressure cooker eggs is easy. But if you want perfect eggs, be mindful that many factors affect the results of your eggs:

  • Altitude (our eggsperiment was done at close to sea level)
  • Amount and temperature of the cooking liquid
  • Amount of eggs
  • Size of the eggs
  • Freshness of the eggs
  • Pressure setting
  • Pressure release method
  • Cooking method (on a steamer rack or directly in the liquid)
  • Resting time & method (cold water bath/ice bath)

So test and adjust to your situation! 🙂

Now we’re curious, which one would YOU consider to be the perfect hard boiled egg, perfect medium boiled egg, and perfect soft boiled egg? And which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! 🙂

Now it’s YOUR turn to take out your pressure cooker and cook some Perfect Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs!

Easy Instant Pot Recipes: Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs, Instant Pot Medium Boiled Eggs, Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Pressure Cooker Soft, Medium, Hard Boiled Eggs

Here's the method on how to make perfect pressure cooker hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, and medium boiled eggs in the Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker. You may choose the cooking time from 5 minutes to 14 minutes depending on the type of yolk consistency you like.
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Total: 7 minutes
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients

  • Extra-large eggs - straight from the fridge
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  • Place Eggs in Pressure Cooker: Place a steamer rack in the pressure cooker. Add exactly 1 cup (250ml) of cold water in the pot. Place the eggs at the center of the rack.
    Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position.
  • Pressure Cook Eggs: Pressure cook at Low Pressure for your desired consistency (Soft Boiled Egg: 5 minutes to Hard Boiled Eggs: 14 minutes) + immediately Quick Release (Instant Pot: press the cancel button right away as well). Open the lid.
    *Pro Tip: For large eggs, reduce the pressure cooking time by 1 minute.
  • Serve: Immediately place the eggs in a bowl of cold water for 30 seconds. Rinse the eggs under cold running water for 5 seconds. Then, pour out the water in the bowl and refill it with cold water and place the eggs back into the bowl for another 3 minutes. Peel the egg in running tap water. Serve & enjoy~
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Recipe Notes:

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Nutrition:

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast/Brunch
Cuisine: World
Keyword: how to cook eggs in instant pot, instant pot eggs, instant pot medium boiled eggs, instant pot soft boiled eggs, pressure cooker eggs
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An eggsperiment on how to make perfect pressure cooker eggs! Check out our results & find your favorite soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs! :) pressurecookrecipes.com

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Daniel

Hey just wanted to say thank you. Worked great @ 12 minutes. Even one that cracked came out great.

I was using Quisinart EPC1200 pr.cooker5 stars

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Melody

Hi, I am at high altitude (Denver) and cooking large eggs in my 3qt instant pot at 6 min low pressure with a quick release leaves me at what I see for your 9 or 10 minute eggs! I am trying to get to the 5-6 minute soft boiled state, with the egg white fully set but the yolk runny… I will keep trying until I get it right, because it was still delicious and creamy but I wanted to know if you had any tips or maybe I am missing something. Thanks!

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Jennifer

How does increasing the number of eggs change the cooking time

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Dana

For me the 7 minute egg looks perfect. Thanks for doing this!5 stars

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Meg

I’m good at cooking hard boiled eggs in the IP. My grandson wants me to make him soft boiled eggs. Should I use the 6 minute recipe? I am close or at sea level. I have the Instant Pot Duo Plus in 6 quart.

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Emily

I’ve always done 555… oh my god, I just did low pressure 12 min and that was the best freaking hardboiled egg I’ve ever had. The white was like silk! I’m cooling my pot now to make some softer ones because I could eat all of these now but then I’d have none for my salads during the week! Thank you both so much! I have an Instant Pot Ultra 6qt and I’m a couple feet above sea level. I used large eggs, too, instead of extra large, but I was going for about 13 min according to the chart… Read more »

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Emily

Edit: ultimately I ate four eggs last night. I felt like cool hand luke.

Kathleen Kerstner

Hi, I am having the hardest time with eggs. My husband likes them just like your pic of the 9 min egg. I used xlrg eggs, (not Jumbo) and they were still hard like your 12min egg. I used an egg rack, cold water, cold Instapot, cold eggs, set low-pressure egg setting, hit start, and it went through the preheat then on to the low-pressure cook, quick release. Do you think if I moved up to Jumbo eggs I would have a better result? Going to have to make deviled eggs with my failers, lol, ty, Kathy

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Kathleen Kerstner

Hi, I went back and tried eggs labeled lrg, 5min, low pressure, 1+1/4c cold water, a natural release which I timed at just about 2 minutes, ice bath for 3, he loved them!ty

Kathleen Kerstner

The first try I used the double egg rack, which does 14, the second time I did 7 eggs, I went back today and did 4 jumbos for 6 minutes, low pressure, fast release, and ice bath will see how they are in the morning, Happy New year to you also

Mary Brown

Just got an 8 quart instant pot Duo Nova (I did not see my model below) and regretted it immediately as almost every recipe is made with a 6 quart. I am a beginner in the cooking department. Any chance in future post you can also give 8 quart information?

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Kate

Thank you so much – those comparison pictures are exactly what I was looking for! Apparently, most people think a “perfect” hard boiled egg is something around what you show as a 9-minute egg, because that’s what every “Perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Egg” instruction gave me. My family is more the 14-minute variety, however, and I just finally able to make hard boiled eggs we’ll be happy to eat. Thank you, thank you, thank you!5 stars

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Janis

Thanks so much for the recipe. I needed soft boiled eggs for a “ramen party” and they turned out perfectly in my Fabor 8 QT Multi cooker. Once I peeled them, I popped them in a marinade for the ramen and they were unbelievably good (and oh so easy!)5 stars

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