Hard-boiled eggs are a perfect snack anytime, anywhere. They can be eaten as is, chopped into a salad, or whipped to devilish perfection. They are packed with protein which helps keep you feeling full in between meals. Hard-boiled eggs are also rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin D. Vitamin A helps support healthy eyesight, and Vitamin D helps aid in the absorption of almost all other vitamins and minerals. Without Vitamin D, many vitamins and minerals cannot be adequately absorbed and will be flushed from the body. Hard-boiled eggs are only 80 calories per serving. They are a healthy and guilt-free snack. What’s not to love about hard-boiled eggs? Stop struggling to find the easiest and fastest way to make hard-boiled eggs. The Instant Pot is changing the way hard-boiled egg lovers make their eggs. Here’s how it works:
6. Use a Trivet
To avoid a big mess or explosion, place a trivet at the bottom of the Instant Pot bowl. Some people like to use a traditional metal steamer. Be careful, metal steamers can get very hot and potentially burn you. Thankfully, you can find a silicone trivet on Amazon for under $10. Thanks to the silicone handle, you can avoid harmful or dangerous burns caused by hot metals. After you place the trivet in the bowl, place one dozen eggs on top of the trivet. Then, fill the bottom of the Instant Pot bowl with 1 cup of water.
5. Use the ‘Egg Setting’
This might seem like a no-brainer, but many people don’t realize this button is more than just a suggestion. Plug the Instant Pot in and lock the lid. Position the steam valve to a sealed position and press the ‘Egg Setting’ button. This setting will pressure cook the eggs for five minutes on a normal heat setting. If you like soft-boil eggs, use the ‘-‘ symbol to reduce the five minute cook time to four minutes. The Instant Pot takes about five minutes to heat up and five minutes to cool down. Once the five-minute timer is up, immediately flip the release valve to ‘venting’. This will help release steam and avoid overcooking. Carefully remove the lid, avoiding hot steam or hot handles if you are using a metal steamer.Related: Reasons Why Eggs Are the Most Important Food
4. Ice, Ice Baby
While you are waiting for the eggs to reach peak deliciousness, fill a bowl with ice water. After the eggs are finished cooking, you will place them in the bowl. Make sure that the bowl can fit all one dozen eggs comfortably. The purpose of the ice bowl is to avoid overcooking the eggs. Even after you remove them from the Instant Pot, the heat will continue to cook them. For the perfect hard-boiled egg, let them take a nice two-minute ice bath.
After the two minutes are up, the eggs should be cool to the touch. Gently tap the top of the egg on your counter. This will crack the shell and make for no-fuss, easy peeling. Thanks to the steam bath the eggs initially took, this allows the shell to peel right off. No mess and no fuss. It’s that easy. You can also peel hard-boiled eggs hands-free. How? Place the egg in a mason jar filled with a half an inch of water. Screw the lid on to the jar and make sure it is tight. Shake the jar from side to side and make sure the egg is not rolling around. The egg should hit the top and bottom of the jar. Eventually, the eggshell will begin to slip right off.Related: Why Most Countries Don’t Refrigerate Eggs
2. Taste Test
Most people like to add salt and pepper to their hard-boiled eggs. You can also add a bit of curry powder, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, or cajun pepper if you want to make things interesting. Whether you are a traditionalist or like to heat things up with some spice, be sure to taste the egg first. You will be surprised to find that the Instant Pot makes the perfect hard-boiled egg. The texture and flavor of the egg are truly excellent. Surprisingly, little to no seasoning is required, and you can enjoy your egg as soon as it is cooled and peeled. Of course, no one is stopping you from seasoning the egg the way you usually enjoy it.
1. Save The Rest
After you taste your perfect hard-boiled egg, don’t forget to save the rest. To save time later, peel the rest of the dozen hard-boiled eggs now. They should all peel as quickly and effortlessly as the first. You will notice that there are very few to no ugly divots or deformities in the white part of the egg. For best storage, place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. Feel free to snack on more now or later in the week. You can also add hard-boiled eggs to salads or make an easy egg salad at home.Related: 8 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Dull Scrambled Eggs