Pressure Cooker Hard-boiled Eggs (101 Ways to Use Eggs #11)

Perfect, easy to peel hard-boiled eggs- I have been searching for them ever since we discovered the joys of having our own chickens and the beauty of fresh eggs… I found a few ways to make it easier, but none were truly perfect and easy to peel… Until I started using my pressure cooker! :)

I had no idea you could soft-boil or hard-boil eggs in a pressure cooker, actually I had no idea how many different things you could do in the pressure cooker, but that is a different post. :)

I share with you my method, it has worked consistently for me- peels that basically fall off and perfectly cooked yolks 24-30 eggs at a time!Pressure Cooking Fresh HB Eggs @ Stitching Hearts Together

This (Fagor Splendid 10-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner) is the pressure cooker I am using, a large stainless steel pressure cooker/canner, it only has one setting (a 15 lb setting) which works fine for these eggs (and everything else I’ve wanted to do so far).

I put in the steamer rack and fill with water to just under the rack (you are steaming them not boiling them).

Steamer rack in the bottom of the cooker

Steamer rack in the bottom of the cooker

Then I lay a towel down in the cooker on top of the rack. The towel is to cushion the eggs so they won’t crack and so I can stack many more eggs in the cooker at one time.

Eggs getting ready for a sauna

Eggs getting ready for a sauna

I lay down a layer of eggs, cover them with a fold of the towel and add more eggs. Continue going until you are out of eggs, towel or room.

Put the cooker on high, watch it carefully, when it starts to steam through the vent bring it up to pressure (add your weight or turn on your switch), when it reaches pressure (each cooker has an indicator, usually a button or a gauge) time the eggs. You want 8 minutes for hard-boiled eggs and about 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. You’ll get a better idea of the exact timing as you work with your cooker and the number of eggs you are cooking. :)

Carefully unloading the hard boiled eggs

Carefully unloading the hard-boiled eggs

When the time is up, remove the cooker from the heat and let the pressure drop naturally. Using the indicator on your cooker, when the pressure has dropped open up the cooker and enjoy! Be careful of steam (always open the lid away from you) and the eggs are very hot to handle so I recommend running them under cold water.

I have peeled them straight out of the cooker and also after they have sat in a carton in the fridge for a few days, it is a beautiful thing and hard-boiled eggs are making a come back in our house!

Perfect Harboiled Eggs from the Pressure Cooker

Perfect Hard-boiled Eggs from the Pressure Cooker

What’s your favorite way of using hard-boiled eggs?

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, my post on hard-boiled fresh eggs has been updated here with some new info and new attempts. :)

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  1. I tried this in my pressure canner and it over cooked them and they were all brown and crispy tasting. ;(

    • I am sorry to hear that! I have had people with different pressure cookers say that doing 6 min (and being careful to time it as soon as it reaches pressure- no venting) worked well for them… So perhaps a shorter cooking time with your pressure cooker would be a good idea! I’ve also made great softboiled eggs at 3 minutes so worst case scenario you’d have softboiled eggs instead of hardboiled… :)

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