You can use an Instant Pot to make hard-boiled eggs, that much we knew.
But did you know you not to use a silicone mold? I did not but I found that out when I tried it. I also did not know that steaming your eggs is the best way to get your eggs evenly cooked to perfection. Making hardboiled eggs in the instant pot is a great idea. All you need is your pressure cooker, trivet, eggs, water, and a steamer basket. I’ll try to keep this short so you can get started on your first batch, asap.
What Did Not Work and Why
When I first got my instant pot out and went to add my eggs, I did not want to put them directly onto the trivet. I wanted them to be held separately like I think most of us do. I did not want to go out and buy something new just to pressure cook my eggs, either. So I looked around my kitchen and what I found first was my HPC egg bites mold. I love this thing for scrambled egg bites with sausage, and spinach, and whatever else I might have to put in them for breakfast bites as a recipe. But I was making hard-boiled eggs this time. I thought, why not! Let’s give it a shot.
The egg bites silicone mold can hold 7 eggs and this would be a great second use for it. I put a cup of water in the bottom of the instant pot. Then I lowered my trivet down with the egg bites mold full of eggs into the inner pot. The eggs were straight out of the refrigerator and I thought that might not be a good idea but I didn’t want to wait for them to come to room temp. So in they went! Set the timer to 5 min. After the timer, I let it naturally release the pressure for 5 min. I had a bowl of ice water, that I then let them sit in for 5 min.
Underneath The Shell
When I went to peel them, everything seemed fine, but when I peeled some off I noticed that the egg was breaking in half through the middle. The middle was not done. Some of the white was still undercooked and the yellow was dark and somewhat gelatinous but definitely not cooked. I may have been able to put these back in the cooker for 5 min and get them cooked through, But I thought about that after I’d already thrown them away.
“When I went to peel them, everything seemed fine, but when I peeled some off I noticed that the egg was breaking in half through the middle. The middle was not done. Some of the white was still undercooked and the yellow was dark and somewhat gelatinous but definitely not cooked.”
Verdict on Silicone Molds
So when they didn’t cook through, I spoke to Chef Eric about it. He informed me that silicone molds do not allow the eggs to heat evenly, and even keeps some of the heat from getting to the eggs. So this is why my experiment failed. The last thing I wanted was unevenly cooked eggs, much less undercooked ones!
Using A Steamer Basket
Hopefully, you all own a steamer basket! I can not live without mine. Steamed veggies are the best! Once Chef Eric said that metal would be better, I knew I had to use the basket. I was still able to get 7 eggs safely into the instant pot using the basket. Again, I added 1 cup of water and lowered the trivet down carefully with the steamer basket full of eggs into the instant pot. Set the timer to 5 min on high pressure, let it naturally release pressure for 5 min after that. Then took them out and moved them to ice water. After 5 min in the ice water, I was able to peel them easily. These were cooked perfectly!
Next time I need hardboiled eggs, I am going to try the silicone mold again. I will set the timer to 8 min though. I think adding time will get them cooked through, and I’m curious if the texture will be any different. But for this blog, at this time, I have to say, use metal, not silicone to hold your eggs in place while you pressure cook them!
Bonus Trick For Your Eggs!
You can use an apple core cutter to cut your eggs for salads! I love doing this to my eggs for salads.
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Hardboiled Eggs In the Instant Pot HPC Style!
- Pressure Cooker
- Steamer Basket
- 1 Cup Water
- 7 Eggs
- Place one cup of water into the inner bowl of your pressure cooker
- Lower down into the inner bowl, a trivet with th steamer basket containing 7 eggs.
- Set cooker to high for 5 minutes
- Allow to natural release for 5 minutes
- Place into an ice bath for 5 minutes
- Peel and eat how you like them best!