If you’re fortunate enough to have your own laying hens (or purchase fresh eggs directly from a farmer), then you may already know the one downside to having the freshest eggs possible: they don’t peel easily after being hard-boiled. But steaming them using a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot means you can have perfectly cooked eggs that peel more easily.
After many attempts, I’ve finally developed the best method for hard-cooking farm-fresh eggs. Ready? I steam them in my Instant Pot! Consider one if you don’t yet have an electronic pressure cooker appliance. It has replaced my slow cooker, rice steamer, and my old-fashioned stove-top pressure cooker, so I justified the expense on the space savings. It cooks meals in a fraction of the time, taking beef roasts or whole chickens from the deep freezer to done in about an hour. But I digress; on to cooking eggs.
How To Get Perfectly Cooked Eggs
- To begin, add about a cup of cold water to the cooker’s inner pot, then add a steamer tray to the inner pot.
- Add 8-12 cold eggs to the steamer tray in a single layer. I really like a steaming tray designed specifically to hold eggs in an upright position for perfectly centered yolks.
- Fit the lid onto the Instant Pot and close the steam valve.
- Cook the eggs using the low-pressure setting for 5 minutes.
- While the eggs cook, prepare a bowl of ice water.
- When the Instant Pot beeps that the cooking time is done, let it sit for 5 minutes. This is called “natural release” of the pressure.
- After 5 minutes of natural release have elapsed, turn the steam valve to let the rest of the pressure release and remove the Instant Pot lid. This is called the “quick release” of the pressure. You may see these terms used in many other Instant Pot recipes.
- Using tongs, carefully remove the eggs one at a time and submerge them into the ice water.
Allow the eggs to remain in the ice water for 10 minutes, then peel. The shells slip off easily, and the egg yolks are perfectly cooked without the green ring.
If you have an Instant Pot or similar pressure cooker, try steaming your eggs. If you try my method, comment and let me know how yours turned out.