We tested hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot and air fryer to see which ones were the easiest to make and peel. Here’s what we found.
We are comparing Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs versus Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs so you have the pros and cons of both. Spoiler Alert: You can’t go wrong with whichever method you choose. We like cooking hard boiled eggs both ways.
There are many methods to make hard boiled eggs and choosing which one use depends on a few factors. These tips will help you decide if it’s time to pull out the Instant Pot or air fryer. Assuming you have both and can’t live without them like me. Ha! And if you don’t, may I suggest this air fryer and this Instant Pot? After reading these tips and tricks you will know which kitchen gadget to use to make your next batch of hard boiled eggs.
Does One Cook Faster Than The Other?
Despite what one would think, the Instant Pot is not faster. Sure, it requires only 10 minutes cook time while the air fryer requires 15 minutes. However, you still need to wait for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure, which can take 15-20 minutes plus the quick release time at the end takes a few minutes so the air fryer is definitely the quicker way to cook them.
Do The Eggs Taste Different Depending How You Cook Them?
I didn’t notice any difference in taste from the Instant Pot to the air fryer. Both methods will give you delicious and tasty hard boiled eggs.
Do The Yolks Cook The Same?
I personally didn’t notice any difference between the two methods of cooking them. You may wonder if the egg yolk sinks to the bottom side of the egg when cooked in the air fryer. That didn’t happen for me but if you give it a try and find out that does happen for you be sure to let us know in the comments below.
Is One Method Easier To Peel Than The Other?
Peeling air fryer or Instant Pot hard boiled eggs is easier than when they are cooked with other methods. However, there isn’t a noticeable difference in peeling eggs with either of these methods. Both air fryer and Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are easy to peel immediately after cooking or after storing them in the refrigerator for a few days.
Which Way Is More Hands-Off?
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are the winner here since you don’t need to add water or stack the eggs on a trivet. You can set it and forget it – until the timer goes off, that is. First you place eggs in the air fryer basket, then you set the temperature to 250F and the time to 15 minutes. Then walk away!
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs require a little extra effort. First you need to place the trivet in the bottom of the pot. Then you need to stack the eggs on top of the trivet and add water to the pot. After that you close the lid and seal the valve. Then select the temperature and cook time. Then you have to listen for the beep that tells you the cook time is done. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then do a quick release. Still easier than standing over the stove watching water boil, but definitely a few more steps than the air fryer.
Which Option Is Better For Cooking A Large Amount Of Eggs?
Because cooking in the air fryer requires air circulating around each egg so they cook evenly you have to space them out a bit. This means you can’t fit many eggs into the air fryer at once.
However, the Instant Pot is a great option when you need to hard boil a large quantity of eggs because you can stack the eggs on the trivet and they will still cook evenly.
Which Option Is Better For Cooking A Small Amount Of Eggs?
You can use either method to cook a small amount of eggs so it’s really up to you which small appliance you choose to use.
So there you have it. Whichever method you choose, you really can’t go wrong. Do you have any questions we didn’t address? Be sure to leave a comment and we’ll get the answer for you!