These Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs are a quick and easy alternative to boiling eggs in water. The eggs are cooked perfectly and peel easily!
If you think it seems weird to cook eggs in the air fryer, you will be amazed by the results! Technically the eggs are not "boiled" because we are not using water here, but the result is the same: perfectly cooked eggs, no running yolk, or gooey whites (you can adjust the cooking time for a softer yolk). As with many air fryer recipes, this one is a time-saver as well! No waiting for the water to boil. The air fryer is ready to go in minutes!
How to make hard-boiled eggs in the air fryer?
- Place eggs in an air fryer basket.
- Set temperature to 250 degrees F and timer to 17 minutes. See below for the cooking chart.
- Once the cooking cycle is done, remove eggs and place them straight away in an ice bath.
- Wait 10 minutes, then peel eggs. The shells should easily come off.
Do air-fried eggs peel easily?
Yes! Once the eggs are cooked, place them in an ice bath. After a few minutes, roll the eggs against the wall of your bowl and peel off the shell. In many cases, it falls right off!
Why this recipe works?
Using your air fryer to cook eggs is quick and easy. You don't have to wait for the water to boil or, in the case of the Instant Pot, for the pressure to build up. You simply place the eggs in the air fryer basket, set the temperature and time, and let it work. The eggs come out cooked perfectly and peel like a dream! You can cook one, a few, or a whole dozen (depending on the size of your air fryer).
How long to cook eggs in the air fryer?
I used large eggs and cooked them for 17 minutes until they were hard-boiled. If you want softer eggs, decrease the time. The cooking time varies when it comes to the size of eggs, freshness, and the model of your air fryer. Test it with one or two eggs before cooking a large batch.
What is an ice bath and why it's needed?
Preparing an ice bath is simply filling a medium bowl with several ice cubes and water. After cooking, place the eggs in the ice bath to stop the cooking process ad prevent overcooking. It will also help with peeling the shell. I use this trick every time I make hard-boiled eggs.
You can store hard-boiled eggs in your fridge for up to 1 week.
Best tips for cooking eggs in the air fryer:
- If you are cooking eggs for the first time, cook one or two to see if the suggested time in the recipe is enough. Every air fryer is different and cooking times may vary. I tested with 15 minutes, 17 minutes, and 19 minutes and the best results were after cooking the eggs for 17 minutes. I used the Instant Pot Vortex mini air fryer.
- If your air fryer does not go below 300 degrees F, try different settings than "air fry". Many times the "bake" setting will let you set the temperature to 250 degrees.
- Prep the ice bath during the last couple of minutes of the cooking cycle. That way you will be ready to place eggs in the bath straight away.
- If after 10 minutes, the eggs don't peel easily and some shell still seems stuck, place the eggs back in the ice bath for a few more minutes. This should help loosen up the remaining shell.
- Don't overcrowd the air fryer. I place 6 to 8 eggs in a single layer in the basket to cook. If you need to cook more eggs, do it in batches.
- Use the trivet that comes with your air fryer to ensure the air circulates around the eggs. It will ensure the eggs are cooked evenly.
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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- 6 large eggs
- 3 cups water
- 8 to 9 ice cubes
- Place eggs in an air fryer basket, in a single layer. Cook in batches, if needed.
- Set temperature to 250 degrees F and timer to 17 minutes.
- During the last two minutes of the cooking time, prepare ice bath: place ice cubes and water in a medium or large mixing bowl.
- Once the cooking cycle is done, remove eggs with kitchen tongs and place them straight away in an ice bath.
- Wait 8 to 10 minutes, then roll the eggs against the wall of the bowl to break the shell. Peel eggs. The shells should easily come off.
- If you want softer eggs, decrease the time. The cooking time varies when it comes to the size of eggs, freshness, and the model of your air fryer. Test it with one or two eggs before cooking a large batch.
- You can store hard-boiled eggs in your fridge for up to 1 week.
- If your air fryer does not go below 300 degrees F, try different settings than “air fry”. Many times the “bake” setting will let you set the temperature to 250 degrees.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.