When Making Eggs In An Instant Pot, Apply The 5-5-5 Method

By now you have been inundated with people proclaiming the virtues of the Instant Pot and have already rushed out to buy one of your own, confident you can now make gourmet meals in an easy and effortless way. But did you know that one of its greatest features is its ability to make foolproof hard-boiled eggs? While cooking eggs seems like a simple job, we've all made the little mistakes that result in a less than ideal egg, like cooking them too long or too little, or walking away and completely forgetting you have them boiling on the stove! Sometimes eggs can turn out gray with a really undesirable odor and, quite commonly, you can have shells that will simply not peel off easily. 

The 5-5-5 method of making eggs in the Instant Pot takes away all these potential human errors, and leaves you with little work remaining. So, what is this magical method and how exactly do we accomplish it? It is quite simple and requires only a few minutes of cooking, releasing pressure, and of course the final ice bath! 

Putting your eggs in one basket

The 5-5-5 method of cooking eggs refers to the timing of the three different steps you take with an Instant Pot: 5 minutes cooking, 5 minutes releasing the pressure, and 5 minutes in an ice bath. Pour about 1 cup of water into the pot, then place a trivet or basket inside and put the eggs on top. A 6 quart pot should fit 8 to 10 eggs; to fit more, use a stackable egg steaming rack. Set the Instant Pot on high pressure, timing it for 5 minutes. Once done, let it naturally release the pressure, again timing it for 5 more minutes. After that time is up, quick release any leftover pressure, and use tongs to move the eggs into a bowl with ice and cold water for another 5 minutes. The ice water will prevent the yolk from becoming discolored. Voilà! Your eggs will be perfectly cooked and incredibly easy to peel.

The egg yolks will be creamy and a beautiful yellow color. You can always try using older eggs to ensure easy peeling. To have the yolks come out exactly in the center of the egg, place them pointy-side down on the rack. As a result, you will impress your guests with the perfection of your deviled eggs.