Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

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These Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs aren’t really boiled, but they turn out just as perfect as boiling and it’s a very hands-off way to cook a dozen or more hard boiled eggs at a time.

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Why You’ll Like It

  • Whether you’re cooking these eggs for Easter or for a tray of delicious deviled eggs, you won’t find an easier method for cooking hard boiled eggs in a batch.
  • The benefits of cooking eggs in the Air Fryer over the stove top are that it’s a hands-off activity where you don’t have to watch a boiled pot like a hawk, and that the eggs turn out perfect every time, because the pressure is consistent, unlike the temp in the pot on the stovetop, which can have fluctuations.
  • You can make a large batch of hard boiled eggs and keep them in the refrigerator. Eggs make a great grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Audrey says: 5 stars These turned out great

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Read Before You Start

Before you set about cooking a couple dozen eggs for your first time, I would caution you to try just one or two eggs to make sure the cooking time meets your expectations. There are a lot of factors that go into this process and the timing isn’t going to work perfectly for everyone.

I suggest giving a test run with an egg or two. Go with the times listed below for the degree of doneness you want. When you crack it open and see that it’s cooked to your preferred doneness, you can use that as your baseline and make all your eggs that way moving forward.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Eggs in a carton
  • Eggs – We use large eggs mostly. If your eggs are extra large or small you may need to adjust the cooking time up or down.
  • Cold water – Optional. We like to put the cooked eggs directly into a cold water bath to stop the cooking process.

Equipment Information

  • Air fryer: I use this 4-quart basket-style air fryer. It’s large enough to fit a meal for 4-6. But some things need more space in the air fryer basket, so they cook evenly.
  • Egg rack: Optional. An egg rack or wire rack with hold the eggs in place and not allow them to roll around while air frying.
  • Kitchen tongs: It’s very easy to remove food from your air fryer with kitchen tongs. I use these kitchen tongs that are silicon coated so they don’t scratch the interior.
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Expert Tips

  • Always try one egg first to know how your particular air fryer works. Every air fryer is different.
  • There is no need to preheat the air fryer.
  • Transfer the eggs directly into a cold water bath. You don’t want the eggs to continue cooking for too long after you’ve taken them out of the air fryer.
  • You can cook 1 egg or a dozen.
  • It’s important that you use the freshest eggs you can. Fresh eggs cook better and lead to a more tender texture. They are also easier to peel.

How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Step 1: Fill the Basket

Eggs in the air fryer basket

Set the eggs, either cold from the refrigerator or room temperature, on an egg rack or directly in the basket in a single layer. Overlapping or stacking can lead to cracked eggs, but if you’re willing to take the chance that one or two get mildly cracked, it’s okay to stack.

Step 2: Air Fry

There is no need to preheat the air fryer. If you do, it will change the cook time. Cook at 250°F (120°C) and set the time to 18 minutes.

Step 3: Cold Water Bath

Hard boiled eggs in an ice bath

Set the eggs in a bowl of cold water to cool for 5 minutes, changing out the water every few minutes so it stays chilled. Transfer to the refrigerator if not using right away.

Remove the shells if you’re planning to eat them right away. The best way to do this is to roll them gently on the counter until the shell cracks in many pieces, then just pick the shell off.

Alternative Cooking Times

Note: I’ll say again, every air fryer cooks at different rates, so the times below might not match your experience. Always try one egg first to know how your particular air fryer works.

We don’t always want to cook the yolk of our eggs to the same degree of doneness. You can do that easily on the stovetop by varying the boil time. Well, it’s the same for the air fryer. Follow the timing below for different yolks.

  • For soft center eggs: 14 minutes
  • For medium center eggs: 16 minutes
  • For perfectly done: 18 minutes
  • For hard centers: 20 minutes
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How to Remove the Shells From Hard Boiled Eggs

The worst part of making hard boiled eggs is taking the shells off. Everyone has their own method for making sure the shells come off easily and some of them I find to be very contradictory.

One of the easiest ways to peel them is to gently roll them between your hand and the counter top to crack all of the shell. Then you can grab a piece of the shell and pull it back. Usually the whole shell comes off at once.

Hard boiled egg halves on a plate

Why Use A Cold Water Bath?

You don’t want the eggs to continue cooking for too long after you’ve taken them out of the air fryer. This will result in an overcooked yolk. So you want to cool down the temperature as fast as possible.

I don’t put mine in an ice bath because I feel like that shocks it and makes the membrane stick to the egg, so they are harder to peel. Instead, I put them immediately into cold water and then change the water a few times while cooling, so it’s always cool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the eggs blow up in the air fryer?

No, it isn’t like cooking eggs in the microwave. It is perfectly safe to cook eggs in the air fryer. Make sure to inspect the eggs you are using for cracks before putting them in the air fryer basket. Cracked eggs aren’t safe to eat and they will leak out while cooking.

Do I have to use a water bath?

No, strictly speaking you don’t. The eggs will continue to cook after you remove them from the air fryer. If you add them to a cold water bath that stops the cooking process ensuring that they don’t overcook.

Why didn’t my eggs turn out?

Every air fryer cooks differently. Try cooking 1 or 2 eggs as a test before cooking a whole dozen and having them not turn out to your liking. Adjust the timing down a minute or two to ensure your preferred texture, if using room temperature eggs, or a stronger wattage air fryer.

How long does it take to hard boil eggs in the air fryer?

Eggs are perfectly hard boiled in the air fryer in 18 minutes. If you want a softer yolk cut the cooking time by 3-4 minutes.

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Hard boiled eggs cut in half

Air Fryer “Hard Boiled” Eggs

These Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs aren't really boiled, but they turn out just as perfect as boiling and it’s a very hands-off way to cook a dozen or more hard boiled eggs at a time.
5 from 15 votes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Eggs
Calories 78 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 1 dozen eggs however many you want
  • Cold water

Instructions
 

  • Place the eggs in the basket. Cook on 250° F (120C) for 18 minutes.
  • Transfer the eggs to a cold water bath until cooled.

Notes

  • Every air fryer is different and will cook differently, thus it’s always a good idea to test one egg before cooking a whole dozen and having them not turn out to your liking.
  • I am using a 1000-watt air fryer and cold eggs straight from the fridge.
  • At 18 minutes the yolk is cooked to done. At 16 minutes, the yolk is still a little under. At 20 minutes, the yolk is firm and crumbly.
  • Adjust the timing down a minute or two if using room temperature eggs or a stronger wattage air fryer.
  • Transfer the eggs directly into a cold water bath. You don’t want the eggs to continue cooking for too long after you’ve taken them out of the air fryer.
  • You can cook 1 egg or a dozen.
  • It’s important that you use the freshest eggs you can. Fresh eggs cook better and lead to a more tender texture. They are also easier to peel.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 5mgPotassium: 5mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 20IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fryer, Eggs
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7 thoughts on “Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. tt moon says:

    5 stars
    It took me a test run or two to get the right time but now that I have it figured out I love cooking hard boiled eggs this way. It’s so easy.

    • Angela Morris says:

      We didn’t prick the eggs first. I’m not sure how that would come out because I haven’t tried it. Can you let us know how it comes out if you do?

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