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Air fryer hard boiled eggs need no prep and are done in minutes. They’re so easy, you may never cook them any other way!
Why you'll love air fryer boiled eggs
- You don’t have touch the stove. And there’s no trying to guess when the eggs are ready.
- Any size or style of air fryer will work. Basket or air fryer oven is just fine.
- Easy-to-peel. Like really easy, which makes them ideal for meal-prep or snacking on the go.
- You can air fry as many or as few eggs as you like. But the temperature and time remains the same, so you don't have to do any math!
- Cook them exactly to your liking. Do you want a mix of hard and soft boiled eggs? My recipe below gives instructions for doing both in the same batch!
- Great for other recipes! Soft boiled eggs are great for ramen and avocado toast. When they're hard boiled, the yolk pops out of the white easily, making them perfect for deviled eggs. You’ll also love them for egg salad, my potato salad, or simply for snacking or breakfast on-the-go.
You may already be using your air fryer for things like Air Fryer Asparagus, Air Fryer Chicken Breast, and Air Fryer Mushrooms. Much like Instant Pot boiled eggs, air fryer hard boiled eggs are worthy of the same attention. You can literally do next to nothing, and get perfect, easy-peel, hard boiled eggs in a matter of minutes.
How do you boil eggs in an air fryer?
Technically, you are gently baking the eggs which achieves the same results as the stove version of hard boiled eggs. There is NO water used to cook eggs in the air fryer. In fact, the dry heat circulates, also called convection heating aka air frying, and cooks the eggs, resulting in soft or hard cooked eggs.
Oh, and I should mention that air fryer hard boiled eggs are also excellent (or egg-celent) for all your Easter holiday meals and egg dyeing needs!
What you'll need
eggs - That's it! You only need eggs to make the perfect air fryer hard boiled eggs! You can use any color and you can use as many as will fit in your cooker, or as few as you like.
salt and pepper - this is optional, of course.
ice water or cold water - this is ONLY used to cool the eggs in a large bowl of water after they have cooked.
How many eggs can you air fry at once?
This really depends on how many eggs you can (and want) to fit in your air fryer. In my pod-style air fryer, I'm finding that 6-12 eggs is the sweet spot for perfect air fried eggs using the recipe below. Any less than 6 (using said time and temp) and the hard boiled eggs are overcooked and impossible to peel. I haven't tested more than 12 eggs, but if you have, let me know in the comments below!
Which air fryer is best for cooking eggs?
Any air fryer can be used to hard boil the eggs. I'm using my pod-style air fryer for the photos you see here and have been very pleased with that unit.
Please note: Not all air fryers are not created equally, so your cook times may vary from mine listed here. If you're new to the fryer, it helps to keep notes to self while you're warming up to your awesome equipment!
How to make air fryer hard boiled eggs
There are only two steps to making hard boiled eggs in an air fryer! Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Set the air fryer to 250ºF and air fry for 13 minutes for soft boiled eggs, or 15 minutes for hard boiled eggs. It's not necessary to preheat your air fryer to hard boil eggs.
To cool the eggs. Remove eggs from the fryer and gently transfer them to an ice water bath, or cold tap water if you don't have ice on hand.
How long do you leave eggs in cold water after boiling?
You should leave the eggs in the cold water bath for at least 5 minutes to fully top the eggs cooking. After this, the hard boiled eggs can be dried off and stored for later use or enjoyed immediately.
Do you peel hard boiled eggs before refrigerating?
It’s up to you, but I recommend leaving the shell intact because it allows you to store them a little bit longer and helps prevent the eggs from absorbing flavors/odors from other items stored in the fridge. This can yield better taste and quality.
How to store
Refrigerate air fryer hard boiled eggs for up to a week if they’re unpeeled, or up to 5 days if they’re peeled.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
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- 6 Eggs use less or more as desired
- Salt and Pepper optional
- Place EGGS in air fryer basket or tray and load it into the air fryer. I used a trivet to help prevent eggs from rolling, but it's not required.
- Set air fryer to 250°F for 13 minutes for soft boiled eggs or 15 minutes for hard boiled eggs. *see recipe footnote about times
- Carefully remove eggs from the fryer and gently transfer to an ice bath or very cold water for 5 minutes to stop cooking.
- Refrigerate hard boiled eggs up to 7 days if unpeeled, or 5 days if peeled. (optional) Season with SALT and PEPPER to taste.
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