Learning to make hard boiled eggs in my air fryer has been a huge game-changer for me! Every time that I make them they turn out perfectly cooked on the inside. Not to mention that the peel comes off super easy.
What I like about using this method to make the eggs is that I can make just a few for a quick breakfast or snack. However I can also make an entire dozen at once when it is my turn to bring deviled eggs to a potluck or family function with very little effort.
Once the eggs are in the basket the heat circulating around them cooks them evenly. That means there are no undercooked or overcooked eggs to worry about when it comes time for peeling.
But what I love most about making them in the air fryer is that there is no more standing over a hot stove making sure that the water doesn’t boil over. In fact, there is no water used at all in this recipe.
And because of that reason it is a great recipe for those who are camping and have limited water resources. Although it is also a fantastic recipe for busy individuals who need to multi-task to get through a hectic day.
However when I first purchased my air fryer, the last thing that I thought I would be making in it was hard boiled eggs. Although I was highly skeptical about the process and outcome, I couldn’t be more shocked at how perfect that they turn out!
Now it is the only way that I make them!
Air Fryer Temperature Required
Unlike most air fryer recipes, air frying eggs requires a more gentle approach. Ideally, you want to set your air fryer to a low temperature, preferably 275°F (135°C).
However, some air fryers can’t be adjusted to go below 300°F (148°C). No worries!
You can still make hard boiled eggs in the air fryer. However you will need to adjust the cook time accordingly.
Cook Time Required For Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
The cooking time for air fryer hard-boiled eggs can vary depending on the brand and type of air fryer you own. For instance, my Ninja Foodi Air Fryer/Pressure Cooker combo cooks food at a faster rate than my NuWave air fryer oven.
In general the recommended cook time for hard-boiled eggs typically ranges between 13 to 15 minutes. However, it’s best to first test your air fryer with 1-2 eggs to determine the optimal cooking time for your specific device.
Hard Boiled vs. Soft Boiled vs. Jammy Eggs
The beauty of cooking eggs in the air fryer is the ability to achieve different results based on cooking time. For hard-boiled eggs, the whites and yolks are fully cooked and firm. They are perfect to use for deviled eggs, egg salad, or to eat as a snack. They require anywhere from 13-15 minutes of air frying time to set up properly.
Soft boiled eggs, which have fully cooked whites and partially cooked yolks that are still somewhat runny, take approximately 9-11 minutes to cook. These eggs make for the ideal addition to ramen bowls.
Meanwhile, ‘jammy’ eggs feature a yolk that’s soft and spreadable but not runny like soft-boiled eggs. They’re a delicious treat that is most often served with a piece of toast as the yolk resembles the consistency of jam. To make ‘jammy’ eggs air fry them for 11-13 minutes.
Use An Ice Water Bath
An ice water bath is a crucial step in the process of making perfect hard-boiled eggs. This is simply a bowl filled with ice and water, prepared a few minutes before the eggs are done cooking.
Remove the hot hard boiled eggs from the air fryer and immediately place them in the ice water bath. The coldness halts the cooking process, ensuring that they don’t overcook.
In addition, like when making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, it also helps to make the eggs easier to peel.
Best Way To Peel A Hard Boiled Egg
Peeling hard-boiled eggs can be a bit tricky, but with the right technique you’ll have perfectly peeled eggs every time.
Once the eggs are cool enough to handle gently tap the egg on a hard surface to crack the shell. Then roll the egg on the counter to loosen the shell on the entire surface.
Under cold running water start peeling at the wider end of the egg where the air pocket is located. Try to get under the membrane that is between the shell and the egg white for best results.
It is best to peel the eggs while they are at room temperature rather than when they have been chilled in the refrigerator.
How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs
Once peeled, store your hard-boiled eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh and good for up to 7 days.
Yes, it is better to peel the eggs before storing them. Not only will you be saving time peeling them all at once, they will be much easier to peel before they are refrigerated.
Recipe Ideas For Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
Now that you have your perfect air fryer hard-boiled eggs, the recipe possibilities are endless! Chop them up and mix with mayo and mustard for a classic egg salad, or slice them and place on top of a green salad for added protein.
You could also make deviled eggs by mixing the yolks with mayo and spices, then spooning the mixture back into the egg white halves. Or just sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and enjoy as a quick, protein-packed snack.
Mastering the air fryer for hard-boiled eggs is truly a game changer! The simplicity and consistency of this method will have you reaching for your air fryer time and time again.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
*Specific measurements and complete recipe instructions are located in a printable recipe card at the bottom of this article. However, be sure to continue to read the tips and tricks to making this recipe below.
- 4-12 hard boiled eggs
Preheat your air fryer to 275° F (135°C). NOTE: Some air fryers don’t go below 300°F (148°C), if this is the case with your air fryer set it to 300°F.
If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheat setting, let it run at the cook temperature for 3 minutes to allow it enough time to preheat.
Carefully place the eggs to the air fryer basket, leaving a little space between each one so the air can circulate around the entire egg. It is okay if they roll a bit and slightly touch each other as you shut the air fryer basket.
For hard boiled eggs allow them to cook in the air fryer for 13-15 minutes. *If you are cooking at 300° F air fry for 11-14 minutes. The cook time will vary depending on the style and brand of your air fryer.
A few minutes before the eggs are done cooking in the air fryer make an ice water bath. Do this by filling a large bowl half way with ice. Then add enough cold water to make an ice bath, filling the bowl until it is 3/4th full.
Once the eggs are finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the air fryer and place them in the ice bath. Let them cool for 5 minutes before peeling.
HELPFUL RECIPE TIPS:
For soft boiled eggs, cook for 9-11 minutes. For ‘jammy’ eggs, cook 12-13 at 275°F.
*Because every air fryer cooks at different rates be sure to test out the cook time for best results. Start with 1-2 eggs until you determine how your air fryer cooks and how you prefer your eggs.
It is best to peel your eggs right away. Then store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
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- 4 large eggs (or however many eggs that you want to cook)
- Preheat your air fryer to 275° F (135°C). NOTE: Some air fryers don't go below 300°F (148°C), if this is the case with your air fryer set it to 300°F. If your air fryer doesn't have a preheat setting, let it run at the cook temperature for 3 minutes to allow it enough time to preheat.
- Carefully place the eggs to the air fryer basket in a single layer, leaving a little space between each one so the air can circulate around the entire egg. You may need to cook in batches if you are cooking a lot of eggs.
- Air fryer for for 13-15 minutes. *If you are cooking at 300° F air fry for 11-14 minutes. *The cook time will vary depending on the style and brand of your air fryer.
- A few minutes before the eggs are done cooking in the air fryer fill a large bowl half way with ice. Then add enough cold water to make an ice bath, filling the bowl until it is 3/4th full.
- Once the eggs are finished cooking, use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the air fryer and place them in the ice bath. Let them cool for 5 minutes before peeling.
For soft boiled eggs, cook for 9-11 minutes. For 'jammy' eggs, cook 12-13 at 275°F.
*Because every air fryer cooks at different rates be sure to test out the cook time using 1-2 eggs until you determine how your air fryer cooks and how you prefer your eggs.
It is best to peel your eggs right away and then store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Recipe provided by Make Your Meals
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.