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How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs may not seem like a difficult recipe. But there really is an art to making the perfect hard boiled egg. In addition to ensuring that they’re easy to peel, you also want to make sure to cook the egg properly. And while you could place your eggs in a pan of water and hope for the best, there is actually a better way. This easy recipe for air fryer hard boiled eggs will give you delicious eggs every time.
Hard boiled egg cut in half.

Making hard boiled eggs may not seem like a difficult recipe. But there really is an art to making the perfect hard boiled egg. In addition to ensuring that they’re easy to peel, you also want to make sure to cook the egg properly. And while you could place your eggs in a pan of water and hope for the best, there is actually a better way. This easy recipe for air fryer hard boiled eggs will give you delicious eggs every time.

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What Do I Need to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs?

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Eggs in a green styrofoam carton.
How Do I Make the Air Fryer Eggs?

Since you don’t need water to make eggs in the air fryer, it’s one of the easiest ways to make hard boiled eggs. Follow these simple steps to use your air fryer to make the eggs.

Step One: Place the eggs in the basket.

Start by placing the eggs in the basket of your air fryer. The number of eggs you can cook will depend on the size of your basket. Fill the basket with enough eggs that they aren’t crowded in the basket, making sure they’re not touching.

Eggs in air fryer basket.

Step Two: Cook the eggs.

Place the eggs in a cold air fryer. Set the air fryer to cook at 275 degrees for 16 minutes.

Step Three: Cool the eggs.

While the eggs are cooking, prepare an ice water bath to cool your eggs after they’re done. Fill a bowl with ice, then cover the ice with cold water. When the cook time is up, carefully place the eggs in the water bath using a pair of kitchen tongs. Allow the eggs to rest in the water for 10 minutes before peeling or storing.

using tongs to place hard boiled egg in an ice water bath.

Air Fryer Egg Tips

Cooking eggs in your air fryer may be one of the easiest ways to make hard boiled eggs. On top of not needing water, air fryer eggs are maintenance free. Use these simple tips to ensure your eggs come out perfectly:

  • Start with a clean basket: As your eggs cook in the air fryer, the circulation of air may stir up crumbs and stuck-on debris. That means the debris may stick to the outside of your eggs. But if you notice brown flecks on the outside of your eggs after they’re cooked – don’t worry. The eggs are still edible because you’ll be removing that debris once you peel the shell off.
  • Don’t let the eggs touch: It’s important not to overcrowd your eggs in the air fryer basket. The air fryer needs proper air flow to evenly cook the eggs. And if the eggs are touching, the air won’t be able to circulate properly, which could cause your eggs to be undercooked.
  • Adjust the time according to your preferred doneness: Cooking times will vary based on your air fryer model and the level of doneness you like your hard boiled eggs to be. Start by cooking a few eggs according to my recipe to see how they turn out. Then adjust the time up or down by a couple of minutes until you figure out the best cooking time for you and your machine.

Hard boiled egg cut in half on a napkin.

How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Once you get your eggs cooked, the hard part begins – peeling them. Luckily, cooking your eggs in the air fryer, then cooling them in the ice water bath will make them easier to peel. This simple method, combined with these tips, will ensure you get perfectly peeled eggs every time.

  • Don’t use fresh eggs: While it’s perfectly acceptable to boil fresh eggs, older eggs are often easier to peel. That means if you’re looking for a simple peeling method, it’s a good idea to let your fresh eggs chill in the refrigerator for a few days before you hard boil them.
  • Don’t skip the water bath: While placing your eggs in a bowl of ice water may seem like extra work, it’s actually a necessary step. The water bath instantly cools your eggs, allowing the membrane to separate from the white, which makes the eggs easier to peel.
  • Peel in water: After removing your eggs from the water bath, transfer the eggs to a bowl with enough water to cover the eggs. Move the eggs one at a time to the bowl and roll the egg along the bottom of the bowl to crack the shell. Carefully peel off the shell from the egg, using the water to wash away small pieces that may be stuck to the white.

Eggs in an ice water bath.

How do I Store Hard Boiled Eggs?

Hard boiled eggs can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week. After your eggs are cooked, you can store them with the shell on or peeled. For unpeeled eggs, place the eggs in a container to keep them from rolling around in the refrigerator. When storing peeled eggs, you have two storage options. You can either store the eggs in a bowl of water. Or you can place them in an air tight container covered with a wet paper towel. Either method will ensure your eggs don’t dry out before you’re ready to enjoy them.

Hard boiled egg cut in half.

Hard boiled egg cut in half.

How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs may not seem like a difficult recipe. But there really is an art to making the perfect hard boiled egg. In addition to ensuring that they’re easy to peel, you also want to make sure to cook the egg properly. And while you could place your eggs in a pan of water and hope for the best, there is actually a better way. This easy recipe for air fryer hard boiled eggs will give you delicious eggs every time.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 12 Eggs fitting into your air fryer basket with adequate space between

Instructions

  • Gently place the eggs into your air fryer basket and place the basket into the COLD air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer to 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 minutes.
  • When the eggs are almost ready, prepare an ice water bath.
  • Using silicone tongs, transfer the eggs from the air fryer basket to the ice water bath. Allow the eggs to cool in the water for 10 minutes before peeling or storing.

Notes

IMPORTANT NOTE: Adjust the time according to your preferred doneness: Cooking times will vary based on your air fryer model and the level of doneness you like your hard boiled eggs to be. Start by cooking a few eggs according to my recipe to see how they turn out. Then adjust the time up or down by a couple of minutes until you figure out the best cooking time for you and your machine.
Note: If your air fryer was not recently cleaned, you might notice brown spots on your eggs after cooking. They are still edible.

Air Fryer Egg Tips

Cooking eggs in your air fryer may be one of the easiest ways to make hard boiled eggs. On top of not needing water, air fryer eggs are maintenance free. Use these simple tips to ensure your eggs come out perfectly:
  • Start with a clean basket: As your eggs cook in the air fryer, the circulation of air may stir up crumbs and stuck-on debris. That means the debris may stick to the outside of your eggs. But if you notice brown flecks on the outside of your eggs after they’re cooked – don’t worry. The eggs are still edible because you’ll be removing that debris once you peel the shell off.
  • Don’t let the eggs touch: It’s important not to overcrowd your eggs in the air fryer basket. The air fryer needs proper air flow to evenly cook the eggs. And if the eggs are touching, the air won’t be able to circulate properly, which could cause your eggs to be undercooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
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