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Hard boiled eggs in an air fryer? Yes, not only is it possible, it’s also one of the best ways to cook them! These Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are quick and simple, with no boiling water needed. Easy to peel too!

a plate of the BEST air fryer hard boiled eggs

Why You’ll Love This Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

  • A Total Game-Changer. If your reaction to the idea of cooking hard boiled eggs in the air fryer was, “What in the what?”, believe me, I get it. I was just as skeptical, but I am now fully on board the air fryer hard boiled egg train. Choo choo! The air fryer produces perfect hard boiled eggs every single time. No more cracked shells, green yolks, or underdone whites. Like magic.
  • The Easiest Way to Make Hard Boiled Eggs. Forget the big pot of water or having to linger around the stove while you wait for it to come to a boil. Just pop the eggs into the air fryer basket and cool them down before peeling and eating.
  • Also the Easiest Way to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs. Even easier than Instant Pot Boiled Eggs! Peeling hard boiled eggs can be a time-consuming task, especially when the shells don’t come off easily and you’re left with a bunch of fingernail-shaped gouges in the egg. (Insert sad trombone sound here.) With air fryer hard boiled eggs, the high heat creates steam inside the egg, making it easier to remove the shell.
  • Use Them in All the Things. The possibilities are endless with these air fryer hard boiled eggs. Not only can you enjoy them as a snack or quick breakfast, but you can also use them in all sorts of recipes, from Niçoise Salad to Miso Ramen and Healthy Egg Salad.
recipe for the best hard boiled eggs made quickly and easily in the air fryer

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer

The Ingredients

  • Eggs. As little as one and as many as you can fit in a single layer in the air fryer. They can be cold, right from the refrigerator.
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper. Optional, for serving. Everything bagel seasoning is also amazing on these air fryer hard boiled eggs.

The Directions

placing eggs in air fryer to hard boil
  1. Air Fry the Eggs. Set the eggs in the air fryer basket and cook at 250 degrees F for 15 minutes (for softer yolks) to 17 minutes (for firmer, dryer yolks). 
ice bath for hard boiled eggs made in the air fryer
  1. Cool. Plunge the air fried eggs into an ice bath.
easily peeling hard boiled eggs with a spoon
  1. Peel. Tap an egg with the back of a spoon gently to crack it. Re-submerge it in the ice bath, then take it out and finish peeling. Slice, season, and ENJOY!
easy and simple recipe for hard boiled eggs made in the air fryer

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate unpeeled air fryer hard boiled eggs in an airtight storage container for up to 7 days. After peeling, refrigerate the eggs in a storage container for up to 3 days.

Meal Prep Tip

Prepare a batch of hard boiled eggs, leave them unpeeled, and use them for easy meal prep for up to a week. Make a batch of hard boiled eggs in the air fryer on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for quick breakfasts, lunches or snacks all week long.

What to Do with and Serve with Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

easy hard boiled eggs made in the air fryer
  • Tongs. The best way to remove the air fried eggs.
  • Air Fryer. This is the one I use!
  • Large Bowl. I love this set because it comes with every size you could ever need, but they all nest together so they don’t take up a lot of space.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t Skip the Cold Water Bath. After the eggs have finished cooking in the air fryer, it’s important to transfer them immediately into a bowl of cold water. This halts the cooking process, and the second submersion makes peeling easier.
  • Experiment with Cooking Times. Depending on your air fryer and personal preferences, you may need to adjust the cooking time for your hard boiled eggs. I recommend making a single egg first, getting a feel for the amount of time needed, and then making a bigger batch.
  • Remove Them Carefully. Use tongs (preferably silicone-coated tongs, which are grippy-er) to remove the eggs from the air fryer basket. Oven mitts are kind of cumbersome for this task, but obviously bare hands won’t do either. If you don’t have tongs, use a large serving spoon or ladle.
  • Adjust for Your Air Fryer. Some air fryers, like the Ninja, won’t cook as low as 250 degrees F. If this is the case, set your air fryer to its lowest temperature and subtract a few minutes from the cooking time. Let the eggs rest before peeling; the carryover cooking will finish them.
the perfect hard-boiled eggs made quickly in the air fryer

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

4.89 from 17 votes
Air fryer hard boiled eggs are the fastest and easiest way to make hard boiled eggs! No pot of boiling water needed. So easy to peel too!

Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes

Servings: 4 eggs


  • 4 eggs you can cook as few as 1 or as many as your basket can hold in a single layer
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper optional


  • Place the eggs into the air fryer basket in a single layer (I use mine cold right from the fridge and don’t preheat the air fryer first). Insert the basket, heat the air fryer to 250°F (see notes if your air fryer does not go that low), and air fry the eggs for 15 minutes (for softer yolks) to 17 minutes (for firmer, dryer yolks). TIP: If this is your first time using your air fryer to make eggs, do 1 egg as a test; different models have different power levels and that can affect your cook time. Once you have it down, you can cook more eggs in each batch with confidence.
  • While the eggs air fry, fill a big bowl with ice cubes and cover with water to create an ice bath. As soon as the eggs finish air frying, plunge them into the ice bath to stop their cooking.
  • Peel: I find it easiest to tap an egg with the back of a spoon gently to crack it, then resubmerge it in the ice bath. Some water will flow between the shell and egg, making it easier to peel. Eggs are easiest to peel right away and can be refrigerated for 5 to 7 days in an air tight container. Slice and top with salt and/or pepper, or enjoy any any of your favorite recipes.


  • If your air fryer will not go as low as 250°F (the Ninja for example only goes down to 300°F), set it as low as it will go, subtract a few minutes from the cooking time, and then let your eggs rest before peeling to finish the last bit of their cooking. At 300°F, air fry the eggs for 9 minutes (for softer yolks) to 11 minutes (for firmer yolks). Let the eggs rest in the ice bath for at least 3 minutes prior to peeling.
  • TO STORE: Refrigerate unpeeled air fryer hard boiled eggs eggs in an airtight storage container for up to 7 days. After peeling, refrigerate the eggs in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1(of 4)Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 164mgPotassium: 61mgSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

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  1. I was very wary, even if I know and trust you, Erin. But when I first used a microwave to “boil” eggs many moons ago it didn’t work – to put it politely.
    First test – one egg for 15 minutes was a bit too soft for me in my air fryer.
    Second test – 4 eggs for 17 minutes was perfect for soft boiled eggs.5 stars

  2. I tried this just exactly as stated in the directions I tried two eggs to try first they turned out excellent I proceeded to do the rest of the dozen. This is so simple and easy and no cleaning up just taking the shells of the eggs. Thanks for the great recipe. It’s always exciting to discover new ways of preparing classic dishes like hard-boiled eggs.5 stars

  3. I’ve even trying various hard boiled air fryer recipes to find the best one. Three are many and the time and temp varies. Some say preheat and some say not necessary.

    I have a 1,600 Watt Westbend 10 qt. Dual Basket air fryer. I used 6 eggs out of yhe fridge and air fried them for 17 minutes at 250° F.

    One burst open, one was cracked on the verge of ozing, and the test looked fine.

    Peeling wasn’t the easiest, as the shells stuck in spots and came off easily in others.

    I know to crack the wide end first, then the other end, and give them a good “roll” to loosen the membrane from the egg. It probably helped the parts that weren’t “stuck” but the parts that were stuck, caused dents and the eggs weren’t “deviled egg” worthy.

    No matter because I enjoy devising the yokes and then mixing up the chopped whites for a flavorful egg salad.

    I think I will go back to my tried and true, easy peel steam method.

    Also, older eggs peel easier than fresh eggs, and mine were expiring that day according to the carton. I did the float test to make SURE the eggs were still good, no matter what date is in the carton.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m sure it will work wonderfully for someone else but just didn’t work for me for some reason. I’ll keep searching though, and only experiment when I’m planning to make egg salad anyway.3 stars

  4. Oh my goodness!! How did I live without these lol. I put 4 eggs right out of the fridge into my air fryer. They turned out PERFECT! Nice and done in the middle, no discoloration. Was going to take a photo but ate the first one as soon as the ice bath was done. Will take a photo next time. Oh, and they peeled really easily.5 stars

  5. A real easy recipe to use. I don’t have any problems cooking them but sometimes they’re a little hard to get out of the shell. I think the trick is that I need to keep them in the cold water a little longer so they get looser. I’m going to try that next time but so far not an issue. I really like cooking my eggs this way now.5 stars

  6. Erin,
    I was wondering if you could take these hard boiled eggs abd instead of putting them in an ice water bath, could you put them right in the freezer for the time alloted?

    1. Hi Al! I don’t think it would give it the immediate affect as what the ice bath does, but you could try it out. Let me know how it goes if you test it!

  7. Hello. Our Ninja has four settings. You stipulate using the air fry setting which only goes down to 300 degree setting. On our roast, reheat and dehydrate settings the temp will go down to 250 degrees. Can we use your method on these other settings or is it only applicable on the air fry setting? Thank you.

    1. Hi John, I’ve only tested this in an air fryer so I am not sure how it would work on other settings using your particular model. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes!