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!
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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.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer
- 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.
- 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).
- Cool. Plunge the air fried eggs into an ice bath.
- 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!
- 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
- Salad. Use hard boiled eggs as an addition to your favorite salad, or use them in Avocado Egg Salad, 7 Layer Salad, Vegetarian Niçoise Salad, Harvest Salad, or Healthy Potato Salad.
- Sandwich. Mash the eggs for a protein-packed sandwich filling, or add them to a Turkey Salad Sandwich to sneak in a little extra nutrition.
- Toast. For a simple breakfast, serve air fryer hard boiled eggs with toasted English Muffin Bread, or Rosemary Olive Oil Bread.
- Deviled Eggs. Since they’re so easy to peel, these hard eggs are great for making Curried Deviled Eggs.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- 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.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
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- 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.
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