Hard boiled eggs in the air fryer are a hassle-free way to make ‘boiled’ eggs that peel easily and taste amazing!
Raise your hand if you’ve ever started a pot of eggs and water on the stove and then totally forgot about them, overcooking the eggs or maybe even exploding the eggs all over the kitchen…
Yes, it’s happened here too. 😉
Enter the air fryer…no more exploding eggs! They’ll cook for the amount of time you set on the air fryer and that’s the end of it. These are foolproof!
Plus, it is faster to air fry your eggs than it is to boil them.
Beyond that, the worst part of hard-boiled eggs is removing the shell. Well, with the air fryer the shell becomes very fragile, and if you cool it quickly, the shell comes right off.
Plus, we’ll share the different cook times for a softer or harder egg. You’re in control here!
When you are using hot water, the time to cool, heat, etc. is a more difficult-to-control variable than the temp inside your small air fryer. So if you want precise “boiling” of your eggs, the air fryer will be your best friend.
Eggs – Granted, this is the only ingredient in this recipe. But that makes it even more important! There are perks to different types of eggs when it comes to hard boiling them. One, we used large eggs in this recipe. If you use a different size, your cooking times will vary.
There is also a difference in peeling the eggs based on the age of the eggs and whether they are fresher or older eggs. Normally, older eggs are much easier to peel and fresh eggs are a beast to peel. With the air fryer, they should peel easily regardless of age.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in an Air Fryer:
Arrange your eggs in the basket, being careful not to overcrowd them.
Set the air fryer to 270 degrees F and cook for the desired amount of time.
You can see the different levels of doneness in the photo before. Egg 1 was cooked for 9 minutes, Egg 2 was cooked for 10 minutes, Egg 3 was cooked for 11 minutes, and Egg 4 was cooked for 12 minutes.
While they are cooking, get a medium or large bowl of ice and water. When the eggs are done cooking, use tongs to remove them from the air fryer basket and put them in the bowl of ice water. Allow the eggs to cool for 10 minutes in the ice bath before peeling.
All eggs were at room temperature when we cooked them. If you’re using refrigerated eggs, you may need to add an extra minute to your cooking time.
Serve them as is for an easy pre-cooked breakfast. You can give them a light seasoning with salt and pepper or a creole seasoning. The air fried eggs also work like any other boiled egg. So you can devil them, use them in an egg salad, or any other ideas you have for a traditionally boiled egg.
For soft-boiled eggs in the air fryer, cook for 6-8 minutes with a preheated air fryer or 9 minutes if your air fryer is not preheated.
The color of the eggshell doesn’t affect the taste or nutrition of the egg. Any color of egg will work just fine in this recipe.
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Air Fryer Boiled Eggs
- 6 large eggs room temperature
- Arrange the eggs in your air fryer basket, leaving space between each egg.
- Set the air fryer to 270 degrees.
- Cook the eggs between 9 and 12 minutes, depending on how hard you'd like the yolk. For a softer yolk, cook for 9 minutes. For a hard yolk, cook for 12 minutes.
- Immediately remove the eggs from the air fryer and place in a bowl filled with ice water. Let cool for 10 minutes before peeling and serving.