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Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer

by Karly

HARD BOILED EGGS IN THE AIR FRYER are the a hassle-free way to make ‘boiled’ eggs that peel easily and taste amazing!

Seasoned hard boiled eggs on a wooden serving tray

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 fool proof!

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.

Ingredient Notes:

A metal spoon scooping out an egg from a clear glass bowl

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:

six eggs in an air fryer basket

Arrange your eggs in the basket, being careful not to over crowd 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.

Four eggs cut in half on a wooden cutting board

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 room temperature when we cooked them. If you’re using refrigerated eggs, you may need to add an extra minute to your cook time.


How should I serve boiled eggs?

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.

How long should I cook them to half boil or soft boil the eggs?

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.

Are brown eggs better than white eggs?

The color of the egg shell doesn’t affect taste or nutrition of the egg. Any color of egg will work just fine in this recipe.

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Overhead view of boiled eggs cut in half on a wooden serving tray
Seasoned hard boiled eggs on a wooden serving tray

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

Yield: 6 boiled eggs
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Skip the pot of water and 'boil' your eggs in the air fryer! It's easy to control how soft or hard the eggs are cooked by adjusting the cook time and it's a really quick method that produces eggs that cook perfectly and peel easily.


  • 6 large eggs, room temperature


  1. Arrange the eggs in your air fryer basket, leaving space between each egg.
  2. Set the air fryer to 270 degrees.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


If you're starting with cold eggs straight from the fridge, you'll likely need to add 1 minute to the cook time. We tested this recipe using room temperature eggs.

All air fryers do cook differently and you may need to adjust the cook times accordingly. These temperatures and times worked well with the 2 different models of air fryers that we tested.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 boiled egg
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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Linda May 22, 2022 - 8:07 am

I have a Chefman air fryer and followed your recipe and it didn’t work. I first air fried them for 13 minutes and they were still raw. I did another 5 minutes with no luck. I up the heat to 350 for 10 more minutes and they were over cooked. This is the first of the many recipes of yours that didn’t work. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. I really like the Stir Fry Bacon recipe!.

Karly May 23, 2022 - 6:25 am

Oh no, I’m sorry to hear that! I think all the air fryers cook just a bit differently, but I’m surprised your results were SO vastly different than ours! A few minutes is pretty common, but gosh, that seems like a big gap. We’ve used this recipe quite a bit and tested with multiple air fryers, so I’m no sure what’s going on!

Jeannie January 8, 2022 - 12:09 pm

Hi Karly, I just tried air fryer hard boiled eggs and after 22 minutes @ 270• they were too soft to even peel! I have a new POWER XL 12 quart fryer and I know they all cook different but not all is lost I will find another recipe to use them maybe finish cooking them in the microwave for “fauxtato” salad Thank you for all your recipes that keep me on track!

Karly January 9, 2022 - 7:02 am

Ah, sorry they didn’t work out for you! So frustrating when that happens. You might try increasing the heat and see if that does it. The Power XL is more of an oven style and we tested these in the basket style air fryers – it makes a big difference.


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