Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are a fast and hands-off approach for cooking eggs - no need for water! It's a quick and easy method, and the eggs peel so easily

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If you eat eggs often, this air fryer hard boiled eggs method is definitely one to try. There’s no need to wait for the water to boil and it’s completely hands-off. Just set the eggs in the air fryer basket, set the timer and wait until they’re cooked to your desired doneness. The air fried boiled eggs come out perfectly cooked and easy to peel!

Easy hard boiled eggs made in air fryer cut in half on a white plate

Once you try air fryer hard boiled eggs, you’ll realize it may just be the easiest method to “boiling” eggs. And it doesn’t require any water for cooking. You can eat the eggs alone or use them in recipes liked my Healthy Egg Salad, Avocado Egg Salad or Cauliflower Potato Salad.

Eggs are a great source of protein and are rich in vitamin D, A and antioxidants. Air frying them is a great method for cooking eggs as you are not adding any additional fat to them.

How to make air fryer hard boiled eggs

Making hard boiled eggs in the air fryer couldn’t be easier!

Preheat the air fryer to 250°F. But you can also skip this step and just tack on an extra couple minutes of cooking time. I always like to start by preheating though. Set the timer between 13 and 17 minutes, depending on your desired doneness; and that’s it!

The outer shell of the egg may have raised spots on them after they’re cooked. But that’s just from the hot air circulating rapidly and creating pressure on the egg shells. It’s completely normal if that happens, and the peeled eggs aren’t affected.

4 eggs in air fryer basket

As soon as they’re cooked, place the hard boiled eggs in an ice water bath, made with cold water and ice cubes. This helps to immediately stop the cooking and makes it easy to peel the eggs. You can alternatively just run them under cold running water for a minute.

Ice water bath for the cooked eggs

Then, just peel normally and enjoy. I found that the air fryer hard boiled eggs peel super easily and quickly every time!

Peeling the eggs after they're cooked

Tips for making air fryer hard boiled eggs

  1. Play around with the time for your ideal doneness. Since all air fryers makes and models vary in strength and watts, I recommend trying out the different times to find what’s perfect for you. And then you can keep using those settings. The air fryer I used is 1700 watts.
  2. Use an ice water bath to stop the eggs from overcooking. While it’s not necessary to cool the eggs, I always run them under cold water or an ice bath (preferred) because it immediately shocks the eggs’ temperature, and stops them from cooking.
  3. Use a grill rack or mesh rack if your air fryer doesn’t have a basket. That works perfectly fine to allow the air to circulate fast around the eggs even if you don’t have a basket.
  4. Cook up to 12 eggs at once. Air fryer hard boiled eggs are great for meal prepping since the eggs last up to one week in the fridge. Once you’ve tested the perfect time in your air fryer, you can cook them in bulk.

Frequently asked questions

What air fryer is the best?

There are so many great air fryers on the market. I have tested only two of them based on reviews and I’m currently using and loving the Skinnytaste by Vremi Air Fryer and the NuWave Air Fryer (Amazon affiliate links). The Skinnytaste one is easier to clean and has higher watts (1700 vs 1300), but both are excellent.

How long can you keep hard boiled eggs?

Hard boiled eggs can be refrigerated for up to one week, whether they’re peeled or unpeeled.

How do you store hard boiled eggs?

For unpeeled hard boiled eggs, store them in any container, sealed or unsealed.
For peeled hard-boiled eggs, store them in a bowl of cold water to cover. Make sure to change the water daily. Or you can store them in a sealed container without water. Instead, cover the eggs with damp paper towels.

Can you freeze air fryer hard boiled eggs?

The answer is yes, but only for the yolks. I’ve never tried it myself, but I’ve read that the whites become tough and rubbery, or even leak and change color. However, if you remove the cooked egg yolks, and place them in a freezer safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag, they will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

What if my air fryer only goes down to 300F? How long should I air fry them?

I have not tested this at the higher temperature, but I recommend trying 10-12 minutes.

Air Fryer hard boiled eggs sliced in half with salt and pepper

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For everyone who recently got an air fryer and looking for more ways to incorporate meals into it, try Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs. They cook quickly and easily without any water, there’s no clean up involved, and they come out consistently perfect every time!

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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are a fast and hands-off approach for cooking eggs – no need for water! It's a quick and easy method, and the eggs peel so easily
5 from 2298 votes
Servings 2 servings
Course Breakfast
Calories 126
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 22 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 250°F.
  • Add the eggs to the fryer basket and cook according to your preference, between 13 minutes for soft-boiled eggs and 17 minutes for hard boiled eggs. Please note, time may vary between air fryers.
  • Remove the eggs from the air fryer basket, and plunge them into an ice bath. Peel when cool enough to handle and enjoy!

Video

Notes

Storage: Hard boiled eggs can be refrigerated for up to one week whether they’re peeled or unpeeled.
  • For unpeeled hard boiled eggs, store them in any container, sealed or unsealed.
  • For peeled hard-boiled eggs, store them in a bowl of cold water to cover. Make sure to change the water daily. Or you can store them in a sealed container without water. Instead, cover the eggs with damp paper towels.
Freezing Instructions: You can freeze only the cooked egg yolks (not the whites). Remove the cooked yolks, and place them in a freezer safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag. They will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 327mg, Sodium: 125mg, Potassium: 121mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. After a few tries with my 1000 watt air fryer I finally succeeded in perfecting a perfect hard cooked egg. My egg preference is “jumbo” so I found that preheating air fryer to 250 degrees and cooking for 25 minutes totally works!

  2. Eggs runny and could not peel without half the egg white coming off with the shell. Put back in the airfryer to cook longer and still not cooked.

    1. I baked 2 eggs in my airfyer (1500w) for 16 minutes at 250. I plunged them in ice water and let them sit while I boiled my kettle for tea. The eggs peeled perfectly! Great colour & texture the yolks were just set. I’ll add a few more minutes to have harder yolks (my preference). I’ll definitely make them again.

    1. Hi!! Hoping people “in the know” might have suggestions or info for me re. this…! So I decided to try this method for hard boiling eggs because NO MATTER how I try boiling eggs, they don’t peel well at all! The egg, itself, is always done EXACTLY how I want; it just peels horrifically!! I google recipes, try all the tricks as far as time in the water …time in an ice bath or no ice bath…age of eggs before boiling…using right from fridge or room temp. Honestly; nothing ever really changes the outcome of the egg in how it’s boiled, unless I alter boiling time. But nothing ever made shells “just come right off” either!!
      So. I tried the air fryer method. It worked great and less mess with boiling water. I don’t use an ice water bath. It’s GREAT!
      Here is what I’m wondering….
      my husband always buys the organic/free-range,etc. eggs. Seems like those shells are very thick. So I decided to try the air fryer method using just the basic non-organic/non-free range eggs. THAT has produced SUPER EASY TO PEEL EGGS!!!!

      But I’d LIKE to be able to use the free-range eggs! Has anyone figured out a method that actually allows for an easy peel of these thick shells??
      My air fryer is the Ninja Foodie XL (double fryer). I set it to bake at 275 for 14mins (4 eggs).

      Sorry to not just ask my question straight out and be SO wordy. I wanted to provide all this extra detail in hopes any suggestions won’t be things I’ve already tried!! 😉
      Thank you!!

  3. Not a good “recipe”. Did 250 for 17 mins, ice bath, eggs so “uncooked”, couldn’t peel. Ruined

  4. I make a lot of hardboiled eggs each week, some for deviled eggs, egg salad, and hardboiled eggs for salads, etc.. I tried the above recipe and here are my results for three tries. I put them into an ice bath for 15 minutes each time.
    I have a Ninja two drawer air fryer. Used the bake function set to 250 deg.
    1. Did not preheat for the full seven minutes. Cooked for 17 minutes. Two of the four eggs had the shell sticking to the eggs.
    2. Preheated for the full seven minutes. Cooked for the 17 minutes. One of the eggs had the shell sticking to the egg.
    3. Preheated for the full seven minutes. Cooked for 18 minutes. One of the eggs had part of the shell sticking to the egg.

    That took care of a dozen eggs. The next time I will try 19 minutes to see if the shells will come off clean.

    Should I use a higher temperature rather than increasing the time?

    Dan

    1. Let me know how it goes with the 19 minutes! It should work without increasing the temperature. The ice bath is a key part of not making the shell stick to the egg!

  5. I have the ninja air fryer that only goes down to 300, so I changed it to the bake option at 250 for 17 mins. Eggs came out perfect and was so easy to peel. I’ve always had a had time peeling eggs and this made it so easy.

    Thank you!

    1. This is the comment I came here for!! Lol I have the same air fryer and I never know which setting to put it at! I put mine in at 250° for 17 minutes, wish me luck. 🙂

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