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How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs That Come Out Perfect Every Time


A watched pot may never boil, but owning an air fryer means you don’t have to care about that for hard boiled eggs anyway! In fact, we might need to change the name of these eggs soon, especially after you learn how easy it is to make them in the handy kitchen appliance. 

Air fryers first became popular as a healthier way to whip up typically unhealthy recipes, like fried chicken and fries. Now though, fans of the gadget are discovering all sorts of tricks and tips to make basically anything we crave with it. Sorry stovetops and ovens, you might be retired soon!

If you’re wondering whether it’s safe to “boil” eggs in an air fryer, don’t worry: Whole eggs won’t explode. According to food experts at the LA Times, reheating already hard boiled eggs in a microwave is pretty much the only time you should fear an eggy eruption. Just follow the tips below for some delicious eggs that come out perfect every time!

How do you boil eggs in an air fryer?

It truly could not be any easier to make hard boiled eggs in an air fryer. First of all, you don’t have to wait on any water to boil. Simply place as many eggs as you’d like to cook (and can fit into your air fryer without overcrowding it), set the temperature to about 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and let them cook for 15 to 17 minutes. Prefer soft boiled eggs? Cook them for just 13 minutes instead. That’s it! 

Take a look at the clip below from Julie’s Eats & Treats to see just how hassle-free the recipe is:

After they’ve cooked, dunk them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and avoid overdone eggs. Once they’ve fully cooled down, you can either enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for up to a week. 

Keep in mind, how long it takes to air fry hard boiled eggs will depend on your particular device. It might take a little trial and error to get the ideal eggy results you’re looking for, but we have a feeling it will completely replace the old school hard boiling methods. 

If you have an Instant Pot, you can also try the 5-5-5 method for hard boiled eggs in that appliance. Or if you just don’t want to give up the traditional recipe, you can check out our tips on how to make hard boiled eggs (including making them easier to peel). Happy cooking!

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