Use your air fryer to make hard boiled eggs in just minutes! These Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs deliver consistently perfect eggs, whether you like them fully cooked or on the jammy side. You won’t want to hard boil eggs any other way!
Making Eggs in the Air Fryer: A Life Hack
I love a good life hack, but I’m always skeptical if they’ll actually make my life easier. I mean, boiling a pot of water to make hard boiled eggs isn’t that difficult. Could the air fryer really be that much better?
Here’s why I’m never going back to boiling:
- This method is FAST. You don’t have to wait for water to boil. Just pop them in, and they’re done in 10 minutes flat.
- Air fryer eggs are CONSISTENT. Once you dial in exactly how soft or hard you prefer your eggs to be, you can set your air fryer for the precise number of minutes you want and get the same results every time.
- This method is so EASY. I always felt like I needed to make several hard boiled eggs at once to make it worth it, but with this method, I’ll sometimes just pop one or two in the air fryer to add to a chopped salad or bowl of ground beef bulgogi.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer
- Start with room temperature large size eggs. Forget to bring them to room temperature? No worries. Just place them in a bowl of warm water for 2-3 minutes.
- Place the eggs in the air fryer.
- Set the temperature to 300 degrees and push start. Cook 10 minutes for fully cooked eggs, with pale, hard yolks.
- Transfer immediately to an ice bath until cool enough to handle, then peel and enjoy!
Time and Temperature Guide for Hard Boiled Eggs
These are the precise times and temperatures I use to cook eggs to various doneness. Every air fryer is slightly different, so you may have to play around with the times a bit.
- 7 minutes- A soft boiled egg with just barely set whites and a bright yellow, runny center.
- 8 minutes- Egg white and yolk are set, but the yolk is still a deeper yellow color with a jammy center.
- 9 minutes- An almost fully set egg, with just a hint of softness in the middle of the yolk.
- 10 minutes- A fully set hard boiled egg, with a pale yellow, dry yolk. The egg can be cooked 11-12 minutes and still be fine.
Tips and Tricks for Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- To make peeling easier, use older eggs. As eggs age, the whites shrink slightly, leaving more space between the shell and the white. That makes older eggs easier to peel than fresh ones. Eggs that are 1-2 weeks old are ideal for hard boiling (or air frying!)
- If I run into a particularly stubborn egg shell, running it under cold water can help loosen the shell fragments.
- All of my tests were done with large size eggs. Larger or smaller eggs may need slightly more or less time.
- My air fryer does not require any preheat time, but double check your model’s manual for preheating instructions.
- You can do this with as many eggs as will fit without stacking in your air fryer. Or, just air fry one or two eggs at a time if you prefer.
Recipes that Use Hard Boiled Eggs
I love having a few hard boiled eggs in the fridge for a quick snack or breakfast. Just sprinkle them with a little everything bagel seasoning for a delicious protein-packed snack.
Of course, the most obvious use for hard boiled eggs is for deviled eggs! These Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs are my favorite.
I also love them in a quick egg salad. This Smoked Salmon Egg Salad is a fun twist on a classic.
I like to top bowls of chicken ramen or fried rice with a jammy air fried egg. It creates the best silky sauce.
Put a slice of hard boiled egg and a few capers on a cracker for a quick Ritz cracker appetizer.
Hard boiled eggs are also the secret ingredient in Italian Canestrelli Cookies. The yolks give them an irresistibly rich and crumbly texture.
How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs should be left in the shell and refrigerated. They’ll keep for up to 7 days. Peeled eggs will keep for about 5 days in a covered container.
More Air Fryer Short Cuts
We love using our air fryer to quickly make family favorites. Here are a few more of our favorite air fryer hacks!
- Air Fryer Donuts
- Air Fryer Croutons
- Air Fryer Hot Dogs
- Air Fryer Grilled Cheese
- Air Fryer Fish Sandwiches
- 1-12 eggs, at room temperature *see note
- Place as many eggs as you would like in the basket of an air fryer. They can be close together, but should not be stacked.
- Set the temperature to 300 degrees and push start. Cook the eggs for 7 minutes for a runny center or up to 11 minutes for a fully cooked, dry center.
- Use a spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water and allow them to cool. Peel and enjoy!
Older eggs peel the easiest. I recommend using large size eggs that are 1-2 weeks old for this recipe.
If your eggs aren't at room temperature, just place them in a bowl of warm water for 2-3 minutes before proceeding with the recipe.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g
Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.