Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are incredibly easy to make! They peel easily and are perfect for meal prep.
If you like having hard boiled eggs in your fridge for quick meals and snacks, you’ll love this air fryer hard boiled eggs recipe!
Cooking eggs in the air fryer is so easy, and once you find your perfect cook time, this method is foolproof. Since air fryer wattages can vary between different air fryer models, I suggest you cook only 1-2 eggs in your first batch or two to find the cook time that works best for your air fryer. I’m sharing below the cook time and method that works for me, but you may have to experiment a little bit.
Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Hands-off: You don’t need to wait for a pot of water to boil, or watch a pot on the stove. Just put your eggs in the air fryer, turn it on, and set a timer so you won’t forget about the eggs. That’s it!
- Easy to peel: There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to peel a hard boiled egg whose shell won’t come off easily. Air fryer hard boiled eggs are easy to peel.
- Versatile: There are so many ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs, from Egg Salad to Deviled Eggs, avocado toast and more. You’ll find more ideas for using hard boiled eggs below.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer
First, place the eggs in the air fryer basket, in a single layer. You can cook as many eggs as you’d like, as long as they fit in a single layer in the basket with a bit of space in between for air circulation.
Air fry the eggs at 250° F for 18-19 minutes.
As soon as the cook time ends, immediately transfer the eggs to an ice bath (a bowl of ice water). This stops the cooking process so that your eggs don’t turn out overcooked. Let the eggs sit in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes.
Then, peel the eggs to enjoy right away, or store them in the refrigerator for up to one week. They’ll stay freshest stored in their shells, but they are easiest to peel right when they come out of the ice bath.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe Tips
- This is the most important tip! When you cook your first batch of air fryer hard boiled eggs, I recommend cooking only 1-2 eggs to find your perfect cook time. Different air fryers have different wattages and thus can cook differently, and you may like your eggs a little more or less cooked than I do. The cook time needed can also vary with the size of your eggs. My air fryer is 1700 watts and 19 minutes (with no preheating) works perfect for me. You don’t want to cook a dozen eggs in your first batch and then have them not turn out how you’d like.
- Don’t preheat: I don’t preheat the air fryer for making hard boiled eggs. If you decide to preheat, you may need to shorten the cook time by a few minutes.
- Use cold eggs: The cook time in this recipe is for cold eggs straight from the refrigerator. If you let the eggs come to room temperature first, they may cook a bit faster.
- Spots on eggs: You might notice some raised spots on the shells of air fryer eggs after cooking. These may be due to the porous nature of the egg shells. The spots usually go away after the eggs are placed in the ice bath.
- What if your air fryer doesn’t go below 300 degrees? Some air fryer models don’t go below 300° F on the air fryer setting. I have not tested eggs at 300 degrees, but I would suggest trying a cook time of 12-14 minutes to start. I have also heard that some air fryers have a bake setting that you can set to 250° F, even if the air fryer setting doesn’t go that low.
- Soft boiled eggs: To make soft boiled eggs, cook cold eggs in the air fryer for 15-16 minutes.
How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs
Hard boiled eggs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. They can be stored peeled or unpeeled, but stay freshest when stored in their shells. If you plan to store hard boiled eggs for more than 5 days, I recommend storing them unpeeled.
Hard boiled eggs are great for meal prep! I often cook 6-8 eggs at once, and store them in the refrigerator for quick breakfasts and snacks throughout the week.
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs! I like them as is, cut in half with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Here are a few more ideas:
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Bacon
- Air Fryer Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
- Air Fryer Salmon
- Or try any of these 29+ Best Air Fryer Recipes.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- 6 large eggs*
- Place the eggs in the air fryer basket. (I do not preheat the air fryer for this recipe. If you preheat, you should decrease the cook time by a few minutes.)
- Cook at 250° F for 18-19 minutes for hard boiled eggs. (See note below.) For soft boiled eggs, cook for 15-16 minutes.
- As soon as the cook time ends, immediately place the eggs in a bowl of ice water. Let the eggs sit in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes.
- Hard boiled eggs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. They stay freshest when stored unpeeled. (But they will peel most easily right after cooking and sitting in the ice bath.)
- You may cook more or less eggs at once, as long as they fit in a single layer in the air fryer basket without being overcrowded.
- When you cook your first batch of air fryer hard boiled eggs, I recommend cooking only 1-2 eggs to find your perfect cook time. Different air fryers have different wattages and thus can cook differently, and you may like your eggs a little more or less cooked than I do. The cook time needed can also vary with the size of your eggs. My air fryer is 1700 watts and 19 minutes (with no preheating) works perfect for me.