Hard-boiled eggs are a protein-packed snack you eat on the go or add to salads and sandwiches for a hearty, nutritious meal. The easiest way to make them? In your air fryer! Cooking air fryer hard-boiled eggs is the ultimate no-fuss way to make them. Unlike regular hard-boiled eggs, this recipe is far easier than the saucepan version. It takes 13 to 17 minutes or so to cook eggs in an air fryer – it depends on your air fryer and whether or not you preheat it before cooking the eggs. A little less time will give you a runnier yolk while cooking them longer will give you the perfect hard-boiled egg. For flawless results every time, air fryer hard-boiled eggs are the way to go!
There aren't any fancy tricks to making great-tasting hard-boiled eggs in your air fryer. It's as simple as preheating your air fryer to 250°F – it's not essential, but if you opt to cook your eggs straight away, they'll need a little extra time in the fryer. Place the eggs in the basket of your air fryer, close the lid, and cook them for 13 to 17 minutes, depending on whether you prefer your egg yolks soft-boiled (on the runny side) or hard-boiled.
As your eggs are cooking, fill a bowl with ice and cold water. Once your timer has gone off, put the eggs into the ice water to stop them from cooking any further. Voila! Perfect air fryer hard-boiled eggs.
– For soft-boiled eggs, the eggs should take about 12 to 13 minutes to cook, while hard-boiled eggs take about 17 minutes to cook. Every air fryer is slightly different, so a little experimentation may be needed to figure out the ideal cooking time.
– Don't be tempted to skip putting the eggs in ice water after you remove them from the air fryer. Placing them in cold water will prevent them from overcooking. This is especially important if you want the yolk slightly runny.
– If your air fryer doesn't have a basket, a grill rack placed inside it will work too.
– Love hard-boiled eggs? You can cook as many eggs as can fit in your air fryer at a time. If you're doing a bigger batch, they may need an extra minute or two to reach your ideal level of doneness, so experiment and see what cooking time gives you the best results.
You can peel your hard-boiled eggs or leave them unpeeled. Either way, they'll last 1 week in the fridge. Peeled hard-boiled eggs should be kept in an airtight container with damp paper towels. You can also keep peeled eggs in a bowl of cold water, just be sure to change out the water each day.
You can freeze the egg yolks with success, but egg whites tend to become rubbery and tough after freezing, so it's not recommended. If you'd like to freeze the yolks, put them in a freezer-safe bag and enjoy them within 3 months.
Preheat your air fryer to 250°F.
Place the eggs in the air fryer basket and cook between 13 and 17 minutes, depending on your preference.
While the eggs are cooking, pour water and ice into a bowl. When the eggs have finished cooking, put them into the ice water to stop the cooking process.
Let them cool slightly, then peel and enjoy, or save for later use.
Let your eggs cool down for a few minutes before peeling them so you don't burn yourself!