Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs are the perfect alternative to stovetop hard boiled eggs. This air fryer recipe is perfect when you need a large batch for a party snack platters, the holidays, or a social gathering.
Making air fryer hard-boiled eggs requires absolutely no prep and no boiling water. It’s a breeze and gives you perfectly hard boiled eggs. Simply place your eggs in the air fryer basket, set to cook, and walk away. It’s as easy as that! After cooking them, simply place your eggs in an ice water bath or a bowl of very cold water make peeling easy.
Why You’ll Love Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Fast results with no prep and no waiting for water to boil.
- This hands-off method lets you set the timer and walk away.
- Perfect for weekly meal prepping.
- Eggs (cook as many as desired)
Place eggs in the Air Fryer basket. Without preheating, set air fryer temperature to 260℉. Program for 17 minutes and start cooking. Once cooking has finished, remove eggs immediately and transfer to a bowl of ice water for 1-2 minutes. To peel, tap the shell of the egg on the bottom of the ice bath, then roll it to crackle the whole shell. Peel under the ice water, being sure that the membrane between the egg and the shell stays attached to the shell while peeling.
- Your cooking time may vary slightly by machine. Test cooking time with 2 eggs first before cooking them all.
- If you haven’t properly cleaned your air fryer, you may see some small brown spots on your cooked eggs. Don’t worry – this doesn’t affect your eggs in any way.
- I haven’t preheated my air fryer for these hard boiled eggs. If your air fryer requires preheating, please do so.
- When the timer dings, if you find your eggs aren’t cooked enough, play around with the time till you hit the sweet spot.
In ancient Rome, hard-boiled eggs were so common as an appetizer that people said “ab ova ad mala”, or from eggs to apples, meaning from the beginning of the meal to the end, or from start to finish.
- Try the Instant Pot. No air fryer? No problem! Place your eggs on the trivet in your Instant Pot, add 1 cup of water, and set your Instant Pot to cook on high for 5 minutes. Allow for a natural release of 5 minutes before using the quick release to remove your hard-boiled eggs.
- Use different eggs. There’s nothing stopping you from air frying duck eggs, turkey eggs, or even quail eggs.
- Adjust cooking time. The cooking time in this recipe is for regular sized poultry eggs. Adjust it slightly for extra large eggs or smaller eggs.
Simply put, you’re using an air fryer, instead of boiling water, to cook your ends. Air fryers cook faster compared to more traditional methods of making hard boiled eggs, such as the stovetop. In this recipe, you won’t even need to boil water to get those perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs!
You can store these air fryer hard-boiled eggs just as you would with any hard-boiled eggs, whether made on the stovetop, oven, or in your Instant Pot.
If you haven’t peeled your eggs yet, store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
If you have peeled your eggs already, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, placing a damp paper towel at the bottom of the container and another covering the top of your eggs to keep them moist so they will keep better.
It really depends on what you intend to use your eggs for later on. If you freeze the eggs whole, the egg white has the potential of becoming tough and inedible through the freezing process, but the egg yolk will hold up well in the freezer and can be used later on in many different dishes.
Hard-boiled egg yolk lasts in the freezer for 3-6 months. Some suggest a longer time (even up to a year) but I prefer to use them up much sooner from a freshness and food safety perspective.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Air Fryer
- 4 whole eggs cook as many as desired
- Place eggs in basket of Air Fryer.
- Without preheating, set air fryer temperature at 260℉ and program for 17 minutes.
- Press the start button.
- Remove eggs immediately from air fryer after cook time has elapsed.
- Transfer to a bowl of ice water. Wait 1-2 minutes.
- Tap the shell of the egg on the bottom of the bowl, rolling it to crackle the whole shell. Peel under the ice water, being sure that the membrane between the egg and the shell stays attached to the shell while peeling.
- I used 4 whole eggs in this recipe but you can cook as many as you need.
- Cooking time may vary depending on the size and power of your air fryer. I suggest trying 2 eggs first to test it out instead of loading your air fryer basket with a whole bunch of eggs.
- If your air fryer hasn’t been properly cleaned since last use, you may see some small brown spots on your eggs after cooking. Don’t worry – this doesn’t affect your eggs in any way.
- I haven’t preheated my air fryer for these hard boiled eggs but if your air fryer requires preheating then please do so.
If after the cooking time you find that your eggs are still not cooked through, play around with the time till you hit the sweet spot.