Meal prep for the week is fast and easy with these Ninja Foodi hard boiled eggs. They’re perfect for soups, salads, sandwiches, and snacks!
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Why Cook Eggs in Ninja Foodi?
I know what you’re thinking, because I had the same thoughts:
Why should I use the Ninja Foodi to make hard boiled eggs instead of one of those egg cookers or the traditional way with a pot of water on the stove?
I hear you. Truth be told, my little egg cooker is one of the most used appliances in my kitchen. But it has its limitations, so let me tell you why I prefer the Ninja Foodi.
Why the Foodi is Better Than the Traditional Boiling Method
- Much faster. With the 5-5-5 method (more on this later), you can be eating hard cooked eggs in under 20 minutes. Sometimes it takes that long just to bring a pot of water to a boil!
- No heavy pot of boiling water to mess with. You only use one cup of water in the Ninja Foodi. And if you typically cook with small children or pets underfoot, juggling a large pot of boiling water from the stove to the sink can be hazardous.
- Shells are easier to peel. I don’t know if this is really true, but to me, the shells come off pressure cooked eggs so much easier than boiled eggs.
Why the Foodi is Better Than an Egg Cooker
- It cooks a lot more eggs. Egg cookers (this is a popular one on Amazon) hold no more than seven eggs at a time, so that means if you want to cook a dozen eggs or more, you’re doing it in at least two batches.
- Again, those shells are so much easier to peel! It really is worth repeating, because we all want pretty pickled eggs and deviled eggs, right?
Now with that being said, remember I said the egg cooker is frequently used in my kitchen. So when should you use the egg cooker instead of the Foodi? Simple, when you want to cook only a couple of eggs. Bonus: there’s a little less cleanup, too!
So when should you use the traditional boil method on the stove? In my opinion, NEVER!
How Do You “Boil” Eggs in a Ninja Foodi?
Of course, with the Ninja Foodi, you aren’t actually boiling the eggs. You’re pressure cooking them. Either way, you still end up with hard cooked eggs.
As I mentioned before, the 5-5-5 method of cooking the eggs in the Foodi makes the whole process quick and easy.
What is the 5-5-5 Method for Eggs?
The 5-5-5 method for Ninja Foodi Hard Boiled Eggs is comprised of three simple steps:
- 5 minutes of pressure cooking
- 5 minutes of natural release
- 5 minutes in ice water
The slow, natural release allows the eggs to continue to cook while the steam releases, ensuring they are hard cooked to perfection. The ice water stops the cooking so the eggs don’t overcook and get rubbery.
So let’s make some eggs!
- 1 cup of water
- 12 large eggs
- Broil rack, egg rack, or trivet
- Pressure Lid
- Silicone tongs
- Pour the water into the cooking pot. Place the rack or trivet into the pot, and place the eggs on it.
- Place the pressure lid on the unit and turn to seal. Turn the release valve to the SEAL position.
- On the control panel, press the PRESSURE button. Adjust the time to 5 minutes. Press the START button.
- When the cook time is over and the unit beeps, allow it to do a natural release for 5 minutes. During the natural release period, prepare a large bowl or pot with ice water.
- Once the 5 minutes has passed, flip the release valve to VENT to release the remaining steam in the pot.
- Open the unit and, using the silicone tongs, remove the eggs to the bowl of ice water. If using an egg rack or trivet with handles, carefully lift it out of the pot and gently submerge the rack of eggs in the pot of ice water. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Remove the eggs from the ice water, peel, and enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 77Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 202mgSodium 78mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 7g
More Tips for Getting the Perfect Ninja Foodi Hard Boiled Eggs
Soft Boiled Eggs in Ninja Foodi
In order to achieve eggs with runny yolks in the Ninja Foodi, a few adjustments need to be made to the 5-5-5 method. And probably more than a few batches will need to be cooked to get the timing just right.
You want to cook the eggs on LOW pressure instead of high, and cooking them for a shorter period of time may be necessary, too.
Try cooking for the full 5 minutes, but releasing all the pressure immediately instead of doing a 5 minute natural release. If the yolks are still too firm, decrease the cooking time by one minute.
Also, ice bath for less time to stop the cooking but keep the eggs somewhat warm. Cold runny eggs are gross, I’m just saying.
Ninja Foodi Egg Rack or Trivet
If you go through a lot of hard boiled eggs each week, this is the accessory for you. This egg rack for the Ninja Foodi (or Instant Pot) holds 18 eggs!
It fits most 6-8 quart pots. Check the measurements of your pot before purchasing to make sure it fits.
My Foodi is a 5qt so it doesn’t fit mine. Instead, I use this trivet with handles (find it on Amazon), which works perfectly for up to a dozen eggs.
Pro Tip: Take that deep pot you used to boil eggs in on the stove and use it for the ice water bath. Then when your eggs are done cooking, simply lift the egg rack or trivet out of the Ninja and gently submerge the whole thing in the ice water. No transferring the eggs one by one, which means time saved!
Egg Quality Matters
The success of the recipe depends a lot on the equipment you use—the size of your pressure cooker and the accessories you have on hand. But the quality of the eggs you use will also impact it, too.
For instance, the fresher the eggs the better. Old eggs tend to be harder to peel, with the shell sticking to the whites more often.
Also, smaller eggs take less time to cook. This recipe calls for large eggs, so if you’re using small ones, you may need to reduce the cooking time by a minute or two.
What to Do with All Those Eggs
So now that you have lots of hard boiled eggs, what’s your plan for them? If you need some ideas, here you go:
- Keto Pickled Eggs
- Deviled eggs
- Grab & go snacks for the week
- Egg salad
- Add to tuna salad, potato salad, or tossed salad.
- Slice onto sandwiches and toast.