In this post, I’ll show you how to make the perfect air fryer hard boiled eggs, with a step-by-step guide that’s easy to follow.
If you’re a fan of hard-boiled eggs, then you know that the process of boiling and peeling them can be quite a hassle. While you may be familiar with cooking eggs on your stovetop, there is an easier and mess-free way to make the perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
Allow me to introduce you to air fryer hard boiled eggs! Not that I need an excuse to reach for my air fryer. But making hard boiled eggs in air fryer offers the ultimate in convenience and taste.
How to Hard Boil Eggs in Air Fryer
First, prepare the eggs.
Before you start, ensure you have fresh eggs, straight from the fridge. Gently rinse them with water and dry them with a paper towel.
Pre-heat your air fryer to 275ºF/135ºC if needed. Once ready, place the eggs in a single layer in the basket or rack of your air fryer. Do not overcrowd the eggs, as this can cause them to crack during cooking.
Chef’s Tip: some models of air fryers can vary in heat output. I recommend making one or two eggs in your air fryer equipment before committing to cooking a large batch. This will help you find the perfect temperature and cooking length for your air fryer.
Next, air fry eggs.
To hard boil eggs in an air fryer, cook them for 15 minutes at 275ºF/135ºC.
If you prefer firmer eggs, cook them for a few minutes longer (around 16-17 minutes). This will create a hard-boiled egg that is very firm, but not over-cooked.
Likewise, if you like a softer yolk, take them out a few minutes early. 12-13 minutes for a runny egg and around 14 minutes for an egg with a soft “jammy center”.
15 minutes exactly will result in the perfect medium hard-boiled egg.
Finally, chill and peel the eggs.
Once the cooking time is up, remove the eggs from the air fryer. The eggs will be hot so use a pair of tongues or a slotted spoon to scoop the eggs out.
Then place them under running cold water until they are cool enough to handle. Alternatively, you can place them in a bowl of iced water for about 10 minutes to stop the cooking process.
If you skip this step, your eggs may continue to cook even after being taken out of the air fryer. Then you may not achieve the yolk consistency you desire.
After cooling, gently crack the eggshell and roll it in your hand or on the countertop to loosen the shell.
Rolling the egg will help the shell to slide off in large sections, so you don’t have to clean up small shards of shell. Simply peel the shell off to reveal the perfectly cooked egg inside.
Storing the Eggs
The best way to store your hardboiled eggs will depend on whether or not you have de-shelled them.
Shell on: If your eggs are still within their shell, their shell will act as a protective layer. Simply place them in your fridge, ideally in an egg container, for up to a week.
Don’t store your eggs on your fridge door. Left there, they may experience fluctuations in temperature if you leave your door open for too long.
Shell off: If you have already peeled your eggs, keep them in an airtight container (or a ziplock bag) in your fridge for 5-7 days. If you’re worried about them drying out and losing their tasty texture, wrap them in a damp paper towel before storing them to stop them from losing any moisture.
While it may be tempting to slice your eggs before storing them, I don’t recommend this as the egg will likely dry out.
Eggs are an American staple, whether you’re craving eggs for breakfast, as a post-workout protein snack, or as an addition to a mouth-watering salad. Some of my top serving suggestions are:
- Snack – Did you know that one, large boiled egg has around 6 grams of protein? If you want a quick protein hit, you can snack on an air-fryer-boiled egg. To elevate the snack, slice it open. Then add a sprinkle of salt, black pepper, pesto, paprika, or whatever seasoning you fancy.
- Salad – Eggs work great in salads as they offer a creamy consistency that pairs wonderfully with crunchy vegetables. If you want to take an egg salad that will truly impress on your next BBQ, check out my deviled eggs potato salad. Take this salad to any group event and you’re guaranteed to return home with an empty bowl! You can aso make egg salad sandwich with any leftovers.
More Egg Recipes
- Perfect Ramen Eggs
- Egg Yolk Ravioli
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
- Easy Ways to Separate Eggs
- How to Pasteurize Eggs
If you try air fryer hard boiled eggs recipe, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I’d appreciate a recipe card rating and would love to see your recipe recreations – tag me on Instagram @Alphafoodie!
Perfect Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- 2 eggs or up to a dozen, depending on the size of your air fryer (don't crowd the basket)
- Ice bath bowl with ice water and ice cubes
- Preheat your air fryer to 265ºF/130ºC.Make sure you have fresh eggs, taken straight from the fridge. Gently rinse them with water and dry them with a paper towel.
- Once hot, place the eggs in a single layer in the air fryer basket.To hard boil eggs in an air fryer, cook them for 15 minutes at 275ºF/135ºC. 15 minutes exactly will result in the perfect medium hard-boiled egg.If you prefer your eggs firmer, cook them for a few minutes longer (around 16-17 minutes). This will create a hard-boiled egg that is very firm, but not over-cooked. Likewise, if you like a softer yolk, take them out a few minutes early. 12-13 minutes for a runny egg and around 14 minutes for an egg with a soft "jammy center".
- Once cooked, quickly remove the eggs from the air fryer with a slotted spoon or silicone tongs. Optionally, transfer them immediately to an ice bath for several minutes (about 10 minutes) to stop residual heat from further cooking them.
How to Store?
- In their shell: place them in an egg holder in the fridge (main fridge, not the door, to avoid temperature fluxes) for up to 7 days. Peeled eggs: transfer the eggs to an airtight container or Ziplock bag and store them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. It can also help to store them with damp paper towels (above and below the eggs) to prevent drying. I don't recommend pre-slicing the eggs (as they'll dry out).Freezing: I don't recommend freezing boiled eggs, as the whites usually become overly rubbery. However, you can freeze the egg yolks for up to 3 months. When storing eggs, keep them away from foods with a strong odor as they can absorb them and affect the flavor.
- The time may vary: just like ovens, air fryers can vary, so I recommend using the times mentioned here as a guide and adjusting them, if necessary, to your specific model. If it’s the first time making soft to hard-boiled eggs in the air fryer, only use ONE or TWO eggs. However, the time can also vary depending on the amount of space between the eggs, the egg size, and the batch size.
- If you plan on making a large batch: remove one of the air fryer soft-boiled eggs from the basket at the minimum cooking time and cut open quickly to check the level. You can then decide how much longer they need.
- Use the correct wattage: the air fryer I used is 1200 watts, so this method works best for 1200-1500 watt air fryers!
- Don’t overcrowd the basket: like any air fryer recipe, overcrowding will affect how evenly the eggs cook through. You can cook up to a dozen eggs in a large air fryer.
- Use an air fryer rack if you have one: the wire rack can help hold the eggs in place better and prevent the eggs from rolling around/cracking. However, it’s not 100% necessary.
How long would you recommend cooking quail eggs, for a jammy center?
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I haven’t tried cooking quail eggs with this method yet, but generally it would be 2 to 2 and a half minutes.