Welcome to the Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs recipe article! As a chef who specializes in Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, I know how essential a perfectly cooked soft boiled egg is to many dishes. Whether it’s topping off your ramen bowl, serving with avocado toast or making deviled eggs, a soft boiled egg is a foodie’s dream come true.
In this recipe, I’ll show you how to make the perfect Instant Pot soft boiled egg in just three minutes. That’s right; you read it correctly: Three minutes. This recipe is so quick and easy that you might not ever go back to boiling eggs the traditional way. And why would you when there is now an easier and quicker way to get perfect results every time?
If you’re new to Instant Pot cooking, don’t worry! I’ll walk you through everything step-by-step, from setting the high pressure setting to letting the cooker release the pressure naturally. With my instructions and tips for perfect results, you can be sure to have Instant Pot soft boiled eggs whenever you want them.
So grab your Instant Pot and let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Folks, if you’re looking for a perfect way to cook your eggs, then stop right here! I’m about to show you a recipe that will make your breakfasts, appetizers, or salads even more flavorful and delicious.
First of all, let’s talk about soft boiled eggs. Not the hard boiled ones or the steamed eggs, but perfectly cooked soft boiled eggs with a soft jammy yolk inside. I mean the kind of eggs you’d find in a traditional ramen bowl or in a marinated egg dish with soy sauce.
And guess what? With this recipe, you don’t need to watch the clock as your eggs cook. You don’t need to worry about burning them on the stove or undercooking them either. No, this recipe uses an Instant Pot to cook those eggs to perfection every time.
This recipe is the perfect solution for anyone who has struggled with making foolproof boiled eggs before. Get ready for consistently cooked “medium-boiled” or “soft-boiled” eggs right out of the gate!
But wait, there’s more! Soft boiled isn’t the only option – if you prefer hard boiled eggs, this method works just as well! Simply follow the instructions for your desired method (instant pot hard or instant pot soft). And you know what’s especially great? The shell comes off easily when they are done cooking thanks to the pressure cooker – say goodbye to that annoying egg peeling routine!
So next time you want some perfectly prepared boiled eggs – for deviled eggs, salads, or just a quick snack – look no further than this Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe!
Eggs: 8 eggs for this recipe.
Water: 1 cup of water for the Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs.
(Optional) Soy Sauce: For marinating the eggs, soy sauce is perfect. Drizzle it over soft boiled ramen egg and enjoy the perfect bite of umami flavor.
(Optional) Vinegar: To make easy to peel eggs, add a tablespoon of vinegar to the water in your pot before boiling the eggs.
(Optional) Salt: Add salt to the boiling water to season the egg whites.
The Recipe How-To
Here’s where the rubber meets the road. Let’s get started with the exact steps you need to achieve Instant Pot soft boiled eggs that are cooked to perfection.
Step 1: Prepare the Instant Pot
Before taking out the eggs and water, make sure your Instant Pot is cleaned, and there is no leftover food residue or odors. Then plug it in and place it on a flat surface.
Step 2: Add Water to the Instant Pot
Fill the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water, then place the trivet (provided), inside it. Make sure the handles of the trivet are facing upwards so you can easily lift it out when done.
Step 3: Place Eggs Inside the Instant Pot
Place 6 eggs carefully on top of an open trivet, aligned in between handles. You can choose to cook more or fewer eggs as per your needs but make sure they don’t touch each other.
Step 4: Cover Instant Pot and Set to High Pressure
Close the lid of your Instant Pot and adjust it to ‘sealing’ mode. Move on to the control panel, press ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cooker,’ depending on what model you’re using, select high pressure by pressing the ‘pressure level’ button until it reads ‘high’. Finally, set time for 3 minutes by using corresponding up/down buttons.
Step 5: Wait until Cook Time is Over and Do Quick Pressure Release
Once cooking time is over, allow for 1 minute Natural Pressure Release (NPR) followed by quick pressure release – carefully switch valve from sealing to venting position using a spoon while keeping hands away from steam release.
Step 6: Take out Boiled Eggs Carefully
Use silicone tongs or mitts to remove eggs out from Instant Pot gently.
Step 7: Submerge Boiled Eggs in Cold Water
Immediately place boiled eggs in a bowl full of cold water with ice cubes to cool down quickly.
Step 8: Peel and Enjoy
Once eggs have cooled down, peel them carefully, and enjoy! Use these Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs in salads, as a quick snack or make delicious deviled eggs.
That describes the step-by-step method of making soft-boiled eggs using an Instant Pot. Give it a try and enjoy tasty and healthy Vietnamese-style ramen egg by marinating the peeled boiled eggs in soy sauce for about 24 hours.
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to switch up your usual soft boiled egg recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try out:
1. Ramen Egg – If you’re a fan of ramen, you may have come across a ramen egg before. These eggs are marinated in soy sauce, mirin, and sake, for added flavor. Simply follow the recipe as directed, and then let the eggs sit in the marinade for at least 30 minutes before peeling and serving.
2. Steamed Eggs – For a lighter version of soft boiled eggs, consider steaming them instead of pressure cooking. In a small dish or ramekin, whisk together an egg or two along with some milk, salt, and pepper. Then place the dish into a pot with water and steam on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes or until the eggs are set.
3. Hard Boiled Eggs – If you prefer a firmer texture for your eggs, simply increase the cooking time by 1-2 minutes. You can achieve hard boiled eggs by cooking on high pressure for 6-7 minutes followed by a quick pressure release.
4. Soft Jammy Yolk Eggs – For eggs with a slightly more solid white but runny yolk that’s perfect for dipping toast in or mixing into an avocado toast spread try reducing the cooking time to 2 minutes under high pressure followed by a quick pressure release.
Remember that experimenting with different variations is part of what makes cooking fun! Don’t be afraid to try out new techniques or flavors and see what works best for you.
Serving and Pairing
Once your Instant Pot soft boiled eggs are perfectly cooked, the possibilities are endless! These eggs are delicious on their own, but they can also be used as a topping or accompaniment for many different dishes.
One simple idea is to sprinkle some salt and pepper on the soft boiled eggs and serve them with a piece of toast. The runny yolk will create a satisfying and flavorful sauce when mixed with the toast. Add some sliced avocado for an extra boost of healthy fats and vitamins.
Another classic way to enjoy soft boiled eggs is in a salad. Cut the eggs in half and place them on top of a bed of greens along with other toppings like tomatoes, cucumbers, and croutons. Experiment with different dressings to find what complements the flavors you enjoy.
For something hearty, consider adding soft boiled eggs to ramen bowls. They add protein and richness to the broth, creating a filling and comforting meal. You can also marinate the eggs in soy sauce for an even more savory flavor.
Soft boiled eggs are also perfect for use in deviled eggs. Simply cut them in half, scoop out the yolks, mix them with mayonnaise and your choice of seasonings, then pipe or spoon them back into the egg whites for a tasty party appetizer.
If you’re looking for something lighter, try making steamed eggs by placing beaten eggs into small ramekins and steaming them until set. This method creates a custard-like texture that pairs well with vegetables or rice.
No matter how you decide to serve them, these Instant Pot soft boiled eggs will elevate any dish they’re added to!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
When it comes to storing and reheating soft boiled eggs made in the Instant Pot, there are a few things to keep in mind. Firstly, it’s always best to eat the eggs immediately after they’re cooked for that perfect soft jammy yolk. However, if you need to store them for later use or meal prepping, you can do so following these simple steps:
To make-ahead: After boiling the eggs, place them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process and prevent them from overcooking. Dry them thoroughly and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
To reheat: To reheat your soft boiled eggs, simply run them under hot water for 10-15 seconds to warm them up slightly. Alternatively, place them in a bowl of hot water for 1-2 minutes until they reach your desired temperature. Do not reheat them using a microwave as it may cause the yolks to harden or worse – explode!
It’s worth noting that while reheated soft boiled eggs won’t be as perfect as freshly cooked ones, they will still be tasty and enjoyable as long as they are reheated well.
Storing hard boiled eggs is even more straightforward; you can store them in their shells or peeled and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. When reheating, make sure you don’t overcook them or leave them out of the fridge for too long before eating.
Pro tip: For meal prepping or just convenience purposes, you can easily cook multiple batches of soft boiled eggs in advance and store them properly in the fridge. This way, you have healthy protein-rich snacks at hand whenever needed – deviled eggs anyone?
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you’re ready to make instant pot soft boiled eggs, I want to share with you some tips for perfect results. Mastering the art of cooking soft boiled eggs requires a little bit of practice, but with these tips, you’ll be making perfect eggs every time.
Firstly, make sure to follow the recipe instructions exactly. It’s important to place your eggs in the Instant Pot correctly and cook them for the recommended time. Don’t be tempted to increase or decrease the cooking time because this can result in under or over-cooked eggs.
Secondly, use the quick pressure release method when cooking your eggs. This helps prevent additional cooking time and ensures the eggs are cooked to perfection while keeping their shape intact.
Thirdly, use fresh eggs from a reputable source. Eggs that are too old may not set properly which can result in undercooked yolks or rubbery whites.
Next, let your Instant Pot fully pressurize before starting the timer. This will ensure that your eggs cook evenly and turn out perfectly.
If you’re using a pressure cooker instead of an Instant Pot, don’t use low pressure as it may cause your eggs to remain undercooked. Always stick with high pressure for best results.
When making soft boiled eggs, aim for an egg white that is firm but still has some wiggle room and a runny yolk center which will add richness and depth of flavor to your dishes. If you prefer a firmer yolk, simply adjust the cooking time or choose medium or hard-boiled variations.
Lastly, consider using your instant pot as an egg cooker to speed up cooking times without sacrificing quality. Soft boiled eggs can be made in as little as two minutes using this handy kitchen tool.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to mastering instant pot soft boiled eggs and impressing everyone at the breakfast table with perfectly cooked yolks and whites every time.
Before we dive further into the recipe, I want to cover a few commonly asked questions that might come up while making instant pot soft boiled eggs. From cooking time to pressure release, I’ve got you covered with frequently asked questions and my expert answers. Read on so you can cook these eggs with confidence and minimal frustration.
How much water do I need to soft boil an egg in an egg cooker?
When cooking eggs, it is important to measure the amount of water used based on the desired level of doneness. For soft-cooked eggs, fill the “well” up to its first step – this should be approximately 2 tablespoons or 30 ml. If you prefer medium-cooked or poached eggs, fill the “well” up to the second step, which should be around 3 tablespoons or 45 ml. On the other hand, for hard-boiled eggs, the water level should reach the line marked for Hard-Cooked Eggs – this is typically around 7 tablespoons or 105 ml of water. By measuring the water accurately, you can achieve the perfect texture for your eggs.
How to make soft-boiled eggs in an egg cooker?
First, grab your water measuring cup and fill it up to the mark indicating “Soft” 7 eggs with some chilly water. Proceed to pour the water right in the middle of your egg cooker’s water reservoir. Get the egg holder and place it on the bottom of the appliance. After that, cover everything up with the lid provided. Listen carefully for the signal that indicates that the eggs are done cooking. Finally, remove the lid to unveil your perfectly cooked eggs.
How do I use the egg button on my Instant Pot?
To get perfectly cooked eggs in the Instant Pot, simply plug it in, lock the lid, and ensure the steam release valve is closed. Tap the “Egg” button, which will initiate a five-minute pressure cooking cycle on normal heat. If you prefer your eggs soft-boiled, dial down the cook time to four minutes using the “-” button.
So there you have it, an Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs recipe that’s quick, easy, and foolproof! Whether you prefer your eggs soft and jammy or medium boiled with a runny yolk, this recipe covers it all.
Not only is this recipe perfect for breakfast, but it’s also great for making deviled eggs or as a topping on Ramen noodles. And the best part? With an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, cooking eggs has never been easier.
So why not give it a try? You won’t regret it. Trust me, once you’ve tried these perfectly cooked Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs, there’s no turning back. Say goodbye to overcooked or undercooked eggs and hello to deliciously cooked eggs every time.
Remember, adjust the cooking time based on your preference and altitude. And don’t forget to experiment with different flavors by marinating or adding soy sauce to your eggs. The possibilities are endless with this simple yet versatile recipe.
In conclusion, I highly recommend the Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs recipe for anyone who loves eggs and wants to switch up their cooking routine. It’s an easy way to add protein to any meal and can be customized to fit anyone’s taste preferences. So go ahead and give this recipe a try – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper
- Pour 1 cup of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot and place the steamer rack inside.
- Arrange the eggs on top of the steamer rack, put on the lid, and make sure the steam release handle is set to the "Sealing" position.
- Hit the "manual" button, set it to low pressure, and set the time for 5 minutes. It will start cooking when the float valve is in the up position meaning it is pressurized. While the eggs cook, fill a bowl with ice and water.
- The Instant Pot will beep when it's done. Carefully release the steam valve by moving the steam handle to the "Venting" position until the float valve is in the down position.
- Using tongs or a large spoon, transfer the eggs to the bowl of ice water. Wait about 5 minutes and then you can peel, season with salt and pepper, and eat.
- They are easiest to peel if you crack them on the ends instead of on the sides.
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