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No more sore fingers and aching back!
Make easy peel hard boiled eggs in the air fryer to save some time and effort. They come out perfectly cooked and can be enjoyed immediately.
There’s nothing worse than standing over the sink (for what feels like forever!) trying to remove every tiny piece of shell from an egg. Thankfully, these easy peel hard boiled eggs won’t leave you frustrated and ready to throw in the towel!
Once they’ve been cooked and cooled in an ice bath, the shell slides right off — often in one piece!
Key ingredients & substitutions for Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
- Eggs — You can cook anywhere from 1 to 6 hard boiled eggs in the air fryer at a time. When cooking a larger amount, you may need to add another minute to the cooking time.
- Seasoning — These aren’t necessary for cooking, but they certainly help with eating! Freshly ground salt and pepper add plenty of flavor, but feel free to add whatever sounds tasty. Try smoked paprika, celery salt, or even a little hot sauce or stone ground mustard!
- Did you know that egg grade makes a difference in how easy to peel hard boiled eggs are? AA is the top choice, and is typically what you’ll find at the grocery store.
How to make hard boiled eggs in the air fryer?
STEP 1 | Preheat the air fryer
Unlike other recipes, it’s important that the basket starts out hot so your air fryer hard boiled eggs cook evenly.
STEP 2 | Cook the eggs
Place them inside the basket and set the timer for 15 minutes. No need to turn or flip them at any point.
STEP 3 | Add to an ice bath
Once cooked, carefully transfer each egg to a large bowl filled with ice water. This stops the cooking process and helps them to cool quickly. (It also prevents that unpleasant gray-green layer from forming on the yolks.)
STEP 4 | Peel
Crack each egg on the wide end first to separate the membrane from the shell. Then, tap the other end and side before peeling. If the shells don’t remove easily, try peeling under water — either in a bowl or under the faucet.
- Cooking times and temperatures will vary depending on your air fryer model. I used a Nuwave Brio 3-Quart Air Fryer with 1300 watts at 275 degrees. For higher wattage, reduce the cooking temperature to 270 degrees.
- The size of the egg makes a difference as well! I used large ones for these easy peel hard boiled eggs, but medium-sized ones will need less time. For jumbo size, add another minute to the cooking time.
Frequently asked questions
Air fryer hard boiled eggs may be stored unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or up to 4 days when peeled. Keep them in an airtight container with a paper towel for best results.
This is a result of overcooking. It may also appear gray, and it’s completely harmless to eat. To prevent this from happening, don’t skip the ice bath!
“Hard boiled” is really just a way to describe the consistency of the egg once cooked. As long as there is heat, it will cook through, so there’s no need for any water (except for the ice bath).
Sometimes I get a craving for my Southern deviled eggs, but there’s no one around to eat a whole tray! That’s why I love making hard boiled eggs in the air fryer — I can easily pop in 1 or 2 at a time for a quick fix. A small batch of this classic egg salad for lunch is perfect for lunch as well.
This method is also great for side dishes like potato salad when you need to free up a burner on the stove.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat the air fryer to 275 degrees. Place the eggs into the basket of the air fryer and cook for 15 minutes.
- Once the time is up, immediately place the eggs into an ice water bath until cool, about 10 minutes.
- Tap the wide end of each egg on the counter to start a crack, then tap all around to finish cracking the shell. Peel off the shell and eat immediately, or store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- You may cook 1 to 6 eggs at a time. When cooking more eggs, you may need to add another minute to the cook time.
- Hard boiled eggs may be stored unpeeled in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and up to 4 days when peeled.
- If the shells don’t remove easily, try peeling the eggs under water.
About Sheila Thigpen
Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Food Writer
Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.