Are you tired of waiting for a pot of water to boil just to make hard boiled eggs? If so, then air fryer hard boiled eggs will be a game-changer for you! With an air fryer, you can easily make perfect hard boiled eggs in just a fraction of the time. Not only are they quick and easy to make, but the eggs come out perfectly cooked every single time. In this post, we’ll show you how to make hard boiled eggs in an air fryer, as well as give you some tips and tricks for getting the perfect result. So if you’re ready to ditch the pot and try something new, keep reading!
Why I Love Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
If you’ve been a reader of MKE long enough, you know how important it is for me that my children share an equal load in cooking meals for our big family. My husband and I both run our own small business and everyone needs to not only know how to cook healthy meals but need to cook at least once a week.
An air fryer is my kid’s favorite kitchen tool and if they love to use it, I will create as many air fryer recipes as they want! My kids love hard boiled eggs before running out the door for school or practice so it was time to come up with the perfect way for them to make air fryer hard boiled eggs. We love them with just a bit of softness in the yolk so it took me a while to get the time and temperature just right for our 1500-watt air fryer.
What Are Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
Air fryer hard boiled eggs are simply eggs that are cooked inside an air fryer instead of in a pot of water on the stove. Simply set the timer and walk away. Despite the name, an air fryer doesn’t fry any food. An air fryer is just a small convection oven that sits on your countertop. They are popular because they cook food very quickly and because the food sits inside a basket, the hot air can circulate around the whole surface of the food. This promotes even cooking, no matter what type of food you have inside it.
Recipe Ingredients and Tools
- One dozen large eggs
- Air fryer
How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
All you need are eggs and a few minutes of cook time for this simple cooking method that you can set and forget.
Time needed: 15 minutes.
How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- Determine the power level of your air fryer
Find the information sticker and see if your air fryer power level is 1300, 1500, or 1700 watts. If yours is 1300, you will need to add a few minutes of cook time. Instead, if yours is 1700, you will need to reduce a few minutes of cook time.
- Place the eggs in the basket of the air fryer
Be sure to leave a little bit of room between the eggs so the hot air can properly circulate around each egg and cook evenly. If you can’t fit 12 eggs in your basket and do this, reduce the amount of eggs and make multiple batches.
- Cook at 250 degrees until desired doneness
For a 1500-watt air fryer, it will take 13 minutes for soft-boiled, 15 minutes for medium, and 17 minutes for hard-boiled.
- Cool the cooked eggs in ice water
As soon as the eggs are finished, place them into ice water to stop the cooking and make peeling easier.
- Peel right away
Hard boiled eggs are easiest to peel right after they are cooked. After they have cooled in the ice water, peel all the eggs and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs FAQs
The answer depends on the power level of your air fryer. Look at the sticker on the bottom of your machine and see if it is 1300, 1500, or 1700 watts. For a 1500-watt air fryer, it will take 13 minutes for soft-boiled, 15 minutes for medium, and 17 minutes for hard-boiled at 250 degrees. Adjust the cook time up or down if you have a different power level on your air fryer.
If your air fryer doesn’t go down to the ideal 250 degrees, you can cook air fryer hard boiled eggs at 300 degrees but you need to adjust the time down by 2-4 minutes. The whites will be a bit tougher being cooked at the higher temperature but it will work.
Which air fryer do you recommend?
Obviously, there are A LOT of air fryers on the market so how do you know which one is right for you? First, determine the size of air fryer you want because that is the main difference from one to the next. For our family, a higher volume air fryer is better so I don’t have to make multiple batches of food.
You also want to look at the temperature range and power level of any air fryer you are buying. Many of them get hot but not all of them have a lower temperature range. This recipe calls for 250 degrees but many won’t go lower than 300. Also, look at the power level. I’ve found 1500 watts to be the perfect.
All that being said, I highly recommend the COSORI 5 qt air fryer. It is my second air fryer and hands-down better than my first one. You will love it.
How do I know the power level of my air fryer?
Somewhere on your air fryer is a sticker like the one pictured above. Oftentimes you can find it on the bottom or inside somewhere. Once you find the sticker, look at all the numbers until you find the one that is followed by a capital “W.” That number is how many watts of power your air fryer has. The usual levels are 1300, 1500, and 1700. This recipe, and most air fryer recipes, is for 1500-watt units. If yours is 1300, you will need to add a few more minutes. If yours is 1700, you will need to reduce a few minutes.
Why did my air fryer hard boiled eggs come out with brown spots on the shells?
No worries my friend! Your air fryer hard boiled eggs are not burnt. Your air fryer just had some grease on the inside of it when you cooked your eggs. So, when the air fryer was cooking the eggs, those small grease particles were blown around and stuck to the shell of the eggs. When you put the eggs in the ice bath, they will wipe right off.
What to Serve with Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
You can serve hard boiled eggs with almost all regional recipes but here are a few of my favorite recipe pairings.
- Homemade Greek Yogurt
- Old Fashioned Donut Muffins
- Microwave Oatmeal with Whole Oats
- Cinnamon Butter Braids
- Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
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12 large eggs
- Determine the power level of your air fryer. Usually on the bottom or inside of the fryer there is a sticker that will tell you the power level. This recipe was tested using a 1500-watt fryer. If yours is a different power level, you will need to adjust the cook time up or down by 2-3 minutes, depending on if it is more or less powerful.
- Place the eggs inside the basket of your air fryer, leaving space between the eggs so the hot air can circulate.
- Cook the eggs at 250 degrees for 13 minutes for soft boiled, 15 minutes for medium, or 17 minutes for hard boiled. The ones pictured are medium.
- As soon as they are done cooking, put them in a bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. This stops the cooking and allows for easy peeling.
- Peel the eggs right after their cold bath for the easiest peeling experience. Store peeled eggs in an airtight container in the fridge.
If your air fryer only goes down to 300 degrees, you will need to reduce the cooking time to 8-12 minutes. This hot of a temperature will result in a bit tougher egg white but it will work.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 13 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Air Fryer
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 egg
- Calories: 70 kcal
- Sugar: 0 g
- Sodium: 65 mg
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 6 g
- Cholesterol: 195 mg
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