We didn’t think we could make cooking hard boiled eggs any easier, but these air fryer hard boiled eggs are the winner! This easy air fryer recipe not only makes the perfect eggs but takes out all the hassle of boiling water in the traditional method.
The Perfect Air Fryer Eggs
Who said hard-boiled eggs were reserved only for stove top cooking? Not us! If you’ve been with us long enough, you already know that we like to make our hard-boiled eggs in creative ways (take our oven-baked hard boiled eggs, for example), and these air fryer hard-boiled eggs make cooking your favorite breakfast food easy peasy.
Just place eggs in your air fryer basket and cook them to your preferred consistency, and viola! Your new favorite way of making hard boiled eggs has arrived. In 13 minutes tops, you’ll have the PERFECT hard-boiled eggs, every single time.
Why Make Hard Boiled Eggs?
Before we jump into these air fryer hard boiled eggs, let’s talk about all things hard boiled eggs and why we love them so much at Fit Foodie Finds.
Eggs are a breakfast staple in our kitchens, and hard boiled eggs, specifically, are in our weekly rotation for both breakfast and snacking.
We love hard boiled eggs because they’re:
- Easy to make: you can make hard boiled eggs in less than 30 minutes.
- Packed with protein: 1 large egg has 6g of protein.
- Low carb: 1 large egg has 1g carb.
- Great for meal prep: you can make 2 eggs, 4 eggs, or 24 hard boiled eggs at a time!
- Grab-and-go: don’t have time to make breakfast? Pre-boil your eggs for an easy grab-and-go solution.
- Versatile: eat them as-is or make an egg salad, egg toast, or top your favorite salad with them!
What You Need to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
You can’t make air fryer eggs without an air fryer! Any air fryer model will do. Just note that different air fryers may provide different results, so you may have to test out your air fryer to master exactly how you like your eggs.
Make sure it can also be set to 300°F for the most accurate cooking time.
On the hunt for the best air fryer? Our favorite is the Ninja Kitchen Air Fryer. It’s reliable and moderately priced.
This hard boiled egg recipe calls for 4 large eggs. You can use any kind of large eggs you can find, but the #1 tip we have is to make sure you use fresh eggs. Fresh eggs will cook better and taste better, too!
- white, brown, speckled
tip: egg size matters
If you use small, medium, or XL eggs, your cook times will vary from the ones listed in this guide.
A Bowl of Ice Water
To create your ice bath, you need a medium bowl filled with ice cubes and water.
Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
Want another alternative to stove-top hard boiled eggs? Try our hard boiled eggs in the oven.
How to Make Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
PREHEAT AIR FRYER
Preheat your air fryer to 300ºF and carefully set the eggs in the air fryer basket.
Note: Depending on the size of your air fryer, you could easily double the recipe if you’d like! Just make sure the eggs aren’t touching.
COOK TO PREFERENCE
The perfect hard-boiled eggs really come down to preference. Do you like soft-boiled yolks? A yolk that is more well-done? Here is our quick guide to help you set your timer to make a perfect air fryer hard-boiled egg every time:
- 8-9 minutes: soft-boiled; the yolk is bright yellow in color and runny.
- 9-11 minutes: jammy; the yolk is bright yellow in color and a little runny.
- 11-13 minutes: hard-boiled, the yolk is yellow in color with a yolk that is cooked just right.
ICE WATER BATH
Once the eggs are done cooking, immediately remove the eggs from the air fryer and place them in an ice water bath for 5 minutes.
This will keep the yolk a bright sunny yellow and help peel back the membrane of the egg, disconnecting the shell from the egg itself and making your eggs much easier to peel.
PEEL & ENJOY
Now for the satisfying part: peeling the eggs! Carefully peel your eggs and discard the shells. Feel free to compost them if you wish!
Pro Tip: We find the easiest way to peel shells is by cracking the eggs on the countertop. This will loosen the shells, and then you can use your fingers to peel them right off. However, we know there are many ways to peel an egg, so feel free to use your go-to method if you have one!
Can you air fry more than 4 eggs at a time? Potentially! You can add more than 4 large eggs to the air fryer if space allows. Just be sure the eggs aren’t touching.
Every air fryer is different. You may have to test out your air fryer to master exactly how you like your eggs.
What to Do with Hard Boiled Eggs
We know that you love eating these perfect hard boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper on top, but we thought we’d share a few other ideas on how to repurpose your hard boiled eggs!
Egg Salad: egg salad is a give-in. It’s made with a base of hard boiled eggs, and then we like to mix in Greek yogurt, mayo, and a little mustard. Try our favorite Egg Salad recipe. Bonus, you can make sandwiches with this, too.
Deviled Eggs: deviled eggs are a fun appetizer starring hard boiled eggs. They’re tangy and a fan favorite.
Cobb Salad: A star ingredient in a cobb salad is a hard boiled egg. It not only adds flavor but protein. Try our Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad or Spring Cobb Salad.
Toast/Bagel: Keep things simple and top your toast or bagel with hard boiled eggs! We love them as a topping for Avocado Toast!
We typically take our eggs straight out of the fridge and boil them cold, so don’t worry about bringing them to room temp.
Yes! Shelled eggs are totally fine to cook in the air fryer. No need to boil water for this easy recipe!
The FDA recommends letting your eggs sit on the counter outside of the fridge for no more than 1-2 hours before bacteria can start to grow and cause illness.
Hard-boiled eggs will last in the fridge for up to 7 days. Anything after that, and we suggest tossing them. The best way to know if your eggs have gone rotten is the smell. If your eggs smell bad/rotten/gross, throw them out immediately.
You can store your eggs peeled or unpeeled. However, because eggs tend to have that eggy smell, we recommend storing all hardboiled eggs in an airtight container at all times. Hard-boiled eggs will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator.
To freeze: simply peel your eggs and transfer them into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag. Remove as much air as possible and freeze for up to 3 months.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat the air fryer to 300ºF and carefully set the eggs in the basket.
- Cook the eggs for 8-9 minutes for soft-boiled, 9-11 minutes for jammy eggs, and 11-13 minutes for hard-boiled eggs.
- Remove the eggs from the air fryer and immediately place them in an ice water bath for 5 minutes.
- Peel the eggs and enjoy.
Tips & Notes
- You can add more than 4 large eggs to the air fryer if space allows. Just be sure the eggs aren’t touching.
- Every air fryer is different. You may have to test out your air fryer to master exactly how you like your eggs.
Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.