Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Air fryer hard boiled eggs save you both time and effort and are easier to peel. Use them for egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, and more!

The old “pot of water on the stove” method can be finicky sometimes, so learn how to make air fryer boiled eggs instead! 

Once you get the times and temperature for your model down, you’ll get consistently perfect results every time.

Make a bunch to enjoy for breakfast or a snack or slice them to put on top of your favorite salad. Even better, mix a few into my famous Southern Style Potato Salad to take to your next cookout.

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Making Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

This recipe was made in the Cosori 5.8qt, 1700 Watt model, so you may need to adjust the times if yours is a smaller size, a different wattage, or if you are using a different amount than suggested.

Try a small batch first using the times listed and test one in a water bath. If it isn’t done in the center, you can put the others back in for a bit longer.

19-20 minutes seemed to be the best window for smaller batches of up to four. Increase the time to 20-22 minutes when making 5 to 8 at once, or shave off a couple of minutes if you prefer them soft boiled instead.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs


Helpful Tips and Tricks
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket. You’ll get better results when air is circulating all around the food.
  • Use a clean appliance. When cooking eggs in an air fryer, it’s important to remove any residue left on the coils from previous recipes.
  • Smaller batches turn out better. The more that are in there, the more unevenly they seem to cook.
  • Tip for easy peeling: Tap the rounder end against a hard surface until it cracks to separate the inner membrane from the shell. Any that are undercooked or overcooked will be harder to peel, so be sure to get the timing right.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Air Fryer - Different brands and sizes will require different cooking times, so be familiar with your model and make adjustments as needed.
  • Storage Containers - Glass doesn’t tend to hold on to odors, but anything with a lid will do!

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs


Special note about cooking eggs in an air fryer

Because models can come in different sizes, wattage, and temperature control, it’s best to test in small batches to see what will work with what you have at home.

Some won’t go below 300°F, while others don’t need to preheat. If your model can’t be adjusted to a lower temperature, then you may not be able to make air fryer boiled eggs.

After multiple rounds of testing, I don’t recommend cooking them at 300°F because the outside cooks too fast, causing discoloration and deformities on the whites.

I mainly tested with the Cosori 5.8qt, but I did try a single egg in my Elite 3.5qt for 19 minutes at 250°F. While the yolk was fully cooked, there was still some discoloration and deformity on the outside of the white.
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs


FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Do I really need to use an ice bath?

Yes! This stops the cooking process and prevents them from being overdone.

How long do air fryer hard boiled eggs last?

According to the USDA, these can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days regardless of whether or not they are peeled. For food safety purposes, don’t leave them out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.


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Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Yield: makes 4 eggs
Author: Donna Elick
Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Air fryer hard boiled eggs save you both time and effort and are easier to peel. Use them for egg salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, and more!
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 21 MinInactive time: 6 MinTotal time: 30 Min


  • 1-4 large eggs, cold


  1. Set the temperature to 250°F and preheat for 3 minutes.
  2. Place eggs in the air fryer basket. Don’t overcrowd your basket.
  3. Cook for 19-20 minutes, or until cooked as desired. (for soft boiled eggs, decrease cooking time by a few minutes)
  4. Immediately transfer eggs to an ice water bath and allow to cool for about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Once the eggs are chilled enough to handle, store in the refrigerator or peel and enjoy!

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Originally published April 2021

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