Instant Pot Easter Eggs is an easy and fun way to make the perfect eggs to celebrate the holiday!
This is my take on the now-famous recipe for making dyed Easter eggs in the Instant Pot from Better Homes and Gardens but we used our go-to 5-5-5 method for cooking instead.
We tried this process a couple of times to see how the cooking time would differ from our go-to 5-5-5 method for cooking boiled eggs. Since the eggs are in mason jars, they would likely cook differently, right?
To our surprise, there was no change in the egg texture or ease in pealing
when we used our go-to 5-5-5 method. Even with them in the mason
jar, the eggs came out perfect!
We did find that if you opt to cook them longer, for 6, 7, or 8 minutes, the
color of the egg dye is a bit more vibrant, but the eggs were a bit overcooked
and rubbery for our liking.
Making Easter eggs is a huge family tradition in our house! It's always such a fun activity that gets everyone involved in the fun! Whether you are making just a few colored Easter eggs or several dozen, you can make them in the Instant Pot!
This process is a little bit different than normal egg dying because you are cooking the eggs at the same time that you are dying them. Some of the fun comes from the exciting reveal! Unlike the regular process, you can't actually see the eggs changing colors since they are inside the Instant Pot. But, when they are finished cooking, it's time for the big reveal! Take the lid off and see all of your beautifully dyed eggs!
Tips for making Instant Pot Easter Eggs:
With the Instant Pot, you can cook and color Easter Eggs at the same time! You simply put the raw eggs, food coloring, white vinegar, and water into mason jars and place them inside the Instant Pot. Pressure cook for 5 minutes, naturally release the pressure for 5 minutes, and then place the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes.
If you would like to make hard-boiled eggs and then dye them afterward, place the raw eggs in the Instant Pot with a couple of cups of water (depending on how many eggs you are making) and pressure cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Then, naturally, release the pressure for 5 minutes, quick release the remaining pressure, and then place in an ice bath for 5 minutes. Your eggs are hard-boiled and ready to color!
Easter Eggs store well in the refrigerator for several days. You can keep them in their shells or peel them. If you choose to peel the eggs, place them in a bowl of water, with a lid and refrigerate for several days.
Easter Eggs can be turned into deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches, potato salad, used as salad toppings or eaten as a snack.
Yes, the egg setting works on the Instant Pot. You can push the egg button and the Instant Pot will set the cook time to 5 minutes for you. If you would like to have soft-boiled eggs, push the minus button to reduce the pressure cook time to 4 minutes instead of 5.
Do not overfill the mason jars or they will overflow while pressure cooking and make a very colorful mess. Also- whatever you do...DO NOT TOUCH the mason jars with your hands after pressure cooking. The mason jars will be VERY hot and you will likely burn yourself! Always use tongs to remove the eggs and the jars from the Instant Pot.
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Ingredient substitutions and tips for making Instant Pot Easter Eggs:
The full ingredient list is found at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Water- Use cold water for this recipe. If you preheat the water or use warm water, the cooking time will be off. The 5-minute pressure cooking time is calculated using cold water, not warm or hot water.
White Vinegar- You need a very small amount of white vinegar to help the dye absorb into the egg shells.
Eggs- Raw eggs. I usually use large or extra-large eggs but any size eggs can be used. This method is for store-bought, refrigerated eggs. I have not experimented with farm-fresh eggs.
Food Coloring- Liquid food coloring. You can use any color that you would like or get creative and mix colors.
Ice Water Bath- Fill up a bowl with ice and add cold water.
Steps for making Instant Pot Easter Eggs:
Directions for Instant Pot Easter Eggs:
1. Pour 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot Liner.
2. Pour ½-1 cup of water (depending on the size of your mason jar), 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and ½ teaspoon of food coloring into each mason jar. The jar should be no more than ½ way filled with liquid.
3. Put 2-3 eggs into each mason jar, depending on the size of the jar.
4. Put mason jars with eggs and liquid into the Instant Pot liner.
5. Close the lid and make sure that the valve is on “seal.” Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the timer beeps, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes, and then quick release the remaining pressure and remove the lid.
6. Use tongs to carefully remove eggs from mason jars and place them in a large bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. DO NOT touch the mason jar or water with your hands as it will be VERY hot.
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- Mason Jars Canning Jars
- ½ Cup (118 2/7 g) Water (Cold)
- 2 Tablespoons (2 Tablespoons) Vinegar (White)
- ⅛ Teaspoon (⅛ Teaspoon) Food Coloring (Liquid- about 15-20 drops)
- 2-4 (2-4) Eggs (Raw- large or extra large)
- Pour 2 cups of water into the Instant Pot Liner.
- Pour ½-1 cup of water (depending on the size of your mason jar), 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and ½ teaspoon of food coloring into each mason jar. The jar should be no more than ½ way filled with liquid.
- Put mason jars with eggs and liquid into the Instant Pot liner.
- Close the lid and make sure that the valve is on “seal.” Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes. Once the timer beeps, allow pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes, and then quick release the remaining pressure and remove the lid.
- Use tongs to carefully remove eggs from mason jars and place in a large bowl of ice water for 5 minutes. DO NOT touch the mason jar or water with your hands as it will be VERY hot.
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only.
Hi, I tried to make dyed Eggs this morning....had a slight problem...after 5 5 mins. opened the 6 qt. IP found that 2 pint size mason jars had cracked on bottom....What did I do wrong? Does the liquid have to cover the eggs? Only put in about an 1/8 cup more water.. to cover large size of 2 Eggs in each jar. Can you tell me what might have happened? Love the idea of coloring eggs in IP.
Would like to try again.
Oh no!! What kind of mason jars are you using? I used Ball brand and didn’t have any issues.