Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

These air fryer hard boiled eggs are so quick and easy to make that it will be your go to recipe! These eggs are perfectly cooked with a soft, buttery yolk.

These air fryer hard boiled eggs are so quick and easy to make that it will be your go to recipe! These eggs are perfectly cooked with a soft, buttery yolk.

In the past I’ve made lots and lots of Easter eggs. But the thing is, they’ve always been plastic eggs. I like working with plastic eggs because I’m clumsy and I drop things and, well, eggs are kind of delicate, aren’t they? But this year I decided I was over plastic eggs even though I had already purchased a good 5 dozen of them, egads! Why can’t I figure this stuff out before I spend money on things?

2020 is my year for REAL Easter eggs so it’s time to get boiling…

But the thing is, I kind of stink at boiling eggs. They always clack together and I have a whole bunch of broken eggs before I even get around to bringing out the dye. Heck, before even bringing them out of the boiling water! My boiled eggs are always, ALWAYS overcooked. They have a weird looking greenish-gray halo thing happening around the yolk, but so have MOST of the boiled eggs I’ve eaten in my life. The real problem is that my traditionally boiled eggs are kind of rubbery which is unforgivable, if you ask me.

And so, like so many other foods in my life, I have busted out the air fryer. Yep, I’ve started making air fryer hard boiled eggs. Which is kind of weird because how do you BOIL something in an AIR FRYER, right?

The results you get by putting raw eggs in the air fryer is that of a perfectly boiled egg.

Like, perfectly, perfect. The whites are always soft and tender, the yolks are cooked and buttery and never gray or greenish anywhere.

Besides the fact that the results of air fryer hard boiled eggs are EGGStraodinary (sorry, had to). It’s also SO FAST. Today in preparation of working on a couple of Easter egg designs I air fryer boiled 32 eggs in about 30 minutes total prep and cook time. There were no cracked eggs and there was not a runny or rigid yolk in sight. And I know because before I started dyeing the eggs I ate 3 for lunch. I mean, quality testing. I ate 3 for quality testing 🙂 Ready to make your own?

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Basics
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Water Bath Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal
Don't bother with a pan of boiling water... Air fryer hard boiled eggs are so much easier and nobody would ever imagine they were cooked in a non-traditional way!
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  • 12 raw eggs
  • 1 bowl ice water


  • Place cold eggs on wire rack without touching.
  • Set air fryer to cook at 260° for 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked transfer quickly to an ice water bath in a large bowl. Allow to cool completely. Store in the air fryer hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator.


Cook times are approximate and may differ from one air fryer to the next. Please run a test batch of 2-3 eggs before cooking large quantities.
If you encounter issues with this recipe, please see the FAQ at the bottom of this post: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/air-fryer-hard-boiled-eggs.html


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 5.5g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Transfer air fryer boiled eggs to an ice water bath to prevent overcooking.

Transfer air fryer boiled eggs to an ice water bath to prevent overcooking.

A quick FAQ about air fryer hard boiled eggs:

Things not go according to plan? Here are some tips and tricks to help you out. If you have a problem you don’t see addressed here, leave a comment below and we’ll add it!

Not all air fryers are the same and your results might differ.

It’s a good idea to test your air fryer to make sure you get the results you want before you toss 2 dozen eggs into the thing.

Clean your air fryer before you try boiling eggs in it.

If you can throw your parts into the dishwasher that’s fab. My Chefman Air Fryer is more like a traditional oven with racks that slide in and out. Only the racks can be removed to be cleaned. If your machine is like this, clean the inside with a paper towel dampened with white vinegar. Clean the walls, ceiling and floor until the paper towels come away clean.

What if the eggs have brown dots all over them?

You will definitely see brown dots if using a dirty air fryer. But sometimes they show up in a perfectly clean machine. Either way, no worries. Just transfer the eggs to the ice bath as usual. Gently rub your hands or a dish rag over the surface of each egg while under water and the marks should disappear. Sometimes you might have a stubborn dot that doesn’t come away but that is rare.

What do you think? Are you ready to say goodbye to the pan of boiling water and say hello to air fryer hard boiled eggs? I know I will NEVER go back!

Quick and easy, cooking hard boiled eggs in the air fryer is the ONLY way I'll cook them, now!

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  1. Want to boil eggs with minimum energy use. Place eggs in appropriate size pan fill with cold water to cover eggs by one inch. Cover pan. Place on burner on high. Bring to hard boil. Shut burner off and set pan of eggs aside for 15minutes. At 15 minutes, drain off water. If you want to peel eggs right away replace lid and shake eggs until shells are cracked. Fill pan with cold water, it may need several changes then peel eggs. Or if not peeling skip the shaking and chill eggs with ice water. The yolks will be the clean clear yellow. And very little energy is used. Noodles can be cooked the same way by setting aside for 15 minutes covered.

  2. Just FYI:

    The Instant Pot can provide the same output in a fraction of the time – about 3-5 minutes. Without the spots.

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