Yes, you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer

Yes, you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer
Don't bother waiting for water to boil when you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer.Claudia Totir/Getty Images
  • You can easily achieve soft, medium, and hard boiled eggs in the air fryer in just 10 to 15 minutes.
  • One advantage to using an air fryer is that there's no need to wait for a pot of water to boil.
  • Air fryer hard-boiled eggs last for up to a week in the fridge.

Hard-boiled eggs provide a quick dose of quality protein, making them a perfect on-the-go snack or addition to sandwiches, salads, toast, and grain bowls.

And while the air fryer might not be the first cooking method that comes to mind when you think of hard-boiled eggs, it's actually one of the easiest approaches. In fact, it's as simple as setting the temperature, placing the eggs into the air fryer basket, and pressing the "start" button. And the ease is just one reason why the air fryer is the way to go.

  • More convenient: There's no need for a pot when using the air fryer — and no need to keep an eye on them to see when the water is boiling, either.
  • Quicker: Since you don't need to wait for the water to boil, this method only takes 10 to 15 minutes, versus 18 to 20 minutes.
  • Consistent results: The air fryer circulates very hot air all around the eggs at a high speed, creating an optimal environment for evenly cooked yolks.
  • Less risk of broken shells: With the stovetop method, there's always a chance of an egg breaking open, creating quite a mess. That's far less likely to happen with the air fryer method since there's no boiling water.

Already sold on using the air fryer to make hard-boiled eggs? Below, Emily Krill, creator of the food blog Resolution Eats, shares some essential tips for success when trying this method.

How to make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer

Yes, you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer
Submerge hard-boiled eggs in cold water to stop them from cooking.Ian Fung Koo / EyeEm/Getty Images
  1. Preheat the air fryer. Set the air fryer to 270 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place eggs in the air fryer. Add up to six eggs to the air fryer. A wired rack isn't essential but can help to keep the eggs in place so they don't crack.
  3. Cook the eggs. Set the cooking time to 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the eggs. Use silicone-coated tongs to individually remove the eggs from the air fryer, and then use an oven mitt to remove the entire rack.
  5. Submerge eggs in a bowl of ice water. This technique instantly stops the eggs from continuing to cook further. Not only that, but the whites of the eggs start to shrink away from the shell when cold, making them easier to peel.

Quick tip: Try cracking and peeling the eggs under water. Water helps to separate the shell from the membrane on the outside of the egg white, meaning the shells slip off more easily.


Air fryer boiled egg cook times

Yes, you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer
Adjust your cook time depending on how runny you want the yolk.Beautiful Moments/Getty Images

The air fryer cooking time for hard-boiled eggs will depend on your desired doneness level. As eggs cook for longer, the whites begin to take on a firmer texture, and the yolks become more crumbly and less runny. Soft-boiled eggs take the least amount of time, whether you use the traditional stovetop method or an air fryer. Medium-boiled eggs take about two minutes longer, and hard-boiled eggs take the most time (another two to three minutes).

Krill says you can use the air fryer to achieve all three doneness levels, but keep in mind that the cooking time may depend on the air fryer model, how many eggs you're air frying and the size of the eggs. The larger the eggs and the more you're air frying at one time, the longer they'll take to cook.

DonenessResultAir fryer time
Soft-boiledRunny yolk and soft white10 minutes
Medium-boiledSolid white and jammy, dark yellow yolk12 minutes
Hard-boiledSolid white and crumbly, light yellow yolk15 minutes

Troubleshooting air fryer eggs

Yes, you can make hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer
A gray or green ring around the yolk is perfectly safe to eat but indicates an overcooked egg.Suphaksorn Thongwongboot/Shutterstock

For best results when air frying eggs, keep these tips and tricks from Krill in mind.

  • Don't overcrowd the air fryer tray. To ensure all the eggs are exposed to heat from all sides, only cook as many as you can fit in a single layer with a tiny bit of space in between.
  • If the eggshells have brown spots, that's a sign that you overcooked them. Next time, try reducing the cooking time by one to two minutes.
  • While an egg with a green or grayish ring around the yolk is still totally safe to eat, some might find the appearance unappetizing. These rings are caused by cooking the eggs for too long, which results in the sulfur and iron compounds reacting on the surface of the yolk.

How to store air fryer eggs

According to Krill, the best way to keep air fryer hard-boiled eggs fresh for as long as possible is to store them in the refrigerator unpeeled. The shells not only shield the eggs from absorbing other odors in a fridge, but also protect them from bacteria and prevent them from drying out.

When refrigerated in an airtight container or plastic bag, hard-boiled eggs can last for up to seven days whether peeled or unpeeled.

Whatever you do, though, don't attempt to freeze them. Krill says the eggs will become tough and rubbery when thawed.

To prevent peeled eggs from drying out in the fridge, you can store them in a bowl or container with water, or wrap them in damp paper towels before placing them in a plastic bag or container.

Insider's takeaway

It's quick and easy to make hard-boiled eggs in the air fryer, no matter how "done" you like them. The key to consistent results is preheating the air fryer, not overcrowding the basket, and using an ice water bath after they're done air frying to halt the cooking process. Submerging them in ice water, and then peeling and cracking them underwater, can also make it easier to remove the shells.


Air-fryer boiled eggs keep for up to one week when stored in the fridge in an airtight container or plastic bag. For optimal freshness, keep the shells on until you're ready to eat them. If you do remove the shells, consider storing them under a layer of water or wrapped in damp paper towels.