We Used the Instant Pot to Make a Magical Egg Loaf

Say goodbye to messy hard-boiled eggs for good.

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May 31, 2019
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Food Network Kitchen’s Instant Pot Egg Loaf.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Here at Food Network, we love a good hack. And when that hack involves hard-boiled eggs — which are a great on-the-go snack but undeniably tedious to cook and peel — we get super excited. Thanks to the efficiency and ease of an Instant Pot pressure cooker, we found a way to hard-boil a full dozen eggs at once without having to deal with pesky egg shells again. Hallelujah!

But what's the point? Well, we're glad you asked.

The Instant Pot makes hard-boiling eggs the traditional way beyond simple (only taking a mere 5 minutes!), but this hack, coined as an "egg loaf," takes the simplicity one step further. As far as we (and maybe the Internet as a whole) are concerned, this is the simplest way to prepare a batch of eggs for tuna, potato and egg salad. Follow Food Network’s recipe, and you'll simply crack 12 large eggs into a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot along with 1 1/2 cups of water. No additional ingredients or accessories needed! Once the lid is locked according to the manufacturers guide, it only takes six minutes for the eggs to form a perfectly-cooked "loaf." After time is up, simply chop up the loaf to use to your liking.

That’s right, no more dealing with forgotten timers, ice baths or horribly overcooked eggs again. We can't wait to use our loaf to make classic egg salad, as a Cobb Salad topper or mixed into old-fashioned potato salad. What are your egg loaf plans?

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