Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs (Quick and Easy)

Hard-boiled eggs are probably not the first food that comes to mind when you think about an air fryer — mostly because, well, you need water to boil them. However, cooking an egg in the air fryer means not having to deal with a big pot of water at all!

Why Does Air Frying Eggs Work?

There are several methods to boiling an egg, and all can go awry. You can fill a pot of water, bring it to a boil, and add the eggs to the hot water … and they can crack upon entry. Or you can start the eggs in cold water and bring them up to a boil to prevent cracking, but because every stove boils water at different rates, it’s hard to know exactly how long to boil. Air frying eggs encourages a set-it-and-forget-it method. There are no concerns with water boiling over, finding the right-sized pot, or adjusting the heat source. 

Additionally, air frying eggs is a great method to cook a large number of eggs at once. Just fill your air fryer basket with as many eggs as you can fit in the basket in a single layer.

What’s the Best Way to Peel Eggs?

A surefire way to cleanly peel the shell away from the egg is to peel the egg while it’s still hot. Any contact with cold water before cracking forces the thin membrane layer below the shell to shrink and adhere to the egg white. 

Take the egg and tap it on the counter all over the surface to break the peel, then peel away under a gentle stream of cold water. Once peeled, place eggs in a bowl of cold water to fully cool.

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Laura Manzano


Laura Manzano is a recipe developer, food stylist, personal chef, and occasional writer living in Brooklyn. Her favorite food is all sandwiches.