Perfect Air Fryer Hard Cooked Eggs (Easy to Peel)

Author: Jen Martin Date: May 26, 2020

Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 15 minutes

Servings: 7-8 eggs

These Air Fryer Hard Cooked Eggs are cooked to perfection EVERY TIME! It’s the best way to achieve hard cooked eggs and I’ll share my favorite tips with you and take all of the guesswork out. 

Perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a snack! And a great resource for quality protein (organic brown eggs)

Say hello to air fryer hard cooked eggs! The only ingredient you need is eggs. No water needed. You don’t need saucepan or rack for this recipe. You only need a bowl with cold water to stop them from cooking after they are done in air fryer.

How to cook air fryer hard cooked eggs?

Making hard cooked eggs in an air fryer is really easy and fast. You can use cold eggs directly from the fridge, and place them in the air fryer basket (Don’t overcrowd the basket). No need to pre-heat the air fryer. Just set the temperature to 250ºF and cook for 15-17 minutes or adjust time depending on how you like your eggs.

Once cooked, soak them in the ice water until cooled and peel.

Once the eggs have cooked, it’s best to place them in an ice water bath immediately to stop the cooking process to maintain the perfect texture. Note that I use large eggs, if yours are larger or smaller, adjust the time slightly.

How long to cook air fryer hard cooked eggs?

Depending on your preference and how you use your hard boiled eggs, you may want your eggs with different texture; use this tested timeline:

  • 11 minutes: Liquid runny center and soft egg white. Great for serving in an egg cup.

  • 12 minutes: Soft-boiled egg with slightly runny center. Serve over whole-grain toast for breakfast.

  • 13 minutes: A soft yolk with custard-like texture. 

  • 15 minutes: A firm egg white with creamy yolk. It’s the early stage of a hard boiled egg. 

  • 16 minutes: A hard boiled egg with a lighter yolk.

  • 17 minutes: Completely hard-boiled egg. Great for deviled eggs or egg salad sandwich. It has the lightest yolk and firm white, but not overcooked.

How do you peel hard boiled eggs easily?

Once the eggs have cooked, soak them in an ice bath for about 5 minutes. Crack them open by rolling on a kitchen counter. There is a thin membrane underneath the eggshell, which should come off with the shell. 

It’s important to know that older eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs. So if you plan to make deviled eggs, just buy your eggs a week before using them. 

How long will air fryer hard cooked eggs last?

Hard-cooked eggs can be stored in the fridge for up to 7 days (peeled or unpeeled). If they are peeled, store them in an airtight container. 

The whole hard boiled eggs don’t freeze well, as the egg whites can become tough and rubbery. However, you can freeze the cooked egg yolks by storing them in an airtight container or freezer bag. They will last up to 3 months.


  • 7-8 eggs

  • seasoning such as sea salt and pepper, if desired


  • Remove the eggs from the refrigerator and place them in the air fryer basket directly.

  • Set the temperature to 250ºF. You don’t need to pre-heat the air fryer.

  • Cook for 15 minutes if you prefer a hard-cooked egg with softer yolk. For soft-boiled eggs, cook for 11-14 minutes, and for completely hard-cooked eggs, cook for 17 minutes. See photos and details above.

  • Once cooked, remove from the basket and place them in a bowl of ice water or run under cold water for about 5 minutes.

  • Peel right away and enjoy!


  • If you forget to soak your eggs in the ice water and find it difficult to peel, you can crack the shells all around without peeling. Then soak them in cold water for 10-15 minutes and then peel.

  • It’s normal if there are some tiny brown spots on your hard boiled eggs. Don’t worry and it’s not a sign of overcooking.

I would love to hear how yours turned out. Comment below!

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