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Can You Cook Eggs In Your Pressure Cooker?

A lot of people think that pressure cookers can only be used to cook stews or roasts. At least that is what I gather from reading many of these people’s comments in pressure cooker reviews. However, I am here to shout to the world that the pressure cooker is a lot more versatile tool than that. It can be used to cook just about anything. One thing that cooks beautifully in one of these cookers are eggs. Now, You wouldn’t think that eggs and pressure cookers would go together, but in fact they do. These cookers are perfect for making hard and soft boiled eggs, and for making the brunch favorite,  oeufs en cocotte. Here are the easy steps for making both of those egg delicacies.

Soft And Hard Cooked Eggs

Fill your pressure cooker with about a cup of cold water, and insert your cooker’s basket. If you have a heat proof egg stand, then you can insert the egg on top of this and place it inside the basket. If not, then you can just place the egg in the basket. It’ll be fine.

If you have an electric pressure cooker, then set it to low and turn it on. For the stove top models, place it on a burner on high heat. When it has reached low temperature, lower your heat and start timing it. Cook it for six minutes for a hard boiled egg and three minutes for a soft cooked egg.

When it has finished cooking, then use the cold pressure release system (this method can be found in our quick guide pt. 2). Once the pressure has been released, then you can remove them from the cooker, place them in a bowl and run them under cool water for about a minute. They are now ready to serve.

Oeufs en Cocotte (Eggs In Pots)

To make this recipe, you are going to need the best presser cooker with a basket, as well as some ramekins. If you don’t have ramekins, then you can use any type of small, heat-proof cup.

Start by placing oiling the inside of your ramekins with oil. Then place a slice of your favorite vegetable or lunch meat in the bottom of the ramekin. Then crack your egg on top of it. Then top it off with your favorite cheese and herbs. Cover the top of it with foil and its now ready to be cooked.

Add one cup of water into your pressure cooker and put the basket into it. Now place the ramekins inside the basket and close the lid. Set the cooker’s pressure to low and place it on a burner set to high. When it reaches its low temperature setting, then lower the heat and cook for four minutes.

After the cooking time has elapsed, you can then use the quick release method to release the steam. If you have an electric cooker, then just use the quick release valve to release pressure. Now you can remove your eggs and enjoy your Sunday brunch.

Can You Cook Eggs In Your Pressure Cooker? - FAQs

Notes. You can stack up to 18 eggs in the Instant Pot at a time with 1 cup of water.

It creates too much of a volatile environment for the delicate eggs, leaving them prone to cracking or leaking during cooking. Follow this tip: For the best results, keep the pressure cooker set to low when cooking eggs. This will ensure the eggs don’t crack during cooking.

Several readers mentioned that hard-boiled eggs cook faster in the pressure cooker and that even fresh eggs peel perfectly every time.

Pierce the larger end of each egg with the attached pin at the bottom of the measuring cup. Fill measuring cup with cold water to “hard boiled” line. Pour water into heating tray.

The secret to making hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot is the 5-5-5 method, which involves 5 minutes of pressure cooking, 5 minutes of natural pressure release, and a 5 minute ice bath. What is this? In just minutes, your hard boiled eggs are done—and cooked absolutely perfectly!

Pressure exerted on the sides of an egg will fracture it easily, however pressure that acts on it from the top and bottom will need to be much more substantial to break the egg.

Apparently super fresh eggs are difficult to peel because the pH of the white is more acidic which causes it to adhere to the shell membrane more tightly. Two solutions here – use older eggs or add a little bicarb soda to the cooking water to increase the pH.

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