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Hard Boiled Eggs In Instant Pot (Egg Salad Recipe)

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If you enjoy egg salad, you have to try this super easy Instant Pot egg salad. You will make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. It makes cooking eggs a breeze. Then pair the diced eggs with mayonnaise and mustard, and the other ingredients place on your bread and dive in.

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I will share how to make egg salad in the Instant Pot, so if you want to skip boiling eggs with the stovetop method, you can. It won’t heat up your home, and you can walk away and relax or finish up chores as the eggs cook!

Pressure cooker recipes are always nice to change up your meal times! If you are new to the Instant Pot or are looking for new recipes to test out, here are some of our favorites. Whip up this Instant Pot Goulashchicken alfredo with pasta, or one of these 25 dinner pressure cooker recipes!

Do you want another egg recipe? Try this easy deviled egg pasta salad recipe for starters. Or, if you have either an Air Fryer or the air fryer lid for the Instant Pot, make some simple egg sandwiches.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simplicity and Convenience: This perfect Instant Pot recipe transforms the traditionally time-consuming process of making hard-boiled eggs into a quick, easy venture, facilitating the creation of delicious egg salad without the hassle.
  • Versatility: This method not only makes the perfect hard boiled egg for egg salad but also offers a foundation for a variety of other dishes, including deviled eggs and pasta salads.
  • Energy-efficient: Boiling eggs in an Instant Pot is a more energy-efficient cooking process than traditional stovetop methods, keeping the kitchen cooler and reducing overall cooking energy consumption.
  • Consistent Results: The pressure cooking environment provides uniform heat, ensuring that every egg comes out perfectly cooked, with easy peel shells, every single time.

What’s in This Hard Boiled Eggs In Instant Pot Recipe?

Pepper, eggs, salt, mayonnaise, paprika, dried dill, lemon, and mustard on a white countertop.
  • Fresh Eggs: Large eggs are preferred for this great recipe as their size ensures a robust flavor and ideal texture when cooked. They serve as the foundation of the egg salad, offering a high protein content and a creamy texture when mixed with the other ingredients.
  • Mayonnaise: A key ingredient that adds creaminess and binds the components together, mayonnaise enhances the flavor and contributes to the smooth texture of the egg salad.
  • Mustard: Yellow mustard introduces a tangy and slightly spicy kick, balancing the richness of the mayonnaise and eggs and adding depth to the salad’s flavor profile.
  • Seasonings: A blend of salt, pepper, paprika, and dill not only seasons the salad but also adds layers of flavor, with paprika providing a smoky note and dill offering a fresh, slightly tangy taste.
  • Lemon: Lemon juice is a crucial ingredient that brightens the salad with a touch of acidity. It cuts through the richness and lends a fresh, zesty flavor that complements the overall dish.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Mayonnaise Alternatives: You can substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or avocado for a healthier version to maintain the creaminess while cutting back on fats. Avocado adds a unique, rich flavor and loads of nutrients.
  • Adding Crunch: To add texture to your egg salad, consider incorporating chopped celery, onions, or pickles. These ingredients offer a nice crunch and a burst of flavor.
  • Spicy Kick: If you enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding a dash of cayenne pepper or a spoonful of sriracha sauce. Adjust the amount based on your heat preference.
  • Herb Variations: While dill is suggested, other herbs such as chives, parsley, or tarragon can also be used to introduce different flavors to your egg salad.
  • Mustard Options: For a more robust flavor profile, dijon mustard or whole-grain mustard can be used instead of yellow mustard.

How to Make Instant Pot Egg Salad (step-by-step directions)

Collage of creating egg salad.
  1. Pour 4 cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet or metal steaming basket inside the pot.
  2. Arrange eggs on the trivet or in the steaming basket. (Photo 1)
  3. Secure the Instant Pot lid and set it to manual mode for 5-7 minutes of cooking time, based on the preferred doneness of the eggs.
  4. Use the quick pressure release method; once safe, open the lid. Transfer eggs with a slotted spoon to a large bowl of ice water to cool.
  5. After cooling, peel the eggs and place them in a separate bowl. (Photo 2)
  6. Mash the eggs using a fork or potato masher until finely diced, or use a food processor for chopping. (Photo 3)
Collage of adding and mixing ingredients in a bowl to make egg salad.
  1. Add mayonnaise and mustard until achieving the desired creaminess. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and dill; adjust to taste.
  2. Finish by adding lemon juice to taste. (Photos 4 & 5)
Egg salad sandwich sitting on a white plate on a cloth napkin.

Recipe Tips

  • When you use the Instant Pot, you will find that adjusting the time by a minute or two will affect how done your eggs are. Feel free to cook as you would like to doneness of eggs.
  • Make sure to follow the process of the directions to ensure perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  • Chilling the egg salad will help enhance and blend all the flavors of this hard boiled egg recipe. Feel free to make it in advance so it has time to chill.
  • Dice up some fine celery, peppers, or other veggies and add to the mixture for added crunch.
  • Serve on bread for tasty egg salad sandwiches or croissants, or even make into lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.
  • Adding diced pickles, dill, or sweet relish will enhance the flavor of the salad.

Storing Tips 

So, for this pressure cooker egg salad, you will want to store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. Just place the container in the fridge and store it for 1-2 days. This salad is best served fresh, as it will have the best flavor and texture.

Due to the ingredients, you do not want to freeze egg salad. As it thaws, the texture will be totally off, and the flavor will not be the same.

Egg salad sandwich sitting on a white plate with instant pot and a tray of eggs in the background.

Serving Suggestions

Consider serving up with some salty potato chips or green salad, or go further with some French fries.

You can also serve next to a fruit salad to balance out the savory and offer some sweetness. Or sip on some strawberry tea as you eat your sandwich.

Recipe FAQs

Is egg salad good for your diet?

Egg salad contains a good amount of fat. To make it a bit healthier, use a lower-fat mayonnaise or even plain Greek yogurt.

What mayo is the best for egg salad?

Hellman’s and Best Foods mayonnaise seem to be the most popular mayonnaise brands when it comes to egg salad recipes on the internet.

Can I eat egg salad warm?

If your salad is freshly made and you don’t want to wait for it to chill, you can go ahead and assemble your sandwich. Just know that the flavors won’t be as blended, but it is still delicious!

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5 from 11 votes

Hard Boiled Eggs in Instant Pot (Egg Salad Recipe)


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Instant Pot Egg Salad is a great way to hard boil your eggs with a hands off approach. This egg salad with mayonnaise is a must make for a quick lunch, protein snack or light dinner. The whole family will enjoy this Instant Pot recipe.

Ingredients 

  • 6 Eggs
  • ⅓ to ½ cup (78 6/7 ml) Mayonnaise as desired
  • 1 Tablespoon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon each: Salt Pepper, Paprika, and Dried Dill
  • 1-2 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) Lemon Juice optional

Instructions

  • Pour 4 cups of water into the Instant Pot. Place a trivet or metal steaming basket inside the pot.
  • Arrange eggs on the trivet or in the steaming basket.
    6 Eggs
  • Secure the Instant Pot lid and set it to manual mode for 5-7 minutes of cooking time, based on the preferred doneness of the eggs.
  • Use the quick pressure release method; once safe, open the lid. Transfer eggs with a slotted spoon to a large bowl of ice water to cool.
  • After cooling, peel the eggs and place them in a separate bowl.
  • Mash the eggs using a fork or potato masher until finely diced, or use a food processor for chopping.
  • Add mayonnaise and mustard until achieving the desired creaminess. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and dill; adjust to taste.
    ⅓ to ½ cup Mayonnaise,1 Tablespoon Mustard,1 teaspoon each: Salt
  • Finish by adding lemon juice to taste.
    1-2 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

Notes

  • When you use the Instant Pot, you will find that adjusting the time by a minute or two will affect how done your eggs are. Feel free to cook as you would like to doneness of eggs.
  • Make sure to follow the process of the directions to ensure perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  • Chilling the egg salad will help enhance and blend all the flavors of this hard boiled egg recipe. Feel free to make it in advance so it has time to chill.
  • Dice up some fine celery, peppers, or other veggies and add to the mixture for added crunch.
  • Serve on bread for tasty egg salad sandwiches or croissants, or even make into lettuce wraps for a low-carb option.
  • Adding diced pickles, dill, or sweet relish will enhance the flavor of the salad.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 150kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0.04g Cholesterol: 169mg (56%) Sodium: 557mg (24%) Potassium: 70mg (2%) Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 0.3g Vitamin A: 248IU (5%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Vitamin D: 1µg (7%) Calcium: 28mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This quick and simple way to make hard boiled eggs for egg salad is perfect for me. I can’t wait to try this.

  2. 5 stars
    This is fully awesome! I have always had a hard time getting my hard boiled eggs to come out right, and this makes it so easy.

  3. 5 stars
    This egg salad recipe was so delish! Perfect combination of flavors, will definitely be making this egg salad again.

  4. 5 stars
    I LOVE egg salad, but I’ve never tried making it in the instant pot. This seems so much more convenient!

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