Making Hard Boiled Eggs In An Air Fryer – Useless Hack Or Game Changer?

Egg-cellent egg cooking hack: How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in an Air Fryer!

Say goodbye to over-boiled, rubbery eggs and hello to perfectly cooked, ‘hard-boiled’ eggs without using any water with your trusty air fryer! But is it really a game changer or just another short-lived hack?

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I know what you’re thinking, “But wait, can eggs even survive in an air fryer without exploding?” Yes, they can – if you get the temperature just right. I did put this viral TikTok hack to the test and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

All you need is eggs, an air fryer, and some ice cubes to make perfectly cooked eggs hassle-free and with minimal cleanup. Simply set your air fryer to 135°C or 275°F for 15 minutes, remove the egg and plop it into an ice bath, wait for it to cool down, and peel away.

But don’t just take my word for it; check out the video below on the recipe card and see it yourself.

Whether you prefer your eggs runny, medium-cooked, or hard-boiled, the cooking time can be adjusted.

Air Fryer ‘Boiled Eggs’ Cooking Times And Temperature

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Here are approximate cooking times for soft-boiled, medium-boiled, and hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer:

Boiled EggsCooking TimeTemperature (°F)
Soft Boiled9-10 minutes275°F
Medium Boiled11-12 minutes275°F
Hard Boiled14-15 minutes275°F

Note: Cooking times may vary based on the size of the eggs and the air fryer model being used.

Here Is How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs In An Air Fryer:

a man seaming for the instruction how to cook hard boiled eggs in an air fryer
  1. Get cracking: Crack open your air fryer and remove any unhatched chicken eggs (just kidding, it’s just a kitchen appliance and not an incubator!).
  2. Place the eggs in the fryer basket: Gently place the room-temperature eggs in the air fryer basket, making sure they don’t bump into each other like two siblings in a car (that never ends well).
  3. Set the temperature: Set the temperature to 270°F (135°C) and the timer for 15 minutes. Then sit back and relax, or do a little dance around the kitchen, your call.
  4. Chill out: Once the timer goes off, immediately remove the eggs from the air fryer and place them in a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the cooking process.
  5. Let ’em cool: Let the eggs cool for a few minutes in the ice bath or until you can handle them without scorching your fingers.
  6. Peel away: Once they’re cool enough, start peeling the eggs like a boss, tapping them lightly with the back of a spoon to help with the peeling process. If you’re having trouble, check out this fail-proof egg-peeling hack here!
  7. Enjoy your perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs: Slice them in half, add salt and pepper or your favorite toppings, and enjoy!

Read Also: 11 Uncommon Things To Cook In An Air Fryer (And 4 You Should Not).

Easy Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Cooking hard-boiled eggs have never been easier with the air fryer! Say goodbye to the traditional stovetop boiling method and hello to perfectly cooked, hard-boiled, or hard-fried eggs. The air fryer’s rapid hot air circulation system not only cooks your eggs evenly but also eliminates the need for any water, giving you perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs every time. Whether you’re looking for a quick and healthy snack, an easy addition to your meal prep, or just a fun kitchen experiment, this recipe will guide you step by step on how to cook hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer.

So, let’s get started!

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Keep the screen of your device on


  • 5 Eggs (chicken or duck eggs)

  • Ice and water


  • Carefully place the room-temperature eggs into the air fryer basket.
  • Carefully place the basket in the air fryer.
  • Set the air fryer timer for 15 minutes.
  • Set the air fryer temreture to 275°F (135°C).
  • While the eggs are cooking, put some ice and water into the bowl.
  • When the eggs are ready, immediately remove them from the air fryer and put them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and make them easier to peel.
  • Peel the eggs.

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  • The cooking time for eggs in an air fryer can vary depending on the size of the eggs and on an air fryer. If it is your first time cooking eggs in an air fryer, make a note of the cooking time and adjust the cooking time as needed next time.
  • Experiment with different cooking temperatures and times to find the method that works best for your particular air fryer and preferences.
  • If you have leftover eggs, store them in the refrigerator as soon as possible. To avoid contamination, store them in a container with a lid and use them within a few days.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do you need to reheat the air fryer before cooking eggs?

You typically do not need to preheat the air fryer before cooking eggs. Simply place the eggs in the air fryer basket and set the temperature and cooking time according to your desired level of doneness. However, if you do choose to preheat the air fryer, keep in mind that the cooking time may need to be adjusted accordingly, as preheating the air fryer can slightly reduce the time needed to cook the eggs.

Could an egg with a shell explode in an air fryer?

It is possible for an egg with a shell to explode in an air fryer if the temperature is too high. To prevent this, keeping the temperature below 300°F (149°C) when cooking eggs in the air fryer is best. Additionally, it is best to use room-temperature eggs as they are less likely to crack or explode in the hot air environment.

What temp do you air fry eggs?

The recommended temperature for air frying eggs is 275°F or 135°C.

Why do my air fryer eggs have brown spots on them?

Brown spots on air-fried eggs are typically caused by a buildup of heat in certain areas, similar to cooking them in the oven. The high heat causes a Maillard reaction and forms brown spots. This is a natural occurrence and is not harmful to eat.

Read Also: How To Boil Duck Eggs To Perfection (Boiling Times And Tips).

In Conclusion

Making hard-boiled eggs in an air fryer could be a game-changer for egg lovers everywhere. No more waiting for a pot of water to boil. Whichever air fryer you have, Cosori, Ninja, Breville, Philips, or Tower, just pop the eggs in the air fryer basket, set the temperature to 275°F, and voila! You’ll have perfect, fluffy, air-fried eggs in 15 minutes.

Just give it a go and let me know in the comment below if it is better than the conventional boiling or steaming method.

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About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.