Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs

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Check out my Instant Pot soft boiled eggs! These are the easiest foolproof way to make soft boiled eggs. Firm whites with a soft yolk center.

Serve up these easy-peel eggs for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. You will never want to make soft boiled eggs any other way. With our Instant Pot eggs, you get perfect egg yolks every single time.

Eggs, a cup of water and an electric pressure cooker are all you need to have the perfect soft boiled egg. This is the best way to make easy peel eggs that are simply delicious and perfect for breakfast or to top a bowl of ramen.

soft boiled eggs on toast

Instant Pot steamed eggs are my go to method. So don't wait, run and grab that pressure cooker and whip up some delicious eggs! Top toast, serve with pasta, or eat for breakfast. Whatever the case is, learn how to make soft boiled eggs perfect at home.

Looking for our top eggs recipe? Our most searched egg recipe is for perfect hard boiled eggs. The best method we've found for both hard and soft boiled eggs is the pressure cooker method. Instant Pot hard boiled eggs are the best thing for making a dozen eggs or more at a time.

Why I Recommend Making Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs

  • Easy
  • Minimal prep
  • Hands off cooking
  • Instant Pot handles all the work
  • Delicious
  • The best soft boiled eggs
  • Easy Peel
  • Perfect eggs
  • Runny yolk


  • Eggs
  • Water
eggs in bowl

How to Make

Full directions on how to make soft boiled eggs in Instant Pot are in the printable recipe card below.

Start by adding your water into the Instant pot liner.

add water to instant pot

Place the steamer insert into the pot, and place your eggs into the pot of water.

Place the lid on, and seal. Then you will pressure cook for low manual pressure for 3 minutes.

steamer basket in instant pot with eggs in it

While the eggs are cooking run cold water into an ice water bath.

Once the eggs are done, release pressure, and then remove eggs and place into the cold ice water.

Let the eggs sit for around 30 seconds to a minute. Then remove from water, crack, peel and eat your soft boiled eggs!

The total cook time includes the time the pot is building up to pressure, the minutes when the actual cook time starts, and the time the pot is releasing the pressure. Soft boiled eggs use a quick pressure release time, which is different from the hard boiled Instant Pot eggs. For those, you have 5 minutes of natural pressure release time prior to the quick release.


Soft boiled eggs in the shell can last around 2 days in the fridge. You will not want to peel the eggs, until you are ready to eat.

I find that these steam-boiled eggs are best when served fresh. But you can save some for later on if you want.

This way to store works for stovetop cooked eggs or pressure cooker soft boiled eggs.

Successful Tips

Here are a few tips and tricks for making soft boiled eggs!

  • You need to make sure your eggs are not in the water. Whether you do a steamer, trivet, silicone sling, etc. Keep the eggs out of directly touching the water.
  • Feel free to make as many or as few as you would like. The cook time will remain the same.
  • Don't skip the ice bath. It is important to stop the cooking process. Otherwise, you can run the risk of overcooking your eggs.
  • Using a different number of eggs? There aren't different times for the cooking process. Just follow the usual routine, allow the steam heat to do its job, make sure you have the precise amount of water that is required and enjoy this foolproof method for cooking eggs in your pressure cooker.
halved soft boiled eggs

Recipe FAQs

What is a soft boiled egg?

Soft boiled eggs are a soft-centered egg that offers a runny consistency, with a cooked white outer layer. A cross between a runny egg and a hard-boiled egg.

Does the size of the egg matter for soft-boiled eggs?

Yes, size matters when it comes to making soft-boiled eggs. Make sure if you are using a small egg you reduce the cooking time to say a minute or two.

It can be a bit of trial and error to find the perfect time to fit the preference of your eggs.

Can you reheat soft-boiled eggs?

Place an inch of water into a pot and add in your cooked eggs.

Allow them to heat up for 2-3 minutes.

Remove and allow to cool for just a minute, and enjoy.

What if I don't own an egg cup?

Want to crack off just the top of your soft eggshell, so you can dip toast? Take a small ramekin and add a little dry rice or even beans. Then take your cooked egg and place it in the mixture.

The rice will hold the egg in place, and you can gently tap the top of the egg to remove the shell and eat!

Interested in more egg recipes?

With all the ways to cook eggs, this recipe is a personal favorite of mine!

easy soft boiled egg on toast
Yield: 5 eggs

Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs

soft boiled eggs in bowl
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup cold water


    1. Add water to the bottom of the instant pot, followed by a steam basket.
    2. Place eggs onto steam basket.
    3. Put on lid, make sure knob is set to “Sealing”, then cook at low pressure for three minutes.
    4. Once timer beeps, do a quick release of steam, remove lid, and use tongs to carefully transfer eggs into a bowl of cold water.
    5. Once eggs are cool enough to handle, peel and enjoy!


  • These eggs are pretty finicky but three minutes seemed to be the magic number as long as they were removed from the instant pot immediately and placed into a cold water bath.
  • People should expect trial and error a few times to get their perfect soft-boiled egg done exactly how they like.
  • If you want to make the eggs a bit less runny but still soft boiled, then leave in for a 1-2 minute NPR before transferring to cold water.
  • It is important that both the eggs and the water are cold to start.

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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