Air fryer eggs, my new favorite way to “boil” eggs for meal prep! It’s as easy as can be to make either hard boiled, soft boiled, and jammy eggs in the air fryer. Learn how to do it right, with all the tips and tricks to get your eggs exactly how you like them!
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My air fryer has become my new kitchen best friend. I use It for everything from roasted potatoes to homemade tortilla chips to pork tenderloin! I even put together an Air fryer cook times chart to reference whenever I’m cooking.
And now I’m using my air fryer to take my weekly meal prep to the next level, by making perfect “boiled” eggs. Now it will definitely take some experimenting to master air fryer eggs, but once you do, you’ll be able to make them exactly the way you like them, every single time!
But best of all, air fried eggs are incredibly easy to peel. I’ve tried EVERY SINGLE trick, and these eggs are by far the easiest to peel… It’s almost like they peel themselves. I don’t know the science behind this, but I suspect it’s because the dry heat and convection naturally pulls the shell from the membrane as they cook.
And I’m showing you how to make soft boiled, jammy, and hard boiled eggs, so whatever way you like them, you can make them!
First, preheat your air fryer. I set my air fryer to a low temperature to mimic a simmering pot of water, like what you’d set eggs in when boiling eggs.
Next, add your eggs to the air fryer basket or rack. As best you can, leave space between each egg. It’s normal if they roll a bit, but this allows the air to circulate properly. Place the basket back into the air fryer and cook.
⏱️ Cook Times
- Soft Boiled Eggs: 9-10 minutes
- Jammy Eggs: 11-13 minutes
- Hard Boiled Eggs: 14-15 minutes
Last, remove the eggs and set them immediately into an ice bath. What’s an ice bath? An ice bath is just a bowl filled with ice and cold water. Submerging the eggs in the ice cold water stops the cooking process quickly, that way you have full control over the doneness of your eggs.
Lastly, when the eggs are cool but not yet chilled, remove them, crack the shells and peel. I recommend starting at the bottom/fattest part of the egg, because that’s usually where the air bubble forms.
- Leave some space: Because the air fryer uses convection to cook, the air needs to circulate in order to cook evenly. As best you can, leave a little space between each egg and don’t overfill the air fryer. My air fryer basket has grooves that the eggs sit in nicely to keep them from rolling around.
- Experiment with cook times: There are a lot of factors that influence air frying cooking times! The strength of your air fryer, its temperature settings, the size and fullness of your basket, as well as the size of the eggs you use will all play into the equation.
Use this as a reference to guide your cooking, but do expect there to be a learning curve. Plan to experiment a bit to find the ideal cook time for the eggs you like, so start by cooking one or two eggs until you get a handle on it.
- If the yolk has a green ring around it: That usually happens when eggs are cooked too long or at too high of a temperature. It’s not appetizing but they are totally safe to eat. Next time, shorten the cook time a bit.
- To get centered yolks: Turn your carton of eggs on its side in the refrigerator for about a day. When they cook, the yolks will stay more centered, which is perfect for presentation in recipes like deviled eggs.
Peel the eggs, but do not cut them until you’re ready to eat them. Transfer the cooked eggs to an airtight container or bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, per USDA.
I don’t recommend freezing boiled eggs, although it’s possible to do, and I’ve heard of some people doing it with success. But I’ve found that once you defrost frozen eggs, the whites tend to get mushy and watery, and the yolks get very mealy. Instead, I recommend air frying a fresh batch weekly or whenever you run out.
Now that you’ve got all these boiled eggs, what to do with them? Well there are just So. Many. Options!
Of course boiled eggs are fabulous all on their own, with just a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning or sea salt. But I’d also recommend trying my Egg Salad with Bacon (pictured above!) or Smoked Salmon & Eggs Platter, or maybe try a fun Potato Salad recipe! As a bonus, all of those recipes are Whole30 compatible and Keto friendly.
Okay, all that’s left now is to grab your air fryer and start cooking!
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Air Fryer Eggs – Hard or Soft Boiled
- 4 large eggs up to 12 eggs, depending on the size of your air fryer
- Preheat your air fryer to 270° F to 275° F. If your air fryer doesn't go lower in temperature than 300° F, set it to 300° F.
- Add the eggs to the basket, leaving a little space between each one. Close the air fryer.
- For soft boiled eggs, cook for 9-11 minutes. For jammy eggs, cook 12-13. For hard boiled eggs, cook for 13-15 minutes. If you set your air fryer to 300° F, subtract about 1-2 minutes. Remember, you'll need to practice a bit to figure out how long to cook in your particular air fryer.
- While the eggs cook, prepare the ice bath. Fill a bowl halfway with ice, then add cold water until the bowl is 3/4 filled.
- Remove the eggs from the air fryer and set them in the ice bath for about 4-5 minutes, until cool but not cold (this makes them easier to peel). Gently crack the egg shells, rolling them a bit along a hard surface to make cracks along all sides. Peel and enjoy right away or store for later.