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Hard Boiled Eggs (Air Fryer Recipe)

This is the best air fryer hard boiled eggs recipe around. If you need easy-to-peel eggs every time, this is your recipe! They taste so fresh that you will never want to make hard boiled eggs on the stove again.

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Hard-Boiled Air Fried Eggs on a small wooden cutting board

Why you should Hard Boil Eggs in Air Fryer

Here is the only fool-proof way to make hard boiled eggs in the air fryer. Most people don’t preheat their air fryer causing their eggs to cook unevenly. I’ve also mastered how to make the eggs easy to peel every single time you make them. Even my kids can peel them easily!

This recipe gets a rich and buttery perfect yellow yolk every time. You can try my air fryer soft boiled egg recipe if you like a runnier yolk.

Can you make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer?

Absolutely! I’ve cooked this hard boiled egg recipe, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, and so many more in the air fryer!

Air Fryer I recommend: Large, easy to clean, square basket, burner on top and bottom. Click to see it.

How to Hard Boil Eggs in Air Fryer

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 270 degrees F (130 degrees Celcius). 

STEP TWO: Place the cold large eggs in the air fryer, preferably on a wire rack. You can cook the eggs without a rack, but I find it helps the eggs from moving to make perfectly boiled eggs.

Eggs Inside Air Fryer on Rack

STEP THREE: Cooking the eggs for 15-17 minutes. Carefully remove the air fried hard boiled eggs and immediately place them in a bowl full of cold water and ice cubes until cool, at least 5 minutes.

Peel the eggs and top with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Hard-Boiled Eggs in Ice Bath

Tips for making a Hard Boiled Egg in Air Fryer

  • Use an air fryer rack to prevent your eggs from cracking.
  • Use older eggs for easy peeling — I like to use mine when they’re set to expire in a week to use them all up.
  • Use an ice bath as soon as the air fried eggs are done cooking! — This will prevent your eggs from continuing to cook after you’ve removed them from the air fryer.
  • Cook 1 to 2 minutes longer for a stiffer egg yolk
  • Cook about 2 minutes less for jammy eggs or air fryer soft boiled eggs.
  • Air fry in a single layer when cooking hard boiled eggs for even cooking
Easily peeling a hard boiled egg made in the air fryer

How to use Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs Peeled and Halved on cutting board

How to store Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Store air fried hard boiled eggs in the fridge for up to one week, whether they are peeled or unpeeled.

If your air fryer eggs are peeled, place them in a bowl of cold water and cover the bowl. Make sure to replace the water daily!

Alternatively, you could place them in an airtight container with a damp paper towel to keep them fresh.

If your air fryer boiled eggs are unpeeled, store them in a container in the fridge. 

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs halved on a cutting board

Hard Boiled Eggs Air Fryer FAQs

Will Eggs Explode in the Air Fryer?

No! Boiling eggs in the air fryer will not cause them to explode. Make sure to follow temperature and cook times to prevent any sort of cooking mishaps. 

How Long Does It Take to Hard Boil Eggs in an Air Fryer?

Air fried eggs cook in just 15-17 minutes. If you want a soft yolk, remove your hard boiled eggs around the 15-minute mark. For a firm yolk, cook for 17-20 minutes. 

What Are the Brown Spots on My Hard Boiled Eggs in the Air Fryer?

Brown spots on your cooked eggs just mean that you haven’t cleaned the heating coils of your air fryer in a while. It won’t ruin your eggs, but you may want to consider cleaning your air fryer ASAP!

Why are my air fryer eggs hard to peel?

After cooking your eggs, place them in ice cold water immediately for at least 5 minutes, but I recommend 15 or more minutes. This will completely cool the eggs down and make them easier to peel.
Another hack to getting easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs is to use older eggs. Newer eggs tend to cling to the egg shells more causing them to be harder to peel.

Can you overcook eggs in air fryer?

Yes, you can overcook eggs in the air fryer. Overcooked eggs will become rubbery and the egg yolks will start to turn green along the outsides.
To avoid overcooking, place the eggs in an ice bath as soon as they are done cooking in the air fryer. This stops the cooking process immediately.

Closeup of one Hard Boiled Egg peeled and halved

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How to Cook Air Fryer Boiled Eggs at 300 degrees

If your air fryer does not go down to 270 degrees F, you can use this method instead.

Place your eggs in the air fryer at 300 degrees F and cook for about 12 to 13 minutes (150 degrees Celcius).

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Yield: 4 servings

Hard Boiled Eggs in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs halved on a cutting board

An easy way to make a healthy hard-boiled egg breakfast in an air fryer.

Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 to 12 eggs (large)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the air fryer to 270 degrees F.
  2. Place eggs in the air fryer, preferably on a wire rack, and cook for 15-17 minutes.
  3. Immediately place eggs in a bowl full of cold water and ice until cool, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Peel eggs and top with salt and pepper or refrigerate up to one week.


Older eggs will peel easier than fresher eggs.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 145mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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38 thoughts on “Hard Boiled Eggs (Air Fryer Recipe)”

    • I’m sorry they didn’t work for you, Elaine. I make hard-boiled eggs in the air fryer using this method all the time and others have had success as well.

      Did you fully preheat the air fryer prior to placing the eggs in there?

    • Hi. I have a Power XL Vortex Pro. I know how to preheat but how do I know when it’s preheated. My book that came with it doesn’t say. Also I saw a video on FB saying he turns his upside down to clean the top on the inside. Is that ok? Can you help me with these questions? Thanks

    • Hi Dail, great questions. I recommend using this chart for air fryer preheating times and temperatures. Since it’s a larger air fryer, use the upper times listed depending on what temperature you need: https://www.everydayfamilycooking.com/how-to-preheat-air-fryer/

      And yes, for cleaning, you should be able to turn the air fryer upside when cooled and not plugged in to clean it. You can see how I clean the coils of mine here: https://www.everydayfamilycooking.com/how-to-clean-air-fryer/

    • Hi Deb, the time and temp will stay the same for one dozen eggs, but please make sure there is space between each egg to ensure even cooking.

    • I made them too. Some recipes say preheat and some say set to 270 and put the eggs in. Which is it? Mine were cooked perfectly at the yolks but they were nearly impossible to peel. Just very frustrating. Glad I only made 4 for trying it out.

    • Hi Brenda, I have always preheated my air fryer to make the hard-boiled eggs. I make these on the regular and the eggs peel perfectly. Older and cold eggs will peel the best.

    • Wow! I have to admit, I was skeptical. They turned out perfect at 17 minutes. The outsides were a little browned, but the taste was great!

    • Isn’t it crazy how great they taste?! The brown on the eggs is actually any grease that is sitting on the fan or top of the air fryer. I recommend doing a deep clean of the top of your air fryer, but soaking the hard-boiled eggs in water will take any of the grease away.

    • Hi there! I tried this recipe with my brand new air fryer and got brown spots. I noticed you said it was from the air fryer being dirty. Any thoughts? The recipe was great but the spots were a bit unappetizing. Thank you!

    • Hi Chris, was this the absolute first thing you cooked in your air fryer? The spots should disappear when soaked in water.

  1. Hi – I have a Ninja air fryer AF100. The temperature only goes down to 300 degrees! Have any idea what temp to use for hard boiled eggs?

    • Hi Donna, I would drop the timing down when cooking the hard boiled eggs at 300 degrees to about 13 minutes.

  2. Hi Samantha, Thank you so much for all of these recipes you have shared! I just got my first air fryer and have not used it yet. I will be trying some of these recipes soon! I look forward to some more dessert recipes too!

  3. This didn’t work for me. I have a ninja foodi digital air fryer oven. I rotated the eggs around a couple of times during the cooking process. After 15 minutes the yolk was still runny. I continued cooking an additional 4 minutes. The yolk was then perfect but the whites were scortched.

    • Hi Tracci, so sorry this didn’t work for you! One possible cause could be opening of the air fryer several. Each time you open the air fryer it does let some heat out and I know moving eggs around can take a good minute to do. I usually set the timer for 15 minutes and don’t touch them until I pull them out. We just made some more hard-boiled eggs yesterday and they come out perfect every time!

    • This is certainly not on topic, but Tracci, you are the absolute first person that has the same name spelling as I do that I have EVER come across in my 59 years!! Wow!

    • Hi Gail, yes, hard-boiled eggs, in general, will work in your oven with the air fryer, but they may need more time than these directions as an oven-range is much bigger and the air circulation can have less of an effect than a normal smaller air fryer.

  4. Eggs straight from Fridge, preheated to 270 degrees, popped eggs in for 16 minutes, when time was up, immediately submerged them in Ice water for 5 minutes, pulled one out, peeled it, salted it, WAS PERFECT

  5. This worked perfectly for me. My yolks were firm. The white was fully cooked. Next time I may cook them for 12-13 minutes instead of 15 just for a softer yolk. But this was great!

  6. eggs turned out perfect..i emptied two trays of ice, add water and when eggs were done after 15 minutes took them out put in ice water waited 5 minutes peeled perfect and were done all the way thru no mess at all at 270 degrees..ty love it

  7. i just got my air fryer for christmas i pluged it in and i thought it was broken but my brother showed me how it worked we had a good laugh but i fixed chicken patties and french fries ( yummy) going to try more recipies

    • Haha. I love that. I have had times where my basket is out and I think I broke it. Always has been user error for me. LOL.

    • Hi Minda, it sounds like your air fryer is in celsius and not Fahrenheit. It would be about 130 degrees in celsius.

  8. Your recipes are excellent! Popped three cold eggs out the fridge onto a rack,270 degrees for 17 minutes,cold water bowl 5 mins. perfect! I have tried several other of yours and comes out great. Thanks much. My new air fryer broke on the rottessori part,but I took it apart and put thread lock on the belt screw that vibrated out,and now I love it. -steve meekins Air Fry Guy

    • Fresh eggs are just harder to peel in general. I recommend letting them sit for a bit and get a little older and they should peel much easier.

  9. I made 4 of them, and they came out great!!!! Very surprised. I put them in for 17 mins straight from fridge and did not pre-heat. It’s weird, to me they taste lighter.

  10. If you have trouble with this recipe it may be the size of the eggs you are using. I usually only buy extra large and they come out perfect in preheated oven at 270 but I need to cook them for 23 minutes if cold from the fridge Hope this helps.


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