Learn to make the best Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs! This hands off method delivers perfectly cooked, easy peel hard boiled eggs in air fryer every time!

Air fryer also makes perfect air fryer breakfast casserole!

Hard boiled eggs from air fryer cut in half on a plate.

Just when I thought making hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot was magic for recipes like healthy egg salad or egg muffins, the air fryer comes along and blows my mind!

I could eat air fryer hard boiled eggs every day. Chopped up in spinach salad, used in cauliflower potato salad, and deviled eggs for Easter. Or just keep in the fridge for snacking.

What Eggs Can I Use?

To make hard boiled eggs in air fryer you just need eggs.

Brown eggs in a plastic container.

You can use any eggs for this hard boiled eggs recipe.

Free range eggs, organic eggs, regular eggs, farm eggs, weeks old eggs, any size eggs. As long as you can fit eggs in air fryer in a single layer.

Not all appliances are created equal. Some people have experienced issues where they decide to air fry an entire batch that don’t quite turn out as they’d expect. I know this air fryer hard boiled eggs recipe works in my air fryer, but if you’re not sure about yours, test 1 or 2 eggs first.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in Air Fryer

To make hard boiled eggs in air fryer, just pop them in the basket, set the timer, and walk away. No water needed and completely hands free method.

Here is quick run down.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 250 degrees F. Once the timer beeps, place the eggs in air fryer in a single layer. There is no need for oil, cooking spray or water.
  • Air fry eggs for 17 minutes. In the meantime, prepare a bowl with an ice bath.
  • Once cooked, remove hard boiled eggs from the air fryer and transfer to the ice bath. Be careful, they’re hot! Do not try and remove the eggs with your hands. Use tongs.
  • Allow air fryer hard boiled eggs to sit and chill out for 10 minutes. An ice bath shocks them and forces them to stop cooking.

Once no longer hot to the touch, grab one hard boiled egg at a time, give it a gentle tap and slowly peel away at the shell.

Tips for Perfect Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs

Here are my top tips for the best hard boiled eggs in air fryer.

  • Test your eggs: If you have a different air fryer than I do, test 1 or 2 eggs at first. This way you don’t waste an entire carton.
  • Adjust the cooking time: If your air fryer hard boiled eggs are not cooked the way you like them.
  • For soft boiled eggs in air fryer: Lower the cooking time by a few minutes. Give or take depending on your air fryer make and model.
A plate of air fryer hard boiled eggs that are cut in half.

Recipes to Use Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs In

There are so many uses for air fryer hard boiled eggs. Here are our favorite ways.

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’re making the whole dozen of hard boiled eggs in air fryer and you know you’re not going to use them all, don’t peel all of them. The shells keep them fresher for longer, up to 7 days in the fridge uncovered.

If you do peel the hard boiled eggs, store in an airtight container in the fridge for no more than 3 days.

Refrigerate air fryer hard boiled eggs within 2 hours to keep them fresh.


My air fryer only goes down to 300 degrees, how long should I air fry my eggs?

In this case, air fry hard boiled eggs for 10-12 minutes. Again, this is another situation where you might want to test 1 or 2 before doing the entire batch.

Will eggs explode in the air fryer?

No. We’re not heating eggs in high heat, so there is no rapid change in temperature. It’s a slower heat over 17 minutes. If you’re worried, you can let your eggs sit at room temperature beforehand so they’re not super cold going in.

How long do you cook hard boiled eggs in the air fryer?

For air fryer hard boiled eggs, cook them for 17 minutes at 250 degrees F. For soft boiled eggs, drop that down to about 13-14 minutes, depending on your air fryer. If you are using higher heat, for example, 300 degrees F, set the air fryer for about 12 minutes.

Can you freeze air fryer hard boiled eggs?

I don’t recommend freezing leftover air fryer hard boiled eggs whole. The texture of the egg whites becomes unpleasant and rubbery.

What I do recommend is to remove the egg yolks and freeze them on their own on a baking sheet first. Then, transfer to a freezer friendly bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

Do I have to use an ice water bath with hard boiled eggs?

Technically no. You can allow hard boiled eggs to cool on their own. The ice water bath stops the cooking process, so if you allow them to cool on their own, there is a higher chance of overcooking the eggs and grey coating around the yolk.

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Air fryer hard boiled eggs cut in half on a plate.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in Air Fryer

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs without any boiling water. Hands free method delivers perfectly cooked and easy to peel eggs every time!
4 from 4 votes
Servings 1 egg
Calories 63
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 17 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes



  • Preheat air fryer at 250 F degrees. Add as many eggs as you can fit into a single layer.
  • Air fry for 17 minutes.
  • Remove cooked eggs into an ice bath and let eggs cool off for 10 minutes.
  • To peel the eggs, tap a few times on the counter and remove the shell with your hands.


  • Store: Refrigerate peeled eggs in a container with a lid for up to 3 days. Unpeeled eggs can be refrigerated uncovered for up to 7 days. Unpeeled eggs last longer. Freshly cooked eggs last for up to 2 hours at room temperature.
  • Freeze? Cooked eggs do not freeze well. The egg whites become rubbery. You can always use up the cooked eggs whites first and freeze the egg yolks.
  • Egg size: I used large eggs. If your eggs come out a bit undercooked, air fry for 19 minutes next time.
  • If you’re air fryer only goes down to 300 degrees set the air fryer for about 12 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Sugar: 1g
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    These were so easy and unlike when I have made them on stove, none of them cracked! Also, husband raved how easy peel they were!

  2. 5 stars
    Very simple. My husband tried this tonight and it worked exactly as said and the eggs were very easy to peel.

  3. Very excited to try this. I love soft boiled eggs but hate trying to peel them! Hopefully this method might make it easier. I never thought of using an air fryer. Thanks!

    1. I hope they peel easy for you, Lawrence! And if not, place them for extra time in ice bath and cook a tad longer next time.

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