Air Fryer Eggs – Hard Boiled or Soft Boiled

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Air fryer eggs are a simple, convenient way to make hard-boiled or soft-boiled eggs! The eggs are very easy to peel and are perfect for using for a quick breakfast, as a snack, or in your favorite salad.

Air fryer eggs aren’t really boiled eggs, since the recipe has no water and only one ingredient – eggs. But the resulting eggs are the consistency of boiled eggs.

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Eggs are an excellent, inexpensive source of protein and one of the best foods to eat for breakfast. And when you make air fryer eggs you can make a lot of eggs without much effort, making this a great idea for weekly meal prep.

In addition, a simple change in cooking time means you can also make soft boiled or medium, jammy eggs with a soft yolk. These eggs are easy to peel and taste amazing whether you want eggs for breakfast or for a snack.

Why Use an Air Fryer for Hard Boiled Eggs?

Unlike most air fryer recipes, using one to cook eggs is not necessarily faster. You can make them on the stove in about the same amount of time.

So why air fry eggs? I do it because it is so much simpler than the traditional method of boiling eggs. Just stick the eggs in the basket and turn it on.

You don’t have to watch to see if the water has boiled, remember to put a lid on the saucepan or adjust the heat. It is a set it and forget it recipe and it doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

eggs and ice water in front of air fryer

Does the Type of Egg Matter?

Yes, the size and freshness of the eggs will affect how they cook and peel. I assume that most people are cooking large or medium eggs from the grocery store.  If you have smaller or larger eggs adjust the cooking time accordingly. 

If you buy eggs from a farmer or local chicken enthusiast you find that they don’t hard boil as well as older eggs. As eggs get older the white shrinks, which makes them peel better. So if you get farm fresh eggs let them age a week before hard boiling.

How to Make Eggs in Air Fryer

Put the eggs in the air fryer basket. Make sure you leave room between them so that the air can circulate. I can fit 12 eggs in my 5.8-quart Cosori air fryer, but more than that would overcrowd it.

eggs in air fryer basket

Set the air fryer at 250 degrees F and cook for the time indicated in the chart below.

TypeTemperatureCook Time
soft-boiled250 F13 minute
medium-boiled (jammy)250 F15 minute
hard-boiled250 F17 minute
Cooking Eggs in Air Fryer

While they are cooking add water and ice to a large bowl to make an ice water bath. Cooling the eggs in an ice bath is the key to having easy-peel eggs.

putting the eggs in the ice water bath

Once they are done cooking transfer the eggs from air fryer basket into the bowl of water. Let them cool for 10 minutes. If the ice all melts add a little more so they stay in cold water.

Then take them out, dry them off and store them in an airtight container in the frig. Don’t peel them until you are ready to eat them.

Hard-boiled eggs will keep for up to 1 week. Soft boiled or jammy eggs will keep for about 2 days in the refrigerator.

peel and cut hard boiled eggs in front of air fryer

Serving Ideas

These air fryer hard-boiled eggs make a quick, high-protein snack or a perfect breakfast, especially paired with air fryer toast. But there are also many great recipes that use hard-boiled eggs.


How long does it take to cook an egg in an air fryer?

It takes about 17 minutes to make hard-boiled eggs at 250 degrees F.

Is it safe to boil eggs in an air fryer?

Eggs are perfectly safe to cook in the air fryer.

Key Tips for This Recipe

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

While these are “hard-boiled eggs” there is no actual water or boiling involved in this recipe.

Cooling the eggs in a cold water bath is the key to easy peeling hard-boiled eggs.

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eggs on a plate with more in air fryer
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Air Fryer Eggs

Published By Anne
Air fryer eggs are a simple, convenient way to make hard-boiled or soft-boiled eggs!
Prep Time1 minute
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Servings: 12 eggs
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  • 12 eggs (or fewer, depending on the size of your air fryer)


  • Preheat the air fryer at 250F for 5 minutes.
  • Add eggs to the basket and cook them at 250 °F for the times given below. Make sure they are in a single layer and there is room for the air to circulate.
    Soft Boiled : 13 minutes
    Medium Boiled (jammy) : 15 minutes
    Hard Boiled : 17 minutes
    chart of temperatures to use for cooking hard boiled eggs
  • While eggs are cooking combine ice and water to make a big bowl of ice water.
  • When eggs are done remove them from the fryer basket directly into the ice bath and let them cool for 10 minutes.
  • Peel and serve or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.


  • While these are "hard-boiled eggs" there is no actual water or boiling involved in this recipe.
  • Cooling the eggs in a bowl of ice water is the key to easy peeling.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 72kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 71mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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17 thoughts on “Air Fryer Eggs – Hard Boiled or Soft Boiled”

  1. This recipie is not good at all for hard boiled eggs! Says 7 minutes at 250f. They were still raw!!! I wasted a lot of eggs!

  2. 3 stars
    Okay, tonight I needed to make a batch of deviled eggs. I boiled a dozen for 15 minutes as usual and cooled them off. While they were boiling, I cooked one egg in my Ninja Foodi oven type air fryer as an experiment. I set it to 250F and 17 minutes as instructed here. It cooked but not as completely as boiling. When boiling, the yolks fall out of the white part when you’re preparing to mash them for deviled eggs. I’ll try again and set the time for 5 more minutes (22 min total). I’m sure every air fryer is different and you have to do a test first. It seems that all these online recipe people use only the basket type air fryer. I evolved from those long ago. The oven type air fryer has plenty of room to spread foods out. I couldn’t do without it.

    • Hi Bill, I, too, have the oven type air fryer (26qt.) Through trial and error, I learned to add 5 minutes to every air fryer basket-type recipe. The air fryer ovens are much larger, thus requiring more heating time. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of air fry oven recipes online.


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