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Easy Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

These easy air fryer boiled eggs are such a delight, whether you’re having them for breakfast or incorporating them into a side dish. They come out the same every time, and they’re super easy to peel.

Bowl of soft boiled eggs

Soft Boiled, Medium, or Hard Boiled Eggs

Regardless of how you like your boiled eggs, the air fryer makes it super easy. I prefer soft boiled eggs because the yolk doesn’t seem quite as dry.

Although this method isn’t any faster than the old fashioned way of boiling eggs, it is so much more reliable. Also, they’re quite a bit easier to peel.

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs Ingredients

You need … eggs. Yep, that’s it.

Bowl of eggs

Unless you count the air fryer and a bowl of ice water. Those actually aren’t ingredients, though. They’re just the tools you need to cook the eggs.

I recommend reading this entire post before you start the recipe. You’ll find tips and other information that will help get the best results. However, if you’re in a hurry, feel free to tap on the jump-to-recipe button directly beneath the title. This takes you to the point directly above the printable recipe card.

How to Make Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

Yes, I realize these are not technically “boiled” eggs. But they look like boiled eggs, feel like boiled eggs, and taste like boiled eggs.

So that’s what I’m calling them.

Since this is such an easy and consistent recipe, you won’t want to veer from the directions.

However, you do need to decide whether you want soft, medium, or hard boiled eggs.

The timing will be different for each. I prefer soft boiled eggs most of the time. However, when I have company, I cook them just a tad longer.

This recipe is so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it before. First, place the eggs in your air fryer basket.

I’m using a 6-quart Instant Vortex air fryer that you can get from Amazon. I’ll put a link to it in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Eggs in an air fryer basket

Secondly, decide how you want your eggs cooked. Here’s the chart I use:

  • Soft boiled eggs – 15 minutes
  • Medium boiled eggs – 16 minutes
  • Hard Boiled eggs – 17 minutes

Set the timer on your air fryer accordingly. Since I wanted soft boiled eggs, I went with 15 minutes.

Next, you’ll need to set the temperature at 250 degrees F. 

Air fryer with the timer and temperature set

Turn on the air fryer and allow it to complete the cycle. You don’t have to worry about turning or flipping the eggs.

After the cycle is completed, carefully lift the eggs out of the air fryer basket and place them in a bowl of ice water.

I used tongs to prevent burning my fingers.

Putting eggs in a bowl of ice water

Leave the eggs in the ice water for at least 5 minutes. When you remove them, dry them off on a dish cloth or paper towel.

How to Peel Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

You’ll be blown away by how easy it is to peel these eggs.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been frustrated when the shell either stuck to the egg or a chunk of egg came off with the shell.

If you follow these directions, you’ll be able to peel the shell right off the egg without any problem.

First, tap the narrow end of the egg on a hard surface until it cracks. Next, crack the side and gently roll it over the hard surface to crack the egg all the way around.

Starting with the end you cracked in the beginning, peel the shell off of the egg.

The key is to get the thin membrane to peel with the egg, leaving the white part intact. Cracking the end helps you do this.

Half-peeled boiled egg

After I finish peeling the eggs, I rinse them under cool water to make sure there isn’t any of the shell left on it.

Now you can prepare your eggs for whatever you’re serving. 

Whether you’re making deviled eggs, putting them in a salad, or simply eating them, you’ll probably never go back to the old way of boiling eggs.

Bowl of soft boiled eggs

Important Considerations

Since air fryers can vary, you might want to test one or two eggs before you cook a whole batch.

I don’t recommend cooking more than 6 eggs at a time. You don’t want to crowd the air fryer, or you might wind up with inconsistent results.

Some air fryers have a preheat cycle. If yours does, you can add the eggs right after the machine reaches the correct temperature. 

Air fryer and bowl of soft boiled eggs

See this recipe shared at Weekend Potluck.

More Recipes

Sometimes, we add boiled eggs to salads, such as this Mediterranean salad. We like to change things up every now and then, and the eggs add so much flavor.

Or when we want more protein, we add them to this flavorful chickpea salad. The eggs are good, either sliced or crumbled over the other ingredients.

You can also use these eggs on this cob salad from Miz Helen’s Country Cottage. Miz Helen’s recipes are all delicious, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Mama’s potato salad wouldn’t be the same without boiled eggs. It adds substance and the texture you need to make it good.

If you enjoy a hearty breakfast, include these delicious fluffy scrambled eggs. The texture is perfect, and the flavor is spot on!

Yield: 12 deviled eggs

Air Fryer Boiled Eggs

Soft boiled eggs in a bowl

An air fryer takes all of the guesswork out of boiled eggs.

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 medium bowl of ice water


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 250 degrees F.
  2. Set the timer for 15 minutes for soft boiled, 16 minutes for medium boiled, and 17 minutes for hard boiled.
  3. Place the eggs in the basket, making sure they don't touch.
  4. Push the basket into the air fryer and cook until the time is up.
  5. Remove the basket and carefully place the eggs in a bowl of ice water.
  6. Leave them in the ice water for 5 minutes before peeling.
  7. Tap the shell on a hard surface to crack it. The shell should come right off without any trouble.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 186mgSodium 74mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 6g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Monday 2nd of November 2020

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