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How to Cook Instant Pot Poached Eggs

How to cook Instant Pot poached eggs are the perfect soft boiled breakfast served over avocado toast or by itself for a low carb meal. Here’s how easy they are to make in a Ninja Foodi or Crockpot Express too!

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Who hasn’t tried poached eggs in an Instant Pot yet?? Are you kidding me?? It’s the best low carb and keto friendly breakfast or snack you’ll ever try. Even my kids go crazy for these soft boiled eggs. Find this and more easy Instant Pot recipes here. (affiliate links present)

Ninja Foodi Poached Eggs

Yes you can make these in your Ninja Foodi or any other brand of pressure cooker you may have. With this pot you’ll use the lid that isn’t attached. I’m guilty of having ALL OF THEM, yes I have a Crockpot Express too.  It’s just how I make all of our meals nowadays…my oven misses me so much. 😉

In the past we made Soft Boiled Slow Cooker Eggs, which are also excellent. This way you can just set it and forget it until the machine beeps, and is faster. No more babysitting the pan on the stovetop anymore. Here’s a bit of info I always like to share before we go on any further….

If you are new to pressure cooking we have a lot of easy one pot meal recipes for you here. To begin with let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have (a 6 quart) and use for all recipe creations.

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How to Cook Pressure Cooker Eggs

I love this trick in particular because it’s not only great for breakfast, but for a quick low carb snack too. If you’re following a keto friendly diet you’re all too familiar with eggs, eggs, and more eggs right? Cooking them differently can really help mix things up a bit.

We have the perfect timing for them below so the yolks are not hard but perfectly tender and ooze all over when poked. We loved them so much we worked on how to do them as Soft Boiled Egg in Microwave too. You should try both methods and see which you prefer.

These babies really are the perfect food. Packed with protein, nutrients and can be made in a hundred different ways. From soft boiled to hard and everywhere in between it is up to you how “well done” you make them. I personally prefer cage free, organic, brown but white can be used just the same for this.


How to Make Poached Eggs Quick

When I first got my multi cooker I made Instant Pot hard boiled eggs and it was a game changer. Still to this day I make a large batch for everyone. Half get shelled and put in a freezer bag for kids to snack on. The other half is made into egg salad sandwich, my favorite meal.

  • It doesn’t matter whether you use white or brown eggs for soft boiled eggs.
  • I highly suggest using white if you’re going to hard boil eggs in oven or this way because it’s so much easier removing their shells.
  • We have a neighbor with a boat load of chickens so we get uber fresh ones on a weekly basis which means we make this a lot!!

Here is what you’ll need on hand to try this pressure cooker recipe today.

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Can you poach 2 eggs at once?

You don’t always want eggs fully cooked all the way through though right? I wanted to know can you do 2 at once so I didn’t have to stand by the stove in the morning and keep an eye on them. THIS is the answer! You can really make 4-5 at the same time now! Just have enough ramekins or glass dishes on hand.

How long does it take to poach an egg?

Well it depends on what method you’re using but typically it is the same all the way around. 3 minutes usually does the trick pressure cooked or held in a spoon inside boiling water. Now “perfect” is subjective so if you want the white a bit firmer, set to 4 minutes instead. You’ll figure out your best # on the first go around or so. 😉

Pay attention near the end when the beeper goes off, you will want to release the steam immediately or they will continue cooking. 😉

If you make it on the stovetop you have to ensure the water is at a bare simmer and stand there the whole time. Then you cook for 4 minutes. Timing varies depending on how hot the water is of course.  That’s where it gets tricky. You’ll need to make sure the water isn’t too hot, not hot enough, stand there and watch it intently while it cooks….it’s just a lot of guesswork.

instant pot soft boiled eggs

NOT anymore though!! Seriously, you will NEVER end up cooking poached eggs another way again after trying this method. This is what you’ll need to make this poached egg recipe;

Instant Pot Soft Boiled Eggs in Silicone

There are a few things you can use as cups to hold your cracked eggs. Silicone baking cups really work the best, the perfect size, inexpensive and allows you to cook 4 at a time, maybe 5 snuggly. You don’t want to overlap them but they can be right up against one another, they just may cook into interesting shapes if pressed together.

How to soft boil eggs in Instant Pot without silicone mold?

You could use small ramekins or Pyrex dishes that are about this same size. The only negative to using these is they don’t bend at all so you won’t be able to fit as many at a time. I use these sometimes to cook Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs and they are handy for that method too.

Some have used small mason jars to pressure cook the eggs inside of those. That works too. I have seen others use an egg mold but if you want to make eggs benedict those don’t work well.

  1. Eggs
  2. Silicone muffin cups
    1. A bit of non stick olive oil spray is handy to have too
    2. I use these to make air fryer egg bites too
  3. Electric pressure cooker
  4. Trivet – I like one with handles
  5. Water

Then you’re set, and seriously if you follow the timing you’ll never have to stand by and watch water boil again!

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How to make an egg poached at home

Timing will vary slightly depending on size of egg and how soft you like your egg whites and/or yolks.

  1. First you’ll want to add a cup of water into the inner pot.
  2. Then lower down a trivet so the eggs can steam essentially above the boiling water to create perfectly poached eggs.
  3. Spray a bit of cooking spray inside each silicone cup.
  4. Lower cups on to the trivet and crack 1 egg into each cup.
    1. using a measuring cup to pour into each one is helpful
  5. Close the lid and steam valve
  6. Set to high pressure for 3 minutes which will get you a bit of a runny egg white and yolk
    • 4 minutes will ensure whites are solid and yolk is runny

Do a quick release and remove the eggs by lifting out the trivet with pot holders

How do you poach eggs in a Ninja Foodi?

The same way my friend! Timing and instructions work for any brand you have. The only difference there may be is how many you can fit and cook at the same time. The lid that is NOT attached is the one you will use for this and the basket works as a trivet.

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How do you make poached eggs without a poacher?

Well if you have this fancy pressure cooker machine you now know the answer! Easy peasy and you’ll never mess them up again! NO need for watching boiling water, just set the time and it isn’t as tricky as making them on the stove.

Can poached eggs be made in advance?

Yes! You can poach them up to five days in advance technically. I personally like fresh, made to order but in case you need bunches and bunches. This can be a great tip for making poached eggs for a crowd.

How long do poached eggs last?

Once they’re done cooking, place them in an ice water bath and then inside freezer bags. Remove all the air and water. Then you can lay flat in the fridge for 4-5 days. 

Love using other methods other than your stovetop? You can give our Crockpot scrambled eggs a whirl too. Make both if you’re having a large crowd over.

air fryer eggs in pepper

Want to try something else new? Our omelette in a mug is great. Then try egg stuffed peppers some time! Here are a few questions you might have before you go any further;

What are the benefits of eating eggs?

They are a very good cheap, high quality source of protein for everyone. They’re even great for dogs! Did you know that more than half the protein in an egg is is actually in the egg white? I was shocked when I learned this. They also are a great source of Vitamin B2, are rich of selenium, Vitamin D, B6, B12, zinc, iron and copper. All of this in that little shell. Pretty amazing if you ask me!eggs

Are organic eggs better than regular eggs?

Organic isn’t necessarily better but it really depends on what you’re cooking and your personal preference of course. If you’re asking me, splurge on the organic I say. I can taste the difference, it’s a much richer flavor and worth the extra few bucks.

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Instant Pot Poached Eggs

Instant Pot poached eggs are the perfect soft boiled breakfast served over avocado toast or by itself for a low carb meal. Here's how easy they are to make!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, poached eggs, pressure cooker, soft boiled eggs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 63kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • Spray inside of silicone muffin cups with olive oil spray.
  • Pour cup of water into inner pot and lower trivet down.
  • Place muffin cups on trivet. Crack 1 egg into each one.
  • Close lid and steam valve and set to high pressure for 3 minutes. (timing will vary depending on size of your eggs and how runny you like them, 4 has more firm whites)
  • Do a quick release and peel cups off egg and on to toast or plate.


Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Poached Eggs
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 63 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 65mg3%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I couldn't get this to work. It took my foodi ten minutes to build up pressure - so the eggs were probably overcooked before the pressure cooking actually started. I ended up with solid poached eggs! Not nice! Any tips?


Saturday 5th of November 2022

@Cookie, same happened to me, did anyone help?


Saturday 12th of December 2020

Worked great. Sooo easy. Thanks.

The Typical Mom

Monday 14th of December 2020



Monday 26th of October 2020

This is so genius! My eggs turned out perfectly and breakfast for the family was all done at the same time!


Saturday 24th of October 2020

I PCed my eggs for 4 min at HI. They were not runny at all. Next time, I'll cook them for 2 1/2 to 3 min and see. The hubster ate them up, but 8 know he prefers them runnier. Thank you!

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