Perfect Air Fryer Eggs – Hard or Soft Boiled

There are several methods to boiling an egg, and all can go awry. You can fill a pot of water, bring it to a boil, and add the eggs to the hot water … and they can crack upon entry. Or you can start the eggs in cold water and bring them up to a boil to prevent cracking, but because every stove boils water at different rates, it’s hard to know exactly how long to boil. Air frying eggs encourages a set-it-and-forget-it method. There are no concerns with water boiling over, finding the right-sized pot, or adjusting the heat source. 

Additionally, Toshiba air fryer hard boiled eggs are  great method to cook a large number of eggs at once. Just fill your air fryer basket with as many eggs as you can fit in the basket in a single layer.

What’s the Best Way to Peel Eggs? A surefire way to cleanly peel the shell away from the egg is to peel the egg while it’s still hot. Any contact with cold water before cracking forces the thin membrane layer below the shell to shrink and adhere to the egg white. 

Take the egg and tap it on the counter all over the surface to break the peel, then peel away under a gentle stream of cold water. Once peeled, place eggs in a bowl of cold water to fully cool.

What Issues Might I Face Air Frying Eggs?
Overcooking: No one likes a rubbery egg. Air frying eggs at a low temperature for only a slightly longer-than-normal time period ensures tender whites and a creamy yolk.

Exploding eggs: This is actually unlikely to happen in an air fryer, which cooks eggs gradually at a consistent temperature. Eggs famously explode in the microwave because microwaves make food very hot very fast, and the pressure in the yolk, which has no place to go, causes the egg to explode.

Burning fingers: It’s always best to handle hot eggs with tongs. When it comes to peeling, be sure to peel under a stream of cool water so your fingers don’t get too hot.

The surprising value of cooking an egg in the air fryer is not having to deal with a big pot of water at all!

Air frying cooks the eggs evenly and without any work or mess at all, making my weekly meal prep a breeze! I like to keep a dozen in my fridge for quick breakfasts or Deviled Eggs on the fly.

But best of all, Toshiba air fryer hard boiled eggs are incredibly easy to peel. I’ve tried EVERY SINGLE trick, and these eggs are by far the easiest to peel… It’s almost like they peel themselves. I don’t know the science behind this, but I suspect it’s because the dry heat and convection naturally pulls the shell from the membrane as they cook.

And now I’m using my air fryer to take my weekly meal prep to the next level, by making perfect “boiled” eggs. Now it will definitely take some experimenting to master air fryer eggs, but once you do, you’ll be able to make them exactly the way you like them, every single time!

First, preheat your Toshiba air fryer. I set my air fryer to a low temperature to mimic a simmering pot of water, like what you’d set eggs in when boiling eggs.

Next, add your eggs to the Toshiba air fryer basket or rack. As best you can, leave space between each egg. It’s normal if they roll a bit, but this allows the air to circulate properly. Place the basket back into the air fryer and cook.

Cook Times
Soft Boiled Eggs: 9-10 minutes
Jammy Eggs: 11-13 minutes
Hard Boiled Eggs: 14-15 minutes

Last, remove the eggs and set them immediately into an ice bath. What’s an ice bath? An ice bath is just a bowl filled with ice and cold water. Submerging the eggs in the ice cold water stops the cooking process quickly, that way you have full control over the doneness of your eggs.

Lastly, when the eggs are cool but not yet chilled, remove them, crack the shells and peel. I recommend starting at the bottom/fattest part of the egg, because that’s usually where the air bubble forms.

Peel the eggs, but do not cut them until you’re ready to eat them. Transfer the cooked eggs to an airtight container or bag and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, per USDA.

I don’t recommend freezing boiled eggs, although it’s possible to do, and I’ve heard of some people doing it with success. But I’ve found that once you defrost frozen eggs, the whites tend to get mushy and watery, and the yolks get very mealy. Instead, I recommend air frying a fresh batch weekly or whenever you run out.