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Mastering the Perfect Boiled Egg in Your Air Fryer

February 5, 2024

Forget the wobbly yolks and cracked shells of traditional boiling. The air fryer, that modern kitchen marvel, holds the key to achieving flawless, foolproof boiled eggs every single time. So, ditch the pot and grab your basket – it’s time to air fry some eggs!


  • Fresh eggs (choose the size you prefer)
  • Cold water (optional)
  • Ice bath (optional)


Quest 5.5L Air Fryer

  1. Prepare your eggs: Carefully place the eggs in the air fryer basket. Leave sufficient space between them for even cooking. You can add a splash of cold water to the bottom of the basket to prevent rattling, but it’s not essential.
  2. Set the time and temperature: This is where the magic happens!

Here’s your guide:

  • Soft-boiled (runny yolk): 6 minutes at 120°C (250°F)
  • Medium-boiled (slightly runny yolk): 8 minutes at 120°C (250°F)
  • Hard-boiled (solid yolk): 12 minutes at 120°C (250°F)

Cooling Down

  1. Transfer and peel: Immediately after cooking, use tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully remove the hot eggs from the air fryer and plunge them into an ice bath (optional) for a quick cool down. Alternatively, run them under cold running water for a few minutes. This stops the cooking process and makes peeling easier.
  2. Peel those perfect shells: Now for the satisfying part! Begin peeling under cold running water. The air fryer method tends to leave shells less stubborn than traditional boiling, but be gentle, especially with soft-boiled eggs.

Tips and Tricks

  • For larger eggs: Add an extra minute or two to the cooking time.
  • Batch cooking: You can air fry up to a dozen eggs at a time, making it perfect for breakfast prep or quick snacks.
  • Marinated eggs: Take your boiled eggs to the next level! Soak them in your favourite marinade (think soy sauce, sriracha, or pickling spices) for at least 24 hours for a flavourful twist.

Voila! You’ve now mastered the art of air frying the perfect boiled egg. Enjoy them plain, slice them onto salads, or create colourful devilled eggs. The possibilities are endless!

Happy Air Frying!

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