Maybe not your most typical Instant Pot or Air Fryer ingredient… but definitely one to start cooking with at home!
Everyone loves their eggs cooked a particular way – whether that’s a perfectly runny yolk when poached, or a hard-boiled egg for snacking on, or a creamy single serve egg pot for a quick on the go breakfast. Whatever way you like to enjoy them, consistency is key! Which is why the regulated temperature and time when cooking with an Instant Pot or Air Fryer ensures there is no margin for error, so you can guarantee the same results over and over again.
Of course, there is something to be said about different shapes and sizes of eggs that can affect how an egg cooks, which is why we are excited to partner up with Respectful Eggs and bring you a collection of recipes that you can make at home which have been tried & tested for the perfect results with Respectful ‘medium sized’ eggs.
What makes Respectful eggs special
With food production responsible for a quarter of the worlds greenhouse gas emissions, Respectful is committed to a reduced carbon ‘foodprint’ from farm to shelf, and have produced the UK’s first carbon neutral egg. Not only do they focus on low CO2 emissions, but they also care about clean energy which is why both their farm and packing centre are powered by renewable solar & wind energy. Focussing on local feed only – Respectful hens have no soya in their feed and instead get protein from the homegrown crops they have their pick from whilst free-roaming on the Respectful farm. The free-range white hens have a petite stature and a much smaller appetite than their brown-feathered friends, so not only are they significantly more productive, but they have a naturally lower carbon footprint too – that’s some special ‘eco-friendly’ hens!
Because Respectful eggs have such a focus on sustainability, lower energy output and emissions, they were a ‘no-brainer’ when it came to an egg recipe collaboration. The low energy output of Instant products means we can contribute to the lower ‘carbon foodprint’ ethos and continue this from farm to shelf, and all the way into kitchen. A recent independent study revealed that when cooking in an Air Fryer or Pressure Cooker, there is more than an 80% saving in energy and cost compared to an electric oven. Its win, win!
We have a growing collection of recipes that you can cook in your Instant Pot and Air Fryer – check them out below.
Recipe: Air Fryer Poached Eggs
Are you in the mood for the perfect poached egg, one made without mess, fuss, and NO messing about with simmering whirlpools of water? If so, start taking notes – this is going to be your go-to poached egg method from here on out! The secret to making these Vortex poached eggs is right there in the name – the Instant Vortex does all of the work for you, making this an outright life hack as far as we’re concerned! (Equipment needed – Pyrex ramekins/non-stick metal pudding moulds)
Grease your moulds with a bit of oil or non-stick cooking spray.
Fill the moulds about half full with boiling water, and then crack an eggs into each mould of water and plac einto the air frying basket.
Select Air Fry on your Instant Vortex and set the temperature to 182°C and timing as per below the Instant Vortex (theres no need to wait for the Air Fryer to preheat).
If using pyrex ramekins: 7 minutes for runny, 8 minutes for jammy, and 10 minutes for set yolks.
If using non-stick pudding moulds: 5 minutes for runny, 6 minutes for jammy, and 7 minutes for set yolks.
Recipe: Air Fryer Boiled Eggs
The easiest way to batch cook eggs, with no need to boil any water! (These timings were tested using medium eggs from our friends at Respectful.)
Place the eggs inside the air fryer basket, leaving a few centimetres between them to allow the air to circulate.
Serve your eggs as desired. Select Air Fry and set the temperature to 132C as per the timings below.
When the cooking program has finished, remove the eggs from the basket with tongs, and plunge into ice water for 2 minutes to stop them cooking.
Serve your eggs as desired. Chefs tip: If you are peeling the eggs I find lightly cracking the shell with the back of a teaspoon before placing the eggs into the ice water bath makes them easier to peel.
Air Fryer timings for medium eggs:
8 mins- Gently set white, and fully liquid yolk – The dippy soldiers egg.
9 mins- Set white, and soft set, jammy yolks – Perfect for salads!
10 mins- Set white, near completely set yolk – Great for meal prep, salads and egg mayonnaise sandwiches.
11 mins- Set white, crumbly yolk – Ideal for Devilled eggs.
Recipe: Single serve eggy pots
The best way to add protein and veggies into any meal, these eggy pots are the perfect high-protein snack or breakfast treat. Ideal for meal prepping at the start of a week, you can fill these with whatever you fancy!
Some of our favourite filling ideas: Crispy air fried chorizo and sautéed spinach, Mozzarella, pesto and sundried tomatoes, or Crispy air fried Bacon and cheese.
7 medium Respectful eggs
40g Cream cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Add 1 ½ Tbsp filling to each jar
Crack the eggs into a jug, add the cream cheese and salt and whisk until well combined. Set aside.
Prepare your desired fillings, then spoon 1 ½ tbsp of filling into each of your 6 jars (4oz/114ml canning safe jars)
Fill the jars with the egg mixture until 2/3 full, leaving a nice gap to allow the egg to expand under pressure. Place the lids onto your jars to cover them, but do not tighten the lids. If you wish to use ramekins for your egg pots, cover with tin foil
Place the trivet into your inner pot and add 250ml water. Place the jars on the trivet., you may need to stack in a pyramid formation, or work on batches.
Secure the lid and select Pressure Cook on low and set the time to 3 minutes. Once cooked allow the pressure to release naturally for 6 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure.
Open the lid and when the jars are cool enough to handle, remove them from the inner pot.
Tighten the lids on the jars once the egg pots are cool and store in the fridge until needed
Recipe: Instant Pot Boiled Eggs
This is your handy “how-to” guide on achieving boiled egg perfection in your Instant Pot – all you’ll need is eggs and bowl of cold water and ice! From dippy yolk to hardboiled – we have you covered. This series was tested using medium eggs from our friends at Respectful.
Place the trivet into your inner pot and place the eggs on the trivet. Make sure the eggs do not touch the sides of the pot.
Add 250ml water then secure the lid. Select Pressure cook (high) then follow the timing guideline below for your desired egg.
Once the cooking program has finished, perform a quick pressure release. Remove the eggs with tongs, and plunge into ice water for 2 minutes to stop them cooking. Serve your eggs as desired. yolk
Pressure cook timings for medium eggs:
3 mins: Gently set white, and fully liquid yolk – The dippy soldiers egg.
5 mins: Set white, and soft set, jammy yolks – Perfect for salads!
6 mins: Set white, near completely set yolk – Great for meal prep, salads and egg mayonnaise sandwiches.
7 mins: Set white, crumbly yolk – Ideal for Devilled eggs.
Stay tuned for more egg recipes coming your way. Comment below and tell us how you’d like us to test cooking an egg next!