Perfect Air Fryer Eggs, Hard or Soft

Wednesday 4 May 2022


Egg Salad 

I've recently been practicing how to do things in my air fryer. I think I have finally gotten the hang of it.  At first I was basically burning everything in it to a crisp.  It can be a real learning curve.

But, like with everything we do, the more I have used it, but more success I have had. It helps as well that my sister is on the same journey as we can compare notes on what works and what doesn't! 

Free range eggs


We recently discovered a farm not to far from us which sells Free Range Eggs. I was very excited about this.  I love to support any farmer who provides Free Range Eggs.  

The idea of battery hens actually sickens me.  I have worked in a hen battery before, candling eggs. This was way back when I was about 17 years old and as quiet as a  mouse.  I knew nothing about the world. I was candling and sorting eggs.

Had I actually seen the conditions of the hens, I think my heart might have broken.  All I saw was the candling and sorting room on the side of the battery.

free range hens

As you can see these hens have a wonderful pen to run around in.  They are happy hens, and well caref for.  I love to see and support this type of thing

The name of the farm is Sherman Farms and they are situated on the Mount Hanley Road on the North Side of Highway 1 here in the Middleton, NS. area.  I highly recommend.  

And now, how to air fry Eggs perfectly.

Air Fryer

Let me begin by telling you about the air fryer I own. It is  Kuraidori Air Fryer and I bought it at my local Home Hardware store. I believe this is the store's own brand. My sister has an identical one and we are both very happy with them.

Cooking your boiled eggs in the air fryer is actually a very easy and simple thing to do. It is all about timing, the size of your eggs, and the temperature of your eggs. 

large eggs

I used large room temperature eggs for this exercise.  You will want to place them into your air fryer, leaving a bit of space between each one.  

I placed mine right on the rack of my air fryer, but if your air fryer only has a basket, place them into the basket, leaving a little space between each one.

Close your air fryer and follow the timings as below.  

You will need to have a bowl of ice water ready to put the cooked eggs into at the end of the cook time.  This will halt the cooking and prevent them from becoming over cooked.  Leave them in the ice water bath for 4 to 5 minutes, until cook but not cold. This makes them very easy to peel.

Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs



Add your eggs to your air fryer, depending on your model as above. Preheat your air fryer to 270*F/132*C to 275*F/135*C.   

Cook for 9 - 11 minutes.

At the end of that time dip them into the ice water bath for 4 to 5 minutes until warm, but not cold.

Eggs & Soldiers

The end result is eggs that are perfect for dipping, or dippy eggs as they are lovingly referred to in the UK.  Ready to dip your toast soldiers into, or crispy tender asparagus spears, bacon strips, etc.

Whatever it is that you enjoy dipping into soft boiled eggs. 

Jammy Medium Air Fryer Eggs


Mine were not quite as jammy as I would like them, nor were they totally hard boiled.  To reach the jammy consistency you will want to set your air fryer from  270*F/132*C to 275*F/135*C.  Cook for 12 to 13 minutes.

At the end of that time dip them into the ice water bath or 4 to 5 minutes until cool but not cold.

NOTE - If your air fryer doesn't go to a temperature lower than 300*F/149*C you can cook them at this temperature but you will have to play with/adjust the cook times slightly. Subtract 1 to 2 minutes per doneness of egg you are wanting.  Note also that the times may vary slightly depending on the model and ferocity of air fryer you have!

Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs



For hard boiled air fryer eggs set your temperature from 270*F/132*C to 275*F/135*C.   Cook for 13 to 15 minutes.

At the end of that time dip them in the ice water bath for 4 to 5 minutes and then peel. 

You will or should have perfectly cooked hard boiled egg with no grey around the yolk (an indication that they have cooked for too long.)

As with anything this is a bit of a learning curve and these times and temperatures are meant only as a reference guide for you to follow when it comes to cooking your eggs. Do plan to play a bit with them to find the ideal cook time for your actual model of air fryer. For instance my "Jammy" eggs above, next time I would reduce the cook time by one minute.

Its a good idea to begin by cooking only one or two eggs until you realize what is the ideal cook time for your individual model! 

To store the eggs, peel, but don't cut them up until you are ready to eat them. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  They will keep for up to 7 days.

With picnic season and outdoor eating just around the corner, I can see myself using this method of cooking my eggs quite a lot.

Air Fryer Eggs, Hard or Soft Boiled

Air Fryer Eggs, Hard or Soft Boiled

Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
A new way of "boiling" fresh eggs. No fuss no muss!


  • Air Fryer
You will need:
  • 4 large free range eggs (you can do more, depending on the size of your air fryer, you need to leave room between each for the air to circulate.)


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 270*F/132*C to 275*F/135*C.
  2. If your air fryer doesn't go to a temperature lower than 300*F/149*C you can cook them at this temperature but you will have to play with/adjust the cook times slightly. Subtract 1 to 2 minutes per doneness of egg you are wanting. The times may also vary slightly depending on the model and ferocity of air fryer you have!
  3. Add the eggs to your air fryer, leaving space between each one for the air to circulate freely.
  4. For soft boiled eggs, cook for 9 to 11 minutes. For medium/jammy boiled eggs, cook for 12 to 13 minutes. For hard boiled eggs, cook for 13 to 15 minutes. (Note - if you have had to set your temperature at 300*F/149*C, you will need to deduct 1 to 2 minutes of cook time from the total.)
  5. While the eggs are cooking prepare a bath of ice water. Remove the cooked eggs from the air fryer and place them into the ice bath for 4 to 5 minutes. (I use a pair of silicone tongs to remove the eggs from the air fryer.) At this point they will be cool enough to handle but not cold. This enables easier peeling as well.
  6. Gently crack the eggs and then roll them gently along the counter top to make cracks and loosen the shell. Peel and enjoy immediately or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for later on.
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Hard boiled Egg Sandwich

If you are wanting something delicious to do with your hard boiled eggs might I suggest the following: 

Egg and Cress Sandwiches - The perfect finger food.  If you cannot get mustard cress, I suggest finely chopped spring onions or rocket. 

Open Faced Salad Sandwiches - With cooked ham, boiled egg, swiss cheese, bacon and tomato on a sourdough bread. Knife and fork sandwiches. 

Perfect Deviled Eggs - I wish I had a dollar for every one of these I have prepared in my lifetime. I'd be a very wealthy woman!  When I worked at the Manor they loved my Deviled Eggs so much that the rule was there be a plate of them in the refrigerator at all times!

I really hope you will be inspired to want to try cooking some eggs in your air fryer.  I think you will discover that they are a lot easier to do than you might suppose. They really are no fuss no muss! 

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  1. Hi Marie, this looks great! I also wanted to ask for your recipe you gave recently for a scrambled egg recipe that included bread cubes in the cooking the scrambled eggs. Thanks, Dale xoxo

    1. Hi Dale, thank you! About the egg and bread recipe, I am not sure but could it be this one:


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