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Using my air fryer, I now make soft boiled or hard-boiled eggs regularly. Putting them in salads, laying them on avocado toast, or just as a quick snack sprinkled with a bit of salt and black pepper.
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Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs (How-to)

Prep Time1 min
Active Time11 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer soft boiled eggs


  • Air Fryer


  • fresh eggs


  • Preheat the air fryer to 270°F. Carefully put the eggs straight from the fridge into your air fryer’s basket.
  • Set the timer to eleven minutes, or if you want hard-boiled eggs, you can set the timer to 15 to 17 minutes. Start cooking.
  • After eleven minutes, remove the eggs using a pair of tongs, and place them into a bowl of cold water (ice bath) for rapid cooling.
  • Allow the eggs to cool down for about five minutes. Putting eggs into the ice bath will immediately shock the eggs and stops them from further cooking.
    This is also an important step to make eggs easier to peel, particularly for the hard-boiled.
  • Take out of the water and dry the eggs with a paper kitchen towel. Place into egg cups (if available).
  • Remove the top of the egg with your egg cracker topper or gently tap and peel with a teaspoon, then slice off the top of the remaining egg.
  • Season with salt and pepper and enjoy.


How to lop off the top of a soft-boiled egg?

I normally use the egg cracker topper, which I bought from Amazon. Here are some steps to use it properly.
  • You just hold the cap on the top of the egg, pull up the spring-loaded stem, and release.
  • Two good snaps, and the top of the shell comes right off.
This topper makes a clean cut all the way around. How does it work? The device works by removing the top of the soft-boiled egg when you pull up the spring-powered shaft with the other hand and then releasing it.

How long to cook in the air fryer?

It all depends on how you plan to use your cooked eggs; either you want it soft-boiled or hard-boiled.
Follow the following timelines to get different types of egg textures.
  • 11 minutes: perfect soft-boiled egg with a runny center and soft egg white.
  • 12 minutes: Soft-boiled egg with a slightly runny center.
  • 13 minutes: A soft yolk with a custard-like texture.
  • 15 minutes: this is the early stage of a hard-boiled egg.
  • 16 minutes: A hard-boiled egg with a lighter yolk.
  • 17 minutes: Perfect for deviled eggs or egg salad since the yolk is completely hard-boiled. It has the lightest yolk and firm white but not overcooked.
Once your eggs are ready, plunge them in ice water or an ice bath to stop them from cooking further and maintain the perfect texture.