This Air Fryer Eggs recipe is the best tutorial for cooking quick and easy eggs! Air Fryer hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, poached eggs, and omelettes – follow our guide for the perfect eggs cooked in the air fryer, every single time.
Estimated reading time: 10 minutes
Here at The Busy Baker eggs are a staple in our diet and weekly meal plan. Whether it’s a quick and easy protein-packed breakfast, added protein on our lunch salads, or we’re enjoying breakfast for dinner (isn’t breakfast for dinner just the BEST!?), eggs are one of our favourite foods we’d have trouble living without!
This Air Fryer Eggs recipe tutorial is all the information you need to prepare the BEST eggs in multiple ways using your air fryer. Forget about boiling that pot of water or dirtying that frying pan! Let us teach you how to make air fryer hard boiled eggs, air fryer soft boiled eggs, air fryer poached eggs, and air fryer omelettes so you can enjoy eggs your way, made easy!
When it comes to cooking eggs in an air fryer, you can achieve a variety of results depending on your preferences. Here are the characteristics of each type of cooked egg:
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: These are known for their firm whites and yolks. Hard-boiled eggs are perfect for snacks or salads, and they make a protein-packed addition to your meals.
- Soft-Boiled Eggs: Air fryer soft-boiled eggs are characterized by their soft, runny yolks and set whites. They are ideal for serving with toast or steamed asparagus. Soft-boiled eggs offer a delicious contrast between the creamy yolk and the slightly firmer whites, making them a popular breakfast choice.
- Poached Eggs: Poached eggs in the air fryer result in delicate, silky soft whites with a soft, runny yolk. This texture makes them great for breakfast. Poached eggs can be served on toast, toasted English muffins, or as a topping for dishes like Eggs Benedict.
- Omelettes: Air fryer omelettes are a fluffy and highly customizable breakfast. You can add various fillings like shredded cheese, veggies, or cooked sausage, bacon or ham to create a breakfast personalized to your taste.
If you’ve been gifted an air fryer for the holidays and it’s been sitting on your shelf collecting dust, or if you’ve been thinking about picking up an air fryer for awhile but haven’t yet, we’d HIGHLY recommend getting started. An air fryer is a fantastic kitchen appliance for achieving that oven-crisp or fried texture in a fraction of the time with next to no added fat, and to be honest it’s a kitchen appliance we’d have a hard time living without!
Here’s a list of the air fryers we recommend (paid links):
- A great Air Fryer for space-saving (2 quart capacity)
- The perfect Air Fryer for large families with a dual basket feature
- A standard Air Fryer for everyday use (works well for a family of 2 to 4 people)
- A large Air Fryer for everyday use (works well for a family of 2 to 4 people)
You’ll also need this basic kitchen equipment for this recipe (paid links):
Making eggs in the air fryer doesn’t require many ingredients! Make sure you have these ingredients on hand (paid links):
- large eggs
- cooking spray
To make omelettes in the air fryer, here are some ingredients you might want to have on hand:
- sliced ham, cooked bacon, or sausage
- sautéed veggies like bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms
- fresh or frozen spinach
- shredded cheese
Time needed: 15 minutes
Follow these steps for the BEST air fryer hard boiled eggs!
- Add water to your air fryer.
Adding water helps the eggs cook evenly, so don’t skip this step!
- Place the eggs in the centre of your air fryer.
Placing all 4 eggs in the middle of your air fryer helps them cook evenly so they’re all done at the same time.
- Cook for 14 minutes.
Cooking at low heat (300 degrees Fahrenheit or 150 degrees Celsius) for 14 minutes ensures they’ll be perfectly cooked.
- Enjoy or store for later.
Enjoy immediately or run them under cold water and store them in an airtight container in the fridge to enjoy within 3 days for optimum freshness.
- Add some water to the bottom of your air fryer.
- Place the eggs in the air fryer basket.
- Cook for 10 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 150 degrees Celsius.
- Add some water to the bottom of your air fryer.
- Add a few tablespoons of water into 4 greased ramekins.
- Crack one egg into each of the 4 greased ramekins.
- Cook for 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees Celsius for a poached egg with soft but set whites and a soft, runny yolk.
- Add some water to the bottom of your air fryer.
- Whisk eggs and desired fillings in a bowl.
- Pour the mixture into 4 greased ramekins.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit or 150 degrees Celsius.
Determining when your eggs are ready is important – nobody likes an undercooked or overcooked egg! Here are some ways to know they’re cooked to perfection:
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: After cooking, gently shake the egg. If there’s no noticeable liquid movement inside, it’s likely fully cooked.
- Soft-Boiled Eggs: Carefully tap the eggshell with a spoon. If the whites are set, but the yolk is still slightly runny, they’re perfectly soft boiled.
- Poached Eggs: Jiggle the ramekin gently to observe how the poached egg moves. If the centre is soft and the whites are soft but set, it’s done.
- Omelettes: Jiggle the ramekin gently to observe how the omelette moves, If the centre is soft with only a very slight movement, the omelette is done. Alternatively, insert a knife or toothpick into the centre of the omelette. If it comes out clean and the omelette is puffed and lacks shine on top, it’s done.
To master the art of cooking eggs in your air fryer, consider these practical tips and tricks that will help you achieve perfect results every time:
- Use Water. Adding water to your air fryer works like magic to creating the perfectly cooked eggs. The water helps distribute the heat of the air fryer evenly which translates to very even cooking – your eggs will be cooked perfectly throughout without being overcooked on the exterior and undercooked in the interior.
- Using a Suitable Dish: When cooking eggs in the air fryer, especially poached eggs or omelettes, choose a baking dish that is safe for air frying and fits comfortably in the basket. For hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs, you can simply place the eggs directly in the basket. For omelettes and poached eggs, opt for an oven-safe dish like a ramekin or small pan that fits the dimensions of your air fryer.
- Preparing Ingredients for Omelettes: Before making an omelette in your air fryer, ensure your ingredients are prepped and ready. Chop and sauté vegetables and cook any meats separately if needed. This ensures that your omelette cooks evenly, and all ingredients are cooked to perfection. Have grated cheese and seasonings on hand to customize your omelette to your taste. We like preparing omelette ingredients in bulk and freezing them in airtight containers or freezer bags for regular use on busy mornings.
- Adjusting Cooking Times: The cooking times provided are general guidelines and may vary depending on the size of your eggs and the specific model of your air fryer. Our team has tested this recipe in different air fryers produced by different brands, however it’s impossible to say exactly how much cooking time will be required by your air fryer. Be prepared to adjust the cooking times slightly. It’s a good idea to start with the recommended times and make adjustments based on your preferences and your air fryer’s performance. Keep an eye on the eggs as they cook to prevent overcooking.
- How to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Easily: Peeling hard-boiled eggs can be a breeze with a few tricks. After boiling or air frying your eggs, shock them in an ice water bath or run them under cold water for a few minutes. This helps separate the egg whites from the shell, making them easier to peel. Gently crack the shell all over, then start peeling from the wider end, where there’s typically an air pocket. Air frying older eggs (about 7-10 days old) can also make peeling easier. Very fresh eggs don’t peel as easily after cooking as eggs that are about one week old.
Can I air fry frozen eggs?
We don’t recommend air frying frozen eggs because they will cook unevenly. Air frying fresh eggs will give the best result.
How can I avoid overcooking eggs in the air fryer?
Follow the recipe directions exactly to avoid overcooking eggs in the air fryer, and be sure to cook the eggs at a lower temperature if you know your air fryer runs hot.
Do you put water in the air fryer for eggs?
We recommend adding water to your air fryer when air frying eggs because it helps cook the eggs more evenly.
Can you make hard boiled eggs in an air fryer?
Yes! Making air fryer hard boiled eggs is easy! Simply cook the eggs in the air fryer for 14 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius).
Are air fryer eggs safe to eat?
As long as the eggs are fully cooked when cooked in the air fryer, they are safe to eat.
How long can I store cooked air fryer eggs in the refrigerator?
We recommend storing them in the fridge for no more than 3 days for optimum freshness.
Can I reheat air fryer eggs?
We recommend reheating them in the microwave if necessary, but they’re best enjoyed fresh, especially if you’re making poached or air fryer soft boiled eggs.
How many minutes do I air fry an egg?
Air frying eggs takes about 14 minutes for hard boiled eggs, 10 minutes for soft boiled eggs, 5-6 minutes for poached eggs and about 8 minutes for an omelette.
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- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup water
- cooking spray
Optional ingredients for omlettes:
- shredded cheese, sliced ham, sautéed vegetables
For Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs:
- Place 4 eggs in your air fryer basket and add approximately 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of the air fryer.
- Air fry for 14 minutes at 300℉ or 150℃
- Peel and serve immediately.
- If making ahead, place the hard boiled eggs in a bowl and run them under cold water for several minutes. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days until ready to use.
For Air Fryer Soft Boiled Eggs:
- Place 4 eggs in your air fryer basket and add approximately 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of your air fryer.
- Air fry for 10 minutes at 300℉ or 150℃
For Air Fryer Poached Eggs:
- Prepare 4 ramekins by spraying them with cooking spray. Add 3 tablespoons of water to each ramekin.
- Break one egg into each ramekin and place the ramekins inside your air fryer. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may only be able to poach 2 or 3 eggs at one time. Add 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 5 minutes at 350℉ or 175℃. Take a look at the eggs and jiggle one of the ramekins. Depending on how soft you like your eggs, cook for one to two extra minutes until the centre is soft and jiggly and the whites are soft, but set.
For Air Fryer Omelettes:
- In a bowl whisk together 4 eggs and whatever other omelette ingredients you wish (sautéed veggies chopped spinach, ham, cooked bacon or sausage, shredded cheese).
- Spray the inside of 4 ramekins with cooking spray and divide the egg mixture between 4 ramekins.
- Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may only be able to cook 2 or 3 omelettes at one time. Add 1/3 cup of water into the bottom of the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 8-10 minutes at 300℉ or 150℃. To test for doneness, jiggle one of the ramekins to see if the centre is set. You can also insert a knife into the centre of one of the omelettes. If it comes out clean and you can see the omelette is soft, it's done.
Storage InstructionsStore any eggs cooked in the air fryer in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. We don’t recommend cooking the soft boiled eggs or poached eggs ahead of time as they are best served freshly cooked. The air fryer hard boiled eggs and air fryer omelettes are great for make-ahead meals or meal-prep. Hard boiled eggs can be served cold and omelettes can be served after reheating.
Air Fryer Omelette NotesThe range of cooking time given is dependent upon what ingredients you add to your omelettes. Many added ingredients can increase the cooking time required. We recommend checking your omelettes after 8 minutes to prevent overcooking and air fry for one extra minute at a time until done according to your preferences.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
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