Instant Pot Poached Eggs (2023)

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From Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.

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4 serving(s)
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 8 oz. weight Uncooked Mexican Chorizo
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 4 English Muffin Halves, Toasted And Buttered
  • Butter, For The English Muffins
  • Dried Chipotle Powder Or Chili Powder, To Taste
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Lime, Juiced
  • 1 tsp. Diced Chipotles From A Can Of Chipotles In Adobo Sauce (or 1/4 Teaspoon Dried Chipotle Powder)
  • 1 c. Butter

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  • You will also need 4 silicone poaching cups if using an Instant Pot for poaching.

    Turn oven to warming settings. If you don't have a warming setting, preheat to the lowest possible temperature, then turn it off.

    Meanwhile, divide chorizo into 4 portions and smash each portion flat, forming thin patties.

    Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and cook each patty until completely done on the inside and has dark, crispy bits on the outside. Transfer the patties to a sheet pan and put them in the oven to keep warm.

    Make the hollandaise by putting yolks, lime juice, and chipotles in a blender. Blend well.

    Put the butter in a large glass measuring cup and microwave for about 45 seconds until completely melted and hot.

    While the blender is running, slowly pour hot butter into the yolk mixture. It should thicken up pretty quickly. Taste, and add a pinch of salt or more chipotles if you think it needs it. Transfer the hollandaise to a bowl. Cover and place it in the oven with the chorizo patties to keep warm.

    Start getting the eggs ready by poaching your eggs. If you prefer to do this on a stove top, then go for it. If you’d like to use your Instant Pot, put a cup of water in the insert pot along with the wire rack. Place 4 silicone poaching cups on the wire rack. Crack an egg into a liquid measuring cup, and then pour it into a poaching cup. Repeat with the other 3 eggs, making sure the yolks aren’t broken when they’re in the poaching cups.

    Put the lid on the Instant Pot and set the steam release valve to “sealing”. Set it to high pressure for 3 minutes. When the 3 minutes is up, immediately turn the steam release valve to “venting” and get the poaching cups out of there as quickly as possible.

    Run a spoon along the inside of the cup to release the egg (kind of like how you get an avocado half out of the skin). Place them on a paper-towel lined plate to catch any accumulated moisture.

    Slice the avocado half into thin strips and toast (and butter) the English muffin halves if you haven’t already. You can also do this while the eggs are cooking.

    Serve the eggs immediately by making the eggs benedict—place a chorizo patty on each muffin half. Top with a poached egg, a slice of avocado, and a drizzle of hollandaise. Sprinkle a pinch of chipotle powder on top if you like.

    Note: To make a gluten-free or low carb version, use roasted sweet potatoes in place of the English muffins. Just cut a fat sweet potato into 1/2-inch slices, put them on a sheet pan and drizzle with avocado oil. Add a pinch of salt and roast at 425ºF for 15–20 minutes. Start these at the very beginning and keep them warm in the oven while you finish the rest of the components.

I think just about everyone has an Instant Pot by now, right? If you’re one of the handful who don’t and aren’t familiar with Instant Pots, they are electric pressure cookers with a slew of other functions.

You can use the Saute function to brown meat before you pressure cook it, all in the same pot. It also makes the BEST cheesecakes and bone broth in just 2 hours using the pressure cooker function. (Not together, though. Ew.)

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You can also make rice and yogurt in it or use it as a slow cooker. It’s pretty much my favorite kitchen appliance. (Sorry, stand mixer. You’ve been dethroned.)

My favorite use? Eggs. I know that seems basic, but once I started making hard cooked eggs in my Instant Pot, I never went back to boiling.

What really blew my mind was making poached eggs in my Instant Pot, which is what I’m going to chat about today. I’ve also got an amazing Southwest Eggs Benedict recipe for you, so stick around for a few minutes.

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To poach eggs in an Instant Pot, you’ll need some silicone poaching cups. I found some inexpensive ones on Amazon.

And I’m willing to bet everyone has a glass measuring cup. You’ll need that, too.

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To prep your Instant Pot, pour a cup of water in the bottom of the insert pot, then put the wire rack on the bottom. (Your Instant Pot will come with a rack. No worries.)

It’s easier to place the poaching cups on the wire rack and then pour the egg into the cups using a glass measuring cup. Cracking the egg into the measure cup first also allows you to check for broken shells and to make sure the yolk isn’t broken.

You can fit up to five silicone poaching cups in there, but that fifth one is a tight fit and might produce some wonky looking poached eggs. If you’d like them to look uniform, then just use four. You could also just do one if you’re having a solo brunch.

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Set the Instant Pot on manual (I use the “manual” or “pressure cook” button) for 3 minutes.

This is super important: Once the pressure-cooking time has ended, IMMEDIATELY switch the steam valve to venting and get all that steam out. You’ll want to get those eggs out as quickly as you can because if you leave them in there with all that steam for just a minute longer, you’ll overcook the yolks.

Trust me on this.

Once you get the cups out, you can remove the eggs by running a big spoon along the bottom and lifting it out—kind of like scooping an avocado half out of its skin.

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See? It comes right out.

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I turn mine upside down on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any extra moisture. Sometimes a little water will accumulate on top of the eggs from the Instant Pot.

This particular yolk was at the bottom of the poaching cup so it nearly leaked out when I was taking it out of the cup. Most of the time it won’t be like this. But even so, the yolk stays in the egg pretty well.

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Now it’s time for the fun part.

Traditional eggs benedict calls for ham, but I swapped that out for a browned Mexican chorizo patty on my English muffin. (I realize this looks like a hamburger, and putting a poached egg on a hamburger is also an excellent idea.)

I also topped it with an avocado slice and a drizzle of chipotle-lime Hollandaise sauce.

That sauce is the most delicious thing I have made all month. Truly. And I made it in my blender in about 5 minutes. (Directions in the recipe below!)

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I added a pinch of dried chipotle powder to make it more pretty. And delicious.

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If you eat a gluten-free or low carb/paleo diet you can use roasted sweet potato slices in place of the English muffin. I actually preferred that way and loved the bit of sweetness from the potatoes.

(Video) Instant Pot Poached Eggs

Seriously, if batch cooking poached eggs doesn’t convince you to buy an Instant Pot, I’m not sure what will. It makes such a fun, little brunch option! And since the eggs cook so quickly, it’s easy to make multiple batches for a small crowd.


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