April 10, 2019

Learn how to cook and dye Easter eggs at the same time—in just six minutes! This Easter decorating egg hack is Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen approved.

This story originally appeared on by BH&G Holiday Editors.

When we heard you could cook and color your Easter eggs at the same time, we knew we had to try it for ourselves. We combined our favorite Easter egg-dyeing methods with the easiest ways to cook eggs and put the theory to the test. The verdict is in: You can cook and dye Easter eggs in an Instant Pot—in just 6 minutes! And yes, the Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen approved it!

Photo by Brie Passano

How to Dye Eggs in an Instant Pot

Supplies Needed

  • Pint canning jars
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Liquid food coloring

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy instructions to dye Easter eggs in an Instant Pot. It should take about 6 minutes to dye and cook one dozen eggs.

Step 1: Prep Pint Jars

To dye eggs in an Instant Pot, you'll need several glass pint canning jars (we used four at a time). We found that traditional food coloring (as opposed to natural food coloring or natural Easter egg dyes) worked best for this egg-dyeing method, giving strong color in a small amount of time. And since we didn't want to worry about staining our Instant Pot (or everything we cooked in it after), we put pint jars directly inside the Instant Pot.

Using pint jars also allows you to dye multiple colors of eggs at once. We found that we could fit four wide-mouth pint jars in our 8-quart Instant Pot, but the number of jars that fit comfortably will vary based on the style of jars you use and the size of your Instant Pot. The cooking and dyeing process is so fast you could do two sets in under half an hour—so no worries if they don't all fit at once.

Step 2: Add Dye Mixture

Before you put the jars into your Instant Pot, fill each jar with the dye mixture, eggs, and water. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and at least 10-12 drops of liquid food coloring to each jar, then fill each jar with raw eggs. (You should be able to fit 2-3 eggs into each jar.) Top each jar off with enough water to cover the eggs.

Step 3: Cook Eggs

Place a short rack in the bottom of your Instant Pot—to keep the jars from sitting directly on the pot's bottom surface—and add one cup of water. Place your pint jars on the rack, close the lid, and set it to natural release. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes, then let the steam naturally release for 6 minutes. Be careful removing the jars—they'll be hot and you'll need to use an oven mitt. Remove the eggs and dunk each one in ice water to cool, then let dry. You can store cooked dyed Easter eggs for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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