Instant Pot® Eggs and Soldiers


Soft-boiled eggs with toast strips is known as Eggs and Soldiers, a classic English breakfast. Cooking them in the Instant Pot® will give you perfectly cooked soft-boiled eggs, no guessing involved.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • 4 large eggs

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 slices bread

  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®), and pour 1 cup of water into the pot. Add a trivet or egg rack, and place the eggs on it. Close and lock the lid. Set the pressure valve to Sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 3 minutes. Allow 5 to 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  2. Cover the valve loosely with a kitchen towel. Use a wooden spoon or tongs to move the valve from Sealing to Venting to release pressure immediately. Unlock and remove the lid. Remove the eggs to a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes to stop cooking.

  3. Toast bread and spread with butter. Cut into strips.

  4. Drain the eggs and tap the tops with a spoon to crack the upper shell. Remove the tops. Season with salt and pepper, and serve with the toast sticks for dipping.

Cook's Note:

The pressure must be released immediately when timer stops. If you don't do this, the eggs will continue to cook from the residual heat in the pot, and they will not be perfectly cooked with runny yolks and firm egg whites. I just throw a kitchen towel on top of the valve when first releasing the pressure to keep the steam from going everywhere.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 196mg 65%
Sodium 280mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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