Instant Pot Egg Bites Recipe

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Instant Pot Egg Bites are a delicious make-ahead breakfast that you can customize with your favorite filling. Learn how to make your own egg bites the easy way to simplify busy mornings.

Six ham and cheese egg bites on a white dessert plate next to the Instant Pot they were cooked in on a wood table.

Egg Bites are essentially mini egg frittatas. They have simple ingredients, including a mix of eggs, cheese, meat and veggies, and they’re bite-sized. I used to make what I called egg cups in the oven until I discovered how much better they are from an Instant Pot.

If you’re familiar with Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites, then these are similar to that except that they’re not made in a sous vide machine. The Instant Pot cooks the egg mixture with moist heat, so you get a very similar texture to sous vide.

If your family is anything like mine, they’ll love this copycat recipe better than the Starbucks version. Not only are they delicious, but they’re a great source of protein to start the day off right.

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup of ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup of minced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup of minced shallots or onions
  • ¼ cup of chopped cooked ham or bacon
  • Olive oil spray

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cheese grater
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Silicone Egg Bites Mold
  • Instant Pot Steamer Rack
  • Instant Pot

By the Numbers: How to Make Instant Pot Egg Bites

Follow these simple step by step instructions to learn how to make the best egg bites in your Instant Pot electric pressure cooker.

Step 1: Blend Eggs and Cheese.

The first step is to add 4 large eggs, ½ cup of ricotta cheese, ½ cup of grated cheddar cheese and ¼ teaspoon of sea salt to a blender (or food processor). Blend until very well combined. The smoother the mixture is, the fluffier your egg bites will be.

Eggs and cheese blended smooth in a blender pitcher with a silicone spatula in it.

Step 2: Add Filling to Egg Bite Mold.

Spray the silicone egg bites mold with olive oil (or any nonstick cooking spray) so they’re easier to remove after pressure cooking.

Next, divide ¼ cup of minced red bell pepper, ¼ cup of minced shallots or onions and ¼ cup of chopped cooked ham or bacon evenly among the 6 cavities in your egg bite mold. There should be about 1 tablespoon of filling added for each egg bite.

Ham, bell pepper and shallots spread out into the cavities of a red Instant Pot egg bites silicone mold.

Step 3: Pour Egg Mixture into Mold.

The next thing you want to do is pour the egg and cheese mixture from your blender over the ingredients in your mold. Make sure to leave a little space for them to rise, then place the silicone lid on top of the mold. If your mold doesn’t have a silicone lid, you can use aluminum foil to cover the top, but do not use a plastic lid.

Egg bites mixture in the red silicone mold ready to be put into the Instant Pot to be cooked.

Step 4: Put Mold in Instant Pot.

Add one cup of water the bottom of your Instant Pot inner liner. Transfer the covered egg bite mold into your Instant Pot and set it on top of the trivet. They won’t cook the same if you don’t use the trivet.

Filled egg bites mold on a trivet in an Instant Pot ready to be cooked.

Step 5: Pressure Cook Egg Bites.

Place the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure the pressure release valve is in the sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set it to cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes if you like denser egg bites.

Alternatively, you can set it on Steam mode for 12 minutes for a silkier, sous vide like texture. Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then you can use a quick pressure release to release the remaining pressure and open the lid.

Cooked egg bites in a mold inside an Instant Pot ready to be removed.

Step 6: Remove Egg Bites from Mold.

After the steam has dissipated, remove the egg bite mold from the Instant Pot and set it on a cutting board. Allow the egg bites to cool slightly in the pan, then turn them out onto the cutting board or a plate.

Egg bites being turned out of a red silicone mold onto a bamboo cutting board.

Step 7: Serve Egg Bites.

Serve your Instant Pot Egg Bites warm for breakfast or refrigerate for later. They also make a great side dish to serve with a green salad for lunch!

Six ham and cheese egg bites on a white plate on a wood table.

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Tips for Making Instant Pot Egg Bites

Answers to all of your questions about making the best pressure cooker egg bites, including tips and substitution ideas.

1. Substitutes for ricotta cheese?

If you’ve studied many egg bite recipes, you’ll notice that not all of them call for ricotta. Cottage cheese or sour cream also work great.

Without one of these three ingredients, you won’t end up with fluffy egg bites – they’ll be denser. I always make these egg bites with leftover ricotta when I make gluten free lasagna (or spaghetti squash lasagna).

2. Can different meats, veggies or cheeses be used?

Absolutely! I love the flexibility of this copycat Starbucks egg bites recipe! The first time you make it, I recommend following the instructions exactly. Then the next time you make a batch of egg bites, you can experiment more since you’ll have a better feel for how this recipe works.

Any meat, cheese or veggie should work in place of the ones we used in the base recipe. If you don’t have shallots, regular or green onions work the same way! I also like to sneak veggies in that a lot of kids won’t eat like fresh spinach.

We often like to use pepper jack in place of cheddar and a combination of cheddar and parmesan also tastes amazing. I always use whatever leftover meat we have in the fridge (breakfast sausage is amazing!).

Shake in some hot sauce that compliments the filling ingredients you choose for spicy egg bites. If you’re on a specific diet like the keto diet, you can easily customize the recipe to comply with the low carb count too.

3. Can this recipe be doubled?

Yes, you can make a double batch if you have the stackable Instant Pot racks and 2 egg bite molds. I don’t recommend stacking 2 molds on top of each other without the stacking racks or they may not cook all the way through.

When cooking 2 pans of egg bites at once, add 2-3 minutes to your cook time as the top pan doesn’t always cook as hot as the bottom pan in the Instant Pot.

4. Is the special egg bite mold necessary?

I use two of the Instant Pot Silicone Egg Bite Molds to make egg bites for my family. However, you can use pretty much any silicone egg molds you have. If the cavities are smaller, they may cook faster and if they’re larger, they may need a longer cooking time.

5. Is it okay to make multiple flavors in one mold?

Yes, you can put different variations in the same mold so you have a variety of flavors. This also allows you to create varieties that kids and adults will both like for quick breakfasts.

6. Can this recipe be made with egg whites?

If you want to make egg white bites instead of using whole eggs, you’ll need to use the equivalent of 2 egg whites for every whole egg.

7. What’s the difference between High Pressure and Steam?

I included both of these cooking methods so you can decide which method your family likes better. Using High Pressure will result in an egg bite that’s denser and holds together better.

On the other hand, Steam mode uses Low Pressure, so the pot comes to pressure faster and the egg bites cook faster. This results in a softer, more sous-vide like texture.

8. Can they be cooked in the oven instead?

If you don’t have an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker, you can bake them in an oven safe silicone mold at 350° F for 20-25 minutes. I used to do this regularly before I had an Instant Pot with a muffin pan to make my own “egg muffins.”

9. How to store leftovers?

Any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container and used within 3-4 days.

10. How to freeze egg bites?

I like to lay them out individually on a cookie sheet and freeze them until they’re solid. Then you can transfer the frozen egg bites into a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 2 months.

11. Best way to reheat egg bites?

We don’t use a microwave, so we just reheat ours the next day in the air fryer or toaster oven. Cook on a low heat to keep the softer texture or on a higher heat for a crisper outside.

I recommend defrosting frozen egg bites in the refrigerator overnight so they’re ready to reheat when you wake up in the morning.

12. More easy recipes for a quick breakfast?

If you’re looking for more easy breakfast recipes, try some of my family’s other favorites:

13. Tips for better meal prep?

If you’re not already using a printable Meal Planner, I recommend trying that. It will help you plan out all of your meals for the month and plan the shopping trips for those meals. It’s amazing how much time I save by planning ahead.

You can also do more shopping online, which I find also saves me time (and frustration). With your meals planned out, you know exactly what you need to buy, so you’re less likely to splurge on unnecessary items or have food go to waste. I typically shop with Misfits Market.

6 homemade egg bites served on a white dessert plate.

Instant Pot Egg Bites Recipe

Learn how to make the best egg bites in your Instant Pot with my easy breakfast recipe.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Pressure Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Recipe Servings: 7

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese - grated
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper - minced
  • ¼ cup shallots - or onions, minced
  • ¼ cup cooked ham - or bacon, chopped
  • Olive oil spray

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Cheese grater
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Blender
  • Silicone Egg Bites Mold
  • Instant Pot Steamer Rack

Instructions

  • Add the eggs, ricotta cheese, cheddar cheese and sea salt to a blender, then pulse until well combined.
    Eggs and cheese blended smooth in a blender pitcher with a silicone spatula in it.
  • Spray the silicone egg pans with olive oil. Divide the red pepper, shallots and ham evenly among the cavities in your egg bite mold.
    Ham, bell pepper and shallots spread out into the cavities of a red Instant Pot egg bites silicone mold.
  • Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the ingredients in your mold, leaving space for them to rise, then place the lid on the mold.
    Egg bites mixture in the red silicone mold ready to be put into the Instant Pot to be cooked.
  • Add one cup of water the bottom of the Instant Pot pan. Transfer the covered egg bite mold into your Instant Pot on the trivet.
    Filled egg bites mold on a trivet in an Instant Pot ready to be cooked.
  • Cook on High Pressure for 10 minutes or Steam mode 12minutes. Use a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure and open the lid.
    Cooked egg bites in a mold inside an Instant Pot ready to be removed.
  • Remove the egg bites from the pot, allow them to cool slightly then turn them out onto a cutting board or plate.
    Egg bites being turned out of a red silicone mold onto a bamboo cutting board.
  • Serve your Instant Pot Egg Bites warm for a great breakfast.
    Six ham and cheese egg bites on a white plate on a wood table.

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 461IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg

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