Instant Pot Egg Salad (with an Egg Loaf)

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Make this creamy and tangy Instant Pot Egg Salad Sandwiches with an egg loaf for an easier way to make this classic and popular lunch recipe.

Close up picture of pressure cooker egg salad sandwich made with toasted bread, sliced tomato, and lettuce. Placed on a wooden cutting board.

Egg Salad is the perfect meal for early spring. It’s light, refreshing, satisfying, and has just the right amount of creamy, tangy flavor. We like to upgrade classic mayonnaise with a bit of sour cream for an even more flavorful sandwich filling. 

This egg salad sandwich recipe gets even easier thanks to your Instant pot / pressure cooker. You can cook all of the eggs at once with an egg loaf.

This fun hack is my new favorite way to make big batches of hard-cooked eggs easily. I think you’ll love it too. 

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How to Make an Instant Pot Egg Loaf

This Egg Salad Sandwich recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot, Ninja Foodi, or Power Pressure Cooker XL

If the idea of an egg loaf sounds funny to you, it kind of is. But once you get over the odd-looking loaf of hard-boiled eggs you’ve made, it’s easy to see why this Instant Pot egg trick is so popular. 

A cooked egg loaf in an Instant Pot ready to be removed.

To make an egg loaf, simply crack up to 8 eggs into any pan that fits inside your pressure cooker. I use my handy 7×3-inch round cake pan. Then use a trivet and a sling to cook the eggs at high pressure for 8 minutes. After a quick pressure release, you have a literal loaf of fully cooked eggs!

Note: It’s very important to grease the cake pan well before you crack the eggs in. Otherwise, your egg loaf may stick. 

Dicing an Instant Pot egg loaf on a wooding cutting board with fresh parsley sprigs off to the side.

Using a Sling in an Instant Pot

A sling is the easiest way to lower and remove cake pans and other items from your Instant Pot. You can buy a handy reusable sling or make one out of foil. 

If you’re new to slings, click here to learn how to use a foil sling in an Instant Pot. Once you’ve mastered this simple trick, you can use your pressure cooker for everything from egg loaves to cheesecakes

An overhead shot of stirring together the egg salad ingredients, looking into a gray mixing bowl on a wooden round cutting board, with parsley in the background.

Making Egg Salad with an Egg Loaf

Once you’ve turned out your egg loaf, making the egg salad is quick and easy!

You can place the entire loaf on a cutting board and roughly chop it to whatever size you prefer. If you like chunks, leave some larger pieces. For a smooth and creamy egg salad, mash the eggs up a bit more. 

Then, fold in your seasonings! We love a traditional egg salad with mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, fresh herbs, and celery for a bit of crunch. 

Spread the eggs on toasted white bread with lettuce and tomato for a family-friendly lunch perfect for a warm spring afternoon. 

Close up picture of pressure cooker egg salad sandwich made with toasted bread, sliced tomato, and lettuce. Placed on a wooden cutting board.

More Instant Pot Egg Recipes

The Instant Pot is my favorite way to cook eggs. (Except for scrambled, though you could!) And while the egg loaf is so convenient for egg salad, here are some other great ways to prepare eggs with a pressure cooker: 

Instant Pot egg salad sandwich made on toasted bread with sliced tomatoes and lettuce. Placed on top of a wooden cutting board.

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Close up picture of pressure cooker egg salad sandwich made with toasted bread, sliced tomato, and lettuce. Placed on a wooden cutting board.

Instant Pot Egg Salad (with an Egg Loaf)

Yield: 4 sandwiches
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Creamy, traditional Egg Salad Sandwiches—made in an egg loaf in the Instant Pot—make a crunchy, tangy, and satisfying lunch with mayonnaise, sour cream, and fresh chives.


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 slices white bread, toasted
  • 4 large lettuce leaves, for serving
  • 1 tomato, sliced


  1. Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pressure cooking pot. Place the trivet in the pot. Line the bottom of a 7x3-inch cake pan with a parchment paper round and grease really well with nonstick spray. 
  2. Crack the eggs into the prepared cake pan and lower the cake pan onto the trivet with a sling. 
  3. Lock the lid in place and cook on High Pressure for 8 minutes. When the cooking time ends, let the pressure release naturally for 8 minutes, then finish with a quick pressure release. When the valve drops, carefully remove the lid. 
  4. Remove the “egg loaf” from the cake pan and roughly chop on a cutting board. Transfer to a large bowl and use a fork to break the egg into small crumbles. 
  5. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, chives, and celery. Stir gently until fully combined, then season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  6. Spread 4 slices of bread with egg salad, then top with a lettuce leaf and tomato slice and the remaining 4 slices of bread.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 387mgSodium: 625mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 18g

Nutrition information is calculated by Nutritionix and may not always be accurate.


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originally published March 20, 2021 — last updated October 4, 2021
Categories: Eggs