Instant Pot Egg Bites

In addition to looking darn adorable, these Instant Pot egg bites are super delicious and fast to make in the Instant Pot. Just like Starbucks egg bites, but better—easy to make ahead, reheat, even freeze!

Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites made in the instant pot and served on a plate
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Make a tray of egg bites, and you’ll have a protein-packed snack to pop in your mouth whenever hunger strikes! They’re easy to cook using a silicone mold and your Instant Pot, or electric pressure cooker. (New to the Instant Pot? Check out our post How To Use an Instant Pot: A First-Timer’s Guide.)

Egg bites are just what they sound like—crustless, bite-sized, quiche-like rounds of eggs, cheese, and whatever mix-ins you want. They’re tasty, portable, and easy to eat -- just like the version from Starbucks! What’s not to like?

Instant Pot Egg Bites sprinkled with pepper on a plate
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How Do You Make Instant Pot Egg Bites?

This recipe uses three large eggs to make seven egg bites, using this model of silicone mold. Searching “egg bite mold” on Amazon, yields tons of results. Any of the similarly-shaped brands will work well.

I prefer to use one mold at a time, since the egg bites tend to come out more evenly cooked and more nicely shaped that way. But you can also double the recipe and stack two molds on top of each other.

To double this recipe and cook two trays of egg bites at once:

  • Be sure to put a round of parchment over the top of both layers The parchment keeps condensation on the lid from dripping down into the bites.
  • Just increase the cooking time to 10 minutes to ensure that the double batch cooks through.
Starbucks Egg Bites Recipe
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Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites remove the egg bites
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What Are Some Good Fillings for Egg Bites?

In addition to the eggs, add some cheese and chopped up add-ins to make your egg bites fun and flavorful.

I like to blend a mixture of cottage cheese and any soft cheese (cream cheese, brie, Boursin, or even a few wedges of Laughing Cow work great) into the eggs, then stir in some shredded hard cheese with the other mix-ins.

For eggier, less cheesy bites, you can certainly skip or reduce the amount of cheese. If so, you may want to add extra eggs or egg whites to make up the volume, so your bites aren’t too small.

For the egg bites pictured here, I used some (fully cooked) chopped breakfast sausage, bell pepper, and green onions. Egg bites are a great repository for any leftovers, too—think cooked meat or roasted veggies from last night’s dinner.

Here are some other ideas to try:

  • Wilted spinach and cheese
  • Ham and cheese
  • Crumbled bacon (with Gruyère cheese, if you want a Starbucks copycat version!)
Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe
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How to Eat, Reheat, or Freeze Egg Bites

Enjoy egg bites straight out of the pot for breakfast or brunch, or pack them as high protein, snackable pick-me-ups. They’re also great the next day, smooshed onto a piece of bread and warmed in the toaster oven.

Store them in the fridge in an airtight container (or use the lid that came with your silicone egg mold, if applicable) for a few days.

If you want to freeze them, do so in an airtight container as well. Thaw them in the fridge for a few hours or overnight before gently reheating in the toaster oven or microwave.

Covering Egg Bites Before Cooking

It's best to cover your egg bites with a parchment round or aluminum foil before cooking, just to make sure that the condensation on the lid doesn't drip down to your beautiful eggs. If your egg molds came with a plastic lid, they are for storage and can’t be used for cooking. If the egg mold lid is silicone, you should be able to use it when cooking, but be sure to check with your manufacturer instructions first.

Making Egg Bites Without Silicone Egg Molds

If you don't have any silicone egg molds, you can use use 4-ounce Ball canning jars. The recipe should be just enough to fill 6 of them. Because they're glass, best to lower the time to 4 minutes, with 4 minutes of natural pressure release.

You can also use silicone muffin liners, just be sure to increase the cooking time to 10 minutes, if you're using larger molds.

Runny Egg Bites? Here’s What to Do.

  • If your egg bites are still runny, put them back in the Instant Pot for a couple of minutes longer.
  • Remember that too many add-ins mean the egg bites will take longer to set. So, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • A lot of wet add-ins like tomatoes will add too much moisture and make them not set. So, salt and drain the tomatoes or cook them first before adding them in.

Delicious Egg Bite Mix-Ins Suggestions

You can make a Starbucks copycat version with bacon and Guyere, but there are a bunch of other combinations you can try!

  • Vegetarian Egg Bites - choose any combination of chopped spinach, kale, onions, garlic, zucchini, carrots, with herbs, like parsley, basil, oregano, sage, thyme and/or rosemary.
  • Dairy Free Egg Bites - feel free to substitute with vegan cheese.
  • Fajita Egg Bites - put in chopped taco meat, onions, bell pepper, and cilantro with some oregano, cumin, and chile powder.
  • Greek Style Egg Bites - add feta cheese, chopped Kalamata olives, spinach, and oregano, Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing, if you'd like.
  • Brunch Egg Bites - mix in cream cheese into the eggs, and add chopped smoked salmon and chives.

More Ways to Have Eggs for Breakfast!

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Instant Pot Egg Bites

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 7 servings
Yield 7 egg bites

To double this recipe and cook two trays of egg bites at once:

  • Be sure to put a round of parchment over the top of both layers. The parchment keeps condensation from the lid from dripping down into the bites.
  • Just increase the cooking time to 10 minutes to ensure that the double batch cooks through.

Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese

  • 1/4 cup soft cheese, like cream cheese, brie, Boursin, or Laughing Cow

  • 1/2 cup chopped mix-ins, like cooked meats and/or raw or cooked vegetables

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar, Monterey jack, or mozzarella

Method

  1. Blend the eggs and cheeses:

    Combine the eggs, cottage cheese, and soft cheese in a blender. Blend at medium speed for about 30 seconds, until smooth.

    Ingredients for Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe: cottage cheese, soft cheese, and sharp cheddar
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    Blend the egg and cottage cheese mixture for the copycat starbucks egg bites in a blender
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  2. Add the mix-ins:

    Pour the blended egg mixture into a bowl. Add the chopped mix-ins and shredded cheese and stir to combine.

    Pour the eggs for the coypcat starbucks egg bites cooked in the instant pot
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    Add the veggies to the egg mixture for making the starbucks egg bites sous vide in the instant pot
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    Add the cheese to the filing mixture for the Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites
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  3. Fill the molds:

    Use a small amount of oil or nonstick cooking spray to grease a silicone egg mold, then ladle 1/4 cup of the mixture into each of the impressions in the mold. Wipe off any drips.

    Spoon the egg filling for the copycat starbucks egg bites into each of the wells of the silicon
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  4. Prepare the pressure cooker:

    Pour 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker. Carefully transfer the egg mold to the wire steam rack, then place an 8-inch parchment round or piece of aluminum foil on top of the mold to keep condensation from dripping onto the bites as they cook.

    Grasping the handles of the steam rack, lower the egg mold into the pot.

    Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites prepare the pressure cooker
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    Uncooked egg bites in a silicon mold ready to be cooked.
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  5. Cook the eggs on low pressure:

    Secure the lid on the pressure cooker. Make sure that the pressure regulator is set to the “Sealing” position. Select the “Pressure Cook” or “Manual” program, then adjust the time to 8 minutes at low pressure.

    (If making a double batch, increase the cooking time to 10 minutes.)

    The pressure cooker will take about 10 minutes to come up to full pressure. Cook time begins once it has reached full pressure.

    Note: If you don’t have a low pressure option on your pressure cooker, use the 'Pressure Cook' or 'Manual' setting for 8 minutes. We recommend only doing one layer of egg bites at a time this way. You can also try setting the “Steam” function for 10 minutes.

  6. Release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes:

    When the timer goes off, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then perform a quick pressure release by moving the pressure release knob from “Sealing” to “Venting.” It will take a minute or two for the pressure to release completely.

    Set the pressure release valve for cooking the egg bites in the instant pot
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  7. Remove the egg bites from the pressure cooker:

    Wearing heatproof mitts, grasp the ends of the wire rack to lift the egg bite mold out of the pot. Remove the sheet of parchment and let the bites cool for 2 minutes or so (they will deflate a bit as they cool). Use a spoon to scoop the bites out of the mold and transfer them to a serving dish.

    Starbucks Egg Bites Recipe
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    Copycat Starbucks Egg Bites remove the egg bites
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  8. Serve the egg bites:

    Serve the bites warm on their own, or with toast or a pile of mixed greens.

    You can refrigerate them for up to 3 days in a tightly lidded container. To reheat, microwave very briefly (about 25 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave), before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
121 Calories
9g Fat
1g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 7
Amount per serving
Calories 121
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 144mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 82mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.