Instant Pot Ham and Cheese Egg White Bites are a healthy and delicious breakfast omelettes. They are great to have on hand for a quick snack. Freezer-friendly and easy to meal prep on the weekend.
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A few weeks ago I had some leftover egg whites from making Instant Pot Almond Cherry Cake. I didn’t want to make yet another cake so I decided to make Instant Pot Ham and Cheese Egg White Bites.
Egg bites are basically little omelettes or fritattas made in a special silicone mould for Instant Pot.
I’m generally not a big fan of egg white only breakfast recipes, so I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular. Oh, was I mistaken!
I loved those egg white bites so much that I started making them with just regular egg whites from eggs instead of carton egg whites. They are soft, flavourful, and very savoury.
Ham and cheese adds a much needed dimension to the plain egg whites. They are also freezer-friendly and great for meal prepping as they taste great after a few days in the fridge.
Unlike Starbucks egg bites that usually have cottage cheese, I like making mine with thick yogurt or ricotta as it makes them smooth without using a food processor, so they are much easier to make.
Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Egg White Bites
Exact quantities are in the actual recipe card at the bottom. If you’d like to skip the tips and suggestions then scroll to the bottom of the post.
- Egg whites (from a carton or fresh from eggs)
- Dijon mustard
- Dill (you can use your favourite herbs)
- Salt and pepper to taste (I don’t add any as there’s enough seasonings for me in mustard, cheese, and ham)
How to make Egg White Bites in Instant Pot
Once you have every ingredient prepped, these egg bites come together really fast.
- In a large pitcher-style measuring cup (or a big bowl), whisk together the egg whites, yogurt, and mustard until well incorporated.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- Spray the egg bites moulds with cooking oil spray.
- Pour the egg white mixture into the prepared moulds. Cover with foil.
- Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot, place the prepared mould onto a trivet and cook on High pressure for 10 minutes, then do a 5 minute Natural Pressure Release before finishing with a quick release.
Notes about cooking time
Using some other container to cook in Instant Pot is commonly known as Pot in Pot cooking. It is sometimes abbreviated as PIP on various sites and forums.
Pot in Pot cooking is not an exact science. In fact, it is very difficult to know if the timing in a recipe that uses pot in pot cooking technique will work for you or not.
I have two different models of Instant Pots and although they cook the same regular recipes like chicken, casseroles, and sides. They take completely different time to cook using Pot in Pot method. One takes twice and sometimes even three times as long as the other.
What it means to you is that my timing of 10 minutes cooking on High Pressure and then 5 minutes of natural pressure release may not work for you!
Timing for Pot in Pot cooking depends on: material used for the container (silicone moulds in this case can have different size and thickness of the walls) and particular model of Instant Pot. For example, my Smart WIFI model takes 2-3 times longer for PIP cooking than my DUO PLUS model.
If 10 minutes is not enough and after you open your Instant Pot you see that the egg white bites aren’t cooked through, cook them longer and note the timing for future.
For more different egg bites, try my Instant Pot Greek Salad Egg Bites. They are delicious!
Questions and answers about Egg White Bites
Can you omit yogurt?
Most likely yes, although I haven’t tried. Yogurt adds a bit of creaminess to the egg bites.
Can you use other fillings?
Sure you can! Try sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes or crumbled bacon and blue cheese. You can use deli chicken or turkey or salami instead of ham.
Just remember that egg whites on their own are pretty bland so you’d need very flavourful fillings to make the egg bites delicious.
I strongly recommend using some kind of fresh herbs, they add a lot of bold flavour. I love using dill but you could use parsley, cilantro, tarragon, basil, etc.
Do you need to spray the moulds with oil?
I find that everything I cook in the egg bites moulds sticks if I don’t oil them. Sometimes I use spray, sometimes I use oil and a brush. You could try not oiling to see if yours would stick or not.
Can you avoid using foil?
I use foil so that it prevents condensation dripping back into the egg bites while they cook. I also put foil quite loosely, so that egg bites have room to expand as they cook. And they expand quite a lot before deflating as they cool.
You most likely could use a silicone cover but the egg bites might stick to it as they expand.
How to freeze them?
Freeze the egg white bites on a plate. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Remove however many egg white bites you want and defrost on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge overnight. Heat them up in a microwave or on the stove.
Great recipe for meal prepping!
Can you double the recipe?
Yes, you can double the recipe and stack the egg bite moulds on top of each other. Depending on your Instant Pot, you may need to add 1-2 minutes to cooking time.
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Instant Pot Ham and Cheese Egg White Bites
Instant Pot Ham and Cheese Egg White Bites are a healthy and delicious breakfast omelettes. They are great to have on hand for a quick snack. Freezer-friendly and easy to meal prep on the weekend | instantlicious.com #instantpotrecipes #eggbites
- 7 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons thick yogurt
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup grated cheddar
- 1/3 cup diced ham
- 1/4 cup chopped dill
- Salt and pepper to taste (I don't usually add extra salt)
- Cooking oil spray for the moulds
- Whisk the egg whites, yogurt, and mustard in a large bowl or a pitcher-style measuring cup.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
- Spray the egg bites mould with cooking oil spray really well.
- Pour the egg whites mixture into the prepared silicone mould.
- Place a trivet in Instant Pot, add 1 cup of cold water and place the egg mould inside.
- Cover the pan loosely with foil.
- Close Instant Pot lid. Turn the valve to sealing.
- Press Manual or Pressure Cooker button (depending on your model) and using the arrow buttons set the cook time to 10 minutes. Use default High Pressure.Depending on your Instant Pot model, it'll take around 4-6 minutes to come to pressure.
- Once Instant Pot beeps that 10 minutes of cooking are done, do a Natural Pressure Release for 5 minutes. That means do nothing for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes are done, do a Quick Release.
- Carefully remove the egg bites mould from electric pressure cooker and remove the foil. Most likely some of the egg white bites will expand. Let them sit for a few minutes until the deflate and cool a bit.
NOTE: depending on the material of your moulds and your particular model of Instant Pot, 10 minutes cooking time may not be enough. If the egg white bites aren't cooked through, return them to Instant Pot and cook for a few minutes longer.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g
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