Classic Deviled Eggs are a perfect recipe for parties, picnics, and almost every holiday. Perfect for serving a large group, this is the BEST recipe you’ll find for deviled eggs. It can be customized with your favorite fillings and toppings and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser every time!
What are deviled eggs? Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs stuffed with a creamy mixture of egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and seasonings. You can add a variety of toppings and mix up your filling by adding protein, cheese, or veggies.
They’re so quick to make! Just boil your eggs and cool, mix up a quick filling, assemble, and serve! Or, make the filling in advance for an easy make-ahead appetizer for a holiday meal.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
- Deviled eggs may be served as an appetizer, snack, or even a light meal!
- They can be enjoyed all day long, all year long, for any occasion!
- This recipe is as versatile as they get! Fill them with the toppings that you love most!
- Make ahead and store in the fridge and have breakfast on hand for busy mornings!
- Deviled eggs can be served cold, so no reheating is required!
The ingredients for the deviled eggs recipe are simple. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Eggs – boil your eggs and let them cool before peeling and filling.
- Mayonnaise – mayo adds great creaminess to the filling of the eggs. We always use Hellman’s brand but you can use your favorite.
- Dijon mustard – adds tangy flavor and a hint of spice.
- White vinegar – a bit of vinegar adds some acidity and tanginess to the filling.
- Seasonings – paprika, salt, and freshly ground pepper are staples that add great flavor to the eggs.
How to Make Deviled Eggs
Once the eggs are cooked, the recipe comes together in no time with these easy steps.
- Boil eggs: Start by boiling your eggs in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Once cooked, drain eggs and add to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process and make them easier to peel.
- Prep eggs: Peel your hard-boiled eggs and cut them in half lengthwise.
- Make filling: Scoop out the yolks and place them into a bowl. Save the white half of the eggs to fill later. Mash the yolks with a fork. Add mayo, Dijon mustard, vinegar, paprika, salt, and pepper, and mix together.
- Assemble: Add the filling to a piping bag fitted with a tip. Pipe about a tablespoon of the filling into each of the egg white centers.
- Garnish: Top with your desired toppings and serve on an egg platter.
- Enjoy, friends!
Chef’s tip: We share a detailed post on How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs you can use as a guide for perfectly cooked eggs.!
How to pipe the filling
There are so many different ways to add the filling to the egg whites.
- Piping bag: For an aesthetic finish, use a piping bag fitted with a tip or just add it to a plastic bag with a corner cut.
- Spoon: You can also use a spoon to fill the eggs if you don’t want to pipe the filling.
- Cookie scoop: Use a small cookie scoop with a trigger release for easy assembly and perfectly domed tops.
How Long to Boil Eggs
- Stovetop: Fill a pot with cool water and gently place the eggs into the pot. Add more water until the eggs are covered with an inch or two of water. Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, continue to cook until the desired doneness, we like to cook ours for 10 minutes for deviled eggs.
- Instant Pot: Place eggs in the inner pot and cover with cold water. Cook for 5 minutes and naturally release for 5 minutes. Transfer cooked eggs to ice water.
Substitutions and Variations
There are endless variations that you can make to this recipe! Here are some ideas to get you started! Be creative:
- Add protein: You can add cooked bacon, sausage, or smoked salmon to the filling mixture for a more filling meal, or a personal favorite – top with bacon bits on top!
- Add cheese: Add finely shredded cheese to the filling like mild cheddar or gouda. Crumbled cheese such as feta or bleu cheese also pairs nicely with the deviled eggs.
- Use pickles: Finely chopped dill pickles or sweet pickle relish will add a nice crunch and a balanced salty taste to the egg yolk mixture.
- Chop herbs: Chop up some of your favorite herbs such as parsley, dill, chives, or cilantro to sprinkle the top of the eggs.
- Swap mayo: Substitute plain greek yogurt, a ripe avocado, mashed, or ranch for the mayo if you want a different base for the filling.
- Add heat: Mix in a teaspoon of hot sauce or chili powder if you like spice.
- Add veggies: Mix some cubed avocado or finely chopped celery into the filling.
How to Use Up Leftover Deviled Eggs:
- Deviled eggs can be easily repurposed into a new meal.
- Try finely chopping and mixing together to make an Egg Salad to eat on toast.
- Slice the eggs and top some Avocado Toast with the eggs.
- Make our Avocado Egg Tuna Sandwich recipe with leftover eggs.
These are a perfect addition to a brunch party or a holiday meal. Here are some dishes that pair well with these eggs!
Make a Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole for a complete brunch.
Serve with some Savory Crepes for a party.
frequently asked questions
Wait for the eggs to cool before peeling them. The shells will come off much more easily.
If you add eggs to hot boiling water, the gasses will heat and change the pressure within the egg, causing them to crack. To prevent cracking, add refrigerated cold eggs into cold water and boil the water with the eggs already in the pot.
You can store boiled eggs peeled or unpeeled in the fridge. Peeled eggs should be eaten within two days of being peeled. Unpeeled eggs will last up to one week in the fridge.
Prepare the filling up to two days in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve. Assemble before serving!
Hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh if refrigerated for up to one week.
Store & Reheat
- STORE: You can refrigerate the assembled deviled eggs for 2 days in an airtight container.
- FREEZE: We do not recommend freezing the deviled eggs recipe.
- REHEAT: Deviled eggs are traditionally served cold, so no reheating is required!
The BEST Deviled Eggs
- In a pot, add 6 eggs and cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook ten minutes.
- Remove the eggs and add into a bowl of cold water and ice.
- Once eggs are cool, peel the eggs and cut in half. Add the egg yolks into a bowl.
- Add mayo, dijon, vinegar, paprika, salt and pepper to the egg yolks and mix until creamy.
- Top with desired toppings and serve on a egg platter.