Recipe for Deviled Eggs

Best Easy Recipe for Deviled Eggs

A recipe for deviled eggs means you can rustle up this delicious treat in next to no time. Deviled eggs are typically boiled eggs where the yolk is removed, mashed with other ingredients and then piped or spooned back into the white.

Choose to make the best classic deviled egg recipe and you have a nutritious, keto-friendly treat which always disappears fast from the buffet table at a party. If you love eggs, you’re definitely going to love making (and especially eating) this foolproof recipe for deviled eggs!

Serve the deviled egg halves on a deviled egg platter like this wooden one that is reversible and a charcuterie board on the other side, or this porcelain egg tray, or else arrange them on any plate or platter that’s large enough.

Recipe for Deviled Eggs: Some FAQs

What is the ingredients of deviled egg?

Hard boiled eggs are the main ingredient in this recipe and you will also need mayonnaise or equivalent for mashing as well as seasonings.

Recipes for deviled eggs vary a lot, which is great because it means you can tweak the filling and garnish however you wish, depending on which ingredients you want to use.

You can make them vegetarian (not vegan obviously because…eggs!) or use meat, seafood or poultry. Deviled eggs can be as fancy or as simple as you want. I love salmon deviled eggs as well as curried deviled eggs. Or else the classic recipe with your own tweaks made.

Is it better to make deviled eggs day before or day of?

Is it okay to leave deviled eggs in the fridge overnight? Absolutely, yes. You don’t have to make deviled eggs just before serving. Make then a day or two ahead if you want but don’t combine the yolk filling with the egg whites until serving for the freshest result. They should also last until day three or even four but won’t really taste good any more.

Why do you put vinegar in deviled eggs?

Not every recipe for deviled eggs has vinegar but some do, so perhaps you’re curious why. Vinegar adds a touch of acidity which contrasts with the rich filling to balance out the overall taste.

What’s the trick for deviled eggs?

Make sure the eggs are perfectly boiled and taste the filling before adding it back into the egg whites. Beyond that, there’s no trick. These really are easy!

How long should I boil my eggs for deviled eggs?

The best way I’ve found is to run cold water over the eggs in a pan to cover them and then a little more. Bring the water to a boil then turn it down and simmer for one minute. Next take the pan off the heat, cover it and let it sit for fourteen minutes. Rinse them under cold running water for a minute and then leave them to cool down.

Do I boil the water before I put the eggs in for deviled eggs?

It’s up to you. You can add them to boiling water using a spoon or else put them in there then run the water and then bring it to a boil. It won’t make much, if any, difference really.

Do you peel deviled eggs hot or cold?

Wait until they’re cool so you don’t burn your fingers!

How long do deviled eggs have to sit?

Once they’re cooked and you’ve run cold water over them, leave them until they feel cool. This will take half an hour or so.

How long do you let deviled eggs sit in the fridge?

Although they will be safe to eat after four days, they taste much nicer either served right away or kept for one or even two days.

How do you hard boil eggs so they peel easily?

How do I make boiled eggs easier to peel for deviled eggs? How do you peel a boiled egg without the shell sticking? Those are popular questions. Some people add either salt or vinegar (or both!) to the cooking water. The vinegar slightly breaks down the eggshells while the salt permeates a bit into the eggshell.

Can I use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar in deviled eggs?

You can use white or red vinegar or even a little pickle juice for a similar tang.

What happens if you put too much mayo in deviled eggs?

Not only will this make the filling runny and messy when added to the egg whites but it will also dilute the flavor of the filling substantially, so don’t add too much! Add less than you think and then add more if needed, bit by bit.

Is it better to use Miracle Whip or mayo for deviled eggs?

Technically you can use either but I’ve never used Miracle Whip in my life so can’t report on how it tastes. But I expect similar. You can also get vegan mayo alternatives but of course eggs aren’t vegan. Just use whichever mayo or mayo alternative you prefer.

How do you make the best boiled eggs?

For deviled eggs, you will want hard boiled eggs not soft boiled, so let them sit in boiling water for fourteen minutes, as detailed above.

How do you know when eggs are done boiling for deviled eggs?

Since you can’t tell by looking at or shaking them, set a timer when you start boiling them so you know. Can you overcook deviled eggs? You can if you don’t time them properly. Perfectly cooked eggs for deviled eggs should be opaque and yellow. Overcooking them will make the yolk gray-green which looks unappetizing.

Should you poke a hole in an egg before boiling?

The air inside an egg heats up when you boil it and this escapes via tiny pores on the shell but not until the egg white has set. This gives your egg a flat bottom.

The reason for pricking or piercing the egg is to give the air an escape route and makes the end rounded smoothly rather than flat. You can even buy an egg pricker if you boil eggs a lot.

How long should you boil eggs?

For a recipe for deviled eggs, about fourteen minutes, for a hard boiled result.

Are you supposed to boil eggs with covered or uncovered?

You don’t need to cover the pan. Also, cooking them uncovered means you can see how fast they are simmering or boiling and adjust the heat accordingly.

Is baking soda or vinegar better for hard-boiled eggs?

This refers to cooking the eggs rather than making the deviled egg filling. Adding water to the boiling water helps you peel the eggs later, while adding baking powder makes them even harder to peel, so don’t add that!

How do restaurants peel hard-boiled eggs?

How do you peel an egg perfectly, you might be wondering. And how do restaurants peel hard boiled eggs in bulk? The most common way is to roll each egg on the countertop. This cracks the shell all over. Also, add a lot of salt to the cooking water to make the shell easier to remove after they’re cooked.

Another method is to let them cool then arrange them in one layer in a pot with a little water and shake the pan vigorously, which is another way to crack the shells. The water (just add half an inch or 1cm) loosens the shells. However, if you shake the pan too roughly, you can break the eggs. Not shaking them hard enough won’t crack the shells. It takes a little practice but is a nice way to peel lots of eggs at once.

What are Fried Deviled Eggs?

If you like a good deviled eggs recipe you might want to take things to the next level with fried deviled eggs! They’re kind of a Southern deviled eggs recipe.

To make fried deviled eggs, boil your eggs then separate the yolks and set aside. Coat the egg whites in flour then beaten egg and then panko breadcrumbs and deep fry until golden!

Let them cool a bit while you mash the yolks with whatever seasonings you want then add the filling on top using a piping bag or spoon and finish off with any garnish you like.


Recipe for Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are devilishly easy to prepare and everyone seems to love this delicious treat. You can make them a day or so ahead if you like and use whichever seasonings, flavorings and garnish you prefer, maybe making a couple of different versions.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stove
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Optional Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • Minced onion or shallot
  • Dash of vinegar (any kind)
  • Lemon or lime juice (and/or zest)
  • A few drops of Tabasco sauce
  • Tomato salsa
  • Salsa verde
  • Buffalo sauce

Optional Ingredients for the Garnish:

  • Ground smoked paprika
  • Smoked salmon
  • Pickled shredded vegetables
  • Crumbled cheese
  • Crispy bacon
  • Serrano ham or prosciutto
  • Caviar
  • Fresh herb sprigs


  1. Arrange the eggs in a single layer in a pan.
  2. Add about 3 inches (7½ cm) of cold water.
  3. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to a simmer.
  4. Let the eggs simmer for one minute.
  5. Cover the pan, take it off the heat, and let it stand for 14 minutes.
  6. Drain immediately then fill the pan with cold water and ice.
  7. Tap each egg on the counter firmly until the shell cracks all over.
  8. Peel the eggs under cold running water.
  9. Slice each one in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.
  10. Mash the yolks with mayonnaise and add salt and pepper to taste, along with any other seasonings.
  11. Pipe or spoon the yolk filling into the egg white halves.
  12. Garnish if liked.


  • You can pick one or more of the fillings and one or more of the toppings, mixing and matching as you see fit
  • Make sure your chosen filling pairs nicely with the garnish, such as buffalo sauce with blue cheese crumbles or lemon zest with fresh dill weed
  • Because you don’t want the filling to be runny, only add a little more liquid (hot sauce etc) or else sub some of the mayonnaise for it (eg sub ranch dressing for some of the mayo)
  • Pipe the filling in with a piping bag and nozzle or spoon it in instead

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