Recipe for Deviled Eggs

Best Easy 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.


  • 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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