Deviled eggs are ingenious. They take hard-cooked eggs — already one of the world's most perfect foods — and elevate them into an elegant bite that's worthy of any appetizer plate. From summer picnics and Easter brunch, to afternoon snack time and Sunday supper, deviled eggs are more than up for the occasion.
Deviled eggs are also one of the easiest appetizers we know how to make. Today, we'll show you the easiest, most basic method for these irresistible treats, with plenty of ideas for making them your own.
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What are Deviled Eggs?
Deviled eggs are a classic hard boiled egg preparation. The cooked yolks are combined with creamy flavorful ingredients like mayo and mustard and the whites are filled with this delightful, bright and velvety filling to make a one to two bite egg appetizer that is beloved for holidays. Deviled eggs also make a very good lunch, sort of like an egg salad sandwich without being quite so messy. Our method will give you the quintessential deviled egg, but if you're looking for other fun, fast and fancy interpretations we've got a few more ideas below.
Our Best Deviled Eggs Recipes:
- Thanksgiving Deviled Eggs
- Avocado Deviled Eggs with Everything Bagel Spice
- Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs
- Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs with Toasted Pecans
- Kimchi Deviled Eggs
- Smoky Deviled Eggs with Greek Yogurt & Frizzled Shallots
Key Steps for Perfect Deviled Eggs
Excellent Hard Boiled Eggs Make the Best Deviled Eggs
It all starts with hard-boiled eggs. Our favorite method is to cover the eggs with water, bring the water to a boil, and then let the eggs sit off the heat for about 10 minutes. This makes whites that are firm but still tender and yolks that are set but still creamy. If you need a refresher on this method, read more about it here:
Everything You Need to Know About Hard-Boiled Eggs:
Keep the Filling Simple
Part of the eternal appeal of deviled eggs is their sheer simplicity. You don't need much to make a good deviled egg. Here we use just a generous spoonful of mayo and a dollop of mustard mixed into the yolks — that's all you really need! Mayo takes the already creamy yolk and makes it even creamier and more decadent, while the tangy yellow mustard tames the richness.
Use a Bag to Pipe in the Filling
The only other tricky moment with deviled eggs is actually filling them. You can certainly use a spoon, but it's worth considering using a bag to pipe the filling. It's a lot neater and easier than it might seem. You don't even need a real piping bag — just scoop the filling into a plastic bag, squeeze the filling into a corner, and snip off the corner. Party-worthy deviled eggs, zero fuss.
Serving and Storing Deviled Eggs
The eggs can be hard-boiled and peeled up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. You can also make the filling up to 1 day ahead, but store in a piping bag or in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface in the refrigerator. Fill the egg white shells when ready to serve.
Keep your deviled eggs simple or gussy them up with herbs and spices — just about any way you make deviled eggs, they're sure to be delicious.
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How To Make Deviled Eggs
Makes 12 deviled eggs
What You Need
2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper
Paprika, for garnishing
Minced parsley or other fresh herbs, for garnishing
Medium saucepan with lid
Bowl with ice water
Sealable plastic bag (like Ziploc) or piping bag with a round tip
Hard-boil the eggs. Place the eggs in a medium saucepan and fill with enough cool water to cover the eggs by an inch or two. Place the pan over high heat. Once the water reaches a boil, remove the pan from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath by filing a large bowl with ice and water. → For more detail on cooking eggs, see How to Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time.
Peel the eggs. Remove the eggs from the water, tap each one gently against the counter to crack the shell in a few places, then place in the ice water for at least 1 minute. Take the eggs out of the water bath and peel them.
Slice the eggs in half. Cut the eggs in half down their length, from tip to bottom.
Remove the yolks. Gently squeeze the eggs to separate the yolks from the whites and use your fingers to remove the yolks. Transfer all the yolks to a small bowl. Arrange the empty whites on a platter, cut-side up.
Mash the yolks with a fork. Mash the yolks with a fork until they are completely crumbled.
Mix in the mayonnaise and mustard. Add 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise and the mustard into the bowl with the yolks. Mix and mash the filling until you form a smooth paste. If the filling feels too stiff, add more mayonnaise a small spoonful at a time.
Season with salt and pepper. Taste and season with salt and plenty of pepper as needed.
Transfer the filling to a plastic bag or piping bag. Use a spatula to scoop all the filling into a resealable sandwich bag or piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Press the bag with your hands to push all the filling to one corner and press any air out of the top. If using a plastic bag, snip one corner off with a pair of scissors.
Pipe the filling into the egg whites. Pipe the filling into the cup of each egg white, filling the cups so that the filling mounds a little over the top. Squeeze the bag from the top to force the filling downward. Alternatively, scoop the filling into the egg whites with a spoon.
Sprinkle with paprika and fresh herbs to serve. Sprinkle a pinch of paprika and a pinch of fresh herbs over the top of each egg before serving.
Make ahead eggs: The eggs can be hard-boiled and peeled up to 1 day in advance and stored in the refrigerator. You can also make the filling up to 1 day ahead, but store in a piping bag or in an airtight container with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface in the refrigerator. Fill the egg white shells when ready to serve.
Storage: Leftover deviled eggs can be kept refrigerated for several days, but may not look as pretty.
Customized deviled eggs: Mix any of the following into your filling before piping: crumbled bacon, crumbled blue cheese, chopped nuts, minced fresh herbs (especially dill!), canned salmon or trout, spices (like curry powder, chili powder, or Chinese 5-spice), capers.