Deviled Eggs

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This is an easy and delicious deviled egg recipe for holidays and parties. The eggs gently cook using a quick boil and then simmer to yield solid golden yolks and tender whites. I use a classic combination of mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, and seasonings to create a delicious creamy filling.

Deviled eggs recipe garnished with chives and paprika and served on a white platter.

Hard-boiled eggs are most often eaten for two reasons: to make a delicious egg salad sandwich or for appetizers like these deviled eggs. The latter provides elegant yet simple hors d’oeuvres for potlucks, parties, and Easter gatherings. Their creamy filling and tender whites make them versatile for any occasion, from festive gatherings to casual picnics.

Whether you’re a deviled egg enthusiast or a curious cook looking to experiment, let me show you how to create a classic deviled eggs recipe that you can enjoy as is or use as a base to innovate with other ingredients.

“Thank you for this info. I was taught and have been using the start in cold water method for decades with varied results. I knew about the science behind what causes the green color on the yolks, but this technique finally solves it for me!”—Tim M.

Recipe ingredients

  • Eggs: Any type of eggs can be used, but I recommend large-sized for this recipe.
  • Mayonnaise: Adds a rich and creamy consistency to the filling.
  • Mustard: Dijon mustard adds a pungency to the creamy filling.
  • Vinegar: Distilled vinegar adds tanginess to balance the egg yolks.
  • Seasoning: Salt and pepper enhance the savory taste of the eggs. Paprika is used for garnish but also adds an earthy, sweet pepper flavor.
  • Herbs: Delicate chives are sliced and added on top for a fresh, mild onion taste.

See the recipe card below for all ingredients and measurements (US and metric).

Hard boil the eggs

A metal spoon lifting a hard boiled egg out of a pot of water.

Step 1: Every home cook should learn how to hard boil eggs. The process is easy but requires attention. Add enough water to cover the eggs by about 1 inch. Hot-start the eggs in a low boil around 200°F (93°C), cooking for 30 seconds, then cover and reduce the heat to low.

The gentle simmer cooks the eggs for about 12 minutes. Alternatively, you can steam or use a pressure cooker to make Instant Pot eggs.

Step 2: Immediately chill the eggs in an ice bath for 15 minutes. This firms up the egg whites, making them easier to peel.

Step 3: The best way to peel eggs is to crack the wider bottom first. There is a small air gap between the egg and shell, which makes it easier to lift and peel. Gently crack the shell on the sides as well. If needed, run cold running water to remove any shell fragments on the egg.

Make the filling

Egg yolks, mayonnaise, and mustard in a mixing bowl.
Bowl with yellow yolk mixture for filling deviled eggs.

Step 4: Once the eggs are cooked, cooled, and peeled, you’re ready to make the filling. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Add the egg yolks to a bowl. Breaking them up with a fork into crumbles helps make them easier to mix.

To make a classic deviled egg recipe, combine the yolks with mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, distilled white vinegar, salt, and pepper, and mix until smooth.

Ways to add the filling

Piping yellow filling into the centers of hard boiled eggs.

Step 5: Fill the empty egg halves using a piping bag or spoon. If you prefer function over fancy, scoop out the egg yolk mixture and drop a few teaspoons into each halve.

I recommend transferring the filling into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip for an elegant presentation. You can also cut the end off a reusable plastic bag.

Step 6: Make the eggs eye-catching with colorful garnish once you’ve filled them. Top with a sprinkle of paprika and chives.

Flavor variations

Now that you know how to make the best deviled egg recipe, it’s easy to customize! Try these delicious options:

  • Spicy: Add hot sauce, chili powder, or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.
  • Pickles: Sweet pickle relish, chopped dill pickle, or a splash of pickle juice for a tangy flavor.
  • Vegetables: Add chopped, sauteed spinach or kale for a veggie boost. Try minced artichoke hearts for a springtime treat.
  • Pesto: Mix in homemade pesto for herbaceous flavor.
  • Bacon: Chop up oven-roasted bacon and sprinkle chives on top.
  • Yogurt: Use plain Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for extra protein.
  • Avocado: Mash avocado and mix into the filling, and top with pico de gallo.

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Frequently asked questions

Why do you cool hard-boiled eggs in an ice-water bath?

Shocking the eggs with ice water immediately after boiling halts the cooking process. This technique prevents the yolks from overcooking and turning green, creating a sulfur-like aroma. Chilled eggs are also much easier to peel, cut, and fill.

What do you add to the filling to make it smooth and creamy?

The egg yolk contains most of the fat, which is the ideal base for a creamy filling. The classic deviled egg filling combines those crumbly yellow cores with Dijon mustard (or yellow mustard), mayonnaise, distilled white vinegar, salt, and pepper. Other types of vinegar, like white wine or apple cider, also work well.

Can I make the deviled eggs ahead of time?

Hard-boiled eggs can be cooked and refrigerated a week in advance. The filling can be made two days before and filled on the day of serving. Assembled eggs can be covered and refrigerated for up to two days in advance. If possible, add the paprika and chives on the same day as eating.

Serving platter filled with deviled eggs topped with a sprinkle of paprika and chives.

How do you make easy-to-peel hardboiled eggs?

Three methods successfully yield perfect hard-boiled eggs: boiling, steaming, and pressure cooking. They all have one similar thing in common: The eggs are immediately exposed to a hot environment. Do not start in cold water; the egg white protein will stick to the shell, making it hard to peel. Quickly cooking the egg proteins causes them to bond and shrink, minimizing frustrating peeling attempts.

Deviled Eggs

Easy deviled eggs recipe made with mustard, mayonnaise, vinegar, and seasonings for a simple appetizer to serve during holidays and parties.
4.91 from 31 votes
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Ingredients 
 

  • 6 large eggs, cold
  • 4 cups cold water, plus more for boiling
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • paprika, for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives

Instructions 

  • Boil the Eggs – Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the eggs by 1 inch once added. Bring the water to a low boil at around 200°F (93°C), then carefully place the eggs inside.
    Do not go above the recommended temperature, or the eggs could crack when added to the pot. Boil for 30 seconds, then place the lid on and reduce the heat to low. Cook at a low simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Chill the Eggs – In a medium-sized bowl, add 4 cups of ice and 4 cups of water. Once the eggs are done cooking, transfer them to the ice bath and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Peel the Eggs – Gently crack the sides and bottom of the eggshell and peel. Run under cool water to remove any excess shells.
  • Make the Filling – Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and transfer the yolks to a medium-sized bowl. Use a fork to crumble the egg yolks. Mix in the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  • Pipe into Egg Whites – Transfer the filling mixture to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe the mixture into each egg white half. Alternatively, you can spoon the mixture in.
  • To Serve – Garnish with paprika and chives. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Recipe Video

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Notes

  • Make Ahead: Hard-boiled eggs can be made a week in advance. The filling can be prepared two days in advance. 
  • Storing: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days. 
  • Make it Whole30: Use mustard that does not contain sugar, use sea salt, and homemade mayonnaise.

Nutrition Facts

Serves: 12 servings
Calories 73kcal (4%)Carbohydrates 1gProtein 4g (8%)Fat 6g (9%)Saturated Fat 1g (5%)Cholesterol 107mg (36%)Sodium 104mg (4%)Potassium 39mg (1%)Fiber 1g (4%)Sugar 1g (1%)Vitamin A 153IU (3%)Calcium 16mg (2%)Iron 1mg (6%)

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000-calorie diet. All nutritional information is based on estimated third-party calculations. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.

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I'm a culinary school graduate, cookbook author, and a mom who loves croissants! My passion is creating recipes and sharing the science behind cooking to help you gain confidence in the kitchen.

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  1. Edward Kowalski says

    Should you store hard-boiled eggs in their shell or peeled? Which method lasts longer? Which method is easier to peel, immediately after chilling in an ice bath or storing the eggs in their shell in the refrigerator and peeling as needed?

    • Patty C says

      I’m curious about this, as well. And also how long will peeled eggs keep? Someone just told me that once you peel them, you have to eat them immediately. I don’t think this is true, because I would be dead by now.

  2. Virginia says

    Am I missing your serving sizes in your nutritional info? You state how many serving sizes a recipe makes but don’t mention the size of those servings. Need those to make the nutritional info make sense. Thanks

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Great question! The green ring forms around the yolk are due to a chemical reaction that occurs under too high of a temperature and/or prolonged cook time. The sulfur that is naturally contained in the egg whites reacts with the iron in the yolks, resulting in a discoloration due to ferrous sulfide formation. The color change happens around the perimeter of the yolk, where the two elements make contact and interact. You can read more about it if you search “the science behind overcooked hardboiled eggs” on my website.

  3. Tim M. says

    Thank you for this info. I was taught and have been using the “start in cold water…” method for decades with varied results. I knew about the science behind what causes the green color on the yolks, but this technique finally solves it for me!