Kick off your next gathering with a bang by whipping up a batch of classic deviled eggs! These little flavor bombs are the ultimate crowd-pleaser – think creamy, tangy, and just the right touch of spice. They’re ridiculously easy to make, yet fancy enough to impress your guests. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a chic cocktail party, these deviled eggs are about to become your go-to appetizer.
Why You’ll Love These Simple Deviled Eggs
- Perfect Party Food: They’re bite-sized, easy to eat with your fingers, and don’t require plates or utensils, making them ideal for gatherings, potlucks, and picnics.
- Easy to Make: With simple ingredients and minimal prep time, deviled eggs are a go-to for a quick and tasty appetizer or snack.
- Affordability: Eggs are one of the most budget-friendly ingredients out there. This makes deviled eggs an economical choice for feeding a crowd.
It’s true that deviled eggs are labeled as the Easter appetizer recipe. However, we don’t limit to just special occasions when we make these little gems! They can be found on our party table all year long, and for good reason.
This recipe could not be easier and is by far the tastiest version of the recipe we have found. All you need are hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, spices, and a secret ingredient- Hot Sauce! A quick mix up of the filling and you’re ready to roll. Oh, AND these can be made in advance!
Deviled eggs are a delightful treat, blending the smooth, firm texture of the egg white with a creamy, rich yolk filling. This filling, typically a mix of egg yolk, mayonnaise, and mustard, offers a velvety texture with a perfect balance of richness and tanginess. A sprinkle of paprika adds a hint of warmth and color, while optional ingredients like herbs or bacon introduce exciting flavors and textures. Each bite of a deviled egg is a harmonious blend of comforting familiarity and elegant sophistication.
Ingredients For Deviled Eggs
Even though there is hot sauce in the filling, this recipe is surprisingly mild. My sensitive 12 year old inhaled a few and didn’t blink an eyelash. Although, I’m sure they could be more spicy depending on the brand you reach for. This really is the best deviled egg recipe.
- Hard-Boiled Eggs: Did you know older eggs work better for hard boiling? They cook evenly, peel easily, and are the perfect way to start this recipe. Stick with large eggs for this recipe.
- Mustard: You can really get creative with flavor by making a simple adjustment to the type of mustard you use. I prefer Dijon, as it adds a wonderful flavor that everyone loves. However, we have also used classic yellow mustard with equally delicious results.
- Mayonnaise: Everyone has their mayo brand preference. Ours is Best Foods. I can’t tell you why. My mom always purchased the brand, so chances are there is a bit of nostalgia there.
- Hot Sauce: Another GREAT way to play with the flavors. I love love love Cholula, but my sister used a truffle hot sauce and it was divine!
- Salt and Pepper: Season to taste.
- Paprika: Optional, but it gives that classic deviled eggs finish and a sprinkle of flavor.
A few ingredient notes, I highly recommend using Dijon mustard in this recipe. However, you could also use yellow mustard. Both produce different flavors that are equally delicious.
Classic Deviled Eggs Recipe
Filling too dry? Add a tad more mayo. Egg size can very which means you might need a little more or little less. Don’t be afraid to add small spoonful’s in to get that creamy texture into this easy deviled egg recipe.
- PREP: Take your hard-boiled eggs and peel off the shell, being sure not to leave any shell pieces behind.
- SLICE: Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Use a small spoon to remove the egg yolks to a small mixing bowl. Set the white halves aside for later.
- MIX: Crumble the yolks in the same mixing bowl. Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce and mash with a spoon or fork and mix until smooth. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
- FILL: Spoon or pipe roughly 1 tablespoon of the creamy filling into each egg half.
- ENJOY: Sprinkle the tops with paprika, if desired, and serve.
Best Way To Hard Boil Eggs
I have tried multiple cooking methods and find that there is no one way that is best. All of the following ways to cook hard boiled eggs work well:
- Boiling: Fill a large pot with water, enough to cover the eggs with at least an inch. Bring to a full boil and carefully place the eggs inside, using a spoon to gently add. Cook at a simmer for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove to an ice bath and peel.
- Baking: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place the eggs inside the cups of a muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes. Remove to an ice bath and peel.
- Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 270 degrees. Add the eggs and cook for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove to an ice bath and peel.
- Egg Cooker: This is my favorite way to hard-boil eggs. It gives the best results and is super easy to peel.
- Instant Pot: Boiling eggs in an Instant Pot is a game-changer! It’s super easy and results in perfectly cooked eggs that are often easier to peel.
- Piping Bag with Star Tip (affiliate): For a fancy, restaurant-style look, a piping bag with a star tip lets you fill the egg whites with that creamy yolk mixture in a neat, decorative way.
- Small Mixing Bowls (affiliate): Ideal for mixing the yolk filling. Having a few means you can easily create different flavored fillings if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Deviled Egg Tray (affiliate): Not just for serving; this serving platter are perfect for transporting your deviled eggs to a party without having them slide around.
Boil eggs for about 9-12 minutes for the perfect hard-boiled consistency. Start with cold water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Make sure to dunk them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking when done.
Yes! You can boil the eggs and prepare the filling up to two days in advance. Store the whites and filling separately in the fridge, and fill the eggs just before serving.
Gently tap the boiled egg on a hard surface to crack the shell, then roll it lightly to loosen the shell further. Start peeling from the bottom (wider end), where there’s an air pocket.
Absolutely! You can substitute mayonnaise with Greek yogurt or avocado for a healthier twist.
Classic toppings include paprika, chives, or bacon bits. For a unique twist, try smoked salmon, pickled onions, or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
A deviled egg tray with a lid is perfect for transportation. If you don’t have one, you can snugly fit the eggs in a tray lined with a damp paper towel and cover with plastic wrap.
Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture of the eggs and filling, leading to a less than desirable outcome.
Deviled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. Keep them in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
The BEST Deviled Eggs Recipe
- 1 dozen large hard boiled eggs
- 2 teaspoons Dijon or yellow mustard
- 1/3 cup mayo or more if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- paprika optional
- Peel the hard boiled eggs, being sure not to leave any shell pieces behind.
- Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Use a small spoon to remove the yolk to a small mixing bowl. Set the whites aside.
- Crumble the yolks.
- Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and hot sauce.
- Mash with a spoon or fork and mix until smooth.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Spoon or pipe roughly 1 tablespoon of the filling into each egg half.
- Sprinkle the tops with paprika, if desired, and serve.
- I’ve used the method from Simply Recipes to boil our eggs for years. They turn out perfectly every single time.
- A few ingredient notes, I highly recommend using Dijon mustard in this recipe. However, you could also use yellow mustard. Both produce different flavors that are equally delicious.
- Filling too dry? Add a tad more mayo. Egg size can very which means you might need a little more or little less. Don’t be afraid to add small spoonful’s in to get that creamy texture.
Deviled Egg VariationsHere is the deal, we really love this recipe as written, but there are a few variations we like to make as well! This has to be one of the easiest recipes to customize. Use whet you have on hand to give them a fun twist!
- No mayo? No problem! Substitute with a ripe mashed avocado.
- Need more heat? Mix in some diced pickled jalapeno or top with a jalapeno slice.
- You can never go wrong with a handful of crumbled bacon in the filling.
- Stir in pickle relish OR pickle juice! This is a southern style deviled egg that we’ve grown especially fond of.
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