Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, including this one!

This deviled egg recipe starts with hard boiled eggs. The yolks are seasoned and mashed until creamy and added back to the whites for serving.

Deviled Eggs on a serving plate

Deviled Eggs Are an Anytime Snack!

Deviled eggs are hard-boiled eggs, that are halved and filled with a creamy mixture made from the yolks. They’re a holiday staple in our family for Easter dinner, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinner.

  • Customize with your favorite flavors like dill pickles, minced olives, or green onion.
  • Deviled eggs are naturally low-carb, make a great snack, and will keep well in the fridge for a few days.
  • You need just a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
  • Deviled eggs can be made a couple of days ahead of time making them party perfect.

What does “deviled” mean? Back in the 1700s, foods prepared with vinegar, mustard, and spicy or zesty ingredients were termed deviled although it generally referred to meat and not eggs at the time.

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Ingredients for Deviled Eggs

  • Eggs – Any hard-boiled eggs will do for this recipe. I find Instant Pot or air fryer eggs easiest to peel.
  • Mayonnaise – This is key to the smooth texture of the filling. Use your favorite brand (light or full-fat mayo work).
  • Seasoning – Vinegar & a bit of yellow mustard are traditional in deviled eggs for a little tang. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Garnish – Paprika is traditional but chives are another great option.


This is a classic deviled egg recipe but feel free to get creative:

  • sweet pickle relish, chopped pickle, pickle juice, or minced celery
  • sprinkle with crumbled bacon and jalapenos
  • garnish with some crispy bacon, capers, or fresh herbs
  • swap the mustard for Dijon mustard or a little horseradish for a bolder flavor
  • swap some or all of the mayo for Greek yogurt for a lighter version

How to Make Deviled Eggs

  1. Cook Eggs: Cook and cool hard boil eggs (see our favorite methods below).
  2. Prepare the filling: Mash the yolks with mayonnaise and seasonings until creamy (per the recipe below).
  3. Fill the eggs: Spoon or pipe the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Garnish and serve.

Cooking Eggs for Deviled Eggs

Cook the hard-boiled eggs using any of the following methods. Air fryer is my favorite method as no water is required and the shells just slide right off.

Tips for The Best Deviled Eggs

  • Regardless of the cooking method, don’t skip the ice bath. It stops the cooking process, keeping the yolks bright yellow, and helps make them easier to peel.
  • Eggs can be boiled a few days in advance.
  • For an extra smooth filling, pulse it in a food processor if you’d like. Don’t overmix it.
  • Place the filling in a piping bag or in a sandwich bag and snip off the corner to make it pretty.
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Storing Deviled Eggs

The eggs can be boiled a few days in advance (boiled eggs can be stored for a week total). If you’d like to prepare the filling a few days in advance as well, store the filling and the egg whites separately.

Place the egg white halves on a plate and wrap them in plastic wrap, keep the yolk mixture in a ziptop bag. When ready, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture, garnish, & serve!

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Leftovers can be mashed with a fork and made into an egg salad sandwich for lunch.

Delicious Deviled Eggs

What’s your favorite way to make Deviled Eggs? Let us know in a comment below! 

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Deviled Eggs Recipe

This classic deviled eggs recipe is so easy to make as a side dish, appetizer, or even as a healthy snack!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 deviled eggs
Author Rachael


  • 6 large eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • smoked paprika and fresh dill weed for garnish


  • Place the eggs in a saucepan and fill the pot with water to ½-inch above the eggs. Over high heat, bring the water to a rolling boil, then cover, remove from heat. Let the eggs stand covered for 15 to 17 minutes.
  • Fill a medium bowl with ice water and transfer the eggs to the ice water for 5 to 10 minutes. Peel the eggs under running cool water.
  • Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place them in a medium bowl, place the whites on a serving platter.
  • With a fork, mash the yolks into a fine crumble.
  • Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix until smooth.
  • Just before serving, fill each egg white with the creamy yolk mixture with a spoon or a piping bag.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and fresh dill weed.



Eggs can be prepared a few days in advance. Keep the whites and filling separate until ready to fill. 
Prepare hard-boiled eggs using your favorite method. Once cooked, place eggs in a bowl of cold water and ice for at least 5 minutes.
Use a spoon or piping bag to fill the eggs. If you don’t have a piping bag, place the creamed yolk mixture into a sandwich bag and snip off the corner. Squeeze the mixture into the whites.
Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 days. Leftover deviled eggs can be mashed and served as an egg salad sandwich. 
4.98 from 146 votes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 63 | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 89mg | Potassium: 30mg | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Made this deviled egg recipe for a family gathering and for a neighborhood gathering! They taste amazing! Made the recipe exactly as it said with no changes! I keep getting requests to make them now. It’s always fun to bring food somewhere that is so good you go home with an empty dish!5 stars

  2. for those wanting a basic recipe, it doesn’t get any easier. look through the other reviews and find different ways to suit your taste if you choose..5 stars

    1. I tried the honey suggestion. good, not great in my opinion. People’s tastes are different. I prefer a little more peppery kick( but not to much!) over the sweetness, but that’s just me.5 stars

  3. I like to make my deviled eggs with miracle whip,mayo and spicy brown mustard also I put a little chilli powder in the mixture then after piping I sprinkle chili powder on top of egg.5 stars

  4. Swap the mustard/Dijon for Durkees famous sauce! Mix 1/2 and 1/2 with Dukes mayo!
    I dare you to try this!5 stars

  5. Instead of vinegar I use sweet pickle juice!! Awesome!!! Adds a subtle hint of sweetness that enhances the richness of the egg . I also add a dash of heavy cream to compliment and deepen the flavor experience4 stars

  6. wow really enjoyed this easy recipe.i made a dozen eggs doubled ingredients except for vinegar.i used brown spicy mustard and yellow family thought they were the best ever! ty5 stars

  7. Very Nice Variety to choose from—-and then Try others –another time —and that is GOOD for All of us !!! Ruth in IOWA

    1. Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy these eggs as much as we do Haley! Thank you for trying the recipe.

      1. I had someone prepare them for our family once and they used dill pickle juice Ugh. I love the sweet pickle juice.

  8. Greetings!
    Perhaps you can help put this twelve-year conflict regarding deviled eggs to rest. My mother-in-law says that what makes a deviled egg a deviled egg is putting deviled ham in them. If that’s the case, then what makes deviled ham DEVILED HAM? Does it have a devil in it? LOL In my opinion, the egg yolk is deviled – a process of mashing it up & adding other ingredients. Just like deviled ham is ground up with added ingredients. Seems simple to me. I could be wrong. What say you?

    1. Deviled ham stuffed eggs sound delicious Stephanie! To the best of my knowledge, deviling is the process of preparing the egg. But both sound like great reasons to call it a deviled egg to me!

    2. Hey Stephanie!
      Historically speaking, the description of a food being “deviled” just means it has a loT of spices in it. Nothing to do with the actual devil :’)

  9. I personally don’t believe there’s anything such as a “make ahead deviled eggs”. You see… they tend to disappear. Often times one by one as if an invisible hand sneaks them away…

  10. Holly, your recipe is spot in. Surprisingly with my Thai family, I have had to get get creative, Wasabi Deviled Eggs and Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs they will gobble down. And I am right there with you, set a tray of deviled eggs in front of me, you may need to watch your fingers and arms :) This is highly recommend for the classic Deviled Egg.5 stars