Classic Deviled Eggs Recipe

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Deviled Eggs are a well loved side dish for good reason! This classic deviled eggs starts with hard boiled eggs filled with a creamy filling of yolk, mayonnaise, and a few spices for flavor.

You can’t go wrong with a classic, they’re perfect alongside Thanksgiving dinner or great for a snack on the go!

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Where’d the name deviled eggs come from? Back in the 1700’s foods prepared with vinegar, mustard, and spicy or zesty ingredients were termed deviled, and it stuck. But I like to think they are called deviled eggs because I have a devil of a time not eating the whole tray in one go!
This simple appetizer is easy to make, delicious, and a crowd favorite.

How to Make Deviled Eggs

  1. Hard boil eggs, cool and peel.
  2. Half the eggs and scoop out the yolks. Mix the yolks (per recipe below) with mayonnaise and seasonings until creamy.
  3. Take that yolk mixture and refill the eggs.

Voila, so easy! Garnish and serve!

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How to Boil Eggs for Deviled Eggs

While you can make hard boiled eggs in any way you want including on the stovetop. So how long do you boil eggs for deviled eggs?

  • Place eggs in a pot and add water 1/2″ above the eggs.
  • Bring water to boil, cover, and remove from heat.
  • Let stand covered for 15-17 minutes (for large eggs).

How To Peel Boiled Eggs Easily

Add eggs to an ice bath to stop from cooking. Easy and perfect!

I also love to make eggs in the Instant Pot (which is amazing for everything from Pork Chops to French dips). Eggs in the pressure cooker using the 5-5-5 method are crazy easy and the peels just slide right off!

  • Add eggs (however many you want) and 1 cup water.
  • Pressure cook for on high 5 minutes
  • Natural release 5 minutes
  • Ice bath 5 minutes

Brown cutting board topped with a dozen classic deviled eggs with paprika and dill garnish

Variations on Deviled Eggs

I love any and all variations on deviled eggs, from bacon jalapeño mustard deviled eggs to Dill Pickle Deviled Eggs. Other fun additions:

  • Bacon Cheddar: add shredded cheddar and bacon bits
  • Spicy Sriracha: add a bit of sriracha
  • Ranch Deviled Eggs: add ranch dressing mix
  • Avocado Deviled Eggs


One good thing about this deviled eggs recipe is that it can be made ahead of time! They can be made up to 2 days in advance but for best results assemble just before serving. If you’ve got leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.  Leftover deviled eggs are great mashed up to create egg salad sandwiches!

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Brown cutting board topped with a dozen classic deviled eggs with paprika and dill garnish
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Review Recipe

Classic Deviled Eggs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 deviled eggs
Author Rachael
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
A devilishly good classic deviled egg recipe, with a delicious tart filling. 


  • 6 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

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  • Hard boil eggs in an instant pot, or using your favorite method.
  • Peel eggs gently so the whites remain intact.
  • Slice the eggs in half lengthwise
  • Remove the yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter.
  • With a fork, mash the yolks into a fine crumble.
  • Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.
  • Just before serving, evenly disperse the yolk mixture into the cavities of the egg whites.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and fresh dill weed.
  • Serve.

Recipe Notes

You can prepare eggs 2 days in advance, but keep whites and filling separate until ready to fill. 
Store in an airtight container. 
Prepare hard boiled eggs using your favorite method. To find instructions for using the pressure cooker for hard boiled eggs check out this post: Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Nutrition Information

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.)

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Rachael is the creator of the food and travel blog Eazy Peazy Mealz where she shares simple to make recipes for busy families. She loves food and the power it has to create traditions, family bonds, and memories, and strives to share delicious, practical recipes with easy to find ingredients and simple instructions. Beyond food, her passion is travel, and she is regularly found away from home, with her 4 kids in tow, exploring the world. Her favorite way to experience a new place is through her tastebuds, and with hands on cooking classes. And she loves sharing what she has learned with her readers.

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