My favorite Deviled Eggs recipe is a total classic, made with simple ingredients including pickle relish, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper.

We always have deviled eggs at Easter and Thanksgiving,  but I’d eat them anytime. Don’t miss my other favorite holiday staples including Funeral Potatoes, Creamy Red Potatoes and Peas, and the BEST Homemade Rolls.

Traditional Deviled eggs with a sprinkle of paprika.

Deviled eggs will always remind me of my Grandma. At every family party — especially our Easter party — my Grandmother would always bring deviled eggs because she knew they were my absolute favorite!

They are so simple and delicious, and I’ve included fun add-in ideas in the notes, for more flavor variations.

START WITH HARD BOILED EGGS:

  • Stovetop Method:  My favorite way to boil eggs is to cover eggs in a pot of cold water and heat them till boiling. Then add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water (this is the best trick for helping the eggs to peel really easily) cover them and take them off the heat.  let them sit for 12 minutes in the hot water. That’s it!
  • Instant Pot Method: To make hard boiled eggs in the instant pot, add one cup of water to the Instant Pot.  Add the wire rack insert, and lay your eggs on top of it.  Cook the eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes, with a 5 minute natural release. Remove the eggs and place them in an ice water bath for 5 minutes.
  • Oven Method: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place each egg in the cup of a standard muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the eggs and place them in an ice water bath for 10 minutes.

HOW TO MAKE DEVILED EGGS:

Peel and slice eggs. Once your eggs are cooked, remove the shells. Use a knife to slice them in half, lengthwise.

Cooked eggs, cut in half and a spoon removing the egg yolks to make deviled eggs.

Make the filling. Use a small spoon to gently remove the egg yolk from each egg and add it to a mixing bowl. Add mayonnaise (I like to use plain greek yogurt and mayonnaise), relish, mustard, and salt and pepper. Mix everything together until it’s relatively smooth.

Taste. Add a little more relish, mustard, mayo or yogurt, to your liking. Add some more salt or pepper, until it tastes just right.

A glass mixing bowl with the ingredients for deviled eggs, including egg yolks, mayonnaise, relish, mustard and another bowl with the ingredients mixed together.

Spoon into eggs white shell. Add a generous spoonful of the mixture back into the egg halves.

Refrigerate and serve. I like to sprinkle them with paprika before serving.

Traditional Deviled eggs with a sprinkle of paprika.

MAKE AHEAD AND STORING INSTRUCTIONS:

To make ahead: You can make deviled eggs ahead of time by making the hard boiled eggs, making the filling, and storing the eggs and filling separately for up to 3-4 days. Fill the eggs with the mixture right before serving. You could also make the deviled eggs completely, and they will keep for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

To store: Place deviled eggs covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Tip: Mash up leftover deviled eggs and make Egg Salad Sandwiches!

Variations:

  • Bacon: add cooked and diced.
  • Chives: finely dice them and mix them in egg mixture.
  • Herbs:  add a little dried dill or basil to the egg mixture.
  • Spicy: add cayenne , cajun spices, or hot sauce.
  • Without mayo: substitute plain Greek yogurt.
  • Guacamole: Mash the eggs yolks into guacamole, adding a little scoop of mayo, to taste.

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Recipe

Traditional Deviled eggs with a sprinkle of paprika.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins

Ingredients
 
 

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise , or use half mayo and half plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons pickle relish , or 1 dill pickle, diced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  • paprika for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • Cook the eggs. See note above for directions for boiling, baking or using the instant pot to cook perfect hard-boiled eggs. 
  • Peel the eggs and then cut them in half, lengthwise. Carefully remove the yellow yolks and place in bowl.
  • Stir together the mayonnaise, pickle relish, and mustard. Mash with a fork until smooth. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Add more mayo , Greek yogurt or mustard, to taste, if needed.
  • Add a big spoonful of filling back into each egg white. 
  • Store in fridge for up to 3 days. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika just before serving.
  • Tip: Mash up any leftover deviled eggs and make Egg Salad Sandwiches!

Notes

Make Ahead Instructions: You can make deviled eggs ahead of time by making the hard boiled eggs, making the filling, and storing the eggs and filling separately for up to 3-4 days. Fill the eggs with the mixture right before serving. You could also make the deviled eggs completely, and they will keep for up to 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Storing Instructions: Place deviled eggs covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Variations:

  • Bacon: add cooked and diced.
  • Chives: finely dice them and mix them in egg mixture.
  • Herbs:  add a little dried dill or basil to the egg mixture.
  • Spicy: add cayenne , cajun spices, or hot sauce.
  • Without mayo: substitute plain Greek yogurt.
  • Guacamole: Mash the eggs yolks into guacamole, adding a little scoop of mayo, to taste.
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Nutrition

Calories: 89kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 151mgPotassium: 69mgVitamin A: 275IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 0.9mg

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I originally shared this recipe March 2013. Last updated April 2021.

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  1. 5 stars
    OMG, I love this recipe, my family lives this recipe However I tweeked it just a bit by replacing the pickle with 5 colossal green olives, finely chopped and I also did not need to add any salt and pepper. Also, I must say, absolutely fabulous with 2T+2tsp of mayo and 2T+2tsp of greek yogurt (1/3c) and with the olives, perfect and just how I remember my mom making. All these years, I was missing the olive.
    Thank you for your recipe and your inspiration!

  2. For easy to peel eggs, make sure they are about a week old. Really fresh eggs are impossible to peel with tearing the whites up.

  3. The baking soda trick really worked well, when it came to pealing, I also give the hard boiled eggs a bath in ice water and I didn’t have any problem pealing them

  4. I add salt to water. Once eggs are done I just place them in ice water. Crack the shell all over and peel. Easy

  5. I’m a huge fan of all your recipes that I’ve made thus far! I’m curious for this recipe for the mayonnaise if you mean miracle whip…I’ve always made deviled eggs with miracle whip. Thank you for your time and amazing recipes!

  6. 4 stars
    I have had little success with peeling eggs. This was no different. I used the pan method, did exactly what the instructions said and still had no egg come out right. Actually, I wasn’t able to salvage many at all. Can ANYONE help with this? I realize it’s not rocket science, but I really want to do this right!!!😖

    1. I let mine sit in the boiled water 17 minutes then drain and put eggs in an ice bath to cool. Then tap them to crack the shells and peel from small end down. Works great.

    2. 5 stars
      To make hard boiled eggs that peel with ease; use an instant pot with the 5-5-5 method. Put eggs on a rack in the instant pot. 2 cups water. Close, set at high pressure for 5 mins. Make sure valve is closed. When the cool time is done, allow eggs to stay in pot for 5 mins. Than let steam out and put eggs in a cold bath for 5 mins. Now peel eggs with ease!! This method has NEVER failed me!

    3. Use an Instant pot and the 5-5-5 Method! Put 2 cups water in instant pot and a rack. Put however many eggs on the rack. Close pit and set high pressure for 5 mins with valve in the closed position. After cook time, set timer for 5 mins. Than open value to allow steam to escape. Once the pins drops, open pot and remove eggs to cold ice water. Let eggs remain in cold bath for mins.
      Now you’re ready to peel the easiest hard boiled eggs! The shells about shed off whole! I will never use another method! This is a flawless method!

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