This Classic Deviled Eggs recipe is the perfect little bite and a total crowd pleaser. An appetizer that is enjoyed by millions for the holidays, Sunday brunch, or any occasion!
Make up a batch of hard boiled eggs, and this well-loved appetizer comes together in minutes!
Add deviled eggs to the list of foods I can’t control myself around – I can polish off five without batting an eye. A little sweet, a little tangy, creamy bites of bliss.
Deviled Eggs Recipe
I’ve been known to stuff these babies with cooked bacon, crab, veggies…you name it. But my favorite is this classic way – you just can’t ever go wrong with a classic. For this recipe you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Large eggs
- Kosher salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
- Pickle relish, optional but highly recommended
- Smoked paprika, for dusting
(Scroll down to the detailed printable recipe card for exact measurements.)
How to Make Deviled Eggs
This well-loved appetizer is so easy to make in only a few simple steps:
- Start with making hard boiled eggs, then peel them.
- Cut them in half and scoop out the cooked yolk.
- Mix the yolk with other ingredients (the possibilities are practically endless!)
- Evenly distribute the yolk mixture back into the hollowed out egg whites.
- Garnish, serve, and enjoy!
Why Are They Called Deviled Eggs?
The term “deviled” was commonly used in the 1700’s when referencing food pertaining to anything spicy. It then came to be used more frequently in the 19th century, most often associated with food prepared with vinegar, mustard, pepper, or other zesty ingredients. The name just stuck.
That story isn’t at all sexy, huh? HA. But, whatever. History is history. Sometimes exciting, sometimes not.
One of my regular readers on Facebook said his family calls them Heavenly Eggs because nothing this good should be associated with the devil. Lol. I love it. But I think the name works because they’re addictive. Who can only eat one? Nobody I know!
Deviled Eggs Nutrition
Boiled Eggs are high in protein and low in carbs, making them a great, healthy snack.
Are deviled eggs keto? Yep! Mayonnaise, which is high in fat, but low in carbs, is a key ingredient in deviled eggs and a top condiment on a keto diet.
Are deviled eggs gluten free? Yep! Eggs are naturally gluten free, and none of the traditional ingredients used in mayo or mustard contain gluten.
How many carbs in deviled eggs? For the recipe featured here, there’s only 1 carb per egg! Woot.
How many calories in a deviled egg? This recipe carries 71 calories per egg.
Make Ahead and Storage
Can you make deviled eggs ahead of time? Deviled Eggs can be prepared 1-2 days in advance. In my humble opinion, though, you shouldn’t assemble them until close to the time you’ll be serving them. They taste the best fresh! So, prepare your eggs and yolk mixture, but keep them separate (egg white halves wrapped well in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out, and the yolk mixture sealed in an airtight container – everything refrigerated!) Then fill the hollowed out egg whites before you’ll be eating them. It doesn’t take long.
How long are deviled eggs good for? Once assembled they should be consumed within 2 days.
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Classic Deviled Eggs
- 12 large hard boiled eggs , carefully peeled so the whites don't tear
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- few grinds of black pepper
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon pickle relish, optional
- smoked paprika, for dusting
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise.
- Carefully remove the yolks and place into a medium sized bowl; transfer the egg white halves onto a serving platter.
- Using a fork, mash the yolks until it resembles very fine crumbs.
- Add in the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, cayenne, and pickle relish (if using), and mix well until it’s completely smooth.
- Spoon mixture into a plastic ziploc bag, drawing the mixture toward one corner. Cut off a small piece of that corner. Evenly pipe the mixture into the egg white halves.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of smoked paprika.
- Serve and enjoy!
Reader Questions and Reviews
Did you use dry mustard or yellow mustard (hot dog type)?
Wet (I typically use Dijon or Spicy Brown, but you can use yellow if you want.)
Nothing fancy, just good homecooked pleasure.
PERFECT & DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Best deviled eggs recipe! Simple and the perfect ratio of ingredients. Putting this in my permanent binder, thank you!