Best-Ever Deviled Eggs Recipe (2024)

Deviled Eggs are a staple at potlucks, parties, and holidays like Easter! Adding pickle juice is a delicious and unexpected way to add tons of flavor and the crispy bacon topping makes these irresistible. Deviled eggs are quick and simple to prepare especially with our easy-peel Hard Boiled Eggs.

This Deviled Eggs Recipe is one of our most requested appetizers along with Jalapeno Poppers, Cowboy Caviar, and our famous Guacamole. If you’re looking for a new go-to starter, this is it!

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Deviled Eggs Recipe

Keep those Easter eggs! This is our favorite way to use up hard-boiled eggs. If you’re going to make a deviled egg platter, surprise everyone with this recipe. This filling has a creamy and interesting texture from the crunchy bits of dill pickles and the crisp bacon pummeled over the top.

These are my son’s favorite dressed eggs both in flavor and texture. It’s one of the recipes he likes to make on his own when the craving strikes and if these are on the menu, it doesn’t surprise me when half his plate is these stuffed eggs. I think that qualifies as favorite food status! Make this recipe for your next special occasion and you will be known for your deviled eggs.

What are Deviled Eggs?

The term ‘deviled’ refers to something that is highly seasoned with spiciness or tang. Deviled eggs are the same thing as stuffed eggs or dressed eggs. It’s essentially eggs that have been hard-boiled, peeled, cut in half, and stuffed with a classic mixture of the cooked yolks mashed together with mayo, mustard, and spices (typically paprika).

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Tips for the Best Deviled Eggs

Here are some important steps to ensure perfect deviled eggs and consistent results:

  • Hard boil – Cook eggs until they are hard-boiled with a dry center
  • Do not overcook or the yolks will tint green
  • Start with chilled eggs – the process will be easier and deviled eggs are best served chilled.
  • Use a sharp knife – this will make it easier to slice eggs in half and remove yolks without creating jagged edges. Wiping the knife clean between eggs also helps create clean slices.
  • Portion correctly – A mini cookie scoop makes it easy to portion the filling. You can also use a piping bag or a couple of spoons.
  • Taste as you go – Always taste the filling and add more seasoning, pickle juice or mustard to your liking. Also, go light on the salt. It’s easy to oversalt this filling.
  • Garnish – even if you aren’t adding bacon, sprinkle on some paprika to add color and flavor.

How to Cook Eggs for Deviled Eggs?

Our go-to method for making perfect hard-boiled eggs is this basic stove-top boiled egg. It’s so easy and all you need is water and a saucepan. When making deviled eggs, I remove them after boiling for 7 minutes.

P.S. If you are using Farm Fresh Eggs, wait until they are at least a week old and then we prefer to make instant pot hard-boiled eggs because they are easier to peel. If using farm-fresh eggs, store them pointy-end down in the refrigerator to keep the yolks centered. Otherwise, the heavy yolks tend to settle to the bottom as the egg gets older.

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Tips for Easy Egg Peeling

We’ve all had the experience of stuck-on eggshells that result in ugly peeled eggs that are too pitiful looking to put out for company. If that describes your experience, you need to read this section. Follow these tips for peeling hard-boiled eggs to prevent the shell from sticking:

  • Use older eggs – generally, older (store-bought) eggs are the easiest to peel.
  • Chill boiled eggs in an ice bath right after they are cooked
  • Roll the egg on the counter to crack the shell all around then soak in a bowl of water for a minute. The water gets under the shell and makes it easier to peel.
  • Start peeling from the bottom (wide end) of the egg where the air pocket is to get under the membrane.
  • If you get a stubborn egg – peel it while submerged in a bowl of water or under running water

How To Make Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of the easiest appetizers to make. If serving a larger crowd, you can easily double the recipe. You can also make these eggs in advance (see make-ahead instructions below).

  1. Peel hard-boiled eggs, cut eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks, and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Mash yolks with a fork then mash in mayo, pickle juice, mustard, and seasonings.
  3. Fold in finely diced baby dill pickles then add more seasoning to taste.
  4. Spoon filling into egg halves
  5. Garnish – serve garnished with paprika and bacon bits
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Pro Tip: If you want to get really creative, try this same filling and make Easter Egg Chicks.

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Make Ahead

Deviled eggs are a great make-ahead appetizer and there are several options for prepping or assembling them in advance:

  • Prep-ahead: you can boil and peel eggs a day in advance, cover them, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Boiled eggs should be eaten within 1 week of cooking. You can also pre-slice your eggs and pre-make your filling and keep them separate (covered and chilled in the refrigerator) for up to 2 days or until ready to serve.
  • To store deviled eggs: set deviled eggs on a serving platter, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Sprinkle on the paprika and bacon garnishes just before serving to keep the bacon crisp.
  • Transporting deviled eggs – put them in a single layer on a rimmed platter, cover and ensure they don’t tip over or slide off while transporting. Lining the platter with a paper towel can help keep them from sliding around. You can also use a specialized egg carrier or set the eggs in a muffin tin that is lined with cupcake liners.

Pro Tip: If you’re transporting the eggs and they will be out longer than 2 hours, the FDA egg safety tips recommend keeping them on ice. When traveling, you can store them chilled in a cooler with cold packs to keep the eggs at a safe temperature.

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These Deviled Eggs always get rave reviews. They are also the perfect way to use up leftover Easter eggs. I hope they become a new favorite for you. If you have a favorite deviled egg recipe, I would love to hear about it in a comment below!

More Egg Recipes

Eggs are such a wholesome food. That’s why we make things like Scrambled Eggs and Omelets on our regular rotation! We’re always adding eggs to amp up salads like Cobb Salad! If you love eggs, you will enjoy this list of egg recipes:

  • Creamy Potato Salad – loaded with boiled eggs
  • Egg muffins – easy breakfast on the go
  • Egg Salad – classic and so creamy
  • Breakfast Burritos – go-to recipe!
  • Breakfast Sandwich – one-pan egg sandwich
  • Eggs Benedict – with the best hollandaise sauce

Best Ever Deviled Eggs Recipe

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Author: Natasha Kravchuk

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The Deviled Eggs recipe everyone will ask for! The crunchy dill pickles and crispy bacon topping make these irresistible.


Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Cook Time: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 30 minutes mins


Servings: 16 deviled eggs

  • 8 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp dill pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard , (or dijon), or to taste
  • pinch of salt , or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 baby dill pickles, very finely diced
  • 1/8 tsp paprika, to garnish
  • 3 oz bacon (4 strips), chopped and browned, for topping


  • Cut peeled eggs in half lengthwise and place them on a serving platter. Remove yolks with a spoon and place them in a medium mixing bowl.

  • Mash yolks to a fine crumb with a fork. Add 1/4 cup mayo, 2 tsp pickle juice, 1/2 tsp mustard, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/8 tsp garlic powder and mash together until creamy.

  • Mix in finely diced pickles. Add more seasonings to taste if needed.

  • Spoon a generous teaspoon of the egg mixture into each egg half. Garnish the top with a generous sprinkle of paprika and big pinch of browned bacon bits.

Nutrition Per Serving

86kcal Calories1g Carbs4g Protein7g Fat2g Saturated Fat98mg Cholesterol171mg Sodium50mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar154IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C16mg Calcium1mg Iron

  • Full Nutrition Label
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Nutrition Facts

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: deviled eggs

Skill Level: Easy

Cost to Make: $

Calories: 86

This deviled egg recipe was first published in March 2019. We updated the post and photos but it is the same great recipe.

Natasha Kravchuk

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Is it better to make deviled eggs day before or day of? ›

Prep deviled eggs too far in advance, and you'll have dried out filling and stinky boiled egg whites. For the best results, prep your deviled eggs up to two days in advance and keep the egg whites and filling separate until you're ready to serve. This prepping method also applies if you're not even leaving the house.

Why do you add vinegar to deviled eggs? ›

A light-colored vinegar, like the white-wine vinegar we use in these creamy deviled eggs, brings a touch of acidity to the filling and balances the richness of the yolks and the mayonnaise.

Why do people put paprika on deviled eggs? ›

The paprika will determine the depth of flavor of each bite. You can garnish with any kind (hot or sweet Hungarian, or hot or sweet smoked), but the better the quality, the more complex the flavor.

Should I boil my eggs the night before for deviled eggs? ›

I cook the eggs the day before and (when cooled) cut them in half. I prep the egg yolk mixture (and refrigerate). I place the egg whites, cut side down, onto 1-2 paper towels in a container with a lid. I put one or two paper towels between each layer of egg whites.

Why are my deviled eggs runny the next day? ›

Making them too far in advance

Deviled eggs can be watery, dry, or lose flavor the longer they sit, so don't make them too far in advance. For the best results, prep your eggs and make the filling up two days in advance, and store them separately. Assemble the eggs before serving.

How do you make Paula Deen deviled eggs? ›

Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, pickle relish and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika, pickles and pimentos.

How long should deviled eggs sit before serving? ›

At a minimum, you'll need to allow for 20 to 25 minutes of chill time before serving. You can make deviled eggs up to 2 days in advance; be sure to store the egg whites and the yolk filling separately.

How do you fix too much mustard in deviled eggs? ›

Add sweetness to your dish. Honey or maple syrup are great choices for counterbalancing mustard, but even just a spoonful of sugar will help.

What is the difference between angel eggs and deviled eggs? ›

A simple and delicious appetizer, this angel eggs recipe is everything you love from the classic with a nicer name. The only difference between angel eggs and deviled eggs is the name! The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, making it the perfect finger food option for parties, potlucks, and BBQs.

How do you boil eggs so they peel easily for deviled eggs? ›

Don't overcook eggs. I normally put them in cold water, bring them up to a boil, then pull them off the range, cover them with a lid, and let them sit for 15 minutes. Then, plunge them in cold water until they are cooled, and peel them immediately.

What can I use if I don't have paprika for deviled eggs? ›

Cayenne is an excellent substitute for hot paprika. It'll allow you to keep the spiciness, but it will be slightly stronger in flavor, so use half the amount. To duplicate the taste of paprika more accurately, try adding a little bit of sugar (about 1/2 teaspoon sugar to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne for 1 teaspoon paprika).

How do you fix too much mayo in deviled eggs? ›

The easiest way to go about, Pantry & Larder shares, is to just add more egg yolks. This should get the balance of ingredients back on track. If, however, you've depleted your batch of eggs, there are three other options: breadcrumbs, xanthan gum, and instant mashed potatoes.

Do deviled eggs taste good the next day? ›

As long as you store them in the fridge, you can eat refrigerated deviled eggs (or any cooked egg dish) within four days, according to the USDA, but you should aim to eat them within two days for optimal freshness. Once you take them out of the fridge, you should serve them within two hours.

How do you keep deviled eggs fresh overnight? ›

If the deviled eggs are filled and assembled, they can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours, covered with plastic wrap, or inside a deviled egg container. However, if the filling and eggs are kept separate, the filling will last 2 to 3 days inside a zip bag, and the hard-boiled egg whites up to 5 days.

Do deviled eggs keep well overnight? ›

Once prepared, deviled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator immediately. They should be consumed within three to four days, which is generally considered the maximum amount of time deviled eggs remain safe to eat when stored in the refrigerator.

Can you prep eggs the night before? ›

You can prepare eggs in advance to eat throughout the week. Eggs can last for several days in the fridge or for several months when frozen. There's a huge variety of egg-based dishes to choose from, and many of them can be meal prepped.

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