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Easy Deviled Eggs: Recipes and Instructions

Updated on November 24, 2011

Deviled egg recipes are great to serve before and during holiday meals but they can make great snacks and appetizers any time of the year too. Here are some great ways to serve up deviled eggs as well as step by step instructions.

By Michele Ursino (Thanksgiving 2009 (4 of 32)) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Michele Ursino (Thanksgiving 2009 (4 of 32)) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

You can't make great deviled eggs without boiling eggs, so for those who don't know how to boil an egg here are a few easy methods you can use.

What You Will Need


Boiling Pan w/ lid (required for 1 of the methods)


Ice (optional)


Method 1

1)Begin by placing enough cold water in your pan to cover the eggs.

2)Add a single layer of eggs to the water and place on the stove.

3)Turn the stove on high heat and bring the water to a rapid boil.

4) Cover pan with lid and turn off the stove/heat. Let sit covered for 18 minutes.

5) See instructions below to get them ready to peel.

Method 2

1) Follow steps 1 through 3 above.

2) Reduce heat to medium and allow them to cook for 10 minutes (it's ok if the water stays at a gentle boil). Larger eggs or a lot of eggs may require an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

Preparing to Peel Eggs

Once your eggs are done cooking immediately follow one of the methods below to get them ready to peel. These instructions are designed to make peeling eggs easier and to help your deviled eggs recipes look more presentable.

1) Strain the water from the pan and place the eggs directly into ice water or add ice water to the pan. Allow to sit until eggs are completely cooled.

2) Strain the water and add really cold water to the pan, enough to cover the eggs. Repeat this process of straining and adding cold water until the eggs are completely cool to the touch.

Tips for Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs:

  • Hard boiled eggs can be refrigerated for several hours to overnight to make peeling easier. Only after completely cooled.
  • Tap the narrow end of the egg on a hard surface lightly and one or two taps over the body of the egg to create cracks that make peeling a little easier. Too many cracks will make it MORE difficult to peel smoothly and you may end up with small bits of eggshell embedded in your deviled eggs recipe so limit it to just a few small ones.

By Mark Pellegrini (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By Mark Pellegrini (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Deviled Egg Recipes

Simple Deviled Eggs


Hard boiled eggs



Paprika (optional)


Cut the hard boiled eggs in half length-wise. Gently press the yolks out and into a bowl. Place the egg white halves onto a separate platter or plate. Using a fork mash the yolks add in mayonnaise (approx. 1/4 cup for every 6 eggs) and a few dashes of mustard or to suit your tastes and mix until creamy.

Place yolk mixture into a pastry bag or simply spoon it into the hollows of the egg whites. Top with a dash of Paprika, chill in the refrigerator or serve immediately.

Spicy Deviled Eggs

Added Ingredients

Jalapeno peppers

Habenero Peppers (optional)


Follow the directions and ingredients as above for the simple deviled eggs, only add in bits of diced up Jalapeno and/or Habenero peppers. Be sure to remember that once the peppers are mixed in the juice from them can add an extra level of heat to the yolk mixture. So don't add too much if you are looking for mild heat.

Extra Tips for Yummy Deviled Eggs

You learned how to boil an egg and peel it, even a couple great recipes that you can serve up. Now,here are some tips that will make this process easier for you.

  • do not over-crowd the pan with eggs. This can keep them from cooking properly.
  • Always use cold water to start when you boil an egg
  • Never place hot boiled eggs in the fridge. That is a recipe for bacteria.
  • Don't be afraid to experiment with ingredients when trying out new recipes for deviled eggs. There are hundreds of combinations of and individual ingredients that can be added to make these even more creative and tasty. Consider trying out some of the following: relish, pickles, onions, fresh herbs, tomatoes or crab meat.


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      rjsadowski 6 years ago

      Well written hub. Everyone loves deviled eggs.