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4.8 from 5 votes

posted: 12/22/19

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Deviled Eggs make a great appetizer to bring to a party, and this recipe is the best! My easy instructions plus a secret ingredient make the best deviled eggs.

close up of a deviled egg that has been garnished with chives and paprika and piped with a star tip

Whenever I’m invited to a party and I am supposed to bring an appetizer, I feel ALL the pressure. As a food blogger, I feel like everyone is extra focused on what I bring – like on my waistline if I was personal trainer. I’m sure it’s mainly in my head, but I still feel it!

All of my crazy concoctions run through my brain. Everything from my Olive Cheeseball to my Pesto Cream Cheese Pinwheels . . . and everything in between.

But, sometimes it’s best to stick with a classic. A recipe that makes people think of their childhood and simple times. Ah, Deviled Eggs, you never disappoint.

Perfect Deviled Eggs Start with Hard Boiled Eggs

To make this recipe you will need to hard boil your eggs. Here are a few tips:

  • Leave your egg carton on its side in the refrigerator for a day to get centered yolks. (You’ll notice I skipped this step.)
  • Use very fresh eggs. As an egg ages, the fibrous tissue that keeps a yolk centered starts to weak. Using older eggs will result in a yolk that is close to the edge of the white, making it easy to tear.
  • Follow my instructions in How to Hard Boil Eggs for beautiful eggs every time.
  • If you have a pressure cooker make Instant Pot Deviled Eggs! They are even easier to peel.

How to Make Deviled Eggs

Once you have your hard boiled eggs peeled, we can move on to this delicious recipe.

Cut all of the eggs in half. Place the whites on a platter you would like to serve your deviled eggs on.

Put all of the yolks in a small bowl.

overhead view of a small bowl of egg yolks, mayonnaise, and seasoning for deviled eggs

Add in the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and PICKLE JUICE! That’s right, pickle juice is our secret ingredient. No pickle juice in your house? Substitute with 1/2 a teaspoon vinegar.

Use just one beater on a hand held mixer to whip up this small amount. It will get it nice and smooth.

overhead view of a hand mixer that has just mixed a small bowl of the yellow yolk mixture for deviled eggs

By using a piping bag we can get a nice pretty swirl in our eggs. (I use this same set for my Cut Out Sugar Cookies and my Gingerbread House.) If you don’t have one on hand, use a plastic bag with the tip cut off.

side view of piping the center into a deviled egg using a blue piping bag

Make Ahead

This deviled egg recipe can be made up to two days in advance.

Lay them in a single later in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

Serving a Crowd

This recipe only makes 12 deviled eggs. If you are making this for a larger group, you will probably want to double the recipe. That’s easy to do

Did you know that it’s super easy to print out a version of a double recipe on my blog?? Hover over the serving size (highlighted in blue, it says 12 on this recipe) and then slide the the white line until you get the number you want (24 for this one).

Nutritional Information

As far as appetizers go, this is a pretty good option. Each Deviled Egg only has 52 calories.

Plus, each one has 3 grams of protein. If you have eaten your weight in Puppy Chow, this might be a nice way to balance out that sugar. Just saying.

side view of a blue platter of deviled egg recipe

Variations on Deviled Eggs

I also really love how easy it is to mix up this recipe. You could:

  • Add in a little buffalo sauce and top with blue cheese to make Buffalo Deviled Eggs
  • You could replace the pickle juice with jalapeño juice and dice up some pickled jalapeños to go inside the yolk mixture for Jalapeño Deviled Eggs.
  • You could toss in some bacon and then top each one with more bacon for Bacon Deviled Eggs.

Other Great Appetizers

Appetizers are my favorite. I could live on them. Here are a few more I love:

This Orange Honey Baked Brie couldn’t be easier, but is a crowd pleaser.

My Spinach Balls are no fail! I have left out entire ingredients and they still turn out fine!

If you need another bite sized treat make my easy version of Stuffed Mushrooms.

Remember the time I ate a whole batch of Cowboy Caviar by myself?

Drop me a line to tell me your favorite appetizers!

overhead view of a platter of deviled eggs
overhead view of a platter of deviled eggs
4.8 from 5 votes

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Serves: 12 deviled eggs
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Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Deviled Eggs make a great appetizer to bring to a party, and this recipe is the best! My easy instructions plus a secret ingredient make the best deviled eggs.


  • 6 hard boiled eggs peeled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (I used light)
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • fresh chives optional
  • paprika optional


  • Cut the hard boiled eggs in half.
  • Put all the of the yolks in a bowl.  Mix in the mayonnaise, pickle juice, mustard, pepper, and salt until fully smooth.  
  • Put the mixture into a piping bag fit with a star tip. (Or a plastic bag with the tip cut off.) Pipe it into the egg white halves.  Top with paprika and fresh chives if you like.
Serving: 1deviled egg Calories: 52kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 1g Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 106mg (35%) Sodium: 180mg (8%) Potassium: 32mg (1%) Vitamin A: 3IU Calcium: 1mg Iron: 2mg (11%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
overhead view of a platter of deviled eggs

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  1. Rebecca says

    You want to make perfect hard boiled eggs? easy to peel?? Use your hot pot ! I just made them for the first time the other day and will NEVER make them any other way :)

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’ve heard they are great in the Instant Pot, but I haven’t tried it yet, I will have to!

    • Dana says

      This is going to sound lame but do you have a link or brief instruction on the way you did yours? Thankyou in case you see this.

  2. Joann says

    Dill pickle or sweet pickle juice?

    • Lisa Longley says


  3. Kate Pigula says

    I like the sweet pickle juice in mine. I sometimes add a little sweet relish.

    • Joyce says

      Yes! I add sweet pickle relish…delish!

      • Kathy says

        I add sweet relish to mine also and the tip of a teaspoon of horseradish. I am always asked to bring my deviled eggs to functions and go home with none.

  4. Florence Martin says

    5 stars
    I always use this recipe but never thought of the pickle juice….great idea!!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I hope you love it Florence!

  5. Lynda Nollau says

    When I use my Instant Pot to make hard boiled eggs, which is super easy, my eggs come out with that ugly green ring. How can I avoid this problem? I have always found that older eggs work best for an easy peel because the egg has shrunken inside the egg over time. A large air cell at the big end of the egg is my que to an easy to peel egg.

    • Lisa Longley says

      So the only reason I suggest fresh eggs is because the yolk will be more centered, which will make for prettier Deviled Eggs. But yes, older are easier to peel. I have never used an Instant Pot for hard boiled eggs, but my method described here avoids the green ring every single time.

    • Sivy says

      The green ring is because the egg was over cooked, trying boiling for less time. I never used an instant pot but in a normal pot 10 minute is the perfect amount of time for a perfect boiled egg.

  6. Judy says

    5 stars
    I always use Recipe but I add a little dill pickle relish!
    I never have left over eggs!

  7. Tracy says

    4 stars
    I make my hard boil eggs with horseradish to give it a kick! I’m going to try this as well!

  8. LETA KELLEN says

    Do you use sweet pickle juice or dill pickle juice?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I use dill, but sweet would be good too!

  9. Joyce says

    Hello, I’m going to try your recipe, it sounds delicious!
    Question, where did you get that beautiful teal platter the eggs are on? I would love to get one.
    Thank you.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sorry, Joyce, I got it at GoodWill a few years ago. A treasured find for sure!

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



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