Deviled Eggs

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Classic deviled eggs, perfect for holiday gatherings, Easter, and summer picnic potlucks! Delicious deviled eggs are a must-have.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Deviled eggs! Easter egg hunts and summer picnic potlucks. I have been known to devour a dozen deviled eggs in one sitting. Deviled eggs are easy to make and are always a hit at gatherings.

What’s so “deviled” about deviled eggs? Just the little bit of spice from the paprika and either cayenne or Tabasco that you add to the filling.

How to Make Deviled Eggs

What follows is a GREAT classic and easy deviled egg recipe with mustard, mayonnaise and Tabasco, though there are so many wonderful variations you can make. See the comments for some great ideas submitted by Simply Recipes readers.

Do you know how to make great deviled eggs? Do you have a favorite deviled egg recipe? If so, please let us know about it in the comments!

Piped deviled eggs with paprika in an Easter bunny ceramic egg plate

The best way to make hard boil eggs for deviled eggs

When you make deviled eggs, you need hard cooked eggs that are easy to peel! We’ve found the best way to make easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs is not to boil them, but to steam them.

How to Steam Hard Boiled Eggs

The hot steam penetrates the porous shell of the eggs to create just enough separation between the shells and the eggs to make them easy to peel.

You can steam eggs in the same pan you would use to boil them, you just use much less water and a few more minutes. You can use a steaming rack or not. You can also steam eggs easily in a pressure cooker.

Pro Deviled Eggs Tip:

To make deviled eggs extra pretty, just pipe the egg yolk mayonnaise filling in the egg whites with a star-tipped piping bag (or cut off the corner of a plastic sandwich bag).

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Deviled Eggs Recipe

  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen deviled eggs


  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp minced shallot or onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Paprika


1 Steam the eggs to hard cook them:  (See how to steam hard boiled eggs.) Fill a saucepan with an inch of water and insert a steamer basket. Bring the water to a boil and place the eggs in the steamer basket. (If you don't have a steamer basket, you can just place the eggs directly in about 3/4 inch of water.)

Cover the pan and let the eggs steam from the boiling water for 17 minutes for 12 large eggs, or 15 minutes for 6 large eggs. Reduce cooking time by a couple minutes if using regular size (not large) eggs. Then shock with cold water and peel.

Have a pressure cooker? You can also make easy to peel hard cooked eggs in a pressure cooker. Place steamer basket in the pressure cooker. Add 1 inch of water. Place eggs on top of steamer. Seal and cook at high pressure for 4 minutes for electric pressure cookers, 3 minutes for stovetop pressure cookers. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes. Then release the pressure, remove eggs with a slotted spoon to cool in cold or icy water.

2 Peel eggs, cut in half, remove yolks: Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.

3 Mash yolks with mustard, mayonnaise, onion, Tabasco, salt, pepper: Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add mustard, mayonnaise, onion, tabasco, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Add more mayonnaise as necessary to get to the creamy consistency you want.

4 Pipe or spoon mixture into egg white halves: Pipe through a piping bag (star tip) or simply use a spoon to put the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with paprika.

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Like the bunny plate? It's reproduction Dedham Pottery which you may be able to find on eBay.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Red

    I make mine with (per dozen whole eggs) around a half cup of hellmans mayo, tablespoon of yellow mustard, and a 1/4 cup of sugar. Never brought one home… get lucky to eat any at dinners.

  2. Denise

    I did add the salt to the water and let my eggs come to a rolling boil for two minutes as they were extra large size and let them sit on the burner for twelve minutes. Perfection!!!! Peeled like a charm!!!


  3. Sharon

    I’m shocked that no one mentioned using Durkee Famous Sauce in their deviled eggs! Maybe it’s more of a regional thing, but it is delish! I grew up in St. Louis and have many fond memories of using it for deviled eggs, coleslaw, potato salad and on sandwiches, instead of mayo. It is particularly good on turkey sandwiches! It has a tangy, mustard-mayonnaise taste with vinegar and some sugar in the ingredients. Try it and I think you will find you love it.

  4. Renate

    I cut the onions very finely and soaked them in a bit of apple cider vinegar for about 10 minutes and then drained the liquid – they’re easier to digest this way. I added a bit more salt & Dijon mustard than the recipe had called for. Also, used smoked paprika. Otherwise, I followed the recipe, and they were delicious. I brought them to a party, and they were all eaten in about 30 seconds!


  5. Anita

    My mom would make for special occasions but I never got her recipe…so came here for details. Plan to make for a work dinner. I’ll try to get a pic on insta. THANKS!!

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