These Classic Deviled Eggs are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Perfect for Easter, holiday gatherings, or even potlucks!

Deviled eggs topped with smoked paprika in a deviled egg tray.

Do you have a favorite appetizer at parties or potlucks? If I had to choose one (aside from the desserts), it would definitely be deviled eggs!

Since Easter is this weekend, I wanted to share my easy homemade deviled egg recipe with you. You only need a few simple ingredients to throw this appetizer together and it’s a great recipe that you can prep ahead of time. 

This recipe is also a perfect base for making your own, so I’m sharing some different ways that you can make these deviled eggs. I’ve even included directions for the easiest way to hard boil your eggs!

How To Make Deviled Eggs

To make these deviled eggs, you’ll start with some hard-boiled eggs. The easiest way I’ve found to hard boil eggs is to place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover completely with cold water. Heat the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat, cover the pan, and let the eggs sit for 12 minutes. Make sure to set a timer for this so you don’t overcook the eggs!

Once the 12 minutes are up, carefully pour the water out of the pan into the sink. Carefully remove the eggs with a spoon or tongs and place them in a bowl filled with cold water and ice for at least 15 minutes. Why use an ice bath? This helps shock the eggs and stop them from cooking. You know that green ring you sometimes see around egg yolks? This can occur from overcooking the eggs. By using an ice bath, the eggs will stop cooking and cool off so they’re easier to peel too.

A white bowl filled with crumbled egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard, and relish.

Once the eggs are cool enough, tap them on the counter and peel off the shells. Then, slice them in half lengthwise, remove the yolks, and place the yolks in a mixing bowl and crumble them up.

For my deviled eggs, I like to use a mix of mayonnaise, mustard, sweet pickle relish, and a tiny pinch of salt. You can feel free to adjust the amounts based on what you prefer. If you love mustard, you can add another teaspoon. If you love relish, feel free to add another half to one tablespoon.

Once you’ve added all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl, you’ll stir it all together until well combined and creamy.

Deviled eggs sitting on top of a white matte plate.

Then, fill the egg white halves with the yolk mixture. I used a large round piping tip to make this easier, but you could also add it to a ziplock bag, snip off the corner, and use that to pipe the filling into the egg whites. 

The final step is to sprinkle on a little bit of paprika. You can either serve them immediately or store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them!

Deviled eggs lined up on a piece of parchment paper.

Baking Tips

  • Once you remove the saucepan from the heat, make sure to cover the eggs and set a timer for exactly 12 minutes. Once the timer goes off, carefully transfer the eggs to an ice bath to cool.
  • Not a fan of relish? You can leave it out of this recipe. If you love mustard, feel free to add another teaspoon.
  • You can hard boil the eggs 2-3 days in advance and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you want to prep the deviled eggs ahead of time, I suggest only make them 1 day in advance.
A close-up picture of deviled eggs on a piece of parchment paper.

Deviled Eggs

5 from 1 rating
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Cooling time: 15 mins
These Classic Deviled Eggs are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Perfect for Easter, holiday gatherings, or even potlucks!

Ingredients

Servings: 12 deviled eggs
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 grams) mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon (18 grams) sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • Paprika optional

Instructions
 

  • Place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover the egg completely with cold water. Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, remove the saucepan from the heat and cover. Set aside for 12 minutes.
  • Using tongs or a spoon, carefully transfer the eggs to a large bowl filled with cold water and ice. Allow to cool in the ice bath for at least 15 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs from the ice bath, tap the shells on the counter, and carefully peel them off. Run under cold water to remove any small pieces of the shell, pat the eggs dry, then slice in half lengthwise.
  • Remove the egg yolks and place them in a small bowl. Mash the eggs yolks until crumbly, then add the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, and salt. Mix until fully combined then pipe or spoon the filling into the egg whites.
  • Sprinkle with paprika and serve or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

To prepare ahead of time: You may hard boil the eggs and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. 
Deviled eggs may be prepped up to one day in advance. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
Author: Danielle
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