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Deviled Eggs

  • Serves: 12
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Calories: 51
blue plate with deviled eggs topped with radishes, pickled onions, bacon and pickles

Though the name implies otherwise, these classic deviled eggs are nothing short of heavenly.

Devilishly Good.

Mayo, mustard and a little pour of pickle juice (just trust us on this one) make these the very best deviled eggs you’ve ever had. It’s a simple formula, really. Fluffy, tangy, creamy filling, plus perfectly-cooked eggs (you know how to make those, right?) are all it takes to make a perfect deviled egg. The only problem with this recipe is that once you know how easy it is to make truly great deviled eggs, you might just find yourself craving them more than ever before.
deviled eggs topped with pickles

Why Are They Called Deviled Eggs?

The term “devil’ has been used for at least 200 years (and probably longer) to refer to highly-seasoned, often-spicy foods. Foods—often seafood, but sometimes chicken, eggs (clearly) or ham—devilishly seasoned with chili peppers, a generous sprinkle of black pepper or even just a host of ultra-flavorful spices. It can also refer to foods that take on a twinge of fire-y red coloring—like many deviled eggs do (though not our recipe) thanks to a sprinkle of paprika. In other words, the word “devil” in this context basically means exactly what you think it does!

ingredients for easy deviled eggs

The Best Deviled Eggs Begin with the Best Deviled Egg Ingredients

This is a totally classic deviled egg recipe. Why mess with perfection? When we crave perfectly creamy deviled eggs, we season them simply with:

  • Dijon mustard. A little spicy, a little tangy, a hint of creaminess—in other words, perfect.
  • Mayonnaise.
  • Pickle brine. Hear us out! Pickle brine is actually a really classic deviled egg ingredient. Most recipes call for at least a dash of vinegar, and pickle brine is similarly acidic and tangy, with a bonus. Often seasoned with a bit of garlic or chili, and certainly dill, pickle brine is just an even-more-flavorful version of vinegar. That said, if you don’t have pickle brine in the house, just substitute an equal amount of apple cider vinegar.
egg yolks, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and pepper  in a glass bowl
homemade deviled egg filling in a glass bowl

How To Make Deviled Eggs

To be quite honest, the first time we set out to make deviled eggs we were kind of floored by how much work it is. But these devilish little bites of heaven are just so worth the effort. Here’s how to make the best deviled eggs:

  1. Start with perfectly-done hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Peel and chop! When the eggs are cool, peel them, and then cut the eggs in half.
  3. De-yolk the eggs! Use a spoon to gently scoop the yolk out, and collect the yolks in a bowl.
  4. Make the filling! Mix mayo, Dijon, pickle brine, salt and pepper into the yolks using a food processor, immersion blender, or a fork (in a pinch).
  5. Fill the eggs! While you can use a spoon to carefully fill the eggs, the deviled eggs will look a lot prettier if you pipe the yolk mixture into the egg whites. If you don’t have a piping bag, just use a large zipper-top bag, with one corner cut off.
  6. Eat the eggs! Yay! The best part. While you can make these a day ahead, they taste best when enjoyed right away.
bacon, micro greens, chives, radishes, pickles and bacon in small bowls for homemade deviled eggs

Dress Up Your Deviled Eggs

Also called “dressed eggs”, deviled eggs—though they’re delicious as-is— get a little boost from even just a simple garnish. Here are some deviled egg topping ideas to get you started:

  • Radish slices. Not only is the vibrant pink pretty against the yellow yolk filling, the radish’s crunch is a great contrast to the creamy deviled egg.
  • Microgreens.
  • Fresh chopped chives.
  • Crispy cooked bacon pieces
  • A dusting of paprika—the most classic! A hint of flavor, and a burst of color.
  • Pickles. Relish is a classic deviled egg ingredient, and our recipe calls back to that classic ingredient with its use of pickle brine. Tie it all together with a pickle slice egg topper—the crunch and tanginess is a great match for the richness of a deviled egg.
homemade deviled eggs on a blue plate topped with various toppings

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The Devil’s in the Details

These deviled eggs are just lovely served simply as-is, but if you make a batch, what we’d really love to see is how you dress them up! Garnished with crisp bacon pieces, or a pickle slice, or even a restaurant-y crown of microgreens? Show us your stuff! Snap a photo of your deviled eggs and tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Deviled Eggs

  • Serves: 12
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Calories: 51

Ingredients

  • 6 Hard-boiled eggs
  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Pickle brine (or apple cider vinegar)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper

Optional Toppings

  • Radishes
  • Microgreens
  • Chives
  • Bacon
  • Paprika
  • Pickles

Method

  1. Carefully peel each hard-boiled egg. Slice them in half lengthwise.
  2. Using a spoon, carefully scoop egg yolks from hard-boiled eggs.
  3. In a small bowl, combine egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, pickle brine, salt and pepper until smooth. You can also use a small food processor or an immersion blender to make it ultra smooth.
  4. Fill a Ziplock bag with the egg yolk mixture and carefully cut the tip off leaving a ½ inch hole. Carefully pipe in about 1 tablespoon of filling into each egg white half.
  5. Garnish with optional toppings and serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate to serve wishing 24 hours.