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Classic Deviled Eggs

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Do you love classic deviled eggs but are scared to try making them at home? Don’t be! With these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro at making the best deviled eggs in no time. Perfectly creamy, tangy, and delicious – they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any of your parties!

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Make the creamiest deviled eggs – right at home!

Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that never goes out of style. They’re a party staple, perfect for any occasion, from backyard barbecues to fancy dinner parties.

Growing up in the South, I have a special place in my heart for these delicious little bites. They were always the first thing to disappear at potlucks and family gatherings, and for good reason – they’re scrumptious!

But when it came time to make them myself, I was intimidated. What if they turned out too runny? What if I couldn’t get the yolks perfectly smooth? What if they didn’t taste like my mom’s deviled eggs?

If you’re feeling the same way, don’t worry. With a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll be making the best classic deviled eggs in no time.

Ingredients needed to make classic deviled egg recipe

Making deviled eggs seems impossible, but having the right ingredients and techniques is key to making them perfectly delicious.

Here’s a list of everything you will need to make this recipe…

  • Eggs: Well, of course, you’ll need eggs! Making perfectly hard-boiled eggs is really important as it will affect the texture and taste of your deviled eggs. You’ll need 6 of them, peeled and chilled.
  • Mayonnaise: Adding in two tablespoons of mayo to the yolk gives the deviled egg filling a creamy and tangy consistency. If you are not a fan of mayo, you can also substitute it for some thick Greek yogurt. Just make sure you use plain.
  • Sweet Pickles: These are the key ingredients to bring in a bit of sweetness and crunch to the deviled eggs. Finely chop them up so they blend well with other ingredients. Save some of the pickle juice as well (that’s the secret sauce!). You’ll need about 1 tablespoon! You can use dill pickles if you prefer a more savory flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: You’ll need to add a pinch of salt and pepper to the mix for seasoning. You can also add other herbs or spices like paprika, garlic powder, or dill for more flavor.
  • Paprika and Chives: These are optional but classic deviled egg toppings to sprinkle on top of the deviled eggs for added color and texture. You can also use other herbs or toppings like bacon bits, green onions, or olives.

Kitchen equipment needed

  • Medium Mixing Bowl
  • Fork
  • Hand Mixer (or Stand Mixer)
  • Piping Bag with Tip (optional)

Tips on how to make the best deviled eggs

  • Use a sharp knife to cut the eggs in half – A sharp knife will ensure clean and smooth cuts, giving your deviled eggs a professional appearance.
  • Use a piping bag – If you want to take your deviled eggs to the next level, try using a piping bag with a decorative tip. This will give your deviled eggs an elegant and professional look.
  • Garnish with chives – Adding chopped chives on top of your deviled eggs not only adds a pop of color but also brings a delicious onion flavor that complements the creamy filling.
  • Experiment with different fillings – While the classic recipe is always a hit, don’t be afraid to get creative and try different fillings. From bacon and cheddar to avocado and salsa, the possibilities are endless!
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How to serve Southern deviled eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic appetizer that can be served on any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering or a fancy cocktail party. They can be enjoyed as hors d’oeuvre alongside these delicious Bisquick sausage balls.

Homemade deviled eggs also work perfectly as a side dish or even as a light lunch. I love to make some extra and pack them for a picnic with my classic chicken salad and ham and cheese sliders.

My kids eat them up (right before they eat all of my fudgy brownies at the potluck)!

How to store homemade deviled eggs

If you happen to have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Deviled eggs will typically be kept for about 2-3 days. Just be sure to eat them before they spoil!

Frequently asked questions about classic deviled eggs

Whenever I share this recipe, I get some of the same questions. Here are the most popular ones that people ask!

If you have a question that isn’t listed here, please leave them in the comments, and I’ll answer them as soon as possible. Thank you!

How do I boil eggs for deviled eggs?

There are so many different ways you can boil eggs nowadays. You can go the traditional route and use your stovetop. Or, you can bake them in the oven or even your air fryer!

I love to make hard-boiled eggs in my Instant Pot because it’s super easy and hands-off. Plus, they come out perfect every time!

The key is to make sure the eggs are cooked all the way through and easy to peel. For this recipe, I recommend using hard-boiled eggs that have been chilled for at least 30 minutes before peeling.

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Why do my hard-boiled eggs have a green ring around the yolk?

This happens when hard-boiled eggs are overcooked or cooked at too high of a temperature. To avoid this, make sure to keep track of the time and place the eggs in an ice bath to stop the cooking process immediately!

Can I use Miracle Whip or light mayonnaise instead of regular mayo?

Yes, you can use Miracle Whip or light mayo in this recipe. However, keep in mind that the taste and texture may be slightly different.

I prefer to use regular mayonnaise as it adds a creamier and smoother texture to the deviled eggs. But feel free to experiment with different types of mayo to find your favorite!

Can I use vinegar in place of pickle juice?

Sure, if you don’t have any pickle juice, you can use vinegar instead. Just keep in mind that the flavor might be a bit different. I’d suggest going for white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar since they have a similar tangy taste to pickle juice.

Why are my eggs so rubbery?

One of the most common reasons why your eggs may turn out rubbery is if they are overcooked. To avoid this, make sure to keep track of the cooking time and remove them from heat as soon as they are done.

Another reason could be that you’re using old eggs. Fresh eggs tend to have a softer texture compared to older ones. So, make sure to use fresh eggs for this recipe whenever possible.

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How long are deviled eggs good for?

You can keep deviled eggs in the fridge for around 3 days. After that, they might start losing their texture and flavor. So it’s a good idea to enjoy them within that time frame for the tastiest experience!

How far in advance can I make deviled eggs?

Deviled eggs are best served fresh, but you can make them up to a day in advance. Just be sure to store them properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and add the paprika and chives right before serving them.

Can I freeze deviled eggs?

I wouldn’t suggest freezing deviled eggs because they might get watery and lose their texture. It’s better to enjoy them fresh or keep them in the fridge for a few days.

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Do you love classic deviled eggs but are scared to try making them at home? Don’t be! With these tips and tricks, you’ll be a pro at making the best deviled eggs in no time. Perfectly creamy, tangy, and delicious – they’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any of your parties!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, holiday
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Laura


  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Hand mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Piping Bag with Tip optional


  • 6 hard-boiled eggs peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Mayonaisse
  • 2 Tablespoons sweet pickles finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon sweet pickle juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • Paprika for garnish
  • Chives for garnish


  • Cook your eggs how you prefer to hard-boil them. I prefer to cook them in the Instant Pot because I find they peel easier.
  • Once peeled and rinsed, slice the eggs length-wise to make 12 egg halves.
  • Place the yellow yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork until crumbly.
  • Then add the mayonnaise, sweet pickles, pickle juice, salt and pepper and stir until well combined. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to get a smooth filling.
  • Scoop 2 Tablespoons of filling into each egg half. You can use a piping bag and decorator’s tip to fill the eggs to make it fancy.
  • Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and chives.
  • Serve cold and enjoy!


  • My mom’s secret ingredient for sweetening the deviled eggs is sweet pickle juice! In addition to chopping some sweet pickles for the egg filling, she always added some of the juice.
  • Whether you boil your eggs in the Instant Pot or on the stove, always place them in an ice bath when they are cooked, but still in their shell. This will help them peel more easily.
  • Use a deviled egg platter for an elevated serving display.

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