How to Make the Best Deviled Eggs You've Ever Eaten

Use our tips to make foolproof (and delicious!) deviled eggs every time—plus get fun ideas for amping up the flavor.

Deviled eggs are a classic for a reason. Super simple and affordable to make, deviled eggs are ready to be the star of your next picnic, potluck, or Easter menu. Anyone can boil an egg (we've got tips for making them peel perfectly, too), so all you have to do is gather the ingredients and use our guide to make easy and delicious deviled eggs every time. Once you have perfected the basic deviled egg recipe, customize your deviled eggs with all sorts of good toppings, including bacon, cheese, sriracha, smoked salmon, or even a crispy fried exterior.

deviled eggs on white plate
Andy Lyons

How to Make Deviled Eggs

We'll be using our classic deviled eggs recipe for this step-by-step process, but it will work for whatever version you prefer.

Step 1: Boil Eggs

Ensuring you have properly-boiled eggs that also peel well is key to making deviled eggs look their best. Use your favorite method for boiling eggs. If you've struggled to get them just right in the past, try our Test Kitchen's favorite way to make hard-cooked eggs (by steaming!).

Step 2: Make Deviled Egg Filling

Slice peeled hard-cooked eggs lengthwise and remove yolks. Place yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher, which works great for large batches. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, if you like.

Step 3: Fill Egg Whites

Fill the egg white halves with the deviled egg yolk mixture. You can simply use a spoon or for a fancier take, place the egg yolk mixture in a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the end snipped off to pipe the filling into the egg whites.

Step 4: Chill and Serve Deviled Eggs

Cover and chill the deviled eggs until it's time to serve. You can make them up to 24 hours ahead of time. If you like, garnish with a sprinkle of paprika and/or parsley.

Once you've mastered the basic deviled eggs, try a new and exciting variation such as deep-frying them or giving them a spicy kick.

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