23 of the Best Deviled Egg Recipes for Easy Appetizers and Using Up Leftovers

Does this sound familiar?

“Hi, hon. Yeah, we had a really nice dinner and everyone said they liked the pie. But I don’t know how we forgot the deviled eggs in the fridge! Fortunately your brother and his friends were able to enjoy them for a midnight snack…”

Vertical collage of various types of deviled eggs, with text in the middle that reads "23 Must Try Deviled Egg Recipes Foodal."

This was the gist of a conversation with my mom a few days after Thanksgiving last year. And it’s not an uncommon occurrence, to have forgotten to put a more minor dish on the table on our national day of feasting.

But you need to believe me when I say the simple act of forgetting the deviled eggs was downright shocking to me – after all, asking my mom to make them for every family gathering is a tradition that my brother holds near and dear.

Steve could probably eat six or eight if you let him, alongside a few slices of crumbly five-year cave aged gouda and maybe a glass of wine or a big mugful of black coffee, followed by a huge Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner that he had been looking forward to for days, if not weeks. He’s truly a connoisseur of both the finer things in life, and life’s simple pleasures.

And that’s why deviled eggs are so fascinating to me as an appetizer. They’re relatively simple, and made with humble ingredients. But they’re so much more, way greater than the sum of the various parts involved.

Offering salt and creaminess and tang, and maybe a hint of pickle or spice, they achieve the appetizer’s ultimate goal of whetting the appetite with a few small bites before the meal, in the same mode as a fine cheese or a handful of spiced nuts.

A photo collage of different types of deviled eggs.

They also serve as a blank canvas, easily manipulated to take on a number of enticing flavor profiles, or to meet a variety of dietary requirements. And they’re welcome at brunch, lunch, or dinner, at backyard barbecues and potlucks, fancy formal affairs and simple meals at home.

I don’t remember exactly when this tradition began. But I know that at every holiday meal, birthday, and dinner on an average Sunday or weeknight when everybody’s schedules mesh, no matter what’s on the menu, my brother says, “And you’re gonna make deviled eggs, right?” and my mom says yes.

Whether you’re not sure what to do with those leftover hard-boiled eggs on Easter Sunday, you’re looking for a simple dish that you can make with the kids, or you were asked to bring a fancy appetizer to your best friend’s baby shower, there’s a recipe here for you.

My mom likes to keep things simple while I’m more prone to experimenting and adding things like pickled red onions or Old Bay Seasoning. Either way, be sure to follow my mom’s advice and always boil a few more eggs than you plan on needing – you never know which ones will crack in the pot, and it always helps to have an extra yolk or two to fluff up the filling.

So, please check out these recipes from some of our favorite food bloggers around the web, and make them your own. Many of the categories below overlap, and mixing and matching is encouraged. Who knows, maybe you’ll create your own family tradition.

Classic Versions

Nothing sets off those comfort food bells like a classic, timeless dish, especially when it’s homemade with love. Keep things basic (and delicious, of course!) with these recipes.

Don’t Forget the Paprika

A more traditional take with a few shakes of paprika added on top before serving, this no-nonsense version is simple to make, and easy to enjoy.

Four deviled eggs with paprika sprinkled on top, on a square white plate, with a blue background.
Photo © Served Up With Love

Get the recipe now, from Served Up with Love.

Super Simple

Veruska Anconitano at La Cuochina Sopraffina calls this a “non-recipe” and I like that idea – it’s one of those simple go-to’s that, despite its simplicity, you can continue to perfect over time.

Five deviled eggs topped with paprika and arranged on a large pale yellow-green leaf of lettuce on top of a white plate.
Photo © La Cuochina Sopraffina

Veruska is an Italian blogger based in Ireland, and I was excited to see this beloved dish on her site – it reminded me of a memorable meal that my husband and I enjoyed in Paris a few years back, with oeufs mayonnaise for our starter. Très international!

The main difference that you might notice here from what you’re used to is that the ingredients call for powdered mustard and vinegar rather than the premixed and jarred kind. This is a great opportunity to experiment with different types and ratios, and see what you like!

Easter Edition

If Peter Cottontail hasn’t already arrived, he’s undoubtedly on his way, and countless hard-boiled and dyed Easter eggs are rolling around in his wake, for children to enjoy and moms to struggle to figure out what to do with after the holiday.

All of the recipes on this list are perfect solutions to this common problem! But if you want something extra special for your Easter table with a particular holiday-themed color palette in mind, you’ve come to the right place.

Pastel Perfect

Nothing says “Easter” like pretty pastels! And this version from Cincy Shopper, like all of those in this category, removes the shell from the Easter eggs and colors the whites instead. Fun, right?

At least twenty deviled eggs with whites that have been dyed blue, green, and purple, arranged in concentric circles in a large egg serving dish with wells to hold the eggs, on a gray background.
Photo © Cincy Shopper

You don’t need anything more than food coloring and your usual deviling ingredients to transform your eggs into this gorgeous treat.

Pretty in Pink

Any pickled egg lovers in the house? Forking Up has got you covered.

Closeup of eight pink pickled deviled eggs, with whites that have been dyed pink by beet juice, and yellow centers topped with paprika, on a blue and white radially striped plate.
Photo © Forking Up

This version takes on a gorgeous pink/purple hue after being submerged in beet juice and apple cider vinegar overnight. Then they’re deviled, with sliced green onions added to the mix.

Natural Dye, Butterfly

If you haven’t heard of butterfly pea flowers yet, you’ve got to check these out. Sure, they’re touted for their supposed health benefits and consumed as a healthful tonic when brewed into a tea, but that’s a different story altogether – I’m in it for the color, and these powerfully pigmented blossoms definitely deliver.

Closeup top-down view of seven blue and purple-dyed pickled deviled eggs, arranged in a circle around the perimeter of a scalloped white plate with gold edging.
Photo © The April Blake

Creating an egg dye that’s light blue on its own, it transforms to a deep purple when an acid is added. Plus, combining some dill with the yolk mixture is a tasty touch. Visit The April Blake to learn how to make these.

A Spicy Take

Some like it hot, and I’ve got to agree that a tasty bite that will set your mouth aflame undeniably puts the “devil” in deviled eggs…

Smoky and Spicy

If you’re looking for depth of flavor plus an impressive look, try these. Smoky, spicy, and maybe even a little sultry, they’re made with whole grain mustard and chipotle peppers canned in adobo, plus a bit of the adobo sauce, and a dash of cayenne or chili powder to replace the usual paprika.

Horizontal image of deviled eggs with chipotle on a slate with a red towel
Photo by Nikki Cervone

These beautiful bites will make your taste buds stand up and take notice. Get the recipe now, on Foodal.

Kicked Up

Ready to kick things up a notch with this spicy version from Oven Tales? All told, the red pepper flakes and paprika garnish might be the least exciting things about this recipe. There’s so much more coming at you in the flavor department.

Top-down vertical image of five hard-boiled egg halves filled with a piped yolk filling, topped with paprika and chives, on a round white plate with chives sprinkled around the eggs, on a floral patterned background.
Photo © Oven Tales

I love Syala’s south Indian spice mix, made with caramelized onions, ginger, garlic, a sprinkle of sugar, and a dash of vinegar. Sing it with me: These are a few of my fa-vor-ite things!

Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo

If you’re a fan of buffalo wings, this one’s for you. Change things up on game day and set the chicken aside for at least one weekend to serve these instead.

Vertical image of eight halved hard-boiled eggs filled with deviled yolks mixed with crumbled blue cheese, and topped with a drizzle of buffalo sauce, on a rectangular white ceramic plate atop a blue and white striped dish towel.
Photo © Thrifty Jinxy

You can get the recipe from Thrifty Jinxy.

Spice, Spice Baby

This version from Savory Tooth is made spicy with the addition of sriracha alongside a good dash of Dijon mustard.

Extreme closeup of a deviled egg topped with chives and paprika, with more eggs in shallow focus in the background, on a slate surface.
Photo © Savory Tooth

I recommend smoked paprika for the garnish, especially if you’re considering leaving off the suggested bacon garnish.

Jalapeño and Lime

Not too crazy in the spice department, especially if you remove the seeds and ribs from the peppers before you chop them up, this is a head-turning take on the old classic.

Vertical closeup of seven deviled eggs arranged on a glass scalloped egg serving dish, topped with chopped jalapeno and cilantro, with larger cilantro leaves and limewedges at the center of the bowl, and more cilantro in shallow focus in the background.
Photo © The Kitchen Is My Playground

The fresh flavor of lime juice and zest, jalapeño, and fresh cilantro combine to make something entirely new. I can imagine serving this recipe from The Kitchen Is My Playground poolside with tomatillo mojitos, or at brunch alongside pepper-infused bloody marys.

Colonel Mustard

Everybody has their favorite type of mustard, but when it comes to the spice hounds, Coleman’s is a safe bet. If you’ve never tried it before, I definitely encourage you to give it a go. This stuff will clear your sinuses!

Extreme closeup of halved hard-boiled egg whites filled with piped pale yellow filling, topped with herbs.
Photo © Sincerely Mindy

With a powerful punch that’s similar in effect to wasabi, it’s the powdered type that you’re after here (and the yellow tin will make a nice addition to your spice rack). What this mustard lacks in vinegary sourness the recipe more than makes up for with the addition of tangy sour cream. Sincerely Mindy shares the recipe.

Horned Rooster

This sriracha version comes together in a flash, made with just four ingredients, plus an optional red pepper flake and cilantro garnish.

Extreme closeup vertical top-down image of three white hard boiled egg halved filled with a piped yellow egg mixture, topped with scattered herbs and red chili flakes, on a white background.
Photo © The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

I absolutely love the idea to mix the spicy red pepper and garlic sauce in with the yolks, and to drizzle more on top before serving. You can find the recipe at The Bewitchin’ Kitchen.

Pass the Peppadew

Peppadew peppers are both sweet and spicy (appropriately, a portmanteau of “pepper” and “dew”), and you’ll often find them jarred and sold with the seeds and cores already removed.

Nine halved hard-boiled egg whites filled with a creamed yolk mixture, topped with paprika and chopped herbs, on a green patterned plate with a cloth under it.
Photo © My Life Runs on Food

Sure, they’re perfect for stuffing – but you can also expect delicious results if you chop them up and add them to your egg filling. Get the recipe now from My Life Runs on Food.

Bacon and Eggs

A breakfast duo unlike any other, in appetizer form. Further introduction really isn’t required – if you’re a bacon fan, you’re going to dig these.

Can’t Miss Maple

This version caught my eye right away, and that’s because it seamlessly combines sweet, salty, spicy, tangy, and oniony. It’s creamy with a touch of crunch, with flecks of red and green to brighten it up.

Twenty-one deviled eggs arranged in concentric circles on a white plate on top of a round wooden charger, with scattered bits of Fresno chili and chives, next to a printed kitchen towel, on a white wooden background.
Photo © Beyond Mere Sustenance

You eat with your eyes first, so the Fresno chili and chive garnish is a definite plus, but the wow-factor here is really pushed over the top with the addition of earthy and sweet maple syrup. Beyond Mere Sustenance shares the recipe.

Fully Loaded

If you’re craving baked potatoes with all the fixin’s but in a slightly more manageable size, you will love this recipe from The Two Bite Club.

Vertical top-down view of 12 hard boiled egg halves arranged in rows, filled with a deviled yolk mixture, and topped with a garnish of bacon crumbled and chopped chives, on a rectangular white plate.
Photo © The Two Bite Club

Chives, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish mustard – they’ve really got it all! I definitely agree with the suggestion to make a double batch of this version – they’ll be gobbled up in a flash.

Mayo Alternatives and Unusual Ingredients

Even though I am a serious Hellmann’s advocate, I realize there are mayo haters out there. And I wouldn’t want to deny you the glories of these delicious eggy treats.

These versions highlight their mayo-less-ness as a feature, not a bug.

Various recipes placed in other categories on this list are also made without mayo, and with other less traditional flavor add-ins as well – I encourage you to explore and find the rest of these, hidden (like Easter eggs?) throughout the round up.

A Dollop Will Do Ya

Presentation will take you far in the world of egg appetizers, and Nikki Cervone shows off her perfect piping, spice shaking, and herb-arranging skills in our no-mayo version. It features tangy sour cream instead of that other stuff, plus yellow mustard and sweet relish.

Vertical image of of deviled eggs with paprika and chives on a marble cutting board on a wooden surface.
Photo by Nikki Cervone

I promise, you really can make these at home, and with a little patience (and a few batches for practice), yours will be just as pretty. Get the recipe now on Foodal. You might even like to check out Nikki’s cake decorating advice for additional piping tips.

Go Greek

This super-simple version from Mama Likes to Cook is made with Greek yogurt instead of mayo, and just a few additional ingredients.

Four deviled eggs topped with herbs on a small, round, white plate, beside one white and one brown egg on a wooden surface with a red background.
Photo © Mama Likes to Cook

An old classic with just one simple twist in the dairy department, it’s important to use Greek yogurt here – other varieties that contain more water will create a loose filling that doesn’t hold up on the buffet table or sideboard.

Green and Healthy

A healthier take, this version from The Domestic Dietitian swaps out the mayo with creamy avocado – just be sure that yours are fully ripe before attempting to mix them with the egg yolks for best results.

Three hard boiled egg white halves filled with an avocado and egg mixture, and topped with chopped cilantro leaves, on a round, white plate with an illustration of a pink rabbit on it and the word "hop," on a black background.
Photo © The Domestic Dietitian

Brynn also adds that these are picnic friendly, since they won’t spoil in the sunshine as quickly as a mayo version might. Plus, cilantro and garlic powder add an extra punch of flavor.

So Devilish

Rather than being truly “deviled,” Simply Stacie says these eggs are merely “devilish,” namely due to the fact that they are made without paprika. In fact, there’s not a red or spicy ingredient to be found anywhere near these babies. Er, eggies.

Top-down view of several halved hard-boiled eggs filled with a pale yellow yolk filling and topped with chopped chives, on a black background with scattered bits of ham and herbs, printed with the words "Devilish eggs" at the bottom right corner.
Photo © Simply Stacie

But don’t worry – they’re still big on flavor! They might remind you more of a take on deviled ham, with their combination of ham, scallions, sour cream, and… mayo. Okay, don’t panic. You can switch out the final ingredient for Greek yogurt instead, if you’re mayo averse.

Add a Pinch of Pickle

I don’t know if I’ve ever concretely thought of it as a requirement until now, but most picnics and backyard barbecues would be severely lacking without pickles. And as an adult, I have come to enjoy the vinegary tang of a crisp pickled veggie as the perfect counterpoint to many rich dishes.

Some of my favorite bars and restaurants serve pickle plates as appetizers – no cheese, no charcuterie, just pickles – and I am always eager to partake. Bottom line: pickles are awesome, and these recipes are too.

If you skipped ahead, be sure not to miss the other pickle-rific recipes in this round up that fit into other categories, made with pickled eggs, or a few tasty tablespoons of relish!

Wild, Wild West

Like a western omelet, this version from Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations is made with ham, green pepper, and onion, plus a tasty dollop of pickled mustard seeds on top.

Top-down vertical image of four hard-boiled eggs on a plate, cut in half and filled with a yolk mixture, topped with pickled mustard seeds.
Photo © Mary Ellen’s Cooking Creations

If you can’t find these premade, try making your own – the basic recipe for pickled grapes in our ultimate spinach salad is a good place to start.

Southern Sweetie

This southern-style version from Smart Savvy Living is made with yellow mustard rather than Dijon, but the real key here is the addition of pickle relish.

Closeup of deviled eggs topped with paprika and arranged in concentric circles on a glass egg serving plate.
Photo © Smart Savvy Living

Sweet or dill? Michelle says you can take your pick!

Avocado on My Mind

Oh, those black and green oddly shaped and textured fruits of glorious deliciousness, perfect for topping tacos of spreading on toast… It probably comes as no surprise that they’re a lovely addition to deviled eggs as well!

Go for the Guacamole

This lightened-up avocado version combines the best of both worlds, part deviled egg and part guacamole dip. In fact, I might even go so far as to call them “angelic eggs,” but I’m not sure if that would sell well…

Felicia Lim suggests using onion, lime, and parsley for the cilantro averse. But you could use cilantro instead if you like, and maybe add a touch of garlic.

The Best Fresh Guac Deviled Eggs | Foodal.com
Photo by Felicia Lim

If you’re one of those people who orders egg white omelets at brunch, you’ll love this – for every six you make, this recipe only uses two yolks. You’ll find the recipe on Foodal.

Better with Bacon

Funnily enough, though the Hass is certainly the most well-known and widely consumed type of avocado, residents of southern California, Mexico, and other warm places where these are commonly grown and sold locally may be familiar with other cultivars – namely, the Bacon avocado.

If you’ve never heard of these before, chances are that the gears are turning in your mind right now, and you’re wondering with eager anticipation whether or not they actually taste like bacon.

Hard boiled egg white halves filled with a green egg mixture topped with paprika and bacon, and arranged in the wells of a round pastel blue egg serving plate, on a wooden countertop with half of an avocado and a white dishcloth with a red stripe in the background.
Photo © Munchkins and Military

Sadly, the answer is no. But this recipe makes up for that, bringing the two together in happy harmony, with lemon, dill, and a shot of mustard for good measure. Check out the recipe on Munchkins and Military.

Eggbert, I Choose You!

Well, it looks like the only question now is which recipe(s) to choose to make for your next shindig. Or for lunch this weekend. Or an appetizer to serve before dinner tonight. Or a solo indulgence to dig into right now…

Whether you’re using up Easter leftovers of planning a special event, there’s a place for deviled eggs. They’re both simple to make, often with ingredients you already have on hand, and easy to elevate to a more refined app, with a beautiful presentation and incredible flavors.

When you host a holiday party at your house, are there favorite family recipes that your relatives expect will be served every time? What’s your personal take on transforming hard-boiled eggs into a must-have appetizer? Tell us in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out more of our tips for using up hard-boiled eggs, and our full catalog of Easter recipes.

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About Allison Sidhu

Allison M. Sidhu is a culinary enthusiast from southeastern Pennsylvania who has returned to Philly after a seven-year sojourn to sunny LA. She loves exploring the local restaurant and bar scene with her best buds. She holds a BA in English literature from Swarthmore College and an MA in gastronomy from Boston University. When she’s not in the kitchen whipping up something tasty (or listening to the latest food podcasts while she does the dishes!) you’ll probably find Allison tapping away at her keyboard, chilling in the garden, curled up with a good book (or ready to dominate with controller in hand in front of the latest video game) on the couch, or devouring a dollar dog and crab fries at the Phillies game.

3 thoughts on “23 of the Best Deviled Egg Recipes for Easy Appetizers and Using Up Leftovers”

  1. This is such a detailed and great collection of recipes!! I never knew so many deviled egg recipes existed but I honestly can’t wait to try each one. Which will be possible since I have dozens of hardboiled eggs on hand from Easter.

    So funny about forgetting the eggs in the fridge….I have totally forgotten to pull out entire dishes during a big meal.


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