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Classic Deviled Eggs

No longer just the darling of 1970s dinner parties, deviled eggs are a delightful addition to any gathering. And they're a cinch to whip up! Our version has tender whites, and a creamy, almost whipped center bursting with flavor.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 24 egg halves
Author: Emily Clifton, Nerds with Knives


  • 12 large eggs refrigerated, not too fresh
  • Ice for an ice bath
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons smooth dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons rice or white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced chives plus more for garnish

Optional garnishes

  • Sweet or hot paprika, or spicy chili flakes
  • Minced chives or dill
  • Salmon roe or other caviar


  • When ready to cook, add ice to a large bowl of cold water and set aside.
  • Bring a large pot (at least 3 quarts) of water to boil. Use a spider or slotted spoon to gently lower the eggs into the pot and continue to boil for 30 seconds. Cover tightly, reduce heat to very low, a bare simmer, and continue cooking for 13 minutes. Remove the eggs to the bowl of ice water and allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before peeling under cool running water.
  • Cut the eggs on half. Remove the yolks and place them in the bowl of a food processor (or mash by hand in a medium mixing bowl). Add the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper and process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, about 1 minute. Add the relish and chives and pulse for a second or two until everything is fully combined.
  • Transfer the yolk mixture to a piping bag with a star tip, or a sealable plastic bag*. Snip off a corner of the bag and pipe the filling mixture into egg whites, slightly overstuffing each. You may have one or two extra whites (save them for another recipe). Garnish each egg with a sprinkle of paprika or chili flakes, a few minced chives and/or a sprig of dill, and a little dollop of salmon roe, if you're feeling fancy,
  • Serve immediately or cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.


The filling and egg whites can be refrigerated separately up to a full day ahead.
Shell-on hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Once peeled, they can be refrigerated for up to 1 day.
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