Is it just us, or does a platter of deviled eggs never seem to be turned away at a party? Unless you're at an all-vegan gathering, they're invited, and they're probably going to be a hit. But what if you want to surprise guests with the versatility of this traditional favorite? Consider this recipe roundup to be the equivalent of buying a new outfit for an occasion—we doubt anyone will see them coming.
From deviled eggs topped with smoked salmon and dill, and recipes that call for spices like dukkah and sumac, to even more that have been fried, these deviled eggs are sure to stand out on the buffet line thanks to inventive combinations of flavors and a confident display of colors. And don't think that we left newcomers out of the mix, either. If you haven't yet mastered boiling an egg, this cheatsheet from Food Network can help with that; just pick your preferred yolk firmness.
Then, make one of these 12 deviled egg recipes when your loved ones are looking to get together. They won't just bring life to your party, they'll be the party.
Avocado Deviled Eggs With Dukkah
Deviled eggs offer a lot of leeway to experiment with different seasonings and toppings, like Hola Jalapeño's recipe, which calls for dukkah, a traditional Egyptian nut and spice blend (think: Hazelnuts, pistachios, sesame seeds, cumin, fennel). What's more, this recipe opts for avocado instead of mayonnaise.
Pro Tip: Hola Jalapeño uses almonds instead of the traditional hazelnuts in her homemade dukkah recipe. Plus, "Leftover dukkah can be used to coat fish before roasting, mixed with olive oil for a quick dip for flatbread or, how I use it most often: For lunch, sprinkled over a bowl of quickly fried rice and sliced avocado," writes Hola Jalapeño.
Pickled Celery Deviled Eggs
Bits of crunchy, pickled celery take Salt & Wind's brunch-perfect deviled eggs recipe up a notch. Plan to also have shallot, hot sauce, Dijon mustard, sugar, white wine vinegar, and sour cream on hand to make the filling.
Pro Tip: Let boiled eggs rest for 10 minutes after cooking.
Deviled Eggs With Crumbled Bacon, Cheddar, and Onion
To make this simple deviled eggs recipe from Feasting at Home, you'll need crumbled bacon, finely diced cheddar cheese and sweet onion, and dill pickles. Add mayo, and salt to taste; garnish with paprika, chives, or parsley.
Pro Tip: For a challenge, prepare deviled eggs upright, like Feasting at Home demonstrates in her photo. Otherwise, these can certainly be made the traditional way.
Mayo-Free Deviled Eggs
Skip the mayo in favor of plain or garlic hummus with Minimalist Baker's deviled eggs recipe. They're also flavored with turmeric, raw honey, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne for a just-as-creamy appetizer. Between mashing, add water to the egg yolk mixture a little at a time until a paste is formed. Also, plan to have smoked paprika and sea salt ready.
Pro Tip: Garnish with chopped green onion or dill.
Kimchi Deviled Eggs
Kimchi lends extra acid and spice to Feed Me Phoebe's deviled eggs recipe. In addition to topping halved eggs with chopped kimchi, you'll add a bit of kimchi brine to the egg yolk mixture, along with mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. Sprinkle salt for garnish.
Pro Tip: Add cilantro and thinly sliced scallions for more garnish. Find kimchi in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
Deviled Eggs With Smoked Salmon and Dill
Feed Me Phoebe's variation on the deviled egg features finely chopped fresh dill in the egg yolk filling, and are topped with smoked salmon. Whisk egg yolks, mayo, mustard, and dill till smooth; or puree in a food processor.
Pro Tip: Pressed for time? Try the 'buttered technique,' in which you simply spread the mayo and mustard mix over halved hard boiled eggs. Explains Feed Me Phoebe, "The deconstructed end result tastes nearly as good as the traditional version, and you save yourself a little bit of grief after having to peel 100 eggs and dig the shell shrapnel out of your fingernails."
Caramelized Onion and Herb Deviled Eggs
In this recipe from Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher at Spoon Fork Bacon, an even more savory edge is given to deviled eggs in the form of caramelized onion yogurt dressing. That's added to Dijon mustard, chives, and thyme, and then finished with dashes of salt and pepper.
Pro Tip: "We used Bolthouse Caramelized Sweet Onion Yogurt Dressing instead of the traditional mayo in this recipe. It makes these a little more indulging friendly, and also provides a really yummy caramelized sweet onion flavor without having to caramelize yourself," they say.
Fried Deviled Eggs
Maybe you knew instinctively that any food can be fried, but perhaps never considered that deviled eggs fit that bill, too. Leave it to the duo behind Spoon Fork Bacon to show you how, which is done in an assembly line of egg whites, flour, egg yolks, and panko bread crumbs. Once the egg whites are breaded, they're fried in a boiling pot of oil, cooled, and then filled with a traditional deviled egg mixture.
Pro Tip: "Finish each egg with a sprinkle of chives and serve," Park notes.
The last installment from Spoon Fork Bacon is yet another twist on deviled eggs: The flavors are there, of course, but they've been reconstructed. Park and Fisher boiled eggs, and then placed a dab of mayo on each half. Then, they topped the halves with slices of pickled red onions, anchovy fillets, dill flowers, caperberries, and oregano flowers. Salt and pepper finish things off.
Pro Tip: "The deviled eggs are boiled to medium doneness to maximize the rich and creamy texture, while still being easy to top with yummy goodies," Park writes.
Deviled Eggs With Sumac and Pickled Red Onion
Darling Down South adds a Middle Eastern flair to her deviled egg recipe with sumac (meaning "red" in Arabic), a traditional spice used as a souring agent, and commonly found in the spice blend, za'atar; as well as pickled red onion and black sesame seeds for "an additional nutty and salty bite." The rest of the filling remains the same: Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and salt to taste.
Pro Tip: Pickle onions at least a day ahead, or up to a few weeks beforehand.
Smoky Deviled Eggs
Smoked paprika and crispy shallots make A Couple Cooks's deviled egg recipe, which they've adapted from The Kitchn, exceptionally smoky and savory. For even more umami flavor, this recipe also calls for chopped sundried tomatoes.
Pro Tip: Refrigerate until you're ready to serve, and remember to top with a crispy shallot to complete each deviled egg.
Deviled Eggs With Sweet Pickle Relish
In addition to traditional mayonnaise, Love & Lemons makes her deviled eggs with Greek yogurt for extra tang. Add sweet pickle relish, smoked paprika, Dijon mustard, and celery seed to brighten everything up. Blend filling in a food processor for super smooth consistency, and "aim to fill the egg white cavity completely," writes Love & Lemons.
Pro Tip: If you're looking for more spice, try blending in pickled jalapeño slices.