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Classic Deviled Eggs

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After trying a bunch of recipes, MiMi finally settled on the best classic deviled egg recipe out there.  It was top secret, but she decided to share it with us. Now we can all make delicious deviled eggs.

close up of deviled eggs on wood serving board.

These deviled eggs are everything you’d want them to be. They are creamy, tangy and just a tiny bit sweet.  They are perfect for snacking on, great for picnics and potlucks and a must at a BBQ.

Follow MiMi’s tips and tricks to get perfect deviled eggs every time. But don’t be surprised if they disappear right before your very eyes.

As you may have noticed, we’ve been working through some older recipes on the site and freshening them up.  A lot of our family’s favorite recipes were posted in the really early days and nobody really saw them.

It is a shame for these fabulous recipes to be buried in the basement getting dusty. They need the love they deserve!

So Little Dude and I not only made some deviled eggs for you, but we made a video to show you exactly how it’s done.  We also added a fresh printable recipe card for your convenience.

Here is what MiMi had to say in 2015:

I loved raising many different animals when we had the place to do so.  I was so glad when Pops said we could get chickens.

He knows how special they are to me.  My Grandma McCallum had hers off and on for years.

classic deviled eggs with smooth yellow filling ready to eat.

My dad even had a hen house blow away in a tornado when he was young. (He told me about it when we were in the basement of our house watching a tornado take a garage out a few homes away from us.)

My Grandma McCallum felt like her suburban raised grandchildren should experience what it’s like to raise chickens.  They built a hen house and fenced off a nice area for the chickens to roam.

One time when we went to visit their Indiana home the mailman brought a very special package.  Grandma had us open that box of baby chicks.  I hope to never forget the excitement I felt at that moment.

I later learned how good those fresh eggs are.  My grandma made the best fried chicken too.

That’s a story for another time.  We learned a lot about gardening and country life from my Grandma and Grandpa McCallum.

When we lived in the country I enjoyed taking care of my own chickens.  We had a lot of extra eggs.

So I started making deviled eggs to use some up.  I tried a lot of different recipes, but this one is the favorite.

Wherever I brought these they were a hit and people asked for the recipe.

rainbow of farm fresh eggs in pot of water boiling

Also, if you follow this exact method even farm fresh eggs should peel nicely.  That is saying something because fresh eggs are harder to peel.

Nobody wants to bring mangled up deviled eggs to a party!

deviled egg filling being mashed with a pastry cutter

A note from Carlee – MiMi said she was always asked for the recipe.  What she didn’t mention, is she hardly ever shared it.

 It was given to me under the strictest confidence a few years back.  So, consider yourself lucky she shared with you!

Instant Pot 5-5-5 method for hard boiled eggs: 

Cook the eggs on high pressure for 5 minutes.

Let the pressure naturally release for 5 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure.

Place the eggs in an ice water bath for at least 5 minutes. Voila! Great hard boiled eggs!

Deviled Egg Inspired Recipes:

We like these deviled eggs so much, we have used this recipe as a starting point to create some other fun dishes.  Take deviled egg dip for example, it’s a fabulous way to feed that flavor to a crowd without having to worry about peeling a ton of eggs perfectly.

deviled eggs with sprigs of fresh dill.

Deviled egg macaroni salad is another great way to stretch the flavor and feed an army without having to do so many eggs. It is the perfect mix of two summertime favorites.

If you like your potato salad with a ton of hard boiled eggs like we do, you are going to love deviled egg potato salad. It is the perfect side dish to go with anything on the grill!

Or make some cute little bite sized deviled quail eggs. They are teeny, tiny and delicious.

close up of deviled eggs on wood serving board.

Deviled Eggs

Servings: 36 Deviled Egg Halves
Author: Carlee
These deviled eggs are everything you'd want them to be. They are creamy, tangy and just a tiny bit sweet.  They are perfect for snacking on, great for picnics and potlucks and a must at a BBQ. 
4.93 from 14 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 18 eggs
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika sweet or smoked
  • additional paprika, seasoned salt, or dill for garnish optional


  • MiMi likes to turn her eggs the day before she boils them to center the yolk
  • Place eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a saucepan and cover with cold water by and inch or so
    18 eggs
  • Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once they come to a rolling boil, turn the burner off. Leave the lid on and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse with cold water
  • Soak in more cold water and add ice to chill
  • Once completely chilled, dry with a towel. Crack and peel the eggs
  • Cut in half lengthwise, placing the yolk in a bowl and the whites on a dish.
  • Mash the egg yolks with a pastry cutter or fork. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth.
    ⅓ cup mayonnaise, 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard, 1 Tablespoon vinegar, 1½ Tablespoon granulated sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon paprika
  • Put some of the yolk mixture in each egg white. Mom like to use a 1 T scooper to do this, but some people use a pastry bag.
  • Sprinkle with your garnish of choice.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 93mgSugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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4.93 from 14 votes (13 ratings without comment)
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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Friday 26th of June 2020

I will have to try Mimi's recipe, I think I would like the sweet twist on them. And, I still haven't tried eggs in the Instant Pot, I think I need to try that this weekend.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

You definitely should give them a try. And the instant pot makes boiling the eggs nice and easy. They usually peel pretty well too!


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

I have always loved deviled eggs. I love that you and Little Dude are making all of these videos. I hope that it is paying off!


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

We have so much fun doing them together!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 17th of June 2020

We love deviled eggs so much! These look yummy.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

We do too! Thank you


Wednesday 11th of February 2015

Thank you! She makes a macaroni salad from similar ingredients that is really good as well!


Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Nothing better than farm fresh eggs! Thanks so much for sharing Mimi's recipe - I have a house full of deviled egg lovers that love these!


Tuesday 10th of February 2015

These are really good and simple. There aren't any exotic ingredients, but they stand out anyway!