Deviled Egg Recipe: From basic to advanced, just in time for Thanksgiving

Deviled Egg Recipe: From basic to advanced, just in time for Thanksgiving

Deviled eggs
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Classic Southern eggs are often thought of as a summer side dish, pairing well with outdoor barbecues and summer lunches. But we think deviled eggs are too good to be enjoyed just one season a year. Deviled eggs are a perfect light appetizer for guests to eat before the main event because they are not too heavy or filling. Not to mention, they’re perfect for adding and changing up your Thanksgiving routine to keep things interesting.

If you’ve ever made deviled eggs, you know that there are countless variations of recipes. Variations can come from the egg mixture itself, using different seasonings to add a creamy texture (mayonnaise, miracle whip, mustard, avocado, cream cheese, etc.). In addition, the variety in recipes can also come from the different toppings and garnishes used to add flavor and complete the look of the fried eggs when served. As delicious as they all sound, what’s the best deviled egg recipe for Thanksgiving? We’ve got you covered with four of our favorite, trustworthy deviled egg recipes—from basic to advanced.

Fresh farm eggs
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Tips to make any fried egg recipe amazing

Before you dive into any delicious egg recipe, let’s start with the basics. In order for your eggs to come out perfectly, the eggs themselves must be cooked to the correct firmness. Eggs that are too soft will not hold the filling, but eggs that are too hard will result in a yolk that is too chalky. Start with these tips to make any fried egg recipe amazing.

Steam eggs, do not boil them

Traditional methods of preparing hard-boiled eggs often involve boiling them on the stove in a pot filled with water. However, our advice is to try steaming them on the stove instead. To do this, you’ll just need to add about an inch of water to your pot and place the steam basket inside. Place the eggs inside the steamer basket instead of dropping them into the water as you would when hard-boiling them. The steaming method is gentler on eggs than boiling them and helps ensure that the yolk doesn’t turn too chalky. We love this tip for taking the best fried egg recipe up a notch.

Cook the eggs a little less

The texture of the yolk can make or break how your egg filling turns out. When in doubt, try cooking your eggs a little less than regular hard-boiled eggs. The egg yolk will be added to a mixture with other spices, which means it shouldn’t be too hard or chalky, but not too runny or dark either.

Source great ingredients

Using high-quality ingredients can make a big difference in the taste of your Thanksgiving eggs. Obtaining farm fresh eggs will ensure that the eggs receive maximum nutrition and taste. If you can’t get to a local farm, look in your area for farmers markets or health food stores that sell high-quality eggs. When choosing other ingredients, choose high-quality, organic mayonnaise and mustard products that do not contain additives or seed oils that cause inflammation. This will help your recipe taste healthy and delicious.

Hard-boiled eggs
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Basic deviled eggs recipe

You can’t go wrong with this classic egg recipe for your Thanksgiving meal. For basic eggs, you’ll just need eggs, mayonnaise, ground mustard, salt, pepper, and paprika for topping. Sprinkle some paprika to garnish and you’re all set with creamy, classic eggs. Here’s how to make these delicious and classic eggs.


  • 6 boiled eggs, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Paprika, as desired (for garnish)


  1. Cook 6 eggs well, leave them to cool, then peel them.
  2. Cut the eggs lengthwise in half. Slide the yolk and mash it with a fork.
  3. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper.
  4. Fill the whites with the egg yolk mixture, then stack them lightly. A pinch of paprika as desired.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Eggs in a basket
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Boiled eggs with hot sauce

If you like a little more flavor to your fried eggs, adding hot sauce and red wine vinegar to the mixture is a great variation. This Easter egg recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving too! This recipe uses yellow mustard instead of ground mustard and also includes chopped dill pickles to add a unique flavor to the eggs.


  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dill pickles, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Boil the eggs well and leave to cool.
  2. Peel the eggs, then cut them in half vertically, separating the yolks from the whites.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the egg yolks with all the other ingredients (except the lemon peel), and mix well. A potato masher works incredibly well for this.
  4. Using a spatula or piping bag, carefully fill the cavity of each egg white with the yolk mixture.
  5. Top with grated lemon zest and anything else that catches your eye.
Cranberry sauce in a glass jar on the festive fall table
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Cranberry Poached Eggs for Thanksgiving

If you really want to keep the Thanksgiving theme going, try this cranberry egg recipe for a fun twist on traditional eggs. Using ground mustard, sage, and cranberry sauce, these deviled eggs are sure to impress your Thanksgiving guests.


  • 6 boiled eggs, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole cranberry sauce


  1. Cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolk and place it in a small bowl.
  2. Mash the egg yolks using a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add mayonnaise, mustard, sage, and salt until smooth and creamy.
  4. Gently stir in the cranberry sauce.
  5. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves.
  6. Top with additional cranberry sauce, if desired.
  7. Place it in the refrigerator for an hour or until ready to serve.
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Eggs stuffed with pesto

Pesto stuffed eggs are the perfect delicious appetizer for your Thanksgiving meal. Instead of using mayonnaise, this recipe just uses pesto mixed with egg yolks. You can use basil pesto, mint pesto, or even red pepper pesto as subtypes of this recipe as well. Add other spices as well if you wish. We love that this type of fried egg only requires 3 ingredients.


  • 6 boiled eggs
  • A third of a cup of any pesto sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika (for garnish) as desired


  1. To hard cook eggs, place them in a pot, fill with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the water flows, cover it tightly and turn off the heat. Let them stand for 12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with ice water. Transfer the hard-boiled eggs to the ice water and let them cool completely. Remove the shell and cut the eggs in half lengthwise.
  3. Remove the yolk from the eggs, and separate it into a different bowl.
  4. Mash the egg yolks well with a fork. Add the pesto sauce to the egg yolks and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Pour the egg yolk and pesto mixture into the egg white halves.
  6. Add paprika to decorate as desired.
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Experiment with deviled eggs this holiday season

These variations of fried eggs are changing the game, offering new ways to enjoy this beloved appetizer throughout the holiday season. Soon, you’ll need deviled eggs for every holiday, not just Easter and Thanksgiving.

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