Spice up your gathering with these delicious Spicy Deviled Eggs! This is our favorite Potluck appetizer which is made with perfectly boiled eggs, filled with a creamy and velvety yolk filling with gherkins, and spiced up with a smoky element to make this festive appetizer even more special. Sprinkle with paprika and a touch of parsley for a finished look.
We love to serve these deviled eggs with a platter of fresh vegetables, cheese, crackers, and charcuterie board. This spicy appetizer pairs well with a variety of main courses, from BBQ grilled meats, seafood and a simple green salad.
If you looking for easy appetizer recipes, be sure to try out these family favorites next time: Potato Pancakes, Roasted Garlic, and creamy Avocado Dip.
- Pickles - I like to use plain pickled gherkins for this. They are salted and a little sweetened in vinegary liquid. Sweet pickle relish or dill relish are also great additions to the filling.
- Hot sauce - just a drizzle is enough for a perfect amount of heat for these deviled eggs. We like to use hot sauces such as Frank's, Valentina, or even a dash of Tabasco sauce.
- Mustard - any mustard will be fine here. If you don't want to use different types of mustard, use just Dijon as it has a pleasant flavor, not a pungent flavor like regular American mustard, and helps to achieve the creamy texture for the filling.
- Butter - I like to use unsalted butter and add my own salt as much as I feel necessary. Using salted butter is totally fine, but as many brands use different amounts of salt in their recipes I like to add my own seasoning as needed. For the classic deviled eggs recipe omit the butter.
- Mayonnaise - you need something thick enough and creamy to bind the filling together. Mayonnaise works great for this and adds delicious flavor but you could use something like sour cream or plain Greek yogurt.
For the full list of ingredients, please scroll down to where you'll find the recipe card.
✅ EXPERT TIP If you don't have hot sauce, you can use a dash of cayenne pepper, chili powder or ground chipotle. For a classic version leave the hot sauce out.
Cut the eggs in half and remove the egg yolks. Transfer them into a large bowl and mash until almost smooth.
Add in gherkins, mayonnaise, butter, mustard, salt, black pepper, sugar and hot sauce. Mix all the ingredients until well combined.
I simply use a fork for this but for a more creamy texture, you can beat the mixture with an electric hand mixer on low speed. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Transfer the fluffy egg yolk mixture into a piping pastry bag or simple ziplock bag and cut out a small hole in the corner of the bag. Fill egg halves with enough filling and arrange them on a serving platter.
Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika powder, crispy bacon, sliced green onion or more sliced gherkins.
We also like to add extra spicy sauce and drizzle over the top right before serving.
Serve right away.
How to make perfect hard-boiled eggs for deviled eggs?
For this recipe, you’ll need hard-boiled eggs (which equals to 10-12 minutes cooking time).
Place eggs in the saucepan and add enough cool water just to cover the eggs. I prefer this method rather than placing eggs already in cold water as you risk cracking the eggs.
Let it come to a light boil and set timer for 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of the eggs). Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl with cold water to stop the cooking process.
If you’re short on time you can make a quick ice bath. Fill the saucepan or bowl with cold water and add ice. Wait until they are cool enough to handle and remove the shells. That's it!
What to do with leftover deviled eggs?
Make a salad, add in any potato salad recipe that calls for eggs, use it as a filling for breakfast sandwiches or toasts, or eat with a spoon on its own! You can also freeze the filling for later use.
- There are no strict rules on whether the deviled egg stuffing should be creamy and smooth or a little chunky. It’s totally up to you to decide what you want to make.
- If the filling seems too thick, you can add more mayonnaise or a drizzle of olive oil to make it smoother.
- Any leftovers can be used for potato or egg salad.
- For an extra creamy yet thick texture, you can add in a couple of spoons of cream cheese or replace the mayo in this recipe with cream cheese.
- I like to mix the filling with a fork or the back of the spatula but for a creamier texture use an electric hand mixer or food processor.
- For a fun twist and more heat, you can add finely chopped spicy jalapeno or chili powder to the filling.
- 🍱To Store. Store leftover deviled eggs in a wider and deeper airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. As these are dairy-based, don't keep them at room temperature for more than 2 hours to avoid any bacteria occurrence.
- 🥶Freezing. You can't really freeze cooked fresh eggs without losing their texture, however, you can still partially freeze deviled eggs. But only the yolk filing part. The egg whites will not hold their shape, or texture, and have the same fresh flavor after defrosting. To freeze the deviled egg stuffing, scoop out the filling from each egg white. Transfer to a medium or large storage bag, you'll need some extra space in the bag for the filling to expand during freezing. Give the mixture a good stir and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.
- Make Ahead Tips. You can boil the eggs 2 days in advance and keep them refrigerated until ready to use. On the day slice eggs in half, make the filling, and just follow the recipe. Or you can also do all these steps 2 days in advance (but not more than that as you are risking the filling becoming too dry and the egg whites stinky) and store both separately in the coldest part of the fridge.
What to serve with spicy deviled eggs? This is an excellent classic appetizer recipe for any party, special occasion, and holiday such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and of course Easter.
Serve it as a part of a charcuterie board with classic finger food options or as a side dish to a variety of main courses.
Our favorite ways to serve these deviled eggs are with:
- the classics: turkey, roasted chicken, glazed ham.
- broccoli bits, cauliflower, cheesy asparagus.
- smoked salmon, pinwheels.
- pickled onions.
- anything bacon-wrapped.
- more spicy food: spicy jalapeno peppers, buffalo wings or cauliflower bites
- potato salads
We also like to add different toppings for our deviled eggs, anything from crumbled bacon bits to fresh herbs, especially dill, dill pickles, and gherkins.
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🤷Frequently Asked Questions
Store any leftover deviled eggs in a wider and deeper airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. As these are dairy-based, don't keep them at room temperature for more than 2 hours to avoid any bacteria occurrence.
Eggs are considered a low-calorie, low-carb, high protein and nutrient rich food. We add extra ingredients to the cooked egg yolk but these are not high in carbs.
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Spicy Deviled Eggs
- 12 large eggs peeled hard boiled eggs
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon butter melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons dill or regular pickles gherkins, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon hot sauce such as Frank’s
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Sweet or smoked paprika for garnish
- Cut the eggs in half and remove the egg yolks. Transfer them into a large bowl and mash until almost smooth.
- Add in pickles, mayonnaise, butter, mustards, salt, black pepper, sugar and hot sauce. Mix all the ingredients until well combined. I simply use a fork for this but for a more creamy texture, you can beat the mixture with an electric hand mixer on low speed. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
- Transfer the fluffy egg yolk mixture into piping pastry bag or simple ziplock bag and cut out a small hole in the corner of the bag. Fill each egg halves with enough of filling and arrange on a serving platter.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika powder, crispy bacon, sliced green onion or more sliced gherkins. We also like to add extra spicy sauce drizzle over the top right before serving.
- Serve right away.
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Spicy deviled eggs are a great alternative option to classic version, made with fresh ingredients, pickles and hot sauce.