6 servings

The filling for Southern-style basic deviled eggs is nothing more than egg yolks, mayonnaise, mustard and sweet pickle relish.  These deviled eggs are perfect for potlucks, tailgates, and summer suppers. Now, if you have trouble peeling hard boiled eggs, here's a trick: Once cool, crack the eggs and place in cold water for 10 minutes, then try peeling them. The peels almost always come off much easier. You can also place the filling into a piping bag for a pretty, swirled finished look. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add water to depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.

Step 2

Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.

Step 3

Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Add relish, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir well. Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites. Garnish, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews


June 19, 2016
This was my first time making deviled eggs and they turned out so well. Thank you!!

Substitution 👌🏻

June 13, 2017
This recipe is amazing! Instead of using relish I used about 1/4 tsp of pickle juice and a tsp of sugar , overall good asf!

Perfect and easy

November 22, 2017
These were great.  I accidentally got a little crazy with the paprika at the end so they looked a bit odd, but they were delicious anyway.  Other than the paprika accident, I followed the recipe exactly.

Yummy & Easy!

December 21, 2017
First time making deviled eggs and everyone ate them right up! I boiled the eggs the day before and then stuck them in the fridge to save time. Another thing that made life easier was putting the mixed filling in a zip-lock bag, cutting a corner off, and then squeezing the filling into the halved eggs. Two thumbs up for this recipe! Thank you for providing it :)

Egg Filling Aesthetics

April 23, 2018
How do you get the filling in the eggs to look so nice?  It is raised a bit with a lot of texture.  What method do you use to put the filling in the eggs?  Mine never look that good

sccook's Review

April 08, 2012
Yum! Good, basic, Southern recipe. Will definitely use again.

Econcook's Review

May 01, 2011
Classic and delicious, as well as quick to make. I use the recipe exactly as is, and I scale it up x2 for covered-dish meals. Also use them for Halloween, when I crack the hard-boiled eggs in the shell, dye them (like for Easter), then peel the eggs. This leaves a spidery (or bloodshot-eye) pattern on the eggs.

Nylanth's Review

February 10, 2013
Simple. Delicious. Simply delicious! When you just have that craving but don't want to dirty a dozen dishes just to make some deviled eggs, this is a perfect solution. I really enjoyed the sweet relish addition.

kdm936's Review

July 25, 2014
Just the right ingredients for perfect Deviled Eggs !!!!

Perfect deviled eggs

April 28, 2015
Perfect deviled eggs like I remember from my childhood.  I've tried so many different recipes through the years and never really found what I liked.  This is it.