Recipes by Kristin Riley

How to make Devilled Eggs

How to make Devilled Eggs

Devilled eggs are pure culinary genius when made correctly. You start with a hard boiled egg and turn it into an elegant “munch” that deserves its place in your recipe box. Devilled eggs are a classic go-to appetizer when I entertain, and at this point no family gathering is complete without these on the table. They are inexpensive and easy to make. While I make these any time of year, they are especially fitting to enjoy during our family Easter Brunch.

What are Devilled Eggs? 

Devilled eggs are a hard boiled egg that is filled with creamy yolk filling. We combine the cooked yolks with homemade mayo, butter, salt and pepper and then pipe the filling into the white. They’re not only a lovely appetizer, but a delicious lunch item as well. My version of this classic recipe will give you the quintessential devilled egg.

So what makes this recipe stand out among others? Simple. It’s made from scratch. Entirely. No store bought mayo, or strange preservative laden sauces. Also, I add melted butter to the yolk filling. Adding melted butter is what will make you guests ask for this recipe time and time again.

What is the best way to hard boil eggs?

Now the stove top method is tried and true. One favourite method is to cover the eggs with water, bring the water to a boil, and then let the eggs sit off the heat for about 10 minutes. This makes whites that are firm but still tender and yolks that are set but still creamy. While this method works like a dream, do you have an Instant Pot in your kitchen? If you do, try “hard boiling” your eggs in the IP. You may never want to make them any other way.

How do I make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot?


The perfect technique for cooking hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker is the 5-5-5 method.

  • 5 minutes to come to pressure
  • 5 minutes cook time
  • 5 minutes natural release

But to really get PERFECTLY cooked hard boiled eggs that peel like a dream, I have added another step:

  • 5 minutes in a water bath

Which means in 20 minutes, you will have hard boiled eggs that peel perfectly and are perfectly set and bright yellow (no green rings here!!)


  • Place 1 cup of water in inner pot of pressure cooker
  • Place eggs in egg rack or carefully on top of rack that the Instant Pot came with. Any quantity of eggs works.
  • Close and seal pressure cooker.
  • Set cook time to 5 minutes (5 minutes on high pressure–push the manual button and adjust timer to 5 minutes)
  • After time has finished, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully, remove eggs from pressure cooker and place in ice bath. Eggs are VERY hot, so use pot holder if you fingers aren’t made of steel!
  • After eggs have been in ice bath for 5 minutes, remove eggs from ice bath.
  • Peel and enjoy your PERFECT hard boiled eggs.

So… how do I get the filling back into the white?

Well you can just scoop it back in with a tiny espresso spoon if you wish. However, in the interest of keeping this dish pleasing to the eye, I like to pipe the filling back into the egg. No piping bag? No problem. Get a Ziploc bag, fill it with the yolk mixture, cut a small piece from the corner tip of the bag. Voila! Piping bag is ready!!



Devilled Eggs

November 20, 2015


  • 10 hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika
  • Step 1 Scoop out the yolk of each egg.
  • Step 2 Place yolks in a mixing bowl. Arrange whites on a platter.
  • Step 3 In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend yolk, mayo and butter until smooth.
  • Step 4 Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Step 5 Add yolk mixture to piping bag. Pipe mixture into whites.
  • Step 6 Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 7 Sprinkle with paprika before serving.

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