Deviled Easter Eggs

Deviled eggs dyed various pastel colors (thumbnail).Whether scrambled, fried, or boiled, I’ve never cared too much for eggs — except for the deviled kind, which I totally love. Maybe it’s because of the creamy flavorful toppings, or because they’re practically made of cholesterol, but somehow I just can’t get enough of them.

For the past year or so, I’ve been making big batches of deviled eggs and bringing them to family gatherings, where they get inhaled long before the party’s over. (By people other than me, I mean.) So when I stumbled upon this guide for making colorful deviled eggs, I instantly wanted to try making some to bring to our Easter gathering.

I ended up taking some liberties and experimenting a little compared to the guide, and substituted in the tried-and-true recipe I’ve been using for the filling. The thumbnail to the right is a little teaser showing the colorful eastery end result.

Just like when making regular deviled eggs, the first step is to get your eggs into a hard-boiled state. There seem to be various strategies for doing this, including baking them in the oven — this allegedly works, although I’ve never tried it. I always seem to get pretty good results using this method, which involves boiling the eggs for 10 minutes and then immediately placing them in cold water to prevent the yolks from getting that unsightly greenish ring.

Whatever your method, after the eggs are hard boiled and then cooled, the next step is to remove the shells, slice the eggs in half the long way, and set the yolks aside. And then it’s time for the fun part: playing with the colors.

Four bottles of food coloring (red, green, blue, yellow) next to the box they were packaged in.

Food coloring in red, green, blue, and yellow.

The guide recommended placing a few drops of food coloring in a glass of water along with a teaspoon of vinegar, then placing the sliced eggs in the water. I tried it with and without the vinegar, and unless I measured something wrong, the vinegar seems to make the color slightly darker slightly faster with slightly less food coloring. But you can get good results without it, and a good ratio for no vinegar seemed to be about 6 drops food coloring per 1 cup water.

A row of glasses, filled with water dyed with a few drops food coloring.

The colored water from left to right: green, blue, red, orange, purple.

The food coloring pack we picked up only had red, blue, green, and yellow. Eggs placed in the red naturally came out looking pink, and the green and blue both produced pastel shades. I skipped the yellow since the filling would have that pretty well covered, and instead mixed up some purple (3 drops red + 3 drops blue) and some orange (4 drops yellow + 2 drops red). The eggs stayed in the water for around five minutes, and this was the end result:

A tray of eggs that have been dyed various pastel shades with food coloring.

How the eggs looked after coming out of the food-colored water.

As for the filling, I’ve been using this recipe that I sort of invented, at least in the sense that I found the basic ingredients on the web and then played with the proportions until I found something that seemed particularly tasty. The ingredients list is as follows:

  • yolks from 18 eggs, mashed in a bowl
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

The proper thing to do next is to mix everything thoroughly together and then use one of those fancy frosting bags to get the filling into the eggs, but my method has been to just use a big ziploc bag with the corner cut off:

A method for filling deviled eggs using a large ziploc bag.

Filling deviled eggs using a ziploc bag.

It’s cheap, fast, easy, and the only drawback is that you don’t get the lovely intricate patterns you would with one of those metal frosting tips. (Although that alone is probably reason enough to upgrade, haha.) Anyway, once the eggs were filled, and a little bit of paprika was sprinkled onto each one for garnishing purposes, this was the colorful Easter eggy end result:

A tray of deviled eggs that have been dyed various pastel colors for easter.

The finished deviled eggs tray.

A closeup of some deviled eggs that have been dyed various pastel colors.

A closeup of the finished deviled easter egg tray.

I think they turned out pretty well, and they seemed to be a big hit at our gathering — I had mentioned that I would bring “deviled Easter eggs” but it seemed to come as a surprise that they were actually colorful. And it’s been so long since I’ve done anything Easter egg related, I really had fun with it.

Anyway, happy belated Easter! I hope everyone had a great time this past weekend. Any interesting adventures in Easter egg making, Easter egg hunting, or general Easter festivities? And has anyone ever heard about and/or tried that hard-boiling eggs in the oven technique? I’m curious about it, but I feel like with my luck I’d probably just explode them or something, haha…


  1. Wow! Those are awesome! I don’t believe I’ve ever seen anyone do colored deviled eggs before. That is great! I love deviled eggs, but I’ve never attempted to make them before. I may have to give them a shot. I’ve never heard of putting eggs in the oven like that. I’m with you, though. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, at least for me. ;) Thanks for sharing that. They turned out great!

  2. Uh-oh, looks like Joe has admitted to our family’s secret addiction to deviled eggs! And if your family loves them too, poor Lillian! It’s genetic, you know!

    All joking aside, the colored eggs look awesome and I like your recipe!

  3. I have colored eggs before, and deviled them before, but never thought to combine them, nor have I seen it done before. Very beautiful! And your filling is way fancier than mine, I always just glopped it in with a teaspoon; then again, I knew they’d last all of 5 minutes with my brother (and that’s even when my mom made some too), so making them pretty wasn’t really necessary, LOL!

  4. I love this idea! I am not a cooking type person, unfortunately for me, my sister is the cook of the family. So I want to show her I can do something creative. Thank-you so much for the idea. I will let you know her reaction. Happy Easter!

  5. I am going to try the colored deviled eggs this year. What a neat idea. Will have to make oodles of them because everyone loves them. By the way this is March of 2014. Jan Evenson

  6. I am very excited to try your colored eggs this Easter. I am an artist and would be nice to bring something creative food wise to the family dinner and not on a canvas. Will let you know the results! Thank you for sharing .

  7. Thanks for the incredible idea!! We just followed your directions (sans vinegar) and ours turned out perfectly also!!!! I think we now have a new tradition also :)

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