It's so much fun to make these fun, colored deviled eggs (or Easter deviled eggs, as we like to call them). Whether it's just for a party or a fun treat for your little ones, they never fail to delight! You can use either food coloring or natural coloring to get the shade of your choice.
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💭 Why you'll love this recipe
- Delicious, creamy deviled eggs are a perfect, make-ahead, crowd pleasing appetizer for any special occasion. The best part? They come together in just 30 minutes! Perfect, fun Easter egg recipe.
- Great, fun activity to do with your kids on Easter (or for any other holiday!) It's a fun alternative to dying actual Easter eggs, and a great way to use up leftover hardboiled eggs!
- Ability to use edible food coloring or natural coloring to dye eggs for a colorful, festive twist!
📋 Ingredients and notes
To make the deviled eggs, you'll need six large eggs (hardboiled), mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, as well as paprika and chives (for garnish). To color the eggs using edible food coloring, you'll need a large cup, water, distilled white vinegar, and edible food coloring of your choice. Tips for using natural food coloring are in the tips section!
Notes and Variations
- This recipe uses lemon juice and mayonnaise, but you can use any vinegar in place of lemon juice and Greek yogurt or even sour cream in place for mayonnaise for something healthier or tangier.
- Instead of paprika and chives for garnish, you can also use any herbs of your choice (like parsley stems, or scallions even) and omit paprika.
- You can use natural dyes for making colored eggs instead of food coloring. Red cabbage or pickled beets for red, turmeric for yellow, and blueberry or a grape juice for blue / purple. More tips on how to use natural dyes can be found in the tips section below!
📖 Make vibrant Easter deviled eggs!
Make hardboiled eggs
First, boil a pot of water in a large saucepan. Then, reduce the heat and use a skimmer to place the eggs in the pot. Increase heat to high (or a rolling boil) and cook eggs for 13 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath by adding ice cubes and cold water to a bowl.
After 13 minutes, remove eggs from the pot using a skimmer and place them in the ice bath. Remember not to place them in the ice bath for too long - this will cause green rings around the yolks, which looks weird! Once eggs have cooled completely, peel them and set aside. You can also make eggs in an Instant Pot or an air fryer super easily. Heck, you can even bake eggs for this recipe or just start with hard boiled eggs.
Make colored deviled eggs
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the egg yolks using a small spoon and place in a medium mixing bowl. Set the white halves aside after making sure there's no yolks left on them.
- For each color, fill a large mug or glass jar half way with with water. Add in a teaspoon of vinegar and ~3-4 drops of food coloring. Stir to combine.
- Place one egg white in the mug or glass jar – for the best results, test to see whether you like the color and add more food coloring if you need to make them bolder. Time how long it takes to get the ideal color of your choice. Then repeat this process until all egg whites are colored.
- The number of egg whites you can fit into a glass jar at once will depend on the size of your jar! I could fit about 3-4.
- After you get the right amount of color, remove and place eggs (white halves) on a plate lined with paper towels.
- While the eggs are being colored, add 1-2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, lemon juice and salt and black pepper to taste, into the mixing bowl with the yolks.
- Mash yolks and combine well with other ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
- Once the eggs are completely dry, use a spoon or transfer mixture to a pastry bag to fill the whites with the yolk mixture. If you don't have a piping bag, and still want beautiful deviled eggs, check out this post on how to pipe filling using just a Ziploc bag and a piece of duct tape!
- Garnish egg halves with fresh chives and a sprinkle of paprika. Serve these colored deviled eggs at your Easter brunch or Easter dinner table (or any party really - who can resist them!)
Enjoy these cute little colored, Easter deviled eggs!
👩🏽🍳Top tips and FAQs
Yes! You can absolutely make deviled eggs in advance. I usually hard boil a large batch of eggs to make it easy (up to a week in advance). You can cut the eggs in half and place them in an airtight container or a tray (covered in plastic wrap) in a single layer, in the fridge. Then, you can prepare the filling and also place them in the fridge (up to two days in advance). Then, when it's time to serve, just remove the eggs and filling and pipe them!
This is typically caused by leaving the cooked eggs in the ice bath for too long. So I suggest allowing them to just cool down (typically a couple of minutes) and then peeling the eggs immediately.
If you're using edible food coloring, I suggest liquid coloring (gel food coloring will not stick to the eggs and cause patchy eggs). If you want to use natural coloring, you can use vegetables like purple cabbage and spices like turmeric to dye your eggs without artificial coloring.
No, you don't! Vinegar gives the eggs a tangy flavor. If you choose to leave it out you may want to add a little more mustard.
I recommend using the back of a spoon or fork to mash egg yolks but make sure to not overwork the yolks to a dry paste. Alternatively, you can push the yolks through a fine mesh sieve or even a ricer! This will create smooth egg yolks that remain fluffy. Some folks also use a food processor, but I find that this makes the yolks pasty.
Using Natural Food Coloring for Dying Eggs
Not everyone wants to use artificial food coloring to dye the eggs. But if you want to make these cute Easter deviled eggs with natural colors, just use the instructions below.
- Yellow deviled eggs: Combine 3 teaspoons of turmeric with 2 cups of water in a pot. Simmer over medium heat for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in a tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Let it cool, strain into a clean jar, and then use this for dying your eggs.
- Red deviled eggs: Peel and 1 small beet and combine it with 1-2 cups of water (depending on how strong you want the color). Simmer this over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in a tablespoon of vinegar and a pinch of salt. Let it cool, strain into a clean jar, and then use this for dying your eggs.
- Purple deviled eggs: Chop ¼ a head of purple cabbage. Add to a pot with 2-3 cups of water. Simmer for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool down for about 5 minutes. Then, stir ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt into the hot water. Stir well, and strain into a clean jar. Let it cool and then use this for dying your eggs.
- Blue deviled eggs: Add 1 cup of blueberries to a cup of water. Bring them to a boil, remove from heat and let it stand for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid into a clean jar or small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and a pinch of salt. Stir well, let it cool, and use this for dying your eggs.
🍴 Serving and storage suggestions
These deviled eggs can be stored in the fridge for a day or two, in an airtight container in a single layer. I don't recommend freezing them!
If you want to make them in advance, follow the instructions in the FAQ box above to cook the eggs, and store the halves separately; make the filling and store that separately. Then pipe the eggs when you're ready to serve them!
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Easter Deviled Eggs
- 3 eggs, large
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ⅛ teaspoon salt, adjust to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper, adjust to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika, for garnish
- 2 chives, for garnish
Coloring Eggs (For Each Color)
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- 3 drops food coloring
Make Hard Boiled Eggs
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and use a skimmer to place the eggs in the pot. Increase heat back to high and cook the eggs for 13 minutes.
- While eggs are boiling, prepare an ice bath by adding ice cubes and cold water to a large bowl and set aside. After 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pot using a skimmer and place them in the ice bath
- Once the eggs have cooled completely, peel them and set aside.
Make and Color Easter Deviled Eggs
- Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks using a small spoon and place in a medium sized mixing bowl. Set the whites aside after making sure there's no yolks left on them.
- For each color, fill a large mug or glass jar half way with with water. Add in 1 teaspoon vinegar and ~3-4 drops of food coloring. Stir to combine.
- Place one egg white in the mug or glass jar – test to see whether you like the color and add more food coloring if you need to make them bolder. Time how long it takes to get the ideal color of your choice. To use natural food coloring, check the notes section of this recipe and the actual post for tips!
- After you get the right amount of color, remove and place the egg white on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Continue until all egg whites are colored. The number of egg whites you can fit into a glass jar at once will depend on the size of your jar! I could fit about 3-4.
- Add 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and ⅛ teaspoon each of salt and pepper into the mixing bowl with the yolks. Mash the yolks and combine well with other ingredients until the mixture is smooth.
- Once the eggs are completely dry, use a spoon or a piping bag to fill the whites with the yolk mixture. Garnish with chives and paprika.
- I use lemon juice in this recipe but you can also use apple cider vinegar for a more tart flavor. Likewise, you can swap the Dijon mustard for regular mustard to get a more mellow flavor.
- You can also hard boil your eggs in the air fryer or an Instant Pot.
- If you don't have vinegar on hand, you can just use lemon juice! Or if you want to go all natural, you can use natural dyes like red cabbage or pickled beets for red, turmeric for yellow, and blueberries or grape for a blue or purple color.