Take Your Deviled Eggs Up A Notch (And Down in Calories)

Spicy Deviled Eggs

‘Tis the season of cookouts, barbecues, and potluck picnics. As you’re searching for an easy yet impressive app or summer side to bring, consider deviled eggs. They’re flavorful, protein-packed crowd pleasers, and you can cut back on a little fat, cholesterol, and sodium by tweaking the classic recipe. Then have fun with creative toppings!

Deviled Egg Base

Not everything should be messed with. Stick with the classic hard-boiled egg base—unless you want to pickle the hard-boiled eggs with beets! Here’s a refresher on the easiest routes to get there.

  • Boil on the stove: Place eggs in a saucepan filled with cool water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook eggs for 10 minutes.
  • Buy a nifty microwave egg boiler if you’re cooking challenged. There are many on the market.

Fun fact: The freshest farm eggs are actually harder to peel, so for once, select “older” eggs or non-organic. Trouble peeling the shells? Try one of these hacks.

Directions: Peel the eggs and cut them length-wise. Then scoop out and set aside the yolks.

Healthy Filling Hacks

This is where you can make some healthier tweaks to your recipe.

  • Replace all or some of the mayo with nonfat plain Greek yogurt
    (or use low fat or heart-healthy canola mayo).
  • Limit the egg yolk if you want to cut out some more fat.
  • Replace some egg yolk with nonfat cottage cheese or hummus.
  • Or replace all egg yolk and other possible filling and use guacamole.
  • Skip the mustard and use the yolks with avocado and light mayo or Greek yogurt.
  • Use yellow or Dijon mustard, which already has good saltiness and acidity.
  • Add some heat and flavor with Sriracha or Tabasco.

Tip: Sure, you can use a fork to mix the ingredients, but you’ll get a smoother filling with a food processor. And if you have cake decorating tools, use the frosting bag and/or dispenser and tips for a prettier fill!

Creative Toppings

Have fun! There are so many options once you have the classic hard-boiled egg base and filling.

  • Go classic with paprika and salt & pepper.
  • Kick things up with jalapeño slices, cayenne or chile pepper.
  • Set up a BLT-esque egg with turkey bacon or Prosciutto and Parmesan.
  • Serve “brunch” with a strawberry slice & dash of syrup.
  • Channel game-time Buffalo apps with s wing sauce, blue cheese, and celery topping.
  • Head south with a touch of BBQ sauce (instead of mustard) & French fried onions.

Other fun toppings: pickles, beets, chives, capers, pickled onions or okra, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro, and dill. Your creativity is the limit!

Pictured: Spicy Avocado Deviled Eggs – Yolks, avocado, Greek yogurt, lime juice, salt and pepper, topped with cayenne pepper, jalapeños, and a dash of hot sauce. 

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Kelly Fitzgerald has a BA in Journalism and MA in Creative Writing, and is the Managing Editor of the Anytime Fitness blog. She’s an avid reader, writer, and life-long learner who describes herself as a curious, sporty Twin Citian who is always observing, perpetually tired, and plagued by common sense.