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Deviled Eggs and the Great Mayo Vs. Miracle Whip Debate

Deviled eggs make every appetizer platter tastier. But should they be made with mayonnaise or Miracle Whip? It’s debatable, and I have the answer here!

eggs sitting in a water bath after being boiled to cool down.

This recipe calls for a simple and easy way to make the scrumptious deviled eggs and the tale-old discussion of whether to use mayo or miracle whip when making this. 

If you’re tired of eating the same old boiled eggs every morning, here’s a fun little twist to do with your eggs. Although deviled eggs are very straightforward, you still shouldn’t expect a less than delicious and pleasurable dish that will fill up your tummy.

Perfect for holidays, potlucks, Easter, parties, or any kind of event!

Unique Deviled Eggs Recipe

Deviled eggs are my number one choice for snacks or side dishes. They’re easy to make, delicious, and a crowd-pleaser. My recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients for the deviled egg filling which is comprised of hard-boiled eggs, salt, pepper, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and the secret mayo or miracle whip of choice!

How Long to Boil Eggs for Deviled Eggs?

If you want to achieve that perfect hard-boiled eggs for your deviled eggs recipe, my main tip for you is to boil the eggs ahead of time. For the BEST deviled eggs, make sure that you’re not overboiling and ending up with a green tinge around the egg yolk.

The perfect cooking time is 12 minutes and using older eggs is easier because they’re easier to peel than fresh ones!

Mayo or Miracle Whip for Deviled Eggs

My family is one of those that is divided over a topic that rips a hole into the solid foundation of generations of blood and love.

You can use either Miracle Whip or mayo for deviled eggs. Both will do the same thing – make the yolk filling creamy. However, both produce different outcomes.

Miracle whip has a build-it zing to it. It’s listed as a mayo dressing mix right on the label, and a quick taste test will note the spice and garlic. It’s not a huge thing, but it does produce a different flavor.

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Mayo, on the other hand, is more of a base. Allowing you to add your signature blend of spices to the yolk filling.

I am not for wasting any money, so use whatever you have on hand, and then change things up next time. As long as the yolk has a good ratio of flavors and isn’t too firm or too runny, your deviled eggs will be perfect!

Close up of deviled eggs with 3 varieties shown
Which do you prefer? Miracle Whip or Mayo for your Deviled Eggs? We are exploring the options with three deviled egg recipes.

My father is one of those Miracle Whip supporters. He believes it is better on sandwiches and in things like tuna pasta salad.

His wife is a mayo user. She believes that mayo is better than the Whip, and uses it in her chicken salad and on her sandwiches.

Now when it comes to deviled eggs, dad thinks Miracle Whip makes for a creamer filling. His wife likes a mayo egg. I tend to lean towards mayo for everything, which is weird since I grew up in a Whip household.

Side shot of 3 varieties of deviled eggs. Classic deviled eggs, Southern deviled eggs, and bacon cheddar deviled eggs.

Best Mayo to Use for Deviled Eggs

What mayo you use is almost as regional as your accent. Southerners will almost always say buy Duke’s Mayonnaise. And in the north, Hellman’s. Both are almost identical in the ingredients list and are a thick creamy base, perfect for dressing summer salads or using for these eggs.

It comes down to personal taste here. Once again, use what you have on hand.

Truth, making mayo at home is really easy, and if you are feeling up to trying it, try this perfect homemade mayo recipe.

Can you use Miracle Whip for Deviled Eggs

Short answer, Yes.

As mentioned above, Miracle Whip does have built-in seasoning and is thinner than mayo. It makes a fine deviled egg, but don’t be as liberal adding it in as you would mayo, as it is a bit less thick. Mix it in a little at a time, mashing and stirring the yolks to make sure things are coming together well.

Pro Tip: I always boil a few extra eggs than I want to serve because I love my deviled eggs overflowing with filling. I add their yolks to the filling and exclude the whites.

What about you and your family? Are you Whip people or mayo people, and do you taunt those who have opposing points of view?

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At every picnic from now through Labor Day, we will have two different versions of classic deviled eggs on the table.

There will also be two types of chicken salad and two condiment options for every sandwich.

How to boil eggs for deviled eggs

There is also much debate over how to boil an egg for the perfect yolk, and the best method I have found is:

  • Place eggs in a large pot of boiling water
  • Bring the water to a boil
  • Immediately turn off the water
  • Cover and let the eggs sit for 12 minutes.
  • Drain and immediately place the eggs in an ice bath.

I do this to prep a day ahead of time so I can make the deviled eggs later.

Now that you’ve got your hard-boiled eggs, let’s get to devil-ing them. Here are three variations on the theme, try them all and decide which is for you:

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Keep scrolling to see the three recipes for the best deviled eggs:

Yield: 24 Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs

3 varieties of deviled eggs. Classic deviled eggs, Southern deviled eggs, and bacon cheddar deviled eggs.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Instructions

1 Combine all filling ingredients and mix until they are an even creamy consistency.

2 Pipe into egg white halves

3 Garnish with paprika

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 432mgSodium: 348mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Yield: 24 deviled eggs

Southern Deviled Eggs

Southern Deviled Eggs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 12 egg yolks from hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp sweet relish
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

For Assembly

  • 12 egg whites from hard boiled eggs

Instructions

  1. Combine all the filling ingredients until they are a uniform creamy consistency.
  2. Pipe into egg white halves

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 435mgSodium: 362mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 15g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Bacon Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes

Ingredients

For the Filling

  • 12 egg yolks from hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 2 pieces bacon, cooked and finely chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

For Assembly

  • 12 egg whites from hard boiled eggs

Instructions

  1. Combine all filling ingredients and mix to an even consistency.
  2. Pipe into Egg White Halves

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 444mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate from nutritionix.com. For specific health concerns, please put the recipe into your Dr recommended nutrition calculator.

Angel

Thursday 6th of June 2019

Until searching for recipes I never knew MAYO is the vegan ? version of mayonnaise. Lol ?

Jimmie

Saturday 1st of June 2019

Nobody else does them half and half? I like mine to be primarily mayo, but with a spoonful of miracle whip or spinblend and a squirt of regular yellow mustard. Yes, those are my precise, scientific measurements. Deviled eggs are the only appropriate use of miracle whip. :) Everything else is mayo for me.

Melissa

Friday 7th of July 2017

I'm one of those weird people who likes miracle whip for some things and mayo for others, so i always have both handy! for regular deli type sandwiches, tuna salad and toasted tomato(and/or bacon) sandwiches it has to be miracle whip. For chicken salad, egg salad, deviled eggs and any recipe calling for mayo, it has to be hellmann's. I think they both have their place, but i certainly wouldn't turn down a deviled egg made with miracle whip!

LYNN

Thursday 1st of June 2017

Definitely mayo! Wins hands down over Miracle Whip. I've been making the same type of deviled eggs for YEARS now .. because I never get tired of the taste of it: Cucumber-Dill Deviled Eggs. Mmm mmm, good! :) 1/4 C minced cucumber, 1 t dillweed, and 1 t cider vinegar. (along w/ 1/4C mayo, 1/4t salt, 1/8t pepper. (FOR SIX EGGS - 12 halves)

gw Spano

Saturday 15th of April 2017

Has anyone tried both Mayo & Miracle together?

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