Deviled Eggs. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Deviled Eggs. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

I looooove deviled eggs, but I find them a bit of a pain. Half the time I end up with cratered eggs that I don’t even want to serve to myself (yes, of course I eat ALL of them). So I did a little research and after a bit of trial and error, came up with a nearly foolproof way to boil perfect eggs. Here’s my advice: use older eggs, start in cold water, don’t overcook the eggs, cool the eggs completely before peeling, and crack the shells all over before you peel. I’ve given you detailed directions below on this. And it really works!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love classic deviled eggs, with the tang of French’s yellow mustard and the sweetness of chopped bread and butter pickles (or sweet pickle relish if that’s what you love), and a sprinkle of paprika on top. Yum! But this updated version has also captured my heart. Fresh herbs—parsley and chives—that I picked from my garden, bright sunny lemon zest, and spicy tangy Dijon mustard all whizzed up to create a flavor explosion in your mouth.

I’d be happy to serve these at any gathering, but after my husband snatched up at least four directly after I’d filled them, I think I know what I’ll be serving for Father’s Day!

Deviled Egg ingredients. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Deviled Egg ingredients. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Recipe: Deviled eggs with lemon and herbs

Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • 1 dozen large eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon country Dijon mustard
  • Finely grated zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the eggs in a large saucepan and fill with enough cool water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. As soon as the water comes to a rolling boil, turn off the heat and cover the pan; let sit for 15 minutes. Drain the eggs, then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Let cool completely.
  2. This slideshow requires JavaScript.


  3. Gently bash the eggs on the countertop all over, then roll them between your hands. Peel the eggs, cut each one in half and scoop out the yolk into a mixing bowl.
  4. This slideshow requires JavaScript.


  5. Mash the yolks with a fork, then stir in the lemon zest, parsley, and chives. Add the mayonnaise and mustard, and mix with the fork, mashing and stirring, until well combined. (You can taste the mixture and add salt if you want, but I find the mayo adds enough salt for me.)
  6. This slideshow requires JavaScript.


  7. Arrange the egg white halves cut side up on a serving plate. Fill a piping bag fitted with a medium tip (plain or star tip is fine, depending on how you like it to look). Pipe the filling into the egg white hollows. You can also use a small spoon to fill each one. Sprinkle with herbs and a little pepper. Dive in and watch them get eaten up in less than 5 minutes.
Deviled Eggs. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Deviled Eggs. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Father’s Day Recipe: A Grown-Up Twist on Deviled Eggs 16 June,2015Kim Laidlaw


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

Sponsored by

Become a KQED sponsor