Fried Deviled Eggs: the quick, easy appetizer recipe you’ll love

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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hard-boiled eggs
50 g (3 tbsp
salt and pepper
smoked salmon, chopped
50 g (1/3 cup)
All-purpose flour
120 g (1 cup)
beaten eggs
120 g (1 cup)

These Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs is an easy appetizer recipe, a fried version of classic deviled eggs. Deviled eggs (or stuffed eggs) date back as far as ancient Rome. The term ‘devil’ was added in the 18th century when it became fashionable to associate any type of spicy food with the underworld. Regardless of its origin, it’s still a popular item on platters at many events.

Stuffed eggs gained particular popularity after Fannie Farmer suggested the use of mayonnaise as a binder. Soon after, appetizers consisting of eggs filled with mayonnaise, mustard, and paprika, were seen everywhere. These Fried Deviled Eggs are crispy on the outside and deliciously creamy on the inside. To make it, you’ll need eggs, mayonnaise, smoked salmon, flour, and breadcrumbs (not Panko). Your guests will love this creative, crunchy take on the classic deviled egg.

Fried Deviled Egg Ingredients

Eggs – the eggs should be hard-boiled, but not overcooked (this will cause discoloration in the egg yolks; two of the eggs will be used for the egg wash.

Mayonnaise – for a lighter option, you can substitute it with Greek yogurt.

Smoked Salmon – if you prefer, you can leave this out, or substitute it with any other meat.

Flour – use all-purpose flour.

Breadcrumbs – use fine store-bought or homemade breadcrumbs.

How To Make Fried Deviled Eggs

Start by peeling the hard-boiled eggs, making sure to keep the outer part of the egg white intact. Slice the eggs in half and remove the yolks. Chop the salmon into small pieces.

Place the egg yolks in a bowl, and mix with mayonnaise, salt, and pepper, until creamy. Add the chopped salmon and mix again. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag and set it aside.

Set up a dredging station. Cover the egg white halves lightly with flour, then dip into the egg wash, followed by the breadcrumbs. Fry the egg whites in hot vegetable oil until brown and crispy. Fill the crispy eggs with the egg yolk mixture and serve.

Can You Make Fried Deviled Eggs In The Air Fryer?

Yes, you can! Place the breaded egg white halves in the air fryer basket. Spray with cooking oil spray and cook for 8 minutes at 200°C/400°F, turning halfway.

Tips For Making Deep-Fried Deviled Eggs

If you prefer the deviled eggs to be crispier, use Panko breadcrumbs instead of plain breadcrumbs.

If you want to make crispy deviled eggs in a pan, you can do so by omitting the dredging step and sprinkling the egg whites with grated parmesan instead. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet or pan, and fry the eggs until golden.

Make a lighter avocado filling by mixing 3 Tbsp yogurt, 3 Tbsp mashed avocado, 1 tsp fresh chopped cilantro, ½ tsp lime zest, ½ tsp lime juice, and a pinch of salt and pepper. After stuffing the eggs, top with pico de gallo.

Deviled eggs are easy to customize according to your liking. Add cream cheese for creaminess, horseradish for bite, or caramelized onion for sweetness.

How To Store Fried Deviled Eggs

Because the eggs are crispy, they’re best served immediately. Store leftovers in the fridge (in an airtight container) for up to 1 day.

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Peel hard-boiled eggs and slice them in half. Remove the yolks.

Dice the salmon into small cubes.

In a bowl, mash egg yolks with mayonnaise until creamy, and season with salt and pepper.

Add the chopped salmon and mix.

Dredge egg whites in flour, deep into whisked eggs, and cover with breadcrumbs.

Heat vegetable oil and fry egg whites for around a minute or until brown and crispy.

Fill crispy eggs with egg yolk cream.

Serve and enjoy!

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