Best Deviled Eggs Ever

The Best Deviled Eggs Ever: Inspired by Bouchon Bistro

Today, we’re taking a trip to culinary heaven with a recipe for the Best Deviled Eggs Ever. This isn’t your average grocery store deli offering; these beauties are inspired by the legendary Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, California, the brainchild of the renowned chef Thomas Keller.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of dining at Bouchon Bistro, you know their food is pure magic. Every dish is a masterpiece of flavor and technique, and their deviled eggs are no exception. But the good news is, you don’t have to travel to Napa Valley to experience this deliciousness! With this recipe, you can recreate those unforgettable Bouchon flavors right in your own kitchen.

What Makes These Deviled Eggs So Special?

Bouchon’s deviled eggs are a symphony of textures and tastes. The creamy, perfectly seasoned yolk filling explodes with flavor, while the finely chopped shallots and celery add a delightful crunch. The touch of Dijon mustard provides a subtle tang, balanced by the acidity of the sherry vinegar. It’s a truly elevated deviled egg experience!

Beyond the Basics: Why This Deviled Egg Recipe is a Winner

There are a few key things that set this recipe apart from your average deviled egg recipe:

  • Fresh, High-Quality Ingredients: Bouchon Bistro uses only the finest ingredients, and so should you! Fresh herbs, good quality mayonnaise, and perfectly cooked eggs are essential for achieving that restaurant-worthy taste.
  • The Power of Shallots: Unlike some deviled eggs that rely solely on onion powder for flavor, this recipe utilizes fresh shallots. Shallots offer a milder, sweeter onion flavor that adds depth and complexity to the filling.
  • The Perfect Balance: The key to any great dish is balance, and this recipe delivers. The creaminess of the yolk, the tang of the Dijon and vinegar, and the crunch of the celery all come together beautifully.

From Pot to Plate: Making the Best Deviled Eggs Ever

Ready to elevate your deviled egg game? Here’s a detailed breakdown of the recipe, complete with tips and tricks. Don’t forget to check out my video for a visual guide to the entire process!

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  • 10 large eggs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (preferably full-fat for best flavor)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 3 tablespoons finely minced celery
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup finely minced chives (reserve some for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and fried (optional)
  • Paprika, for garnish


  1. Perfectly Boiled Eggs: The foundation of any great deviled egg is the perfect hard boil. Here’s the key: use fresh eggs at room temperature for even cooking. Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then immediately remove the pan from the heat and cover it. Let the eggs sit for 12 minutes for a perfectly set yolk. Drain the hot water and run cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking process. Once cool, peel the eggs carefully.
  2. Separate and Mash: Carefully cut the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks. Place the yolks in a mixing bowl. Using a fork or a potato masher, mash the yolks until smooth.
  3. Flavor Explosion: Now comes the fun part – adding all the delicious fillings! Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, sherry vinegar, minced shallot, celery, and salt to the mashed yolks. Gently fold everything together until well combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
  4. Assemble and Garnish: Spoon the creamy yolk mixture back into the egg white halves. Here’s where you can get creative! Top each deviled egg with a sprinkle of paprika for a classic look. If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a dollop of caviar or a tiny piece of smoked salmon for an extra luxurious touch.

The Finishing Touches: Capers and Chives

This recipe offers two optional garnishes that elevate the presentation and flavor:

  • Fried Capers: For a savory and slightly briny kick, consider frying the capers. Simply heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the drained capers and cook for 30 seconds to a minute, until they crisp up slightly. Drain on paper towels before placing them on top of the deviled eggs.
  • Chive Perfection: Fresh chives are the perfect finishing touch, adding a pop of color.

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Bouchon’s Deviled Eggs

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Today, I'm going to show you how to make the Best Deviled Eggs Ever! They come from Bouchon Bistro, one of my favorite restaurants from famous California chef Thomas Keller. This is the best deviled eggs recipe we've ever tried, and it's super easy to make!
5 from 3 votes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 3 tablespoon finely minced celery
  • 1/4 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup finely minced chives reserve some for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and fried (optional)
  • Paprika to taste for garnish


  • Boil the eggs and peel.
  • Cut the eggs in half, and place the yolks into a bowl.
  • Add all of the ingredients to the yolks, except the capers and paprika, and mash until creamy.
  • Top the eggs with the fried capers and a dash of paprika.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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