Are deviled eggs keto friendly? Yes, most deviled eggs are keto unless they use a lot of sweet relish or other sugar-laden ingredients. My keto deviled eggs recipe has only ½ gram of net carbs per stuffed egg half! You’ll love this easy low carb recipe because it has only three ingredients and is simple to customize! Enjoy these Whole30 deviled eggs that are also Paleo, gluten free, and dairy free.
No time to cook? My recipe for low carb deviled eggs with chipotle lime mayo uses only three ingredients. How’s that for simple? Don’t save deviled eggs just for Easter; this high-protein snack is great year-round!
I’m serious when I say that these are some of the EASIEST deviled eggs ever. They’re great as an appetizer or a party snack.
I want you to make the BEST deviled eggs possible. Luckily, there are a few tricks that will help get you perfect deviled eggs.
Everyone loves some good farm fresh eggs. Unfortunately, extremely fresh eggs can be tricky to peel after hard-boiling. The white tends to be more likely to stick to the shell.
Slightly older eggs are a better choice for hard boiled eggs because they are more likely to release cleanly from the shell. If you’re unsure how old your eggs are, try placing them in a pot of water.
New eggs will sit firmly on the bottom of the pot. Older eggs stand on end in the water. These are the ones you should use (deviled eggs are a great way to use them before they spoil).
If they are within your budget, pastured eggs tend to have brighter yolks that have a more pleasing appearance. Conventional eggs are fine too, and it’s unlikely you’ll taste a difference in this recipe either way.
- 📋 What are the calories, net carbs, and protein?
- ⭐ Benefits
- 🥘 Ingredients
- 🍽 Equipment
- ⏲️ How Long to Boil Eggs for Deviled Eggs
- 🔪 How to Make Keto Deviled Eggs
- 🧂 Deviled Eggs Toppings
- ️👪 What to serve with deviled eggs
- 💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
- 👩🏻🍳 Other Keto Egg Recipes
- The Disclaimer…
- 📖 Recipe
- 💬 Comments
📋 What are the calories, net carbs, and protein?
Each serving of keto deviled eggs (4 stuffed egg halves) provides 241 calories, 2 grams net carbs, and 12.1 grams protein. One filled egg half provides 60 calories, 0.5 gram net carbs, and 3 grams of protein.
Why eat keto deviled eggs? Here are a few nutrition-related reasons:
- Portion control: Deviled eggs come with some automatic portion control and it’s easy to scale the recipe down or up as needed. (That said, trust me, it’s pretty hard to stop at one or two of these!)
- Protein: Due to the mayo, deviled eggs are fairly high in fat. However, you’re also getting high-quality protein with these keto deviled eggs.
- Vitamin A: One serving of this recipe is a good source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin that is considered an antioxidant. It helps support a healthy immune system, as well as healthy skin and eyes.
- Choline: Eggs are one of the richest sources of choline, an essential nutrient. Choline is important for the brain and nervous system, and is one of the nutrients where needs go up during pregnancy. Beef liver is another rich source of choline, but many of us would prefer to eat some eggs. 🙂
- Lutein: People usually think about plant foods when we talk about carotenoids. However, eggs contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two members of the carotenoid family that are important for visual health.
- Fits many special diets: Though eggs are one of the top 8 major allergens, this recipe fits many special diets. It’s low carb, keto, Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, soy-free, and added sugar free. You can also easily customize it to fit your needs.
- Delicious: Even though this recipe is “free” of many types of foods, there’s one thing it’s not free of. That’s FLAVOR. You might be amazed that a recipe that’s so simple can taste so good!
Here’s what you need to make keto deviled eggs:
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo
- Finely chopped chives
- Hot paprika for sprinkling on top (optional)
That’s it! With a jar of Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo, eggs, and some chives, you’ll have everything you need for this keto-friendly treat. Enjoy the low-carb deliciousness.
The basic formula is eggs + flavored mayo + herbs. The Primal Kitchen garlic aioli mayo works well if you want to change up the flavors. Since this recipe is so simple, high-quality mayo is key for good flavor.
I have a chipotle lime mayo recipe here on the site if you want to make things totally from scratch. If you want to save time, the Primal Kitchen mayo saves the day. It uses no canola or soy oil, two types of oil that tend to be over-abundant in ultra-processed foods.
Here are the ingredients for the Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo: Avocado Oil, Organic Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar, Water, Sea Salt, Organic Lime Juice Concentrate, Chipotle Powder, Lime Granules, Organic Garlic Powder, Organic Rosemary Extract.
Here are the ingredients for a competitor (mostly canola oil): expeller-pressed canola oil, filtered water, chipotle chili paste, garlic, brown rice syrup, white wine vinegar, pea protein, sea salt, mustard flour, natural smoke flavor, natural flavor, lemon juice concentrate, paprika extract.
The competitor's product contains added sugar (in the form of rice syrup) and pea protein instead of eggs. However, neither is present in significant enough quantities to be reflected in the sugars or protein on the label.
I kept things simple by garnishing with a little sprinkle of paprika, but feel free to dress your deviled eggs with chipotle lime mayo up more. I have TONS of additional deviled egg topping ideas for you below!
Making keto deviled eggs requires only basic kitchen equipment. You’ll need a knife to cut the eggs in half, a fork to mash the yolks, and something to fill the eggs. A dusting wand is a helpful extra for sprinkling on the paprika, but it’s completely optional.
You could fill the eggs with a spoon, as I did for years. If you want them to look nicer for a holiday or just because, consider piping the filling into the egg whites.
Either fill a plastic baggie with the filling and snip a corner, or use a cake decorating piping set. Both options work well.
⏲️ How Long to Boil Eggs for Deviled Eggs
As much as I like the jammy yolks in soft-boiled eggs, I want a firm yolk for deviled eggs. To get a firm yolk every time, I put uncooked eggs in a pot of cool water over medium heat. After the water starts boiling, I boil the eggs for a total of 9-10 minutes.
A gray ring around your egg yolks indicates that they may have been overcooked a bit. For these low carb deviled eggs, I really don’t think this is a big deal. If anything, I think it’s better to slightly overcook eggs for deviled eggs rather than undercook them.
Some people prefer to steam eggs for deviled eggs instead of boiling them. You can steam eggs in an Instant Pot with good success, and supposedly they’re easy to peel.
🔪 How to Make Keto Deviled Eggs
Unless you are a beginner cook, you probably don’t need directions to make deviled eggs. Since this is a recipe site for all levels, I’m going to break it down for you. Feel free to skip to the next section if you’ve made deviled eggs many times before.
After hard boiling your eggs following the directions in the previous section, you need to cool them down. Drain them and run cold water over them so they are easy to handle.
Next, peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Now you need to separate the egg whites from the egg yolks.
Most of the time you can just pop the yolk from the white in one piece. If it’s sticking, use a spoon to gently help release the yolk from the white. (Check out the video in the recipe card if you’d like some visuals of this process!)
The cooked yolks should all be separated in a small bowl. Mash them well with the back of a fork.
Stir in the mayo and the chopped chives. The mixture should be a uniform color with flecks of green from the chives.
Put the cooked egg white halves on a plate, cut side up. Fill each egg white half with an equal amount of the yolk filling. You can use a spoon or pipe the filling into the empty cavities of the egg whites.
Sprinkle the finished eggs with some hot or smoked paprika using a dusting wand if you wish. (Or don’t, it’s up to you. I always tend to get a little overzealous with the paprika!)
🧂 Deviled Eggs Toppings
My favorite toppings for deviled eggs are thinly sliced green scallions and small pieces of garlic chives. I grow both of these things and use them often as a garnish to my foods.
There are actually endless possibilities for deviled egg toppings. How about cooking up a little bacon for bacon deviled eggs? I mean, what’s a more classic pairing than bacon and eggs?!?
Anything that involves a crumble of bacon gets a big YUM in my book!
Here are some more ideas that will add flavor, color, and texture to your deviled eggs. Pick the ones that sound best to you!
- Thin slice of fresh avocado
- Chopped olives
- Chopped tomatoes
- Crumbled feta cheese
- Roasted red peppers
- Pickled jalapeno slices
- Thin slices of radish
- Old Bay seasoning
- Smoked salmon
- Diced ham
- Salami or Prosciutto
- Buffalo sauce and blue cheese
- Chili sauce
- Chopped pickles
- Microgreens or sprouts
What are some of your favorite additions to deviled eggs? Drop me a comment below if I missed your favorites!
️👪 What to serve with deviled eggs
What goes with deviled eggs? To be honest, I usually eat deviled eggs as a snack by themselves! However, deviled eggs can also be incorporated into a variety of meals.
For example, try adding deviled eggs to your salads instead of hard-boiled eggs. Use them in this Cobb Salad for an extra punch of flavor in this hearty keto meal prep. SO GOOD!
Deviled eggs would also be a delicious way to add some extra protein to breakfast. Add them to the side of this Gluten-Free Avocado Toast (rather than topping the toast with fried eggs).
Additionally, keto deviled eggs would make the perfect protein in the Butcher Block Dinner formula. (Use your favorite low-carb crackers to keep the entire meal keto friendly.)
💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian
This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). I always forget about deviled eggs when it is not springtime. It’s too bad since they make a truly fantastic snack. But are deviled eggs good for weight loss? It depends.
If you are following one of the low-carb paths to weight loss such as keto or lchf, this may fit into your meal plan. On the other hand, if you don’t find high-fat foods to be particularly satiating, this may not be the best option for you. Know thyself!
Each filled egg half only contains 60 calories, but trust me, you are going to want more than one! You could bring the calories down by substituting non-fat plain Greek yogurt for the mayo. However, I don’t recommend it because it does not taste nearly as good.
A better alternative is to use half mayo, half non-fat Greek yogurt. Blend some garlic powder and chipotle in adobo into the yogurt. You’ll keep a lot of the rich and creamy flavor from the mayo while lowering the calories. It’s a good compromise!
There are also a few options to make no mayo keto deviled eggs that don’t involve yogurt. These options aren’t necessarily any lower in fat or calories than using mayo. However, they can all result in keto friendly deviled eggs:
- Avocado deviled eggs (keto for sure!)
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
Hummus is higher in carbs than the above options. However, it could also be used in place of mayo and seasoning in deviled eggs.
“Deviled” was first used as a culinary term in the late 1700s as a reference to spicy or zesty food. Deviled eggs often include Dijon mustard, horseradish, chipotle pepper, or other seasonings with bite!
The exact carb count in your deviled eggs depends on the recipe you use and the portion size you eat. One serving of these keto deviled eggs (4 stuffed egg halves) provides 2 grams of net carbs. If you only eat a single egg half, that’s a mere ½ gram net carb.
Deviled eggs will generally last for 2 days in the refrigerator; the filling tends to dry out after this time. I do not recommend freezing deviled eggs. If you need to use deviled eggs quickly, consider mashing them up into a keto egg salad.
It’s generally fine to include eggs in a varied diet of healthy whole foods. That said, deviled eggs have a lot of added fat and aren’t the best choice if you’re looking for a lighter option. Plain hard-boiled eggs would be a better option.
Mayonnaise is an added fat that is keto diet compatible. However, if you’re using keto as a weight loss tool, eating a lot of mayo may hinder your goals. Mayo is very energy-dense, with around 100 calories per tablespoon. Using excessive mayo can make it difficult to maintain the calorie deficit needed for weight loss.
This deviled egg keto recipe is gluten free, as many deviled egg recipes are. Check that the mayo and other ingredients you’re using are without gluten if you want a gluten free recipe.
👩🏻🍳 Other Keto Egg Recipes
Want more easy keto recipes using eggs? You might enjoy these very low carb egg recipes next:
- Keto Crustless Quiche
- Cloud Bread with Greek Yogurt
- Cauliflower Hash Brown Egg Cups with Cheese
- Low Carb Frittata
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Low Carb Keto Deviled Eggs
- 6 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons Primal Kitchen chipotle lime mayo
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
- hot paprika or smoked paprika (optional)
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onions or fresh garlic chives (optional garnish)
- Put the eggs in a single layer in a pot of water. Make sure that they are completely submerged. (Eggs that float have likely spoiled.)
- Let the water come to a boil over medium heat. After the water starts boiling, keep cooking the eggs for 9-10 minutes. Drain the eggs and run them under cold water to cool (making them easier to handle).
- Peel the eggs and cut each in half lengthwise.
- Gently scoop out the yolks and put them in a small bowl.
- Mash the yolks well with the back of a fork. Stir in the mayo and 1 tablespoon of the chives. The filling should be a uniform color with flecks of green from the chives.
- Put the egg white halves on a plate, cut side up. Spoon or pipe the filling into the empty cavities of the egg whites.
- Sprinkle each deviled egg with paprika using a dusting wand, if desired. Garnish with the optional scallions or chives.
- Avocado deviled eggs (keto for sure!)
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
This low carb deviled egg recipe has been updated from 2019 with new photos, more nutrition information, and a recipe video! Enjoy!