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12 Hard-Boiled Egg Recipes We’re Egg-Cited About Right Now

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An egg salad sandwich, cut in half, with the two halves stacked on top of each other. The sandwich contains egg salad, butter lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Hard-boiled eggs get extra attention during the springtime, thanks to their key role in Easter celebrations and on the Passover seder plate, but if you’re like us, you’re eating plenty of hard-boiled eggs year-round. “Put an egg on it” might get thrown around more for fried eggs than boiled ones, but the fact is that a hard-boiled egg or two makes many, many meals so much better. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite recipes featuring hard-boiled eggs. If you don’t already have hard-boiled eggs on hand, start by checking out our egg guide to learn how to make perfectly boiled eggs that are also easy to peel, then dive into one of the recipes below. And for even more ideas, don’t miss Kelli’s clever suggestions for leftover Easter eggs.

Mushroom and Crushed Egg Tapas (Tapas de Setas con Huevo)

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J. Kenji López-Alt

This recipe is straightforward yet the result is delicious—the dish highlights a few quality ingredients and is reminiscent of something you’d find at a tapas bar in Spain. It pairs your hard-boiled egg with sautéed mushrooms on ciabatta toast. The wild mushrooms, seasoned with thyme, garlic, and shallots, cook quickly and make your kitchen smell wonderful.

Son-in-Law Eggs

a plate of fried Thai son-in-law eggs with red chiles and sauce
Leela Punyaratabandhu

If you make this dish, your boiled eggs are in for a serious makeover—they get deep-fried. Son-in-law eggs are a sensory adventure: the sour, salty, and sweet flavors associated with many Thai dishes are paired with crispy fried shallots and just a touch of heat from the sliced chiles. It’s a must-make for anyone craving Thai cuisine.

Deviled Eggs

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Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

Even if you have a go-to deviled egg recipe, we think you should give this one a whirl. Touches like using homemade instead of store-bought mayo, adding a bit of hot sauce and white wine vinegar to the filling, and garnishing the eggs with olive oil and crunchy sea salt takes these bad boys to the next level.

Beef Jerky Empanada

Overhead view of a table scene. Two plates of empanadas are placed on top of a traditional Argentinian fabric with a blue and white checkered. In the middle of the frame is a dark wooden table with 3 empanadas in a line, surrounded by a beer, playing cards and a half eaten empanada.
Serious Eats / Kevin Vaughn

Looking for a dish that’s a little less egg-forward but full of flavor? Try Kevin Vaughn’s beef jerky empanada, inspired by his travels through Argentina. This savory treat features a simple dough filled with tender beef jerky, caramelized onions, hard-boiled eggs, and a blend of spices. These hand pies are perfect for sharing as appetizers but may disappear before landing on your table.

California Cobb Salad

A California Cobb salad with salmon, goat cheese, and hard-boiled eggs in a bowl
Carrie Vasios

We’ve given the classic Cobb a west coast spin by swapping out the traditional chicken for salmon in this salad that also swaps blue cheese for goat cheese (but still features a traditional Cobb’s bacon and hard-boiled eggs). Not only is this salad a great way to use hard-boiled eggs, but it would also be a fantastic use for store-bought or homemade hot-smoked salmon.

Japanese Potato Salad

A white ceramic bowl holding Japanese potato salad.
Serious Eats / Qi Ai

You probably have a family recipe for potato salad, but if you have never made Japanese-style potato salad, you’re missing out. The most crucial step is mashing the potatoes instead of cubing them. Boiled eggs and veggies are added, and the salad is seasoned with Kewpie mayo mixed with rice vinegar and Japanese hot mustard for a creamy, tart and slightly sweet side. If you happen to have some leftover ham, chop some up and add it to the potato salad too.

Pan Bagnat

Side view of pan bagnat
Serious Eats / Jordan Provost

If you’ve got hard-boiled eggs that taste good but are a little roughed up looking—with some “bruises” from Easter egg dye or nicks from peeling—just tuck them inside this Provençal sandwich, where they’ll be hidden and squashed alongside oil-oil packed tuna, anchovies, tomatoes, olives, and more. Serve the sandwiches up with a glass of rosé and imagine you’re in Nice. (If you are already in Nice, please send us the address where you’re staying and we’ll be there to join you within 24 hours.)

Kale and Onion Pie

A kale and onion pie in a pie dish

This dish transforms leftover boiled eggs, kale, and onions into a hearty filling for a savory pie. The best part about this pie is that there’s no dough—the crust is made from a batter containing flour, mayo, and sour cream, and you simply pour it into the pie dish so no rolling, resting, or crimping is required. This recipe can easily be adapted to use other leafy greens in the filling, such as chard or spinach.

Golden Egg Curry

A wok with hard-boiled eggs in a tomato-based golden egg curry
Richard Jung

In this Burmese-style curry, hard-boiled eggs are fried in peanut oil seasoned with turmeric, then nestled into a saucy curry with tomato, sautéed shallots, garlic, and chiles. Serve the curry alongside bowls of rice, for a super-comforting dinner or brunch.

Roasted Beet Salad

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Serious Eats / J. Kenji López-Alt

We think this combo of roasted beets, goat cheese, and hard-boiled eggs garnished with tangy pomegranate seeds and crunchy Marcona almonds is just gorgeous—and it tastes damn good too.

Grilled Asparagus with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Cider Vinaigrette

A plate of grilled asparagus with hard-boiled eggs
Jennifer Olvera

The pairing of asparagus and hard-boiled eggs is a classic one, and we love this take with a tangy cider vinaigrette. If you’re looking for something a little faster, you can simply steam your asparagus in the microwave until just tender (about three minutes) and garnish with grated or chopped hard-boiled eggs, a squeeze of lemon juice, and your favorite fruity olive oil.

The Best Egg Salad Sandwich

An egg salad sandwich, cut in half, with the two halves stacked on top of each other. The sandwich contains egg salad, butter lettuce, and thinly sliced radishes.
Serious Eats / Eric Kleinberg

Finally, here’s a recipe that celebrates your hard-cooked eggs to the fullest: an egg salad sandwich. This version from J. Kenji López-Alt promises to be your best ever. If you’re planning to make this sando, steam rather than boil your eggs for the creamiest consistency. Kenji determined that crushing your eggs by hand with a stiff whisk creates the perfect texture in your egg salad. Enhance it with a squeeze of lemon juice for acidity and a satisfying crunch from celery and scallions. All you need is some bread.

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