Help! Deviled Egg Filling is Too Salty

Need help because your deviled egg filling is too salty? I’ve make that mistake more than once. My recipe came from an old Betty Crocker cookbook, and it calls for a half-teaspoon of salt. That’s far too much for six eggs, but for some reason I keep forgetting. I need to make a note in the margin. I only make them once every year or two, but each time I’ve had to figure out what to add to make deviled egg filling less salty. Lucky for me it always works!

Before Deciding it’s Too Much…

You may think you added too much salt to deviled egg filing, but have you considered how they’ll taste as a whole? The filling is salty when eaten alone but the white part needs lots of salt. It’s essentially tasteless without it. Before deciding you overdid the salt, try a whole deviled egg. If it’s still too salty for your taste, consider one or more of these easy solutions. Sodium should enhance the flavor, not burn your lips and tongue.

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Tasty Toppings and Stir-Ins to Cut the Salt –

Sparingly add one or more of these deviled egg stir-ins and toppings to avoid overdoing it again –

  • Horseradish – add sparingly til it tastes just right
  • Add more mayo a little at a time for creamier less salty filling
  • A pinch more of dry mustard
  • Freshly ground white pepper – don’t overdo it!
  • Hot sauce – add with caution
  • Mix in finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Sweet pickle relish – sweet and salty tastes great!
  • Drained chopped pimentos – it’s especially delicious with cheese
  • Top with fresh dill sprigs, chives, or parsley for flavor and visual appeal
  • Why not boil a few more eggs? Simply combine the plain yolks with the over-salted deviled egg filling

Overcooked Green Eggs are Gross!

One of my biggest complaints about boiled eggs is ugly green yolks. Unless you’re hosting a Dr. Seuss Green Eggs & Ham party they’re NOT cool. It eventually happens though. They go from butter yellow to a ghastly shade of grayish green before you know it. They don’t look appealing. In fact they look gross! The only thing that should be green on deviled eggs is a sprig of fresh greens or a little pickle relish.

It’s a Timer That Goes in the Pan with the Eggs –

HIC Eggsact Egg Timer, Made in the USAView It – HIC Eggsact Egg Timer, Made in the USA

Many years ago my best friend Allison surprised me with an Eggsact Egg Timer like the one listed above. I still have it, and it works just as well as it did when it was new. When you need to know how to prevent green egg yolks it’s the ideal solution. I haven’t had an ugly green egg yolk since 2007. I’m not kidding either! I end up with perfectly boiled eggs every time. I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to prevent green or under-cooked egg yolks. I would be lost without it!

They May Not Be as Salty as You Think –

I thought my deviled egg filling was way too salty the last time I made a batch. I didn’t stir in anything more. I didn’t have time. I was so disappointed and mad at myself. However, I knew the white part would need that dash of salt. The paprika also helped to offset the salty taste. I was still unsure if my guests would like my deviled eggs but my fears were put to rest. My deviled egg platter was the first one empty! Everyone said they were great. 😀

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