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Deviled Eggs without Mayo (VIDEO)

Updated: Jun 24

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Deviled  eggs on a platter

I’m a big fan of eggs as a quick source of protein and healthy fat that doesn’t break the budget. We have chickens and our eggs are exceptionally good. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and many other minerals and vitamins. The yolks from our chicken eggs are large and bright orange.

uncooked egg in a bowl without shell

In my family in addition to serving them at breakfast, we often put hard-boiled eggs on top of a salad or into soups such as Authentic Ukrainian Green Borscht

two bowls of soup

These Good for You Deviled Eggs without Mayo are perfect for your next potluck party, or are a great addition for your everyday lunch salad. Free of harmful oils (store-bought Mayo), with additional "good for you fat", tons of fresh herbs and freshly grated horseradish! And oh yes, these eggs are still creamy and dreamy.

Deviled eggs

According to Wikipedia The English word "devil", in reference to highly seasoned food, was in use in the 18th century, with the first known print reference appearing in 1786. So don't be shy to season your deviled eggs properly.

Check out one of my first recipes, egg salad:

egg salad on a plate

How to Buy the Best Eggs?

Here I may surprise you. Not all eggs are created equal. Unfortunately, many eggs at the store (even ones labeled “cage-free”) aren’t the healthiest option. I know many people shop for eggs by the color of the shell. But the color of the eggshell really has nothing to do with egg quality, not at all!

Cage - free, vegetarian - fed does all this mean?

Cage-free is technically correct since the chickens aren’t stored in cages, but they’re still packed into dirty, large buildings without windows that aren't an ideal environment for animals to live.

Vegetarian-fed is another misleading term, as naturally chickens aren’t vegetarians! It means that they’re forced to be fed with grains only, which more than likely is soy and corn (GMO crop).

The best eggs are from a local source that allows the chickens to do their thing: go outside, get a dirt bath, get sunshine, eat bugs, grass, etc. just like nature intended. So the next time you go to the grocery store run, run away from those eggs labeled cage - free and vegetarian - fed.

boy touching chicken

Why Do We Prize Eggs?

We love eggs in our family. I know it's easy to just pick up any old carton of eggs at the grocery store, but the quality of eggs is as important as the quality of any other food.

eggs in a basket

Eggs are making the comeback they deserve after several decades of being wrongly seen as a high-cholesterol food that causes heart disease. Properly produced eggs are rich in just about every nutrient, especially fat-soluble vitamins A and D.

They are a great source of special long-chain fatty acids, which is important for the nervous system. It's no surprise Japanese consider eggs to be brain food.

Egg yolks are the most concentrated source known of choline (there are no other sources for it except in liver), a B vitamin found in lecithin that is required for keeping the cholesterol moving in the bloodstream.

Pasture-fed chickens eat greens and worms, and their eggs are nutritionally far superior to those of grain-raised chickens. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids exist in an almost one-to-one ratio in pasture-fed chickens. Compare that to chickens that eat only corn; the amount of omega-6 in their eggs can be 19 times greater than the amount of unsaturated omega-3.

Few more Sweet recipes with Eggs:

A few more Sweet recipes with Eggs:

What about the KEY ingredient for these Deviled Eggs without Mayo?

This recipe does not contain the traditional key ingredient of mayoneither does it contain Greek yogurt, avocado, etc. either. Instead, it's BUTTER. Yes, good quality grass fed butter is the KEY ingredient here.

Why BUTTER? And why it's a healthier option?

In our family butter is an important part of our diet. Kids love to eat it on a slice of good bread (I bake sourdough bread almost every other day) as a snack or really any time of the day. My youngest child eats butter like no one else's business.

Most mayonnaise is made with harmful oils such as soy, canola, etc. unless you can make your own mayo. Here is a recipe:

  • Butter contains lecithin, a substance that assists in the proper assimilation and metabolism of cholesterol and other fat constituents.

  • Butter also contains a number of antioxidants that protect against the kind of free radical damage that weakens the arteries.

  • Vitamin A and vitamin E found in butter both play a strong antioxidant role.

  • Butter is a very rich source of selenium, a vital antioxidant containing more per gram than herring or wheat germ.

  • Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.

picture of book

I love, love this book from Dr. Weston A. Price. This doctor was a genius and brave. He left behind a gift for Americans, scientific validation of traditional foodways the truth about diet and cleared up the massive brainwashing media machine that has generated misleading information regarding fat.

butter on a toast, butter knife and butter in a blue butter dish

This would come as a surprise to many people around the globe who have valued butter for its life-sustaining properties for a millennia. When Dr. Weston Price studied native diets in the 1930’s he found that butter was a staple in the diets of many supremely healthy peoples.

Isolated Swiss villagers placed a bowl of butter on their church altars, set a wick in it, and let it burn throughout the year as a sign of divinity in the butter.

Arab groups also put a high value on butter, especially deep yellow-orange butter from livestock being fed on green grass in the spring and fall.

What do I need to make Deviled Eggs without Mayo?

Eggs - the best quality that you can find.

Butter - grass fed high in fat, don't worry about salted or unsalted, you can always adjust the seasoning.

Herbs - any kind, I had dill and parsley, but chives would be a great addition as well.

Horseradish - fresh is best, right? But don't worry much about it, use any kind that is available. I usually buy this brand, because it doesn't contain harmful ingredients.

Paprika - to garnish if you care about the classic look.

Apple cider vinegar - need just a very small amount to balance the flavor, if you are using horseradish from a jar, more than likely it contains vinegar if so then omit this ingredient.

Hot sauce -  it's optional, but I think a small amount won't give you heat necessarily but helps to cut through the richness.

Truffle oil - the last ingredient and I'm mentioning it as an option, but it's a beautiful addition to this recipe or just about anything!   A touch of truffle oil can boost so much umami flavor.

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 20 min

Yield: 24 pieces

Author: Inna of 

Ingredients for Deviled Eggs without Mayo

12 hard-boiled eggs (check out this video, how to boil eggs the right way)

3/4 cup chopped herbs (I used dill & parsley)

100 grams (8 tablespoons) soft butter, room temperature

1-2 tablespoons freshly grated horseradish

Salt and white pepper to taste ( I used black pepper in the video)

1-3 teaspoons hot sauce

1-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar (any vinegar of your choice)

1 teaspoon truffle oil (optional, but a nice touch if you have it)

1 teaspoon paprika for garnish (optional)


  • Boil the eggs as you desire, please don't overcook them, the yolks will turn a grayish color and not only isn't it pretty but extra dry too! First peel the egg shells, make sure the eggs are dry, or if you like, rinse your eggs under the water while you peel. Next, cut them in half and remove the egg yolks by using your hands or melon scooper spoon.

  • Into the bowl add finely chopped herbs, grated horseradish, add salt, pepper and mix everything nicely. This helps the herbs release their juices and fragrance.

  • In another small bowl place a sifter on top and add egg yolks, and using a spoon try to go back and forward, pushing the egg yolks through. The texture of the egg yolks will be beautiful and uniform.

  • Add them into the bowl with herbs, and into the bowl add soft butter, add vinegar, and hot sauce. Give it a good mix. Taste for seasoning, adjust as you desire, remember the taste has to have an extra punch to balance out the unseasoned egg whites. Now add the truffle oil if you are using it. Mix well.

  • Use a small cookie scoop (trust me it's easier than a pastry or zip lock bag) and fill out the egg whites. Dust with paprika if you desire your deviled eggs to have the look of the 80s. Serve them at room temperature. Deviled eggs will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, just remember to bring them to room temperature before serving. Enjoy! I hope you'll make this recipe soon. If you do, please tag me #innichka_chef on Instagram, Facebook, Patrion or Pinterest.

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