Here are all the best things to make with hard boiled eggs! Featuring classics like deviled and egg salad, to unique takes like grilled cheese.
The best way to eat hard boiled eggs? It’s not a recipe at all: just sliced in half with a bit of flaky sea salt! They’re the perfect healthy and filling snack! But if you’re looking for something a little more innovative for things to do with hard boiled eggs, we have all sorts of recipe ideas for you!
A note on egg nutrition
Are eggs healthy? Turns out, they’re some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They have 75 calories each and are packed with nutrients and 7 grams of protein. Eggs are especially helpful for vegetarian diets as a natural source of B12. Recent research has found that instead of avoiding boiled eggs for cholesterol reasons, they actually increase the good cholesterol the body needs. They’re recommended as an affordable and easy-to-eat source of high quality protein.
How to make perfect boiled eggs
How to make perfect boiled eggs? Here’s what we do: Place them in a pan and cover with an inch of water. As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat! The eggs sit for about 15 minutes to let them cook fully through. Then transfer them to an ice bath for another 15 minutes. Then, you can peel them immediately. Here’s our Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs recipe.
If you have an Instant Pot, you can also make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot! This is our favorite method because it is totally hands off. Here’s our Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe.
And now, our top things to make with hard boiled eggs!
Here’s a fun way to tackle the problem of things to make with hard boiled eggs: grilled cheese! Instead of using butter on the outside of the bread in a grilled cheese, this grilled cheese uses mayo as a substitute. Maybe this doesn’t sound as groundbreaking as it actually is. Alex and I tried it and are happy to report it is legit good.
Add in a chopped hard boiled egg, sharp cheddar cheese and sliced green onion, and it tastes rich and almost meaty. When I first served this grilled cheese with mayo to Alex, he swore there was ham in it. Then he said, “This is the best grilled cheese you’ve ever made.” So there’s that.
One of our favorite answers to what to do with hard boiled eggs is the classic French main dish salad: Nicoise salad! And the word salad doesn’t even really come close to describing the taste treat that is Nicoise salad. Boiled eggs, green beans, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and tangy French potato salad sit on crunchy lettuce with a zesty lemon dressing that makes you want to keep eating it for days. You can channel the south of France with this filling main dish, and it’s got the best summery vibe (just add frose?!).
What’s more classic than egg salad? This one has a healthy spin, with Greek yogurt and mayo together for a light and creamy texture. It's also got fresh herbs to bring in a pop of flavor. It makes a gooey, satisfyingly messy egg salad sandwich: the best you'll have, we think. And it’s an especially good lunch option, since it’s good for a few days in the refrigerator.
In the market for a deviled eggs recipe? Let us be the first to suggest this one! These are totally classic and taste amazing. They’ve got a twist: Greek yogurt in the filling along with the mayo. Along with both yellow and Dijon mustard, it adds the perfect flavoring to these eggs without being overly rich! Garnish with dried dill or smoked paprika, or a mix of the two to make it festive.
Back to egg salad: this one is another fresh and healthy take on the classic! Combining Greek yogurt with mayo makes a healthy spin on egg salad to taste fresh and nourishing, versus overly rich. And fresh basil adds a delicious fresh peppery flair. This recipe is perfect for tackling things to make with hard boiled eggs: pair it with bread, pita, or fresh veggies. Give it a try to spice up your lunchtime!
Next up: a DIY salad bar! Not everyone loves vegetables, but most people can get behind a good salad bar. We love the concept of salad bar for a quick dinner idea—something about calling it “salad bar” makes it more glamorous!
And there are certain toppings that scream salad bar and make it even more special, like peas, hard boiled eggs, or cottage cheese (or bacon bits, really!). Here we share our favorite salad bar ideas so that you can recreate this simple weeknight dinner yourself. It’s the perfect thing to make with hard boiled eggs!
Salad is a great thing to make with hard boiled eggs! And this healthy potato salad is a different type of potato salad. It’s potatoes served over greens instead of mixed with mayo. It’s a fantastic main dish salad featuring roasted red potatoes, sweet potatoes, and greens with our very favorite tangy honey mustard vinaigrette. Using hard boiled eggs makes it a filling vegetarian main dish.
Another salad: and a 5 star delicious one at that! This vegetarian Cobb salad has a fantastic combination of flavors. The star is the coconut bacon: smoky, crispy and rich. It’s perfect against the bite of the blue cheese crumbles, the velvety hard-boiled eggs, and the juicy tomatoes.
It hardly tastes like a salad, the flavors are so bold and bright–not to mention the colorful visual appeal. It’s a fantastic thing to make with hard boiled eggs, and a filling vegetarian main dish that’s perfect for dining on the patio with a glass of rosé (or frozé)!
Take our Classic Tuna Salad and step it up with a hard boiled egg! Adding hard boiled eggs to tuna salad makes it even more delicious and protein packed. Tuna salad with egg is perfect as a fast and healthy lunch idea, or a sandwich and is an easy 10-minute dinner that requires no extra thought.
Finally to round out this list of things to make with hard boiled eggs: another deviled recipe! And this one is over the top delicious: the egg yolk is mixed with smoked paprika, giving it an orange color and lightly smoky flavor. Then it’s topped with a crispy shallot for a little savoriness and crunch. It’s an elevated take on the traditional deviled egg.
Spread one side of each bread slice with mayo. Place one slice on a griddle or in a skillet, mayo side down, then, top with half the shredded cheese, the chopped egg and sliced green onion, then the remaining shredded cheese and bread slice.
Cook until the bread is golden brown and toasted, then flip and cook a few minutes more until the second bread slice is toasted and the cheese is warm. Slice in half and serve immediately.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.