What to do with hard boiled eggs? Here are the best hard boiled egg recipes, from grilled cheese to egg salad to classic deviled.
It’s best to make hard boiled eggs in a batch: but have you ever had more than you know what to do with? Of course, our favorite way to eat hard boiled eggs is not a recipe at all: just sliced in half with a bit of salt. They’re the perfect nutritious and filling snack! But if you’re looking for something a little more innovative for what to do with hard boiled eggs, we have all sorts of recipe ideas for you. Here are our best hard boiled egg recipes!
A note on egg nutrition
But first: are eggs healthy? Eggs are 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, eggs 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 for boiled eggs on the stovetop: Place the eggs 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. After the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 minutes, 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 hard boiled egg recipes!
Our absolute favorite answer 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?!).
First up in what to do with hard boiled eggs, the all time classic egg salad sandwich! Here, we’ve used a few different spins to create a healthy take on the egg salad sandwich. Using Greek yogurt is a light alternative to mayonnaise, and adding sliced radishes brings in a crisp, peppery crunch. We layered ours on bread with sprouts to make a gooey, satisfyingly messy egg salad sandwich. And it’s an especially good lunch option, since it’s good for a few days in the refrigerator.
Here’s a fun way to tackle the problem of what to do 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.
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 way to figure out what to do with hard boiled eggs!
Back to egg salad: this one is another fresh and healthy take on the classic! This egg salad recipe is made without standard mayo. We found that Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard make for an excellent substitute for mayo. Using Greek yogurt helps the healthy 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 what to do with hard boiled eggs: pair it with bread, pita, or fresh veggies. Give it a try to spice up your lunchtime!
Salad is a great place for solving what to do 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, hard boiled eggs, 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 way to tackle what to do 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)!
What to do with hard boiled eggs? Chop them and make them into a delicious garnish for grilled asparagus! It’s a perfect spring side dish or brunch idea. This grilled asparagus is charred and salty, topped with a creamy lemon yogurt sauce. Then sprinkle savory hard-boiled eggs over the top as a textured and bright confetti!
Finally to round out this list of what to do with hard boiled eggs: deviled eggs! Of course we couldn’t have this list without at least one deviled eggs 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.
And that’s it: what to do with hard boiled eggs!
Let us know if you enjoy our ideas of hard boiled egg recipes. What other ideas do you have?
Boiled egg resources
And for more, here are a few more resources about hard boiled eggs:
- How Much Protein in a Hard Boiled Egg?
- How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?
- How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel
- How Many Calories in a Hard Boiled Egg?
- How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs?
- Everything Hard Boiled Eggs
Nicoise Salad Recipe
Nicoise salad is a French main dish salad that’s off the charts good, featuring potatoes, eggs, beans, olives & greens covered in a tangy lemon dressing.
Egg Salad Sandwich
One of the best ways to use hard boiled eggs is this egg salad sandwich recipe with Greek yogurt! It’s a deliciously healthy lunch.
Grilled Cheese with Mayo & Boiled Egg
Healthy Egg Salad with Basil
This healthy egg salad with basil is a flavorful and simple lunch idea; it’s made with Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard instead of mayonnaise.
Easy Salad Bar Ideas
These salad bar ideas are easy to prep and require very little time to make. A DIY salad bar is perfect for weeknight dinners or feeding a crowd.
Healthy Potato Salad with Hard Boiled Egg
This main dish healthy potato salad features roasted sweet potatoes, hard-boiled eggs and a tasty honey mustard vinaigrette.
Vegetarian Cobb Salad
This tasty vegetarian Cobb salad is a delicious healthy dinner recipe for Meatless Monday, featuring chickpeas and coconut bacon.
Easy Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika
These easy deviled eggs have a smoky flavor to them thanks to the addition of smoked paprika. Crispy shallots add the perfect crunch to this appetizer.
What to do with hard boiled eggs? Here are the best recipes using hard boiled eggs you might have left over, from grilled cheese to deviled.
- If not using leftovers, hard boil the eggs according to the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs or Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs methods.
- Roughly chop the hard boiled egg. Shred the cheese. Thinly slice the green onion. Slice the bread.
- 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.
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: What to do with hard boiled eggs
About the Authors
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.