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Fried Deviled Eggs Recipe with Jalapeño and Bacon

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Our fried deviled eggs are an upgrade to your basic deviled egg recipe, made with egg whites fried in panko breadcrumbs, crispy bacon, and fresh jalapeño. 

This isn’t your average spicy deviled eggs recipe! These crispy jalapeño deviled eggs are deep fried and delicious.

The creamy filling and the crunchy texture of the breadcrumbs, bacon, and fresh, crisp jalapeños are the perfect pairing. I especially love to serve these for the holidays and when we have friends over. 

My first time trying fried deviled eggs was at Miss Shirley’s in Annapolis. It’s now one of my new favorite foods! They top theirs with hot honey fried chicken and diced pickles (yum!). 

This is a really easy recipe that everyone will love. Throw it together at your next casual gathering and impress all your friends and family! 

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • CRISPY TEXTURE – The fried crunchy breadcrumb coating is the best part of these jalapeno deviled eggs and it contrasts nicely with the creamy filling.
  • SPICY – Adding jalapeño and Cajun seasoning gives these deviled eggs a spicy and flavorful kick, perfect for those who love a little bit of heat.
  • BACON – Crispy bacon tastes good on just about everything. These jalapeño deviled eggs are no exception!

Ingredients

  • Hardboiled Eggs: The main ingredient for deviled eggs! We used large eggs.
  • Fresh Jalapenos: Adds a spicy little kick to the filling and a fresh, crunchy garnish. I removed the seeds to reduce the heat a bit. You can also use jarred pickled jalapenos. 
  • Dijon Mustard: Provides a tangy, sharp flavor to the creamy yolk filling. Substitute with yellow mustard. 
  • Mayonnaise: Binds the yolk mixture together and provides a creamy texture.
  • Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt: Enhances the overall flavor of the filling. If using table salt, decrease the amount and then adjust to taste.
  • Ground Black Pepper: For flavor.
  • Cajun Seasoning: I put this in the filling and add a light dusting on top for extra flavor and visual appeal.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Helps the egg whites adhere to the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs during the breading process.
  • Eggs: Acts as a binding agent, ensuring the breadcrumbs stick to the egg whites for a crispy coating.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: Provides a light, crunchy texture to the fried egg whites, making them extra crispy. You can swap them out with regular breadcrumbs. 
  • Oil: Vegetable oil or canola oil is necessary for deep frying. Both oils have a high smoke point and neutral flavor, making them ideal for frying.
  • Crispy Bacon: Make fried bacon jalapeno deviled eggs by adding chopped bacon as a garnish.

Recipe Substitutions and Variations

  • Hot Sauce: Add to the filling or serve on the side. You can also use cayenne pepper.
  • Fresh Chives: Adds a mild onion flavor and a pop of color to the finished deviled eggs. 
  • Cream Cheese: Replace part of the mayo with cream cheese for a richer and tangier filling. It reminds me of jalapeno poppers.
  • Sour Cream: Substitute part of the mayo with sour cream to lighten the filling’s texture and add a subtle tangy flavor. We use this in our bacon and egg salad recipe.
  • Pickle Relish: Swap minced jalapeño with dill pickle relish (or diced sweet pickles) to add a sweet and tangy flavor to the filling. 
  • Pickled Jalapeños: Use chopped pickled jalapeños instead of fresh jalapeño peppers for a tangier and less spicy flavor in the filling. This variation also adds a bit of acidity and texture to the deviled eggs.

Tools

  • Small Mixing Bowl: For mashing the egg yolks and mixing ingredients to create a smooth, creamy filling.
  • Spoon or Piping Bag with Decorating TipsThe piping bags make it easy to fill the hollowed-out egg whites with the prepared yolk mixture.
  • Three Shallow Bowls: Needed for dredging—one for flour, one for beaten eggs, and one for panko breadcrumbs—to coat the egg whites evenly before frying.
  • Deep Frying Pan or Pot (or Deep Fryer): Required for frying the breaded egg whites.
  • Slotted Spoon: Helpful to lower and remove the fried egg whites from the hot oil. 
  • Thermometer: Optional but recommended, a good deep fry thermometer will help you monitor and maintain the oil temperature.

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs for Deviled Eggs

Fill a medium saucepan with enough water to cover the eggs by about an inch or two. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Carefully lower the eggs into the boiling hot water using a spoon or ladle. Reduce heat to medium to maintain a gentle boil.

For medium-boiled eggs with a slightly runny yolk and firmer whites, cook in boiling water for about 7-9 minutes. For hard-boiled eggs with firm yolks and whites, cook for about 10-12 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a cold water ice bath to stop the cooking process and set aside.

How to Make Fried Deviled Eggs Recipe

  • To make fried jalapeño deviled eggs, slice hard-boiled eggs in half and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with minced jalapeño, Dijon mustard, mayo, salt, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper until smooth. 
  • Dredge the egg halves in flour, beaten eggs, and seasoned panko bread crumbs, then fry coated egg whites in hot oil until golden and crispy. 
  • Drain on paper towels, fill egg white halves with the egg yolk mixture, and garnish with Cajun seasoning, bacon, and minced jalapeno (or jalapeno slices) if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Use a thermometer to monitor the oil temperature. Keeping it at a steady 350°F (175°C) ensures the egg whites fry evenly and turn golden brown without absorbing too much oil.
  • Adjust the amount of minced jalapeño and Cajun seasoning to control the spiciness. You can also remove the seeds from the jalapeño to reduce the heat.
  • Use a piping bag or a resealable plastic bag with a corner cut off to neatly fill the egg whites. This makes the presentation cleaner and more professional.

How to Keep the Fried Egg Whites Crispy When Serving

  • Serve the fried deviled eggs immediately after filling them with the yolk mixture. The longer they sit, the more likely the crispy coating will soften.
  • If you need to hold them for a short time before serving, place them on a baking sheet in a low oven (around 200°F or 90°C). This helps maintain their crispiness without further cooking them.
  • Avoid covering the fried deviled eggs with plastic wrap or foil, as this can trap moisture and cause the coating to become soggy.

How to Store Leftovers

Fried jalapeño deviled eggs are best enjoyed freshly made to maintain their crispy texture. Therefore, we don’t recommend storing leftovers once the egg whites are fried.

How to Make Ahead of Time

  • The filling mixture can be made up to 1 day in advance of assembling and frying the deviled eggs.
  • After preparing the yolk mixture, place eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • When you’re ready to use the filling, give it a quick stir to ensure it remains smooth and well combined.
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Fried Deviled Eggs Recipe with Jalapeño and Bacon

  • Author: Krysten and Marrekus Wilkes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Boil Eggs: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minuts
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 fried deviled eggs 1x
  • Category: side dish, appetizer
  • Method: deep frying
  • Cuisine: american, southern

Ingredients

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  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, minced, divided
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt, divided 
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, divided, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (for dredging)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for dredging)
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 strips cooked bacon, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Eggs: Slice each hard-boiled egg in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a medium bowl. Set the egg whites aside on a serving platter.
  2. Make the Filling: Mash yolks with a fork until they reach a fine crumbly texture. Add 2 teaspoons minced jalapeño, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to the mashed yolks. If using any other type or brand of salt, start with 1/8 teaspoon and adjust to taste. Mix thoroughly until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  3. Bread the Egg Whites: Prepare your breading station with three separate bowls for dredging: one small bowl with flour, one with the beaten egg, and a third bowl with panko breadcrumbs. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning to the panko breadcrumbs and stir. Dip each cooked egg white half first in flour, then in the beaten egg, and finally in the seasoned panko breadcrumbs, ensuring they are well-coated at each step.
  4. Fry the Egg Whites: Heat about 1-2 inches of oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium-high heat until it reaches 350°F (175°C). Carefully lower the breaded egg whites into the hot oil, frying in batches if necessary. Fry until golden brown and crispy, about 1-2 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried egg whites and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  5. Fill the Fried Egg Whites: Once the fried egg whites have cooled slightly, use a spoon or piping bag to evenly distribute the yolk mixture into the hollows of the fried egg whites.
  6. Garnish: Lightly sprinkle the Cajun seasoning over the filled eggs. Top with the remaining minced jalapeño and chopped bacon for garnish.
  7. Serve: Arrange the deviled eggs on a serving platter and serve immediately.

Keywords: deep fried deviled eggs, deviled eggs, jalapeno deviled eggs

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