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How To Thicken Deviled Eggs – I Try 4 Methods [Pics]

If you’re having a deviled-eggs-emergency, fear not, I’m here to save the day.

I have experimented with several different thickening techniques, to find out what works best at reviving your too-thin deviled egg mixture into something delicious and thick.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best way to thicken deviled eggs is with extra egg yolks. Mash up some extra egg yolks with a small amount of mayo and combine with your deviled eggs mixture until thick. Other options for thickening deviled eggs include instant mashed potatoes, xanthan gum, and breadcrumbs. Avoid using flour.

A note on my experiment

I whipped up a batch of deviled eggs but purposefully made the mixture too runny so I could test different methods of thickening it up.

I tested four different ways of thickening deviled eggs:

  • Using extra yolk
  • Using instant mash
  • Using xanthan gum
  • Using bread crumbs

I go into more detail on each of the methods below.

Top tip: with all of these methods, the amount you need to add will vary based on how much mixture you have and how much thickening you need.

If you’re unsure how much to add, take a small amount of your runny mixture and thicken it until it’s reached your desired consistency. Note how much of the thickening ingredient you added, and multiply this up based on how much total mixture you have.

Results summary

MethodThickening powerVerdictRating
Extra eggsMediumMy favorite method. Dilutes the flavor, but that’s easily fixed10/10
Instant mashStrongEffective and easy to work with8/10
Xanthan gumExtremeReally effective, but you need to use a blender to avoid lumps8/10
BreadcrumbsMediumOkay for minimal thickening, but adding too much creates soggy lumps7/10

Thickening deviled eggs with extra egg yolk

Rating: 10/10

Thickening power: medium

Taste/texture: dulls flavors, no change in texture

This is a good option if you’ve also over-done a particular flavor (such as pickle juice) because it will dilute the mixture.

If you have spare eggs, this method is definitely your best option.

How to thicken deviled eggs with extra egg yolk:

  1. Cook some extra eggs and remove the yolk.
  2. Mash the yolks up, adding in a tiny bit of mayonnaise to help form a smooth paste.
  3. Mix the new, thick yolk mixture into your old runny mixture.
  4. Keep adding extra yolks until your deviled eggs are the consistency you want.

If you don’t have quite enough yolks to do the job, add some of the egg white in as well.

I like to use a little bit of mayonnaise to create a smooth paste with the new yolks. This makes sure you don’t end up with a lumpy final mixture.

Adding extra egg yolks will dilute all the other flavors in the dish. Once the mixture has thickened, taste it and add more seasoning as needed.

Verdict

This was my favorite method because I didn’t have to add anything that’s not ‘meant’ to be in the mixture. 

The final result tasted pretty eggy, but it was fine once I added some more vinegar and pepper.

The big bonus for this method – more deviled eggs!

Thickening deviled eggs with instant mash

Rating: 8/10

Thickening power: strong

Taste/texture: no change at first, but if you add a lot then it can go grainy

Instant mash is an excellent option if you have any spare in your cupboard.

Even if you don’t think you do, have a look. You might find a packet hiding in the back!

An alternative to instant mash is baby cereal.

How to thicken deviled eggs with instant mash:

  1. Sprinkle a small amount of instant mash into your deviled eggs and stir well to incorporate it.
  2. Let the deviled eggs sit for 5-10 minutes so the instant mash can absorb the excess liquid.
  3. Test the consistency of the mixture, and add more instant mash if needed.

Instant mash works by absorbing extra liquid in the mixture. You need to allow enough time for this to happen before deciding if you need to add more.

The first time I used instant mash as a thickener, I didn’t think it was working, so I ended up adding way too much!

Verdict

Instant mash was more effective than breadcrumbs and extra egg yolk, so it’s helpful if you need a lot of thickening.

If you only add a small amount, you won’t notice any taste or texture changes. I added a decent amount and could detect a slight starchy taste and a rougher texture, but it wasn’t unpleasant.

Thickening deviled eggs with xanthan gum

Rating: 8/10

Thickening power: extreme

Taste/texture: no change in taste or texture (unless you use too much)

It’s best if you have a blender for this method because you need to incorporate the xanthan gum into the mixture quickly.

Xanthan gum is very effective but can easily go wrong, which is why I knocked a couple of points off.

How to thicken deviled eggs with xanthan gum:

  1. Weigh out your deviled eggs.
  2. Weigh out the appropriate amount of xanthan gum. For a light thickening, you need 0.5% of the weight of the deviled eggs. 1% of the weight will give you a very heavy thickening.
  3. Put your deviled eggs into a blender (or a bowl if you’re using an immersion blender).
  4. Start whisking and sprinkle the xanthan gum into the mixture.
  5. Check the mixture after 20-30 seconds of blending. If it’s not thick enough, add a pinch more xanthan gum.

Xanthan gum is one of the most effective thickeners you can get, but adding too much can totally ruin a dish.

If you add too much xanthan gum, your deviled eggs will take on a gummy texture that you can’t fix with more liquid.

So go slowly and add less than you think you need. 

It’s best to use a blender because xanthan works so quickly.

As soon as the xanthan gum hits your devilled eggs, it will start working. If it’s allowed to sit on the surface of the mixture, it will thicken the liquid where it’s resting, creating balls of gel-like deviled eggs.

Verdict

This was by far the best thickener, and if you use it correctly, there will be zero change to taste or texture.

If you’re unfamiliar with xanthan gum, I suggest practicing on a small amount of your deviled eggs mixture first so you can get an idea of how much you need to add.

Thickening deviled eggs with breadcrumbs

Rating: 7/10

Thickening power: medium

Taste/texture: no change in taste, slightly lumpy texture

Breadcrumbs are an easy fix but only suitable for light thickenings because if you add too much, you’ll have lumpy deviled eggs.

How to thicken deviled eggs with breadcrumbs:

  1. Add a spoonful of breadcrumbs into your mixture and mix well.
  2. Wait for 5-10 minutes for the breadcrumbs to absorb the excess liquid.
  3. Check the consistency of the eggs and add more breadcrumbs if needed.

Small breadcrumbs are best because they are less noticeable in the final product.

If you only have panko bread crumbs, crush them up as much as you can before adding them to the deviled eggs. 

If you find yourself having to add a lot of breadcrumbs, I would stop and consider other options because too many breadcrumbs will alter the texture of the mixture.

Also, make sure you give the breadcrumbs enough time to work; otherwise, you may end up adding more than you need.

Verdict

Breadcrumbs had the weakest thickening power out of all the methods I tried, so I had to add quite a lot.

This resulted in some soggy lumps of bread in my final dish. However, if you don’t add too much, this won’t be a problem.

Definitely stay away from big breadcrumbs.

Can I thicken deviled eggs with flour?

Some sources online suggest using flour to thicken your deviled eggs, but I advise against this (as does the CDC). Flour doesn’t look ‘raw’, but it is, which means it hasn’t been treated for germs such as E.Coli. Therefore, eating it without cooking it can make you sick.

Also, raw flour will give your egg mixture a funny taste and texture.

You can use flour to thicken hot sauces because it’s cooked, and the cooking all gets rid of any lingering taste.

How to thin out deviled eggs that are too thick

If your deviled eggs end up too thick, you can thin them out again by mixing some liquid into the yolks. Lemon juice is a good thing to add if you don’t need a lot of thinning but can be overpowering if you add too much. You can also just use water.

How to prevent runny deviled eggs

My main advice here is: stick to the recipe!

Recipe makers try and test all their recipes so they know if the proportions work. Deviled eggs is a simple dish, so it can be tempting to go off-piste and try different things, but this can mess with the ratios and leave you with runny egg yolks.

When you’re adding the mayonnaise or other liquid ingredients, go slowly. Start by adding ½ of what’s asked for, and then slowly add in the rest until your eggs reach your desired consistency.

It’s very easy to add more liquid in but impossible to take it out.

And last thing, always drain relish before you add any. They can be pretty juicy (I learned this the hard way).

The Best Way To Thicken Deviled Eggs

If you're having a deviled-eggs-emergency, fear not, I'm here to save the day.
I have experimented with several different thickening techniques, to find out what works best at reviving your too-thin deviled egg mixture into something delicious and thick.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 1 person
Calories 201 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 portion deviled eggs
  • 1 portion egg yolks mashed
  • 1 portion instant mashed potato
  • 1 portion breadcrumbs
  • 1 portion xanthan gum

Instructions
 

How to thicken deviled eggs with extra egg yolk

  • Cook some extra eggs and remove the yolk.
  • Mash the yolks up, adding in a tiny bit of mayonnaise to help form a smooth paste.
  • Mix the new, thick yolk mixture into your old runny mixture.
  • Keep adding extra yolks until your deviled eggs are the consistency you want.

How to thicken deviled eggs with instant mash

  • Sprinkle a small amount of instant mash into your deviled eggs and stir well to incorporate it.
  • Let the deviled eggs sit for 5-10 minutes so the instant mash can absorb the excess liquid.
  • Test the consistency of the eggs, and add more instant mash if needed.

How to thicken deviled eggs with xanthan gum

  • Weigh out your deviled eggs.
  • Weigh out the appropriate amount of xanthan gum. For a light thickening, you need 0.1% of the weight of the deviled eggs. 1% of the weight will give you a very heavy thickening.
  • Put your deviled eggs into a blender (or a bowl if you’re using an immersion blender).
  • Start whisking and sprinkle the xanthan gum into the mixture.
  • Check the mixture after 20-30 seconds of blending. If it’s not thick enough, add a pinch more xanthan gum.

How to thicken deviled eggs with breadcrumbs

  • Add a spoonful of breadcrumbs into your mixture and mix well.
  • Wait for 5-10 minutes for the breadcrumbs to absorb the excess liquid.
  • Check the consistency of the eggs and add more breadcrumbs if needed.

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 201kcal
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