We think about dying eggs at Easter time but coloring dyed deviled eggs are great for any party. I have 10 easy steps to color hard boiled eggs anytime. Wouldn’t your child be surprised to open their lunch box and find a colored egg to eat? I’ve done this a few times now and I want to share my tips and tricks for the perfect color of dyed eggs using both regular and natural food coloring.
I’ve included my deviled egg recipe which has just a few simple ingredients.
Make Hard Boiled Eggs
Of course the first step is to make hard boiled eggs. There are two ways to do this.
1. Stovetop – put eggs in a pot and add water to just cover. Set the stove on high. After it starts to boil set a 12 minute timer. When finished pour out hot water in the sink and fill the pot with cold water and let it sit to cool.
2. Instant Pot – Add one cup of water to the bottom of the pot. Set your steamer basket or trivet in next and add eggs on top. Cook for 5 minutes on manual. Let the pressure naturally release for 5 more minutes and then can do a quick release.
10 Easy Steps to Color Hard Boiled Eggs
- Peel eggs.
- Cut in half lengthwise for deviled eggs (or keep whole for hard boiled egg snack).
- Scoop out the yolk and set the yolk aside.
- Divide eggs into piles for dying. For example, 3 eggs will be green.
- Find a glass jar or bowl to fit one pile of eggs.
- Add eggs and fill with enough water to cover the eggs in your jar.
- Add 2 teaspoons of vinegar
- Add drops of food coloring and stir (in Tips and Tricks below I talk about Natural vs Regular dye).
- Let sit until the egg reaches your desired color.
- Set eggs on a paper towel to dry.
Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Colored Egg
The containers you use – I found that using the smallest bowl possible is best. For example, when dying those 3 eggs green find a jar that fits those 3 eggs and water almost perfectly. Mason jars work great. This helps because you don’t have to use as much dye to color the water a rich color.
Natural food coloring – My favorite food coloring is Watkins Food Coloring because it has no artificial dyes and is made with vegetable juices and spices like turmeric. BUT when it comes to hard boiled eggs it takes a lot of dye and a long time to obtain your desired color. The first picture in this post of the blue and green egg is made entirely this way.
Regular food coloring – I use 2 drops and let it set for 2 minutes. It’s that EASY! My deviled eggs pictured in this post are a combo of both. I started with the natural food coloring but grew impatient and added a drop of regular coloring to speed it along.
Piping – you can pipe the yolk (for the deviled egg recipe) back in, which is less messy and faster than spooning it. I use a reusable piping bag like this one. Or a ziploc bag with the tip cut off works just as well.
Dyed Deviled Eggs
A simple dyed deviled egg recipe for you. This is for 6 eggs.
Grab the yolks you set aside in the bowl.
1/8 cup of mayo (try my homemade mayo)
1/4 tsp of yellow mustard
salt and pepper to take
Mix it up and scoop or pipe it back into your newly dyed eggs.
Top with chopped green onion or paprika if desired.
Visit My Other Egg Related Posts
No Dye Easter Eggs – decorate eggs without the messy dye
10 Ways to Reuse Egg Cartons – don’t throw them away! Creative ideas to use them again.
Hard boiled eggs are a family favorite and dying the eggs just makes it more fun and festive. I can’t wait to hear your stories and how you enjoy creating and eating your eggs.
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