Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives

Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives are flavorful, pretty, and super easy to make!

Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives

I know, I know…there are a million deviled eggs recipes to be had; why on earth did I think another was needed. I guess because I’ve never really loved most of those I’ve tried. Especially if one main ingredient is pickle relish.

I don’t like it in tuna salad, egg salad or deviled eggs, preferring to come up with a combination of ingredients that I find more appealing and these Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives fit the bill.

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Perfect timing too; although I always love hard boiled eggs over the winter holidays; a tray is always present for Thanksgiving and with Easter coming they are a great way to use up a lot of hard boiled eggs.

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

So, I have had a week of a LOT of hard boiled eggs. I had a new toy I still had in the box and decided to test my Instant Pot pressure cooker and hard boiled eggs were the first thing I tried…and then tried again…and again.

I hard boiled so many eggs that I found myself in the middle of a blizzard yesterday without an egg in the house.

I couldn’t quite take in that each and every time there were so perfect. So yellow. The peels almost fell off. If I never do another thing with this magic appliance, I will love it forever for this one reason alone.

If you have a pressure cooker and want to try the method I used I’ve included it in the notes for this recipe. I have to tell you after my experience I would urge you to get an electric pressure cooker if you don’t already have one just for the hard boiled egg making alone.

I have never had such perfectly cooked, beautiful and easy to peel eggs ever. I mean NEVER EVER!

Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives

While testing my new appliance I noticed several posts from other people with their version of the perfect recipe for hard boiled eggs…wow; there are a million! My friend Jane shares her recipe for the perfect egg boiled in water on the stovetop and Alton Brown has a recipe for using your oven and a muffin tin.

Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives

So boil yourself some eggs and try something new; this recipe for  Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives has a lot of flavor and is brightened with a touch of lemon. I  had so many egg things in the fridge I asked my neighbor Amy over to help me ‘test’ them. She tried one of these eggs and I only wish I had a video or at least an audio of that moment. ‘Wow; these are great; I’ve never had a deviled egg taste like this!’

I do believe I gave her that sideways glance, you know, sort of a ‘what did you expect’ look? There would be no point if it was going to taste like all the others, right?

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Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives

Creative Culinary
Great for any holiday, these Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives are outstanding!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 149 kcal


  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced shallots
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons capers chopped (Rinse well and dry with a paper towel before chopping)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Salt to taste Capers will add some salt so be sure to taste before more

For Garnish

  • Fresh chives


  • Cut the eggs in half lengthwise and carefully remove the yolks and place them in a bowl. Set the whites on a serving plate.
  • Mash the yolks, breaking them up completely into fine pieces. Add the mustard, mayonnaise, sour cream, salt, pepper, chives, shallots, capers and lemon zest to the yolks. Mix all ingredients together until the yolk mixture is smooth and fluffy.
  • Spoon or pipe 1 heaping teaspoonful of the yolk mixture into the cavity of each egg-white half, mounding it slightly.
  • Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

To Garnish

  • Cut chives over eggs with a kitchen scissors to garnish.


Cooking Eggs in a Pressure Cooker
  • 3-12 large eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • Ice and water for water bath
  1. Put a rack or steamer basket and 1 cup of water in an electric pressure cooker:
  2. Add your eggs to the basket and lock the lid in place.
  3. Turn on the pressure cooker and set to LOW: For eggs, you want LOW pressure (not HIGH).
  4. Cook your eggs for 6 minutes on low and then leave in pressure cooker for 5 minutes on natural release. Manually release to allow any remaining steam to escape.
  5. Combine water and ice in a large bowl and let sit while the eggs cook. Once the eggs are finished, remove them from the pressure cooker and Immediately plunge them into the ice bath: Let them cool completely in the water for 20-30 minutes.
Peel and enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Deviled Eggs with Lemon Zest, Capers and Chives
Serving Size
1 Serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    1. You must try these then; such a great flavor compared to the standard recipe we’ve all had. I could have eaten the whole plate.

  1. Wow, these are really very good! The lemon zest and capers add that something unexpected. I had many compliments and people were pleasantly surprised to discover that these are not your usual boring deviled eggs. Thanks!!

    1. So happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed them too Nancy. I’m with you; most are just boring and often ignored but these were gobbled down!

  2. I like relish OK in tuna and egg salad, but never even thought of using it in deviled eggs! Really like the idea of capers — nice zing. And I’ll put lemon in anything! I’m with you on snow and baking — they just go together (and if you have a lot of snow to shovel, pancakes fit in there somewhere, too). Good stuff — thanks.

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