Decorating eggs can be a fun way to get crafty in the spring, but what do you do with all those leftover hard-boiled eggs once the holiday is over?
Sure, you could just snack on them — after all, HBEs are a good source of protein. But don’t those tie-dyed, gold-leaf-gilded, or marker-doodled eggs deserve to be used in an equally creative recipe? We’ve rounded up 15 easy and delicious ways to put your leftover eggs to good use.
With chunks of hard-boiled egg, bacon, tomato, and avocado, this easy and savory salad is the next best thing to having an omelet station at your desk.
GET THE RECIPE: Mark’s Daily Apple
Crab-Stuffed Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are the old standby for using up leftover hard-boiled eggs, but this recipe takes it up a notch with crabmeat, fresh dill, lemon pepper, and Dijon mustard.
GET THE RECIPE: Incredible Egg
Avocado and Egg Halves with Bacon Dust
We love avocado egg-in-a-hole recipes, but we don’t always have time to stand over a skillet or wait by the oven. This hard-boiled version is ready in an instant, without losing any of the yummy flavor.
GET THE RECIPE: Applegate
Two hard-boiled eggs dress up this nourishing, veggie-filled ramen recipe and add some extra protein.
This tasty topping — made with hard-boiled egg yolks, capers, diced pickles, and fresh herbs — doesn’t get nearly enough love. Drizzle over roasted veggies or a salad for a tangy kick.
GET THE RECIPE: Taste Cooking
Hard-Boiled Egg Cookies
It may not sound appetizing, but adding hard-boiled egg yolks to a cookie recipe is a Northern European baker’s secret for making a tender, crumbly cookie. Try it for yourself (in moderation, of course) with this yummy butter cookie recipe.
GET THE RECIPE: Ugly Duckling House
It’s hard to snack on hummus without accidentally polishing off the whole tub. These hummus-filled eggs can help you keep portions in check — and they’re so tasty, you won’t miss the crackers or chips.
GET THE RECIPE: Openfit
Sriracha Egg Salad
Craving chicken wings? This Sriracha Egg Salad recipe gives you all the spicy flavor without the deep-fried calorie bomb. Skip the sandwich and spread it on celery boats for an even-lower-calorie treat.
GET THE RECIPE: Budget Bytes
Mason Jar Cobb Salad Recipe
With hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, diced avocados, chopped bacon, and blue cheese, this simple (and Instagram-worthy!) Cobb salad recipe is perfect for meal prep.
GET THE RECIPE: Cooking With Janica
Avocado Toast with Egg
We love the avocado toast trend — what’s not to love? — and a sliced hard-boiled egg makes the perfect topping for this simple smashed avocado toast with paprika recipe.
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of eating the same side dishes over and over, which is why we love this creative recipe for creamy pea salad with hard-boiled eggs.
GET THE RECIPE: The Kitchen Is My Playground
Hard-Boiled Breakfast Burrito
Need to eat on-the-go? Make a slightly less messy burrito by substituting hard-boiled eggs for the usual scrambled eggs in any healthy breakfast burrito recipe (our favorite is linked here).
GET THE RECIPE: Openfit
Healthier Scotch Eggs
These breaded, deep-fried, sausage-wrapped HBEs aren’t traditionally the healthiest choice. But this better-for-you version uses lighter Panko breading and high-quality skinless sausage.
GET THE RECIPE: The Spruce Eats
Tomato, Egg, and Olive Salad
This recipe feels fancy, but couldn’t be easier to throw together. Tomato slices, hard-boiled egg halves, and olives are topped with crumbled Gorgonzola, olive oil, and vinegar.
GET THE RECIPE: Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pickled Eggs and Beets
Pickled eggs are a love-them-or-hate-them kind of snack, but they’re a great way to make your leftover hard-boiled eggs last a little bit longer. Eat them plain, or use them as a substitute for plain HBEs in a recipe.
GET THE RECIPE: Sweet Little Bluebird
Campanelle with Eggs and Capers
Grated hard-boiled eggs add some protein to this recipe.
GET THE RECIPE: Bon Appetit
Salad Niçoise with Tuna
This classic French salad combines hard-boiled egg, tomato, olives, anchovies, and olive oil. From there, recipes can vary widely — and foodies get pretty passionate about what makes a “real” salad Niçoise — but we love this easy version topped with tuna.