Pack Deviled Eggs With More Protein By Adding Canned Cod Liver

Call it the Southerner's favorite appetizer or the dinner of champions, deviled eggs promise way more than just a quick nosh. The high amount of protein in eggs helps you feel fuller for longer, making it a particularly satisfying dish. But while it's already a perfectly protein-packed snack, if you add cod liver, you'll be taking it to a whole new level. 

First, let's unpack why this is such a good culinary pairing. For those uninitiated about cod liver, don't confuse it with the vitamin supplement cod liver oil. Cod liver is a tender delicacy, with a smooth buttery texture and mild flavor akin to a fish paté. When you add this luxurious ingredient to a fluffy rich egg yolk filling, it makes for a perfectly decadent counterpoint to the mild egg white shell. In addition to that, eggs work well with the briny flavors associated with seafood, and these smoked trout and olive oil deviled eggs prove it.

Second, cod liver brings way more than just protein to the table. Jam-packed with omega-3 fatty acids, cod liver can help you manage your blood pressure, heart, and brain, per Healthline. It also offers a daily dose of Vitamin D and A, not to mention a boost of Iodine and Vitamin B12. Basically, it works like a healthy superfood.

How to incorporate cod liver into deviled eggs

To kick it off, get your hands on a proper can of cod liver. Canned cod liver is easy to find online and can be located at certain specialty food stores. Your best bet is to select cod liver canned in its own oil, as that'll keep the texture tender and double down on the health benefits.

Next, you'll want to pick the proper deviled egg recipe. Select one that has a fairly simple filling, with plain seasoning and flavoring so that the cod liver is allowed to shine. Because of the amount of oil the cod liver will bring to the mix, you probably won't need mayonnaise or sour cream to make the egg yolk filling creamy. For six hard-boiled eggs, you'll add 1 (4.3-ounce) can of cod liver to the egg yolks. Just a bit of salt and pepper is all that's needed to finish it, but a touch of garlic powder, mustard powder, or even a dash of smoked paprika would be nice. Spoon or pipe your filling into your egg halves and enjoy the tastiest and surprisingly nutritious dish you can get from a hard-boiled egg.