Homemade aioli recipe (how to make garlic mayo)

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Why I love homemade aioli.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you try something new and you don’t know how you ever lived without it? That’s how I feel about this aioli. I mean, I’ve had aioli before.

I’ve made countless mediocre aioli recipes that required store-bought mayo, and I’ve been perfectly fine with it. I had always wondered what restaurants were doing to make their chipotle mayo or or their garlic aioli so much better than the crap I made at home, and I’ve finally found the answer.

More dairy free condiments: homemade tartar sauce / homemade cocktail sauce / dairy free ranch dressing / spicy sushi sauce

2 minute homemade aioli recipe (how to make mayonnaise)

Here’s what you’ll need to make garlic aioli

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That’s it. Instead of using store bought mayonnaise as the base for my aioli and other sauces, I simply throw a few extra ingredients into a cup and blend it with my immersion blender.

It makes a creamy, thick sauce that you could literally eat with a spoon. It’s that good. And, it only takes a few minutes to make it.

homemade aioli recipe (how to make garlic mayonnaise)

What are the ingredients of aioli sauce?

That’s simple. You start with eggs – one egg and the yolk of a second egg – and add oil, lemon juice, a little salt and whatever flavorings you want to add. Obviously, garlic comes to mind, but the options are endless, and I intend to try them all.

So far, I’ve done added garlic, chipotle, black pepper and Sriracha to my homemade aioli, but I’ve been brainstorming quite a few other options. Of course, I’m going to let you know how they turn out too, but for now, I thought I would share my basic homemade aioli recipe to get your started.

how to make aioli (easy garlic aioli recipe)

FAQs and Tips for making homemade aioli

What is the best oil to make homemade aioli with?

Don’t use your extra virgin olive oil for homemade aioli. It has way to much flavor and will completely over power any flavors you might want to taste.

I made this mistake the first time, and I had to throw the whole thing away. Try a light oil like canola or light olive oil. I always use canola oil because that’s what we normally have at home (other than extra virgin olive oil).

How to do you fix broken aioli?

Even though making homemade aioli is really easy, you can break it. This is done when you over whip the eggs. They lose their structure and the whole thing turns into a runny mess. If this happens to you, simply add an extra egg yolk and blend again – for the shortest amount of time possible.

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2 Minute Homemade Aioli

Homemade aioli | Learn how to make this easy garlic aioli (mayo) sauce with an immersion blender. It’s super easy and way better than store bought. #aioli #mayo

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: French

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 garlic cloves (or 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large cup.
  2. Blend with an immersion blending, working from the bottom up, until ingredients are combined and thick.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, quick, paleo

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Last Updated on November 4, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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25 Comments

  1. Still runny, even w/ the extra yolk. Would love to perfect my recipe/technique. Not sure what I did wrong.

    1. Whip your eggs first and slowly drizzle oil into eggs while whipping. Don’t add to quickly or they will break and become runny.

      1. Thank you for your tip Ken! I knew I was suppose to add the oil in slowly but I am a rebel, and the recipe called to add all ingredients together at once. It just leaves you with a runny egg mixture. I did it over!! Adding the oil in slowly and it came out beautifully!

      2. Can you change the recipe to read
        “Whip eggs and yolk” as the first step? I followed al the directions and it still came out runny.

      3. Thanks for this tip. If you’ve followed the recipe and it’s all gone wrong. Set the mixture aside, start again with 2 egg yolks and drizzle a bit of oil. Once it’s started to thicken, you can now add the messed up mixture a bit at a time as if it’s just oil. Waste not want not! We also doubled -quadrupled the flavours to get the balance right

  2. Not only was this a waste if time, it was waste of ingredients too. Don’t bother with this recipe.

    1. Runny and gross. I’m sad. Recipe is missing critical instructions which could have helped readers avoid wasting ingredients.

    2. It came out perfect and so tasty. I added a bit more garlic and lemon juice because we love garlic. Not sure what you did but mine whipped up immediately. The recipe is goid. Maybe your immersion blender needs a higher speed of your bowl was too large. Is cup that is slightly wider than the circumference of the stick blender does a better job.

  3. OMG, do you know how many cups of oil I’ve thrown away in the past before finding this recipe?? I’m not sure this one even took two minutes. The emulsion was instantaneous! I’ve heard you should use room temperature eggs. Mine were straight out of the fridge. Love this!!

  4. Made this to serve with my grilled swordfish. AWESOME! It came out super thick, probably because I didn’t have dijon so I added a few splashes of murin and water and it was perfect. So easy and good.

  5. This was a fantastic recipe. I used my homemade fermented mustard instead of Dijon and a combo of olive and avocado oil. It was perfect! Thank you.

  6. This set up very quickly. I decided to use healthy olive oil. Big mistake. It tastes too “green”. Next time half n half, or not at all. I have always added paprika to mayo. I also added fresh chives and dried dill. A quick easy recipe. Set up the ingredients first. Be certain to drizzile in the oil. Simple and very tasty. Much more cost effective than purchased aoli. I use my immersion blender a LOT!

  7. This worked great for me. I have a top notch immersion blender so I had no issues. Thickened right up. I added extra garlic and lemon because I love those flavors. I used avocado oil as I thought it might make it a smidge creamer.

    I used it in making a pineapple, purple onion, gouda cheese and picked beet burger. It got rave reviews from my wife.

    I highly recommend this. It does make quite a bit.

  8. Hello!

    I was so excited to come across your recipe as I was trying for the first time to make Aioli. The same ingredients you specify…..didn’t work, it came out too runny. Then I thought maybe use the same method to prepare hollandaise sauce over warm bath but this also didn’t work. Luckily I have a recipe book of sauces around the world and thought I should look up their ingredients and method. I found out that they use yolk of boiled eggs, which makes sense for the egg yolk you suggest.

    Anyway, I have already prepared this and cooked it over warm bath. So I decided to just mix this with mayonnaise and it came out ok.

    This just gave me a task of perfecting aioli.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Thanks for sharing your tip! I’ve never heard of using boiled egg yolks, but if that worked for you, that’s awesome! I don’t think it’s a traditional mayonnaise ingredient though.

  9. Perfect! I was looking for a base for a jalapeño aioli and this was the perfect amount. After blending it I threw in some diced jalapeño and blended it again. Worked out beautiful.

  10. Just made a 1/2 recipe in a small little blender. Added fresh basil. It was perfect and only took a few minutes. Next time I think I’ll do 1/2 olive oil and half grape seed oil and add chives to the fresh basil. Served it with crab cakes.