Homemade Mayonnaise

by Marla on May 15, 2011 · 73 comments

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Today I am gonna share with you the simplest recipe ever….a precursor to my larger post tomorrow. I figured a good homemade mayonnaise  is worthy of it’s own recipe page. This spread will be great for summer entertaining, egg salad, pasta salad, BLT’s, juicy burgers, sandwiches and anywhere else you might like a dab of creamy goodness. Mayonnaise is more of a method than actual recipe. You are simply emulsifying ingredients until a creamy spread is formed.

There is no need for me to go into too much more detail other than the fact that you can season you homemade mayonnaise with any spices you wish. We love to use smoked paprika. You can also sprinkle in other dried spices including curry powder, Chinese 5 spice blend, tumeric, garlic salt, black pepper, chipotle, etc. How about a clove of fresh garlic and some basil leaves? Anything goes. Really.

Do you ever make homemade mayo? If so do you have any special add-ins or techniques?

Homemade Mayonnaise

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • dash Smoked Paprika or any ground spice you like

Method

  • Add egg yolk, salt, lemon juice and any spice or garlic and water to a blender or food processor. Blend on medium high speed well. Slowly drizzle the oil into the egg mixture until you have added all of it, keeping the blender on medium high speed the whole time. Blend until you have a creamy, opaque emulsion....mayonnaise.
  • Notes
  • Since this homemade mayo contains raw egg yolk be sure to keep it cool at all times.
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1 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I am in love with Vegenaise. Not just b/c it’s vegan, nice touch and all, but b/c I LOVE Mayo! I also really like Miracle Whip. Well wait, really, I love all condiments :) Ketchup, relish, mustard, mayo, you name it, I am into them! The issue with most is that they are bathed in sodium which I loathe…so making my own, right up my alley! I make tons of condiments/dips using Vegenaise as the base…now I may need to make mayo from scratch.

Can’t wait to see what recipes you have in store w/ your yummy mayo!

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2 Marla May 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Averie, we like Veganaise too. Just depends upon the mood were in. I am with you regarding the sodium, can’t stand too much either. What I dislike more is super sweet condiments.

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3 Michelle May 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

But this is not vegan…

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4 Marla May 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Hi Michelle, does it say vegan?? Should not…

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5 Amanda May 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm

So cool!! I had no idea it was so easy. Will have to try!

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6 Marla May 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Amazing how something so simple can be so fabulous & addictive!

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7 Courtney May 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

There’s nothing like homemade mayonnaise. You can taste every flavor, as for the the premade that is just bland and tasteless.

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8 Damaris @KitchenCorners May 15, 2011 at 2:32 pm

love the short post :) and of course I love mayo. Good job, I’m excited to try out this recipe. I made hollandaise sauce this week, from leite’s culinaria http://leitesculinaria.com/74247/recipes-blender-hollandaise-sauce.html#utm_source=feed&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed it was so good.

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9 Allison [Haute Box] May 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I love the addition of smoked paprika!

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10 Shana @ 100lbsandcounting May 15, 2011 at 2:51 pm

What brand food processor do you have? I’m currently in the hunt!

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11 Marla May 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Hi Shana, I actually used my Cuisinart mini prep for this mayo because I was making so little. For bigger batches of food I use my large Cuisinart “Pro Classic 10 series” & it always does the job well. Hope that helps :)

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12 Eric May 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

I Make home made mayo all the time……..it is especially good in potato salad or for making homemade thousand island dressing………..I use a Braun stick blender……….I use a whole egg instead of just the egg yolk……….just put the egg in the included blender cup and blend while drizzling in the oil of choice……..only takes about 20 seconds………

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13 koralee May 15, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Thank you for visiting me the other day…and leaving such a sweet comment…your blog is lovely..and yummmmy. Love your recipes. Off to take a peek around. xoxo Happy new week to you.

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14 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I have always loved mayo – I actually used to eat sandwiches with just lettuce and mayo as a kid! I can only imagine how much fun it’d be to make it from scratch – the ability to really make it your own by controlling the ingredients, and adding unique spices and herbs… sounds so fun! Can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store, with your homemade mayo ready to go…

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15 Marla May 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Liz, my kids like lettuce & mayo too. Better than fries and mayo, right?! I am so excited for my post tomorrow, this one will tie it all together perfectly!

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16 Angie May 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I don’t make mayo nearly as much as I should, but I do love it, especially with olive oil.

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17 Marla May 15, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Angie, I am definitely gonna experiment with other oils too. Nut based oils would be yummy as well.

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18 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit May 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I am so happy you guest posted on OSG last week! Your blog is just so fantastic :) I’ve made my own mayonnaise before because I hate how store bought mayo has sugar. But when I made mine, I used avocados instead of egg yolks. You make this version look SO simple. I could totally do this!

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19 Marla May 15, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Leanne, I am so glad you found me via Angela :) I must try swapping out the egg yolk with avocado. Sounds awesome & I love avocados!

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20 Sunny @ For Your Pies Only May 15, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Okay, now you have me curious to try making my own! I also desperately want to learn how to make a homemade ketchup that would make you fall in love.

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21 Marla May 15, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Sunny, I have been seeing a lot of good homemade ketchup recipes lately. Here is one my good friend Gaby swears by from What’s Gaby Cooking.

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22 Lauren May 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Wow this looks awesome! I’ve been wanting to try a homemade mayonnaise, this looks like such a great simple recipe.

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23 the urban baker May 15, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I must really adore you because the word “mayo” makes me gag. Although I am fully aware of what it is made of, it is much more about the consistency, the creaminess. With that said, yours looks more like a dip rather than a spread. I just might be able to handle this!

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24 Kim May 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Hey Marla!

It was great seeing you at Camp – wish we had more time to catch up!

We always make our own mayonnaise, and if I had to confess…. I’d say I’ve never done it in a food processor. I learned by whisking it by hand, and I can’t bring myself to do it any other way.

If we’re making an aioli, instead of using olive oil, we use a “garlic oil,” which is a head of garlic boiled in oil for an hour. It helps gives the aioli an incredible, deep flavor. :)

[K]

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25 Katrina May 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I had no idea that this was even do-able! Very cool recipe.

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26 Rosa May 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Nothing can beat homemade mayo! Yours looks delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

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27 Colleen May 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Hi Marla, I am such a mayo lover. But definitely the homemade kind :) I make a seriously simple mayo in 30 seconds flat using the whole egg and my stick blender. No slow drizzling of the oil. Literally everything in the blender jug in one go, pop in the stick blender, whizz on high while moving the blender slowly up and then down and voila! Thick fluffy white mayo! I love to use a clove of confit garlic in mine for when I need that yum garlicky mayo flavour, I add basil sometimes or parsley etc.to make a delicious herby green mayo. And like you I adore smoked paprika with it but I usually just sprinkle a dab onto my serving as some others around here (no names mentioned hehe) prefer it without :) xx

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28 lindsay May 16, 2011 at 12:19 am

wow awesome post. I’ve conquered homemade Caesar dressing (which is a similar process) but not mayo. So the question I have is how do you make low-fat mayo?? Simply decrease the amount of oil?

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29 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 16, 2011 at 12:52 am

I like it with lots of garlic! Yum.

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30 kimberlycun May 16, 2011 at 2:04 am

love this recipe, so simple. i tried the whisking method, failed everytime :(

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31 Heather (Heather's Dish) May 16, 2011 at 4:35 am

i don’t love mayo but i think that’s because i’ve never made it myself! sounds delicious :)

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32 5 Star foodie May 16, 2011 at 5:09 am

Homemade mayo is wonderful!

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33 Faith May 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

You are so right, Marla, a good mayo definitely deserves it’s own recipe page! We like to add a small clove of fresh garlic to ours…gives it a little kick that we love! Oooh, or sometimes fresh minced herbs like chives, dill, parsley, or thyme. I love the idea of adding paprika, what a gorgeous color!

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34 Amanda N May 16, 2011 at 7:09 am

That does look easy! And I’m with previous commenter, the color’s great. I always see those chefs on the competition shows making their own mayo. I didn’t realize it was so easy. Do you know how long it’s ok to keep it?

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35 megan @ whatmegansmaking May 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

wow, homemade mayonnaise seems so impressive! And yet it looks so easy! :)

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36 Kathy - Panini Happy May 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

Was just thinking about homemade mayo yesterday. Now I guess I’ll have to make some! It really does far surpass the jarred stuff.

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37 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

Kathy, in all of your amazing sandwiches I can only imagine how great homemade mayo would be!! You MUST try and let me know ;)

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38 Xiaolu May 17, 2011 at 10:39 am

Your mayo looks great! I made my own as well as while back and have no idea why I didn’t do it again…well partly because we use it so slowly. Now I wish I could make my own light version at home, but I don’t think it’d be easy without the emulsifiers in the store ones.

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39 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

Xiaolu, I hope to keep the homemade stuff in the fridge at all times – but perhaps a bit unlikely. I am gonna play around with making some lighter/vegan versions too. I believe they might have some avocado…

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40 Winnie May 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Love that you made this with olive oil. That’s how I make mine :)

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41 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:29 am

Winnie, I love the way the fruity flavor of a good olive oil presents itself in a homemade mayo. That would sooooo not happen in a store bought one.

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42 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 18, 2011 at 8:14 am

great post Marla! Can’t wait to finally meet you this week

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43 Marla May 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

Alison, I am sooooo excited to meet you too. We have been great online/phone buddies for quite some time now!

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44 cooking rookie May 18, 2011 at 2:41 pm

It looks so pretty and fresh! And easy to make too. I’ve been wanting to make mayonnaise for a while, but when I see how much oil goes into it I get scared :-). It’s easier to eat the store bought mayo, when you don’t know how much fat it has – ignorance is a bliss :-)

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45 Shaina May 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I’m in love with homemade mayonnaise. Sometimes I’m too lazy, but it’s so worth it when we make our own. Gorgeous, Marla!

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46 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

Ya know I’ve always wanted to try and make my own mayo… such a simple recipe!

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47 Megan May 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I love homemade mayo. I usually make just a garlic version with a little orange juice. Delish!

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48 Suzanne August 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

How long does this keep in the fridge?

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49 Marla August 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Suzanne, I would say no longer than one week. I make small batches at a time because we use so little. Ours usually lasts abut 4-5 days in the fridge. People say that it lasts a lot longer if you use pasteurized eggs, but I have never tried those. Good luck! It is very tasty.

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50 Kirstin October 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Marla- I tried to make it in my blender but it turned out very runny. I have been running the blender for about five minutes after I finished drizzling the olive oil in. Any thoughts?

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51 Linda February 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm

I just got a food processor & was gonna try & make mayo etc. for kids & was wondering if anyone knew where i can get some small cheap jars online.
Thanks!

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52 Marla February 5, 2012 at 4:31 am

Hi Linda! I generally purchase all of my jars & containers at stores like Target.
Congrats on the food processor & enjoy the homemade mayo :)

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53 Michelle May 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

It looked like this would be a good recipe until I seen it has egg yolk in it..I was really hoping for a nice vegan recipe…

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54 Andrea August 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Hey Marla! I made some kohlrabi & carrot slaw tonight and really wanted to make some homemade mayo to use instead of the Miracle Whip my mom has in the fridge, so I made this recipe and it didn’t thicken up. I followed the recipe, do you know of anything I could have done wrong?

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55 Scott January 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm

As a cook in the Army National Guard, I do 99% of the cooking in my home, Going to try this with my smokehouse maple seasoning. Thanks for the basic recipe.

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56 Marla January 2, 2013 at 2:08 am

Scott, that sounds amazing! Maybe try a neutral oil like canola so it does not compete with he maple seasoning :) The olive oil taste will take over and probably not pair well with the maple….

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57 Madisen January 16, 2013 at 10:01 am

I tried your recipe and followed it exactly, however my mixture came out runny and with a terrible taste. Any suggestions as to what may have went wrong?

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58 Kandice Larson June 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I was really excited about this recipe but mine came out very runny as well I keep trying to try blending it longer just to see if that would help but it’s not. I see two other posts with the same issue without responses.

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59 Marla June 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Worked for me Kandice….many times.

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60 Shashi June 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

I love this recipe. I’ve also tried it with Sunflower Oil instead of Olive Oil for a milder flavor and I’ve tried it using 1/2 sunflower and 1/2 olive oil. All 3 possibilities work beautifully. I make it in my Vitamix. Thank you for such a simple and reliable recipe. Now I have fresh, healthy mayo whenever I need it.

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61 Marla June 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Great to hear about your mayo success! It is fun to be able to use different oils for more or less flavor :)

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62 Beth June 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I did not find this edible. Perhaps my brand new jar of olive oil was bad. I couldnt stomach more than a lick off the spoon. Anything to change the taste of olive oil?

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63 Marla June 19, 2013 at 4:06 am

Try using a different oil Beth. One without much flavor like canola or sunflower oil.

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64 Beth June 19, 2013 at 11:07 am

Im going to try a mix of coconut oil and olive oil I think.

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65 Marla June 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

Beth….I don’t think that coconut oil will work in mayo….it will taste like coconut.

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66 auntyem August 21, 2013 at 10:26 am

it will keep longer if you use white vinegar instead of lemon juice. i’ve tried it with both. lemon juice has a very limited life unlike vinegar. love making my own mayo, it’s so much cheaper.

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67 Marla August 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

Great tip!! Thank you I will try :)

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68 LeighAmanda August 27, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Hey, great recipe. Would this work the same with an electric hand beater instead of the food processor?

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69 Marla August 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I have never tried with that…

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70 LeighAmanda August 27, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Well, I’m gonna try it tomorrow. I’ll let you know if it worked :)

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71 gabi February 3, 2014 at 8:11 am

trying to make this but it won’t thicken!!! why?? :(

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72 Marla February 3, 2014 at 8:25 am

Not sure why not….did not happen here.

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