Homemade Mayonnaise

As featured in blog post #8: The Magic of Mayo.

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Basic Mayonnaise:

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups oil (whatever oil you chose will impact the final flavor.  Canola or Soybean are your best bets for a mild mayo, but olive oil makes a fun twist)
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • salt, to taste

yields about 2 cups of mayonnaise

I’m not going to get too technical here, because honestly making mayo isn’t that hard.  Start by whisking together the egg yolks, lemon juice, and vinegar in a metal bowl.  Whisk until the yolks appear lighter in color and somewhat foamy.  Add in a few drops of oil, very slowly, while continuously whisking.  You can increase your stream of oil after the first 1/4 or so, but be careful.  If you add the oil to quickly the emulsion will break.  If this is about to happen you will be able to see the oil starting to lay on the surface of the egg instead of incorporating.  At that point stop adding oil and drop in a few drops of hot water.  This will increase the continuous phase and should prevent a breakage.  If you DO break the mayo then quit and never try again. KIDDING.  Crack open another yolk and add in the broken emulsion very slowly into THIS yolk until it is all incorporated.  After about 1 cup of oil the mayonnaise will be getting pretty thick and may be prone to breaking.  I add the teaspoon of water here to help thin out the mayo, but you don’t have to.  Keep whisking until all the oil is in or until you are afraid it will break and want to quit.

For picture guides, try these great sites:

About.com

Allrecipes.com

Theguardian.com

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Cool variations

Classic Aoili:

  • add 1 garlic clove, grated
  • add black pepper, to taste

Sesame Ginger Aoili:

  • add 1/2 garlic clove, grated
  • add 1 teaspoon ginger root, grated
  • add 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • add 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • add 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Sriracha Mayo: (in case you missed blog post #4: The Swag of Sriracha)

  • add 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce
  • add 1 teaspoon sugar

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Want to print this for all your besties? Of course you do! Click the link for an easy to print one-page pdf file: Homemade Mayonnaise

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