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The Miracle of Mayonnaise: A Recipe for Making it By Hand

It’s true that jarred mayonnaise is an exceptional product. Having it ready-to-use in the fridge makes egg salad, potato salad, coleslaw, tartar sauce and spinach dip one step easier.

But homemade mayonnaise is so much better–more satiny smooth, rich, pure and fresh.

You probably knew that already, but you’re still unconvinced that it’s easy.

But it takes so long, you say.

Is five minutes too long?

I know. There are times when five minutes is too long, but not as often as you think.

I now search for that pocket of time when it’s logical to steal those moments to make it, such as when:

  • 8 eggs are boiling for egg salad
  • fingerling potatoes are simmering for potato salad
  • the charcoal is lit but not ready for the burgers
  • the fish is breaded but needs a rest before frying

There are also times when it doesn’t really matter. I don’t need homemade mayo everyday, and there’s good news that big brands like Hellman’s and Best Foods now use cage-free eggs.

But I do need it in the aioli for my oven fries and in the gribiche for the grilled salmon.

It is a treat on a burger and a little bit of luxury in all those summertime salads, from coleslaw to potato or this nostalgic tuna noodle salad. Or how about when you’re making a crazy good BLT?

The Mayo Variations

Here is where the fun begins: flavor your mayonnaise with chopped fresh tender herbs {I love chervil}, sriracha, sumac, curry powder, capers, chipotle {use the sauce from the can}, wasabi, roasted garlic, harissa, pickle relish, za’tar…mix in some reserved bacon fat for the world’s best bacon mayo for burgers and BLTs.

Plain is great, too, because you can taste the lemon uice, or ramp it up as you like.

The other big bonus is that you can use local eggs or the best-quality pasture-raised eggs you can find.

With your own bowl and whisk, I hope you find making homemade mayonnaise worth every ounce of effort.


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Homemade Mayonnaise by Hand

Makes 1 cup
Course Sauce
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Lynne Curry


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil


  1. Dampen a dish towel, twist it into a rope and wrap it around the base of a medium mixing bowl, the heavier the better, to stabilize it. (Or, if you have a willing assistant, have them hold the bowl.)
  2. Whisk the yolk, water, lemon juice,and salt until it is frothy and light in color. Trickle the oil down the sides of the bowl while whisking, allowing time for it to be incorporated. Continue whisking and drizzling in the oil.

  3. Once the yolk mixture begins to develop a thicker consistency like yogurt, you can increase the flow of oil, pulling back ifthe mixture begins to look curdled until it is smooth once again. Continue whisking until all of the oil is used up and the mayonnaise is satiny smooth.
  4. Taste for salt and lemon juice and store in the refrigerator until ready to use or for up to 3 days.


  1. Lori L.

    Hi -. I was just wondering, I followed the directions but, it never got thick!!??? I used a combination Canola & Virgin Olive Oil. Do you think that could have been the issue?

    1. Hi Lori: Sorry to hear that, but it’s definitely not because you used those two oils. {Any oil works.} The most common reason making mayonnaise doesn’t work out is because the oil was added too quickly. I start out adding the oil *really* slowly, like in a trickle, or even adding a few good drops at a time, until it’s clear that the magic of emulsification is happening. If I get over-eager and add the oil too quickly is when I get a “fail” or a broken mayo. Hope you give it another try.

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