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How To Make Mayonnaise: Easy Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Homemade mayonnaise is so much tastier than store-bought!

With just egg yolks, oil, mustard, vinegar, and your blender, it’s incredibly quick and easy to whip up homemade mayonnaise that tastes far better than anything you can get at the store. (Curious about the best tasting store-bought mayonnaise? Check out my condiment showdown!) 

While store-bought mayo is convenient, a lot of it contains hydrogenated soybean oil, preservatives, and other mystery ingredients. Homemade mayonnaise doesn’t contain anything mysterious — just protein and healthy fats. When you make your own mayo at home you can ensure that your mayo is gluten free and dairy free as well. 

Mayo is surprisingly useful too! While the best reason to learn how to make mayonnaise is because it’s delicious, but one shouldn’t discount the fact that this condiment is also useful around the house.

You only need four simple ingredients to make mayonnaise.

What’s In It? Homemade Mayonnaise Ingredients

Mayonnaise is an emulsion of oil and eggs, and to make your own mayo at home, all you need are four simple ingredients and a blender — no whisking, boiling, baking, or cooking required!

By the way, in case you’re wondering about the difference between mayonnaise and Miracle Whip, Miracle Whip is basically mayo (same ingredients), but with added sugar and spices. Some people love that sweeter flavor! Another question a lot of people ask is if Hellman’s (Best Foods) mayonnaise is gluten-free. Yes it is! A son with celiac’s has led me to question everything! By the way, using malt vinegar will add gluten to your mayonnaise because it is made from barley.

1. Eggs

Mayonnaise starts with egg yolks. There’s always a certain amount of risk involved with eating raw eggs (as raw eggs may contain salmonella), so be sure to use high-quality eggs — you can also eliminate the risk factor by using pasteurized eggs.

Note: Raw eggs should be avoided in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.

2. Mustard

Mustard packs a flavorful punch and helps emulsify the mixture and prevent it from “breaking.” The type of mustard you use is up to you — dijon works well, as does whole-grain mustard. Use whichever you prefer!

3. Vinegar (Or Lemon Juice)

Much like mustard, vinegar (or lemon juice, if you prefer) adds a tangy flavor to mayo and helps stabilize the mixture.

4. Olive Oil

I like to use light olive oil here, but if you can use any neutral-flavored oil you like. Grape seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, and canola oil would all work just as well!

If you're worried about raw eggs in your homemade mayonnaise, you can use pasteurized eggs.

How Fresh Are Your Eggs?

When using raw eggs to make things like mayonnaise, it’s important to make sure your eggs are fresh. Learn to read the codes on egg cartons to learn where and when they are packed, and the quality of the eggs. Eggs that are past their prime typically have an unmistakable, sulfur-like smell, so if your eggs smell bad, don’t use them!

If your eggs don’t smell, test them for freshness by placing them in a bowl of cold water for a minute or two. If the eggs sink to the bottom and lay on their sides, they’re fresh. Eggs that sink but stand on one end are less fresh, but still probably okay to eat, while eggs that don’t sink at all are probably well past their prime and shouldn’t be eaten.

The key to making perfect mayonnaise is to add the oil very slowly in a thin stream.

How To Make Mayonnaise (Homemade Mayo Recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg yolks (save the egg whites to add to your next omelet!)
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil

Directions:

  1. Add the egg yolks, white wine vinegar, mustard, and salt to your blender* and start it on low speed.
  2. With the blender running, slowly pour in a thin stream of oil to allow the mixture to emulsify and thicken.
  3. Once it reaches the desired texture, it’s done!

*Note: You can also make this in a food processor, or using an immersion blender or stick blender.

Adding spices, herbs, or seasonings to your homemade mayo is a great way to make the mayonnaise more flavorful. Consider adding a bit of curry powder, chili powder, chives, rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, or dill. (Start with around 1 teaspoon per cup of mayonnaise, then taste and adjust as necessary.)

Your homemade mayonnaise will be thick, creamy, and delicious.

Troubleshooting: How To Fix Broken Mayonnaise

If you don’t add the oil slowly enough, it won’t emulsify properly, so be patient. However, if your mayonnaise does break and take on a curdled appearance, never fear! You can fix it by blending in a couple teaspoons of boiling water OR another egg yolk. (Adding water will obviously result in a thinner mayo, but it will still taste great!)

Store your homemade mayo in an airtight jar in the fridge.

Storing Homemade Mayonnaise

Store your homemade mayonnaise in an airtight container and refrigerate it, and it will keep for about one week. (It may last a bit longer if you use really fresh eggs!)

Your homemade mayonnaise will make all of your recipes taste so much better!

How To Use Your Homemade Mayo

After you make this recipe, you use it just like you’d use store-bought mayo. For extra tasty results, use it in recipes that call for mayonnaise — the results will knock your socks off! Here are a few recipes to consider:

In hardly more than the time it would take you to walk to the pantry and open a new jar of mayo, you can whip up the best homemade mayo you’ll ever eat. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Have you ever made mayonnaise at home?

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Easy Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Jill Nystul
Making your own mayo is quick and easy with the help of a blender or food processor. Plus, it tastes amazing — way better than the store-bought stuff!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Servings 16
Calories 97 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Add the egg yolks, vinegar, mustard, and salt to a container and then use your immersion or stick blender to combine them. Or if you are using a blender or food processor, add the ingredients directly and start it on low.
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  • Pour the oil into the blender SLOWLY while the egg yolk mixture blends, allowing it to emulsify.
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  • Once the mixture has reached the desired thickness, you’re done!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1TbspCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 0.1gProtein: 0.4gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 39mgPotassium: 3mgFiber: 0.01gSugar: 0.02gVitamin A: 33IUVitamin C: 0.004mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg

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  • My recipe is close and makes approximately 1 cup
    1 large egg
    1 Tbs lemon juice
    1 cup light tasting olive oil
    1/2 tsp dry mustard
    1/2 tsp salt
    using immersion blender
    Helpful hint expires when eggs expire

  • I’ve just started making hummus, something I have almost every day, as a way to beat inflation and be sure of what it consists of. I was thinking what a good idea it would be for OGT to do a series on things like that you can make yourself. No surprise, you’re one step ahead of us as usual. Thanks for this recipe. I love potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, etc. but need to stay away from vegetable oil – this will be perfect.

  • Hello Jillee,
    I tried this recipe from another website I believe was the same…I used Dijon mustard and I really did not like the way it tasted… I threw it out. Where did I go wrong? The texture was great looked just like mayo. but the taste not so good…does it take some getting used to?

    • My mother used to make a mayo substitute with plain greek yogurt and oil (we used either olive or avocado oil). I’m not sure if she added any spices like mustard or not. It was pretty good. It might possibly have been closer in taste to miracle whip? She would also use it for the basis of a dip that she originally made using mayo and yogurt. (Definitely added spices then.)

      • For those that are allergic to eggs look up chick pea water to make your mayo with.

    • Perhaps with fractionated coconut oil, which will stay liquid at cool temps. The other would be too hard at room temp or fridge temp to make the emulsification function like a normal mayo.

      • It’s fractionated coconut oil edible?? I’ve only used it for my skin and hair.

    • I also use Egg Beaters in my homemade mayo. I also usually use fresh lemon juice instead of vinegar and canola oil instead of olive oil. When I’m out of lemons I substitute with vinegar. I’ve been making for years, and since my boyfriend goes through mayo like crazy it sure has been a life saver. Not to mention that he thinks it tastes much better than store bought.

      • Terry: How do you make yours and do you use mustard? What is your recipe? Sounds hopeful for me as I do not want vinegar or mustard (acid reflux). If you do use mustard, what would you suggest I could use instead?

      • I would not use canola oil it is not any better than soybean oil for your health. I have made the mayo for years and have found that for an even better tasting mayo I add garlic powder and paprika they not only act to thicken the mayo but the taste is even better than just plain mayo.

      • Thank you Margie and Terry! With family members on immune-suppressant drugs, raw eggs are out! I was actually reading the comments just to see if someone had an alternate, no raw egg version. Yea!

  • IS white vinegar gluten free, I’ve looked online and have seen both yes and no answers to this question, I’m confused. I worried that I accidently glutened myself by eating pork that had been tenderized with vinegar, I was sick for about 2 days.

    • It depends on what the vinegar is made of. The most commonly used starting materials for vinegar are apple, grape, corn, and rice. If non-distilled vinegar uses wheat, barley, or rye as a starting material the vinegar is not gluten free. Malt vinegar is not gluten free because it contains malt which contains barley.

  • I have been making my own for years now and won’t go back to store bought. I have chickens so my eggs are really fresh. I use one whole egg. I use light Olive oil and lemon juice instead of vinegar. I add granulated garlic to flavor and we really like the result.

      • I like olive oil but not in mayo. I suppose if it was really mild I wouldn’t mind it but I’m going to try avocado oil. I’ve used canola oil with good results. Peanut oil is great for some things but disgusting in mayo. What I really like is One Good Thing!

    • Contrary to popular belief, the risk of salmonella in raw eggs is very low. To lower is further, I suggest rinsing the shell thoroughly before breaking it. Also, let the prepared mayo sit awhile before using it — the acid in the vinegar or lemon juice has anti-bacterial (and coincidentally anti-fungal) properties.

      • Janne, I read an article a few years back about studies showing that salmonella bacteria can be inside the egg, not just on the outside. Otherwise, commercially raised eggs would already be considered to have no risk, as they are washed before packing.
        With family members on immuno-suppressant drugs, due to RA, I can’t take that risk. Jillee acknowledges that with her “Note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.” If you are comfortable with it, fine.

  • The oil, salt and vinegar act as preservatives, so will actually keep much longer than the use by date on the eggs. Months and months, although you would have much stronger will power than me, if you can make it last that long. You don’t even need to keep it in the fridge, unless the temperature is above 30’C.

    If you’re used to a sweeter tasting mayonnaise, try googling condensed milk mayonnaise. This one usually gets refrigerated in my family, as we don’t eat it in the vast quantities as we do the other mayo…but definitely closer to the sweetness of kraft mayo.

    I’ve never tried to sweeten the first mayo, but I would assume that if you added the sugar to the vinegar before adding the oil it should still emulsify fine…or beat in super fine sugar a little at a time at the end until you got the sweetness you require.

  • Does this taste like “regular mayonnaise” like a brand you’d buy in the grocery store (looking at the ingredients). I never knew what went into mayonnaise. Wanting to use it for potato salad :)

    • When I make it with canola oil using the immersion blender method it tastes like Hellmann’s to me. I really like the immersion blender method — you just dump all the ingredients in a jar that the blender will fit in all the way to the bottom but with little room to spare. Start at the bottom and withdraw the blender slowly as the ingredients emulsify, 8 or 10 seconds or so (no hard and fast rules here). For some reason it turns out thicker for me than the slow-stream-of-oil method.

  • For some reason, my mayo never emulsifies in the blender. However, when I whisk it by hand, it always does, and I get great mayo in 5 minutes tops. The trick, if you do it by hand, is to add very little oil (like 1/2 tsp) at the beginning, then to add a little more cautiously, and then, when it has started to emulsify, you can add it faster.
    Oh, and 1 egg yolk allows you to whip up to 16 liters (yes!) of mayo, so no need to use two!

  • It’s even easier with with an immersion blender. Just break the egg in a wide-mouth Mason jar & add everything else. Put the blender all the way to the bottom of the jar, & start blending. Slowly lift the blender up & down a couple of times & it’s done.

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