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Homemade Mayonnaise

The basic mayonnaise recipe. Very quick and easy to make. 

Course Sauce
Cuisine Not Specific
Keyword basic mayonnaise recipe, how to make mayonnaise, mayonnaise recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup of mayonnaise approx.
Calories 1687 kcal
Author Nicolas


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 200 ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning


  1. Whisk the egg yolk and the Dijon mustard together in a large mixing bowl.⁣

  2. Add your vegetable oil bit by bit whisking through after each addition. Make sure the oil is completely mixed through before adding any more. The reason the oil must be added slowly is that if you add too much in one go, the mixture may split.⁣

  3. Once all of the oil is mixed through, the mayo will be very thick. Add the vinegar/lemon juice and whisk through, you'll notice that your mayonnaise will go brighter in colour and smoother in texture. Finish the mayonnaise by adding a pinch of salt and pepper.⁣

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Recipe Notes

  • When you whisk the oil through the egg yolk, make sure you add it slowly. 
  • To fix a split mayonnaise, crack a fresh egg yolk in another bowl, add the split mayo 1-2 spoonfuls at a time whisking through well after each addition. 
  • You can make other mayonnaise-based sauces if you wish. Such as TarTar sauce, cocktail sauce, chilli mayo and aioli. 
  • Your mayonnaise should last about 2 weeks in the fridge. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Mayonnaise
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1687 Calories from Fat 1698
% Daily Value*
Fat 188.7g290%
Saturated Fat 37.7g236%
Cholesterol 210mg70%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 2.9g6%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.