Homemade Mayonnaise

Total Time:
15 min
15 min

about 1 cup
  • 1/2 cup pure olive oil
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 1 large pasteurized egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Kosher salt
  • Combine the olive oil and vegetable oil in a liquid measuring cup or bowl; set aside. Whisk the egg yolk, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small nonreactive bowl.

  • Set the bowl with the yolk mixture on a damp kitchen towel to steady it. Drizzle in the oil mixture very slowly, whisking constantly. (The mixture will begin to thicken after about half of the oil is added; if at any point the oil is not incorporating, stop drizzling and whisk until smooth.) Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

  • Chimichurri Mayonnaise

  • Puree 1/2 cup each fresh parsley, olive oil and vegetable oil, 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1 chopped garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon each pepper and ground cumin until smooth. Make homemade mayonnaise (above) with the herb oil instead of the olive oil mixture.

  • Honey-Mustard Mayonnaise

  • Make homemade mayonnaise (above), stirring 1/8 teaspoon turmeric into the olive oil mixture and substituting champagne vinegar for the white vinegar. Whisk 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard and 1 teaspoon honey into the finished mayonnaise. Season with salt.

  • Spicy Sesame-Ginger Mayonnaise

  • Mix 1 cup vegetable oil with 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Make homemade mayonnaise (above) with the sesame oil mixture instead of the olive oil mixture; substitute rice vinegar for the white vinegar. Whisk 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha and 1/2 teaspoon each sesame seeds and brown sugar into the finished mayonnaise. Season with salt.

  • Photograph by Paul Sirisalee

Contains Raw Eggs: The Food Network Kitchen suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly cooked eggs due to the slight risk of salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell. For recipes that call for eggs that are raw or undercooked when the dish is served, use shell eggs that have been treated to destroy salmonella, by pasteurization or another approved method.

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