Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

by Hong Diep
easy homemade mayonnaise

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Homemade mayonnaise is an easy and simple recipe that can be done from a jar. With little effort, you can make this food classic in your own kitchen.

Mayonnaise can be a great starter project for those who are just starting to cook and experts who want to try out something new. This is your guide on how to make mayonnaise at home, so read on for the next few minutes!

Why Should You Make Homemade Mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is the perfect condiment for sandwiches, salads, or as a dip for pretzels or french fries. It adds flavor to any dish and also has powerful health benefits. Homemade mayonnaise is healthier than store-bought versions with less fat and preservatives.

Homemade mayonnaise is an easy recipe that yields a smooth, rich condiment. It is surprisingly simple to make with only three ingredients: vegetable oil, egg yolks, and Dijon mustard.

Homemade Mayonnaise Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients:

  • Egg yolks
  • Dijon mustard
  • Few drops of lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Canola or vegetable oil

Optionally you can use olive oil, grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, or other oils you would prefer. Just be sure to stick with one kind for your first time in order to see how it works.

You will also need a hand-held blender or food processor. If you want the “whipped” texture of store-bought mayo, then you will also need an immersion blender.

Easy Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe


  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of neutral flavored oil like light olive oil, grapeseed oil, walnut or sweet almond oil
  • A pinch of sea salt good quality fine grain


  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Set aside the egg whites for another purpose and place the egg yolks in the bowl.
  • Pour the fresh lemon juice into the bowl with the egg yolks and whisk them well. Add mustard and stir to combine.
  • Slowly, a few drops at a time, pour the oil into the bowl while whisking constantly. Once the mayonnaise has started to thicken, pour the oil in a slow and steady stream. If the oil starts to build up at all, stop pouring and whisk the mayonnaise briskly until the oil has incorporated.
  • If the mayonnaise starts looking too thick, add enough water to thin it to the consistency you like. Add about a teaspoon of water at a time.
  • Once all the oil has been mixed in, the mayonnaise should be thick and fluffy, with your whisk forming ribbons through the mixture.
  • Season it carefully with fine grain sea salt. Add a small splash of water if you would like a thinner mayonnaise.

The Bottom Line

Homemade mayonnaise is a great condiment to have on hand, as it is sometimes hard to find in the store, and it can be hard to find one you like. Also, homemade mayo will cost less than store-bought, and it is better for your health.

This was my first attempt at making homemade mayo. I was quite pleased with the results! My husband and I liked the flavor of this particular recipe. I hope this recipe will become number-one in your kitchen. Please share your cooking experience below.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Which Oil Is Best For Mayonnaise?

There is a heated debate about whether olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, or corn oil are the best for making homemade mayonnaise. The answer is that each of these oils works for different reasons. Choose your favorite and create your recipe from scratch.

Why Is Homemade Mayo Better?

Homemade mayo is a healthier food choice than store-bought mayo. It contains no sugar, preservatives, or artificial ingredients. It’s also cheaper to make your own mayonnaise than to buy it from the store.

Does Homemade Mayonnaise Have Milk?

No, it does not. But you can use a vegan substitute to make a vegan salad dressing.

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