How to Make Homemade Garlic Mayo with a Hand Blender

Garlic Mayonnaise – or aioli in France – is one of my favorite condiments. It’s traditionally used with seafood but I love it on French fries, baked veggies (watch out for my oven baked sweet potato recipe), bread, tartines and sandwiches. You can pretty much use it on anything, and the taste of homemade mayo is nothing like the over-processed supermarket stuff.

Making your own mayonnaise is not easy. For me, it was always a two-man operation with my husband and things got really messy. Also, you have to make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature and when you start to incorporate the oil and the egg yolk, the timing has to be right. The oil is added very slowly until it emulsifies, if you add too much too soon you need to start all over again. This recipe is based on Serious Eats and it increases your success rate dramatically. Using a hand blender makes things a lot easier but also helps with the emulsification.

Traditionally, aioli is made with just olive oil but I’m using 1/2 cup of canola to tone down the strong olive oil flavor. Feel free to experiment with different ratios of olive oil to neutral tasting oils like grapeseed or canola. Leave out the garlic for regular mayo.

I prefer white pepper for mayo and a mix of olive and canola oil.

Keep blender at bottom and turn on.

Within seconds mayonnaise will form and begin to emulsify. Move blender up slowly.

Remember to be patient and to not blend all at once. Once mixture is thick, add garlic, salt and pepper.

Voila! The mayonnaise is ready!

Step-By-Step: How to Make Homemade Garlic Mayo with a Hand Blender

Homemade Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe

  • 1 cup oil (use a combination of olive oil and neutral tasting oil like canola)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped (adjust amount to taste)
  • salt & pepper, to taste

    Make sure ingredients are at room temperature before starting to mix. Place eggs in a cup of warm water to speed up the process if needed.

    Add oil, egg yolks and lemon juice into a blending container. Place hand blender at the bottom of the container and turn on. Within seconds you will see the mayonnaise start to form at the bottom. It will begin to emulsify and become thick. IMPORTANT: make sure to not lift up blender until most of the oil has been incorporated; then begin to move up slowly.

    Once your mixture feels like real mayo, add the chopped garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well and enjoy. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge and consume over the next few days (make sure to use the freshest, high-quality eggs available).

    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Yield: Makes about 1 1/4 cups

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    25 Responses to “How to Make Homemade Garlic Mayo with a Hand Blender”

    1. Karen | Divine Dinner Party October 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      I use canola in making homemade mayo because I think the olive oil kind of ruins the richness of the basic mayo taste. I love how this amazing condiment was flavored with garlic. Makes me want to look for potatoes to bake like right now! lol! The photo tutorial is very detailed – super cool 🙂

      • Barb October 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm #

        Thanks, Karen! Glad the photos were helpful. I agree, too much olive oil is overpowering and can turn the mayo bitter.

        • David Smith May 8, 2014 at 10:55 am #

          Try using your food processor- put all of the ingredients except the oil into the bowl, put the cover on and put the “pusher” into the opening. There should be a tiny hole at the bottom of the pusher that you may not have noticed before…pour the oil into the pusher while operating the processor and the oil will dribble through the hole into the bowl and emulsify nicely.

          Easy peasy, and then put it all into the dishwasher.

    2. Tes October 10, 2011 at 10:45 am #

      Wow the photo is so wonderful… I almost feel like I’m seeing this up close in person 🙂 The mayo looks so creamy and delicious 🙂

      • Barb October 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

        Thank you so much, Tes! Using a hand blender makes the mayo super thick and creamy. I don’t think I can go back to doing it by hand anymore! 🙂

    3. Kelly @ Free Spirit Food October 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

      Wow, I’ve been waiting for a recipe like this to make homemade mayo seem much less intimidating! Can’t wait to try!

      • Barb October 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm #

        Awesome, Kelly! Let me know how it turns out. Great blog BTW 🙂

    4. Jana @ delectablymine October 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

      What a great way to make mayo! I always want to make homemade mayo, but I don’t feel like working my arm to death. This looks so easy and delicious. It’s seems so strange that you don’t have to add the oil slowly. But I’ll give it a shot, it looks so easy!

      • Barb October 10, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

        Thanks for the comment, Jana. After I tried this technique out I was thrilled! And you’re right, no need to add the oil slowly, but you need to make sure to not lift up the blender until the mixture becomes thick.

    5. Anna October 11, 2011 at 8:47 am #

      For someone who loves homemade dressings, dips, jams, purees and everything else, I can’t help but smile everytime I see a recipe I can add to my growing list. This is my next project…Thanks!

    6. lauren @ the talking kitchen October 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

      i thought i was going to make sweet potato leek soup tonight… then i saw this. THANK YOU!

    7. Kristina Brooke October 21, 2011 at 3:44 pm #


      This recipe saved my lunch today! I have NEVER been able to make mayo from scratch. I had to dump a batch right before I found this. I tried a blender, a food processor, my magic bullet, and even the hand blender, but nothing worked.

      Then I found this and I was able to complete my chicken salad check it out:

      • Barb October 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

        You’re very welcome, Kristina – I’m so glad the mayo saved your lunch…it sounds yummy!

        I used to make mayo by hand with a whisk but it took too long and if your timing isn’t right, then you’d have to start all over. But this method is great. With a hand blender, the key is to not mix everything at once…

        Thanks for the comment 🙂

    8. Fran March 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

      nice technique!
      I would like to add that in my region (Catalonia, south of Provence where this is from), we have a variant where no egg is used: just the garlic (all) and oil (oli), and that’s there the name comes from (allioli, aioli in occitan). It’s a bit more difficult to make, normally involves lots of pounding on a mortar rather than blending, but if you like the kick of strong garlic – as I do – you will love it!

      • Barb March 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

        Hi Fran,

        Thanks for the insightful comment. I’ve always used the term aioli loosely meaning “garlic mayo” but I’ll definitely want to try the authentic version you’ve described. And yes, I absolutely do love a strong garlic kick 🙂

    9. Athena May 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

      It was my first time to make home-made mayo, but it didn’t work out so well for me..Iwonder what went wrong…The result looks like some kind of yellowish oil. Was it because my blending container was not narrow as the picture above depicts? The blending container I used was just a wide ceramic bowl. Please help!

      • Barb May 28, 2012 at 10:53 am #

        Hi Athena – A wide bowl will probably mix everything all at once, making it runny. A narrow blending container will help with the emulsification, making the mixture thick. Let me know if you make it again and need more help!
        Check out the video from where I based my recipe from:

        • Athena June 1, 2012 at 3:04 am #

          Thank you so much for your help! This time I used a narrower blending container and poured the oil slower. Now I got a smooth and creamy version. Thanks again!

          • Barb June 1, 2012 at 8:45 am #

            Of course Athena, anytime!! I’m so happy it turned out well for you this time.

    10. Kat November 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      Ok I have done this four times and it has never worked! I’m so sad because I really want to make my own I’m using half olive oil and half coconut oil. With free range eggs. I throw it in all at once. What could I be doing wrong??

      • Barb November 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

        Sorry to hear that, but I really think it’s because of the coconut oil you’re using. I’ve never tried that but knowing that it’s solid at room temperature I can’t see that working out too well. Why don’t you try it without the coconut oil? Also make sure you only use the egg yolks, not the whole egg. Hope this helps.

      • Valorie March 11, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

        I had no luck tried everything room temp, yolks only whole egg canola oil. Absolutely no luck

    11. Jackie February 7, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      Sprouts in our area now sell pasteurized eggs. Check out your natural grocery stores

    12. Tiffany February 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      How long do you think that will keep in the fridge?

      • Barb February 15, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

        Hi Tiffany – As long as you use the freshest, high-quality eggs available, I would say you could keep the mayo for 10-14 days…maybe even longer.

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