Herb Mayonnaise Recipes

EggsThis is a basic do-it-yourself mayonnaise recipe, and the results are better than anything you can get in the store. It's delicious. Really. Spice it up with the herb additions that follow the recipe.

Basic Mayonnaise Recipe

1 1/2 Cups Canola or olive oil (You can blend the two together)
2 Pasteurized Egg yolks
1/8 tsp. Powdered mustard
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice

Blend eggs, salt and mustard. You can either use a blender or a whisk. You want them well incorporated. They'll start to feel thicker as you beat them.

Add oil while blending or whisking. Add the oil very slowly to keep the mixture from separating. Drizzle it.

After you've added about a quarter of the oil, you can pick up the pace a little bit.

When all the oil has been blended into the eggs, add lemon juice to taste.

Now, to spice it up you can make flavored mayonnaise by adding other ingredients. If you're planning a buffet, you can start with basic homemade mayo and add cilantro and parsley for a nice mayonnaise to use with fish, or put in chives, garlic, a little mustard and some nutmeg and you have a wonderful accompaniment to egg dishes. Tarragon works well with cold chicken too.

The blends and quantities are listed below. It's fun to experiment, particularly around holidays when you're feeding a crowd. Use fresh herbs if you can, and always mince them fine.

Cilantro Mayonnaise
Basic Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro
2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
1/4 tsp White pepper

Garlic Mayonnaise (Aioli)
Basic Mayonnaise
2 pureed garlic cloves

Herb Mayonnaise
Basic Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Fresh parsley
1 tsp. Fresh chives
1/2 tsp. Fresh minced marjoram
1 Minced garlic clove
1/2 tsp. White pepper

Tarragon Mayonnaise
Basic Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Fresh Tarragon
1 Tbsp. French Mustard

Sassy Mayonnaise
*Basic Mayonnaise
1 tsp. Ground red pepper
1/2 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp Fresh cilantro
1 tsp. Fresh parsley
1 tsp. Fresh chives
1/2 tsp. White pepper

As wonderful as homemade mayonnaise is, it doesn't last long in the fridge. Three days is about right and five is pushing it.

*For a more exotic flavor for fish tacos or chimichangas, try making the basic mayo recipe for sassy mayonnaise with lime instead of lemon.


  1. Anonymous8:49:00 PM

    Loving the herb garden mayo, Very similar if not better than the Southlawn Herb Garden Mayo Spike Mendelson serves at Good Stuff Eatery in DC

  2. Great post, I'm givin' a try to the herb mayonnaise. Just one question: assuming I've already got the mayonnaise, how much of it is expected to be put in each recipe?

  3. Hi DArt

    You can use homemade mayo in any recipe that calls for regular mayonnaise -- and in like quantities. Just remember the spices will add some flavor of their own. For bland recipes there won't be a problem.

    If you're making, say, a spicy pasta salad and want to add herbed mayo, perform a taste test. Include some prepared (store bought) mayo for the remainder if you add about half the mayo requirement from the recipe using your homemade mayo and it starts to taste a bit too spicy.

    Good luck.



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