Lemon Aioli Follow this Lemon Aioli recipe for a flavorful garlic mayonnaise from our Napa Valley Winery Chef to learn how to make a simple homemade Aioli sauce at home. Lemon Aioli
Lemon Aioli

Lemon Aioli

This is my go-to recipe for any aioli or mayonnaise, and it’s incredibly easy to prepare.

Makes 1⅓ cups / Prep Time:

Directions

  1. Place the egg yolks, lemon juice, water, salt, and mustard in a small food processor (or a blender) and process until well blended.
  2. With the motor running, add the canola oil and then the olive oil in a slow, steady stream and process until emulsified, about 2 minutes.
  3. Use immediately, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Chef’s Note:

  • Depending on the size of your blender, you may need to double or even triple this recipe for it to properly mix, or try making it using the “old school” method, below.
  • The quality of the lemon juice can significantly affect the flavor of the aioli. If your lemon juice is sharply sour, or if you use pasteurized lemon juice, add ⅛ teaspoon of sugar to help balance the flavor.
  • A note about olive oil and blenders: olive oil will become bitter when it is mechanically agitated in a blender or food processor. The solution is to use neutral-flavored oil like canola oil and a little bit of olive oil.

The "Old School" Method:

If you really want your aioli full of extra virgin olive oil flavor you need to mix the aioli together by hand:

  1. Roll a kitchen towel up into a snake and bend the towel around to form a doughnut shape. Place your mixing bowl on top of this doughnut. This will hold your bowl in place so you can mix with one hand and pour with the other.
  2. Follow the same procedure as above: whisk with one hand and pour the oil with the other. Be sure to whisk quite vigorously (your arm will get tired!). If you need to rest your arm, stop pouring in the oil.
  3. Once all of the oil is added, taste and adjust seasoning of lemon juice and salt.

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