How It's Made: Mayonnaise
How It's Made: Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise, colloquially referred to as "mayo", is a thick, cold, and creamy sauce or dressing commonly used on sandwiches, hamburgers, composed salads, and French fries. It also forms the base for various other sauces, such as tartar sauce, fry sauce, remoulade, salsa golf, and rouille. Watch how it's made and then try doing it yourself! It's unbelievable simple with only a few ingredients you likely already have.

Interested in making your own?  Here is how!


  • 3 egg yolks.
  • a teaspoon of dijon mustard.
  • pinch of salt.
  • pinch of pepper (freshly ground if possible)
  • 1 lemon.
  • 1 1/4 cups of flavorless cooking oil.

Pay attention to qualify of ingredients.  Dollar Store ingredients will give a different quality outcome than higher quality ingredients.


Interested in another variation?  Still only 6 ingredients AND you likely have them all.  Just one item is different.  Vinegar instead of pepper. 


  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • ¼ tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup avocado oil, or light-flavored olive oil

There you go.  Try out both recipes.  Which one do you prefer?

Mayonnaise typically only uses one acid.  Either vinegar OR lemon juice but not both.  Standard Mayonnaise is made from:

  • Egg yolks
  • oil
  • acid (lemon juice OR vinegar)

Some of the varieties on mayonnaise that you might come across include herb-based mayos, such as basil, dill, chive, or ranch mayo; hot mayos, such as chipotle, peppercorn, kimchi, or wasabi; umami flavors such as blue cheese, Parmesan, garlic, or pecan; smoky mayos like bacon, smoked paprika, or smoked cheese; other miscellaneous varieties such as sundried tomato, teriyaki, red pepper, or curry; or even sweet mayos like raspberry, apple, or cranberry. The possibilities are quite literally endless, and the menu is only limited by your imagination.


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