Fail-Proof Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

Using whole eggs instead of just the yolk, makes this homemade mayonnaise recipe practically fail-proof and extra easy. Jump to the Whole Egg Mayonnaise Recipe or watch our quick video to see how we make the tastiest and easiest mayonnaise in less than 10 minutes!

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How to Make Practically No-Fail Whole Egg Mayonnaise

The ingredients are simple — we bet you even have them in your kitchen right now. You will need an egg, Dijon mustard, red or white wine vinegar, some salt and a neutral flavored oil.

How to Make Practically No-Fail Whole Egg Mayonnaise

A+J’s Tip: You can use olive oil, but it can be a little overpowering so use one that’s light and fruity and consider only replacing half of the oil called for in the recipe with olive oil and use something more neutral for the rest.

There are a few ways to make mayonnaise. We use our food processor with the small bowl attachment, but an immersion blender or making it completely by hand will work. (Expect tired arms and strong biceps if you do choose to do it by hand).

Room temperature ingredients are best when making mayonnaise at home. If you’re not able to wait for the egg to come to room temperature, submerge it in lukewarm (not hot) water for a couple of minutes.

To make the mayo, combine egg with mustard, vinegar and some salt in the bowl of a food processor. Mustard adds flavor, but it also helps to keep the mayonnaise stable. Along with the egg yolk, mustard helps emulsify the mixture, reducing the risk of our mayo breaking.

Stream the oil in slowly

Give everything a whirl in the processor, scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then slowly (very, very slowly) add the oil. Start by adding tiny drops of oil until about 1/4 of the oil has been added. It’s at this point that you should notice the mixture is beginning to thicken and emulsify. Once this happens, you can be a little less strict with how slowly the oil is added. A thin stream of oil is perfect. After all of the oil is added, you’ll be left with thick and creamy mayonnaise.

Homemade Mayo

At this point it is a good idea to taste the mayonnaise to see if any more salt or acid is needed. We usually add a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten things up a little. This is also a great time to make the mayonnaise entirely your own. Fresh herbs, garlic paste, chipotle, Sriracha or curry powder are all amazing options. A+J’s Tip: To make garlic paste, finely chop one clove of garlic,  sprinkle with a little coarse salt then use the flat side of your knife to press and scrape the garlic against your cutting board until a paste forms.

Using Up Your Homemade Mayonnaise: Try our Potato Salad Recipe with lots of tips for making it best, our Simple Egg Salad Recipe, which is perfect for make-ahead lunches, our popular recipe sharing how Adam makes his Maryland-Style Crab Cakes that are especially good with homemade mayonnaise or this incredibly easy and delicious Broccoli Salad with a mayonnaise-based dressing.

How to Fix Broken Mayonnaise

When making mayonnaise, the worst, but not unfixable, thing that can happen to you is that the mixture breaks, leaving you with a curdled mess. Our recipe tries to prevent this a few ways: we use a whole egg, which adds a little more liquid to the mix, mustard acts as an emulsifier from the get go and we are careful to stream our oil in slowly. While we have never had this recipe for mayonnaise break on us, if it happens to you don’t fret! You really should be able to fix it.

Add about 1 teaspoon of mustard to a bowl then slowly beat the broken mayonnaise into the mustard until it becomes emulsified and creamy again (a tip from Julia Child). Another trick is to repeat the same process, but replace the teaspoon of mustard with an egg yolk.

Seriously Good Homemade Coleslaw RecipeYOU MAY ALSO LIKE: We use this mayonnaise to make our seriously good coleslaw. See how to make our favorite homemade coleslaw. Jump to the Easy Coleslaw Recipe.

Homemade Whole Egg Mayonnaise Recipe

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Recipe updated, originally posted May 2015. Since posting this in 2015, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and have added a recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Fail-Proof Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

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Homemade mayonnaise is such a treat. It’s very simple to make, too. Room temperature ingredients are best when making mayonnaise at home. If you’re not able to wait for the egg to come to room temperature, submerge it in lukewarm (not hot) water for a couple of minutes. There are a few ways to make mayonnaise. We use our food processor with the small bowl attachment, but an immersion blender or making it completely by hand and large whisk will work. (Expect tired arms and strong biceps if you do choose to do it by hand).

Makes approximately 1 cup

You Will Need

1 large egg at room temperature

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon red or white wine vinegar

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

1 cup (240 ml) neutral flavored oil, grapeseed, safflower or canola are best

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, optional

Directions

  • Prepare Equipment
  • If you have a large food processor, use the smaller bowl attachment that came with your processor so that the bowl is not too large for the amount of mayonnaise this recipe makes. Not using the smaller bowl can prevent the mayonnaise from emulsifying since the mixture will not have enough contact with the blade.

    If you do not the smaller bowl attachment, making the mayonnaise with an immersion blender or by hand are alternatives. Or simply make a larger batch and double the recipe and use the standard bowl attachment.

    • Make Mayonnaise
    • Add egg, mustard, vinegar, and salt to the small bowl of a food processor and process for 20 seconds. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, turn the food processor on then begin to slowly add the oil in tiny drops until about a quarter of the oil has been added (this is critical for proper emulsification).

      Once you notice that the mixture is beginning to thicken and emulsify, you can be a little less strict. With the processor on, continue to add it slowly, but increase to a very thin stream instead of drops of oil.

      When all of the oil has been added, scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and process for an extra 10 seconds. Taste mayonnaise for seasoning then add salt, lemon juice or extra vinegar to taste. Note, if the mayo seems too thin, slowly stream in more oil with the processor running until thick.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Storing Homemade Mayonnaise: Store covered in the refrigerator as long as the expiration date of your eggs allow.
  • Raw eggs: When choosing eggs for homemade mayonnaise, go for fresh, properly refrigerated, clean grade A or AA eggs with intact shells.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil can be a little overpowering so use one that’s light and fruity and consider only replacing half of the oil called for in the recipe with olive oil and use something more neutral for the rest.
  • Fixing Broken Mayonnaise: While we have never had this recipe for mayonnaise break on us, if it happens to you don’t fret! You really should be able to fix it. Add about 1 teaspoon of mustard to a bowl then slowly beat the broken mayonnaise into the mustard until it becomes emulsified and creamy again (a tip from Julia Child). Another trick is to repeat the same process, but replace the teaspoon of mustard with an egg yolk.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. 1 serving equals 1 tablespoon.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 126 / Protein 0 g / Carbohydrate 0 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 14 g / Saturated Fat 1 g / Cholesterol 12 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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129 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Kate November 14, 2017, 9:45 am

    Great recipe! Super easy to make delicious mayo! Thanks!

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  • Molly Fleming November 9, 2017, 7:16 pm

    How long is the shelf life of this fresh mayo?

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    • Joanne November 14, 2017, 6:22 pm

      Hi Molly, The mayo will keep as long as the eggs would have kept in your refrigerator. I’ve kept ours for a few weeks without issue.

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  • Valerie November 8, 2017, 4:30 pm

    Made a double batch in my mini food processor and almost overflowed the bowl, but it looks and tastes great. I used about 1/2 C EVOO and grapeseed oil; the olive oil has a very floral aroma and flavor, so I added a little lemon juice to balance it out. Next time, I think I’ll go 100% grapeseed oil — and there will be a next time!

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  • Steve November 8, 2017, 10:24 am

    So disappointed with the “healthy” mayo offerings on the store shelves claiming to be made “with avocado oil” but turn out to be only a small fraction and the rest is the same old industrial oils e.g. canola. I used 80% avocado / 20% olive, with the small bowl attachment of a Braun immersion blender and it turned out perfect the first time. Then a few heaping tablespoons went into my favorite chicken salad recipe – yummy!

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  • Danni November 5, 2017, 12:19 am

    This was so easy to make. It was so tasty that the kids and I just wanted to eat spoonfulls of it on its own. Don’t worry, we didn’t. 🙂

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  • Lisa November 4, 2017, 6:39 pm

    I made this with EV olive oil and white vinegar. It was delicious. I’ve been looking for a mayonnaise without canola or sunflower oil, which is very hard to find if you can believe it. I will never buy mayo again. Homemade and fresh for me only.

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  • Tricia November 3, 2017, 9:40 pm

    This was amazing. I had never made it before but I was making a fried chicken dinner and had no mayo for the coleslaw. So easy and so very delicious. I used canola oil and just a little salt and it didn’t need anything else at the end. I will play with this recipe and try making tartare sauce and chipotle mayo and all kinds of things. Thank you for such an easy and foolproof recipe.

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  • Corinne Bennett October 28, 2017, 8:47 pm

    Huge waste of time….ended up with oil soup. Gross!

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    • Joanne November 16, 2017, 2:57 pm

      Hi Corinne, We’re so sorry to read that the recipe did not work well for you. Did you use a food processor with small bowl? That’s really important. Other commenters have also had success with an immersion blender.

      Reply
  • Adele October 13, 2017, 8:58 am

    Do you think you can use a blender instead of a food processor for this recipe?

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    • Joanne November 16, 2017, 3:19 pm

      Hi Adele, Some of our readers have commented saying that a blender did work for them. We prefer to use a food process with the small bowl attachment or an immersion blender.

      Reply
  • Amber September 29, 2017, 9:33 pm

    I have always wanted to try to make mayonnaise and this recipe caught my eye tonight when trying to make a hamburger spread and realizing I didn’t have the main ingredient, mayo! I desperately was searching the internet for a mayo recipe and decided since this one was supposedly fool-proof it was my best bet. I am so thrilled at the results! I now have a container of homemade mayo in my fridge. I didn’t have any room temperature eggs in the house so my daughter fetched me one from the coop and away we went. I used my regular size Cuisinart food processor cup and it came together beautifully. I do not have an immersion blender so I took the risk. I used grapeseed oil and it tastes just like the mayo we buy from the store. I think I will be doing this more often! Perfect since we have our own free range fresh eggs!

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    • Valerie October 19, 2017, 4:32 am

      Great Mayo! So easy and delicious. Thanks.

      Reply

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