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How to Make Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is really easy to make and only takes one minute with a stick blender or immersion blender.

This mayonnaise recipe is also paleo-friendly and uses a high-quality avocado oil. Once you make mayo at home, you’ll never buy it from the store again. Fresh is best!

Mayonnaise in a small glass jar.

Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is one of those condiment items we typically grab at the store and don’t really think about making at home. But you’ll have to trust me on this one. Once you make it at home you’ll never buy it from the store again. Here’s why:

  • It’s fresh
  • It’s easy
  • There’s no nasty ingredients lurking inside

Many store-bought mayonnaise bottles are made from less than stellar ingredients like canola oil or soybean oil and contain added sugar (yes, there’s added sugar in your mayo). Not to mention preservatives and “natural flavors”.

Ingredients in Homemade Mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise on the other hand is an emulsion of just 6 fresh ingredients. And most of my ingredients are organic, though the choice is yours. So what’s in my mayonnaise recipe?

  • Avocado oil
  • Egg
  • Lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt

You could substitute the avocado oil with a light-flavored olive oil and the white wine vinegar with any light colored, high-quality vinegar. Pro tip: don’t use extra virgin olive oil as it has too strong a flavor.

Mayonnaise is incredibly easy to make at home and takes less than one minute to make. This mayonnaise recipe is also Whole30 and paleo.

How to Make Mayonnaise

The key to this no-fail mayonnaise recipe is the equipment used – a stick blender (otherwise known as an immersion blender). And if you use the container that came with the stick blender, you’re good to go. Here’s how you make it in 3 easy steps:

  • Add all of the ingredients to the jar that came with your stick blender
  • Let the ingredients settle for a minute or two
  • Place the stick blender inside the container (firmly on the bottom) and covering the egg yolk
  • Turn the stick blender on and don’t move it for 10-15 seconds
  • As the mayonnaise starts to emulsify, you can move the stick blender up and down to combine the ingredients
  • Remove the stick blender, give it a stir and that’s it!

You’ve now just made creamy, fresh mayonnaise that’s perfect for sauces, dips, sandwiches, salads and a variety of other recipes.

I still remember when I showed my mom how to make mayonnaise two years ago and the delighted surprise on her face when she replied, “but I can’t believe how easy that was to make.” Since then, I’m happy to report that she’s never bought mayonnaise from the store again.

How to make mayonnaise step-by-step.

Mayonnaise Tips and Tricks

I make this recipe nearly every week or every two weeks and I’ve never had the emulsification break (not once!). But after hundreds of comments from readers on this website and my YouTube channel, I do want to share a few tips.

  • Don’t use a larger/wider jar. What makes this recipe work so well is that the jar that comes with your stick blender fits the width of the blender head tightly. That allows the egg and oil to emulsify slowly. If you use a larger or wider jar, you could run into problems.
  • Don’t try this recipe in a food processor or blender. This recipe was written specifically for a stick or immersion blender. If you add all of the ingredients to a blender and turn it on, it will fail.
  • Choose a high quality oil. The main ingredient in mayonnaise is the oil, so choose a high-quality oil. This is my favorite avocado oil and the one I personally use. It has a very neutral flavor (compared to other avocado oils). You could also use regular olive oil or light-flavored olive oil. Just steer clear of extra virgin olive oil or low-quality, industrial seed oil (canola, grapeseed, safflower, peanut, etc).
  • Is the raw egg a concern? I’m personally not concerned about the raw egg in this mayonnaise (just as this author isn’t concerned), but it’s a personal choice. If you’re concerned about salmonella you can certainly use a pasteurized egg.
  • Refrigerate the mayonnaise. Once you made the mayo, transfer it to a sealed storage container and store in the fridge. It will last up to a week in the fridge. Don’t try to freeze the mayonnaise as the emulsion will break.

Watch Me Make This Mayonnaise Recipe

While it’s really easy to make this mayonnaise recipe at home, it always helps to watch a quick tutorial video. Give it a watch!

Tasty Recipes that Use This Mayonnaise

How to Make Mayonnaise. This easy, homemade mayonnaise only takes one minute!
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Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe (in 1 Minute!)

Prep Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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Mayonnaise is incredibly easy to make at home and takes less than one minute to blend. Watch the video above to see how quickly it comes together! 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients (with the oil last) into the jar that came with your stick blender.
  • Give the ingredients a minute to settle, with the oil separating on top.
  • Place your stick blender in the jar and press it firmly to the bottom. Turn it on and keep it pressed against the bottom of the jar for at least 10-15 seconds. Once the mayonnaise starts to emulsify and thicken, slowly move the stick blender up and down to fully combine the ingredients.
  • Once it's all blended, remove the stick blender. Give it a few stirs with a spoon and place in a storage container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to one week.

Lisa's Tips

  • See all my notes and tips above, including this avocado oil brand I recommend.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp, Calories: 166kcal, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 5mg, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade mayonnaise, How to make mayonnaise, mayonnaise, mayonnaise recipe
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This recipe was originally posted August 2016, but updated to include new information.

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144 comments on “How to Make Mayonnaise”

  1. It worked fenomenal, specially for a northern german style potato salad.

    Thank you Lisa 🙌🏻👊🏻

  2. This made my whole30 life much easier! I was intimidated by the thought of making my own mayo, but your recipe and video made it SO EASY! Way easier than I expected, now I make my own mail even when I’m not doing whole30. I make all kinds of sauces with it. And it tastes great too! Also my husband (who is a mayo freak) loved the flavor. So, win-win!

    • Hi Mikayla – Woo! So happy to hear this homemade mayonnaise worked out for you :) It’s an easy Whole30 recipe to keep on hand!

  3. I love the 101 basics! This is super easy to make and much healthier since it’s easier. I know exactly what’s in it and no preservatives!! Taste so good too.
    A win win is now when u run out of mayo, you never have to go on a grocery run for just this in my house 😂

  4. I am a food blog hoarder, but yours is definitely my favorite. Thanks for all the great recipes. I had tried making mayo with a stick blender before, four tries and all ended in broken mayo, I had given up, and because I know all of your recipes are great I knew yours would be the winner. And thanks to your tips, I succeeded, (even played “At last” from Etta James while dancing in my kitchen) now I make mayo weekly :). Greeting from Honduras.

    • Hi Tania – I’m so happy to hear that! Glad my recipes are to your liking and helpful in cooking techniques :) I hope you continue to grow and learn with me!

  5. Is it ok to maybe freeze 1/2 for later use since it only lasts a week?

  6. Can I prepare mayonnaise in the vitamix???

  7. My mayo came out watery! Did I do something wrong?? Is it possible that my immersion blender isn’t fast enough? I’m afraid to try it again 😣

  8. I love your recipes. Thank you very much. I love eating  healthy and I like varieties. I also like your advice on how to keep our foods fresh and ready to go. Thank you

    • Hi Claret – So happy to hear you’re loving the recipes! Hope my posts will give you some new inspiration for healthy eating :)

  9. Hi Lisa
    What can be a substitute for white wine vinegar please for the home made mayonnaise please ?

  10. I finally found a recipe that uses a whole egg and an immersion blender. It worked it worked it worked. Next time though I will use a much lighter oil –olive oil is too strong for my taste. But it worked! Thank you

  11. Is there something else I can sub in for the vinegar? I’m trying to put together a book of recipes for my grandma (with recipes that are safe for her to use with all of her allergies)… one of the things she says she misses most is mayonnaise but she’s allergic to vinegar.

  12. Can I use coconut oil for this recipe?