Basic Aioli Recipe - A Garlic Mayonnaise Spread or Sauce

Garlic Aioli
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Ratings (72)
  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 Cup (serves 8)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
213 Calories
21g Fat
6g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Garlic mayonnaise, or aioli, is one of America's most popular cold sauces. This simple aioli recipe has unlimited uses; from a super sandwich spread, to a great dip for vegetables, to a sauce for grilled seafood. There are many variations of this garlic mayonnaise - aioli recipe, but this is a standard base recipe, from which you can add any number of herbs and spices.

Garlic aioli ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps to Make It

Crush the garlic cloves with the flat of a knife, and remove the skin. Then mince the garlic very fine.

Crush and mince garlic
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Add a pinch of salt, and using the flat of the knife again, scrap and press the garlic against the cutting surface to make a very smooth paste. It's making this paste from the fresh garlic that gives aioli its intense garlic flavor.

Crush garlic and salt to make paste
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Add the garlic to a small bowl, and whisk together with the rest of the ingredients. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Serve cold.

Add garlic to bowl and add other ingredients for garlic aioli
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Enjoy!