Homemade (Cooked) Mayonnaise Recipe

Mayonnaise sauce in glass jug, wood background
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Cool: 5 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
31 Calories
2g Fat
1g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 31
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 227mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 3g
Calcium 13mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Raw eggs are an important ingredient in mayonnaise. If you are concerned about using raw eggs in your mayonnaise, try this method which heats the eggs just enough to kill bacteria. You can also use radiated eggs and skip the heating process.

"Cookwise" by Shirley O. Corriher (Wm Morrow)


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup canola, peanut, vegetable, or pure olive oil (not extra virgin)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the egg yolks, lemon juice, water, and sugar in a small skillet over very low heat, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan constantly with a spatula.

  2. At the first sign of thickening, remove the pan from the heat but continue stirring.

  3. Dip the pan bottom in a large pan of cold water to stop cooking.

  4. Scrape into a blender, blend for a second or so, then let stand uncovered at least five minutes to cool.

  5. Add the dry mustard, salt, and cayenne if using.

  6. Cover and, with the blender running, drizzle the oil in very slowly at first, down the center hole into the egg mixture.

  7. Transfer mayonnaise to a clean container and chill immediately. This will keep for at least seven days refrigerated.

Source: by Shirley O. Corriher (Wm Morrow)
Reprinted with permission.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.