Once the mayonnaise is ready, leave it to rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.
Tips & tricks
- A little acid, as provided by the vinegar or even lemon juice, helps stabilise the mayonnaise mixture.
- It’s important to use a neutral oil that is light in flavour – olive oil can be a little overpowering.
- If your mayonnaise just won’t thicken, you need to keep in mind that the oil must be added very slowly, drop by drop. All at once and your mixture will curdle.
- Mayonnaise comes from the family of French 'aise' sauces that also includes béarnaise and hollandaise, all of which start with an egg and an oil/butter-based emulsion.
How to eat mayonnaise
Of course, mayonnaise comes into its own in a sandwich, but it’s also great for adding to a salad or serving as a dip with treats such as crab cakes, arancini or battered fish bites. It’s also hard to beat with a platter of prepared raw vegetables or crudités. Try stirring it into mashed potatoes for extra creaminess!
How to cook flavoured mayonnaise
As delicious as it is simple, mayonnaise lends itself to endless variations, giving you the chance to create your own flavour combinations depending on what you plan to serve it with. Once you’ve made your mayonnaise, fold in the flavoured ingredients while taking care not to overwork it. Try everything from tangy wasabi to rich blue cheese.
This recipe was updated on 30/03/2023.