How to make a flavoured mayonnaise from scratch including coriander, basil, mint and lime, garlic (aoili), curry or chilli. Also how to cheat using store-bought mayonnaise and how to read the label on the jar to find a decent-quality product.
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
20g fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
200ml rapeseed, peanut or sunflower oil (or half rapeseed oil and half olive oil)
1. Blend the egg yolks, lemon juice, coriander and garlic until homogenous in a stand blender or food processor. With the motor running, add the oil little by little until the mayonnaise becomes thick. Be careful, if you drizzle in the oil too quickly it won’t form a mayonnaise. Do it literally drop by drop. Season with salt to taste.
Basil Mayonnaise Recipe | Replace the fresh coriander in the recipe above with 12 leaves of finely chopped basil.
Garlic Mayonnaise Recipe | Omit the coriander leaves and use 2 cloves of crushed garlic instead of one.
Mint and Lime Mayonnaise Recipe |Replace the fresh coriander in the recipe above with 6 leaves of finely chopped basil and replace the lemon juice with lime juice.
Curry Mayonnaise Recipe | Replace the coriander leaves with 1 tablespoon of curry paste (korma) or satay sauce.
Chilli Mayonnaise Recipe | Replace the lemon juice with cider or white wine vinegar and add a tablespoon of chilli oil as part of the 200ml of oil used in the recipe above.
A Convenient Shortcut to Make Flavoured Mayonnaise using a Jar of Mayonnaise
Use 200ml of store-bought good quality mayonnaise instead of making the mayonnaise from scratch and add the flavourings above.
How do you choose a good mayonnaise?
If possible the label should list free-range eggs (it’s a good indicator that the rest of the ingredients will be better quality) and it should not include any cheap oil such as palm oil (look for rapeseed oil instead). It will taste much better too. We love Hellman’s Mayonnaise but sometimes if you are lucky, the so-called discount stores have an own-brand mayonnaise that contains free-range eggs and a good oil and it’s much cheaper, so it’s always worth looking at the label.