Whole egg mayonnaise recipe, that will become your favorite. It’s super easy, has few ingredients and fool-proof. It’s quick too.
Origin of mayonnaise
Some people say it’s French obviously. Other say, it’s Spanish from Mahon, an island in Manorca. It was developed as a substitute to cream. You can read more about origin of basic mayonnaise here.
Basic Ingredients of whole egg mayonnaise recipe
If you don’t care about history like me than let’s dig in ingredients. Mayonnaise has three ingredients, egg, neural flavored oil and acid. That’s it.
We use mustard in recipe as it is an emulsifier (something that helps mix oil and water). Vinegar or lemon juice is the acid we need. Sugar is completely optional and personal preference. (I almost always add sugar.) You may use only egg yolk, but adding a whole egg is convenient for me. (If I don’t , I have to make something to use those whites. )Personally, I almost always add 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in mayonnaise for spice kick, but you can skip it if you like.
Any oil with neutral flavor works well. If you wish to use extra virgin olive oil, you should know it has intense flavor and it might bother you. So, use 1/2 cup of any neutral oil and 1/2 cup of olive oil for a more balanced flavor.
You can make mayonnaise in any food processor, immersion blender, hand mix or just with your hand. Of course, with hand means stronger muscle and soaring pain in arms.
I’m sharing basic recipe but you can take it further to make Ranch, honey mustard sauce or cilantro sauce, garlic mayonnaise, thousand island sauce and so on.
- One thing, I’ve learned is that never get tempt to add these extra ingredients prior to making mayonnaise. Like adding garlic along with mustard and egg together to make mayo garlic sauce. The extra water from any of these ingredients can mess your mayonnaise. So add these ingredients after mayonnaise is ready.
- Also, mix these ingredient with hands and do not blend with food processor which can also alter the texture and thickness of mayonnaise.
Do’s -The fool proof secret of making mayonnaise
Basically, in mayonnaise we homogenize oil and watery eggs. So a slight mistake can stop this process. and leave you a curdled liquid.
Always use clean dry utensil. And little extra water in recipe mess up everything. so wipe your utensil and then go ahead.
Most chefs suggest oil and egg both should be at same temperature. So cold eggs sometime cause trouble. Although, I often make mayonnaise with cold eggs. However, submerging in Luke warm to bring them to room temperature really helps.
Thin stream of oil.
Once the mixture begins to thicken you are safe. Before that point add very slow stream of oil, literally drop by drop. Once the mayonnaise start to get creamy after adding about 1/4 cup , you can go faster but still in thin stream.
How to fix messy, curdled mayonnaise?
- Usually, just keep the broken mayonnaise in fridge and blend again after half an hour and it should be good.
- Or add another egg yolk and blend again.
- Or add 1 more teaspoon mustard sauce and blend again.
I got last two tips from here. I have tried first trick only and it works for me.
Things I make with this mayonnaise
How to make whole egg mayonnaise recipe?
This is a simple recipe of basic mayonnaise that you can use to make dressings, dips, spreads and sauces. Always use clean dry utensil to make mayonnaise.
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mustard sauce
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper optional
- 1 cup neutral oil (like corn oil)
Place egg, mustard, vinegar, sugar, pepper and salt in a food processor (or bowl for immersion blender). Blend for 30 seconds.
Then with food processor switched on, add oil in very thin stream ( through the hole provided in processor for this purpose, if not stop processor at intervals and then add little oil each time and continue to blend). When mayonnaise start to thicken add all remaining oil little at a time.
Your mayonnaise is ready.
Store in fridge in air tight container and use within 5 days, the mayonnaise is good until it smells and tastes good.