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How to Make Mayonnaise in Just 10 Minutes

If buying the jarred stuff throws you off, here’s how to make mayonnaise at home with simple ingredients.
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While there are some people in the world who love mayonnaise (like myself), there are a few others who cannot stand it. When I ask mayonnaise-haters why they despise it, it's usually for the same reason: the texture. It's that mysterious white spread that people can't seem to get behind—usually because they have no idea what's actually in mayonnaise. So what if I told you that homemade mayonnaise is simply a mixture of egg yolks, oil, salt, and lemon juice—and it only takes 10 minutes to make yourself?

Would it change your mind about mayonnaise?

Since I'm a huge fan of putting mayonnaise in almost everything, I wanted to show people how to make mayonnaise at home. Because I want you to experience the joy of tasting a grilled cheese made with mayonnaise and, if you're feeling extra frisky, adding it to chocolate cake. Really, I'm not kidding.

Here's a tutorial on how to make mayonnaise at home in a mere 10 minutes.


2 eggs
1 cup olive oil (or 1 1/4 cup)
1/4 tsp salt (or 1/2 tsp)
2 tsp lemon juice

How to Make It

Separate the egg yolks and the egg whites

separating egg yolks and whites
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As you separate the eggs, place the yolks inside a large stand mixer and the egg whites in a bowl. The egg whites will not be needed for this recipe, so save them and make yourself an egg white omelet!

Add in the lemon juice

adding lemon juice to a stand mixer

Add the lemon juice to the stand mixer and continue to whisk until the egg and lemon juice have fully been mixed together (about 30 seconds).

Slowly poor in the oil

slowly pouring oil into a stand mixer

Add in the oil at very tiny increments at a time (just a few drops) for the rest of the 10 minutes. This process will seem slow, and it may not seem like mayonnaise will form. Just trust us on this one. Small drops at a time until the oil is completely gone. It may even be easier to pour it straight from the bottle. Sprinkle in the salt.

Full Mayonnaise Recipe

  1. Separate the egg yolks and egg whites. Add the egg yolks to a mixer and whisk.
  2. Add in the lemon juice, whisk until the egg and lemon have fully been mixed.
  3. Pour the oil in slowly, small drops at a time, as the mixer is going. This should take about 8 to 9 minutes.
  4. Once the mayonnaise is at the perfect consistency, sprinkle in the salt.
  5. Store in a small sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
homemade mayonnaise
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