Spicy 'Nduja Mayonnaise Recipe

For the best spicy mayonnaise, stir in some funky, salty 'nduja.

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Why It Works

  • The soft spreadable texture and high fat content of 'nduja allows it to easily emulsify and meld with creamy mayonnaise, lending it floral heat from the Calabrian chilies and meaty richness from the pork.
  • Fresh lemon juice gives this spicy mayonnaise some bright acidity, complementing the fermented tang of 'nduja.

If you like spiking mayonnaise with sriracha, gochujang, or harissa to add a little heat to sandwiches, burgers, French fries, grilled seafood, and other mayo-friendly foods, then you need to give this 'nduja mayo a try.

For the uninitiated, 'nduja is a spicy, spreadable fermented pork salume from the southern Italian region of Calabria. 'Nduja's high fat content lends it a soft, spreadable texture, and also allows it to easily emulsify and meld into sauces.

Here, we stir a couple of tablespoons of 'nduja into mayonnaise along with a splash of lemon juice for the perfect sandwich condiment. The Calabrian chilies in the 'nduja provide plenty of floral heat that you'd want in a spicy mayo, but the meaty richness of the pork makes this sandwich spread anything but ordinary.

Recipe Facts

4.5

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Active: 1 min
Total: 1 mins
Makes: 2/3 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces; 100g) homemade or store-bought mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce; 27g) 'nduja (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, 'nduja, and lemon juice until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt as needed. Use right away or refrigerate in an airtight container until ready to use.

Notes

'Nduja is a spicy spreadable pork salame that originates from the southern Italian region of Calabria. In the US, it can be purchased at specialty shops that carry salumi/charcuterie, Italian markets, or online from producers like Tempesta Artisan Salumi. Look for 'nduja made with just four ingredients: pork, Calabrian chilies, salt, and lactic acid.

Make-Ahead and Storage

'Nduja mayonnaise can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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