Modern Spanish-style Allioli (Olive Oil and Garlic Mayonnaise) Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

This Spanish mayonnaise-style condiment is intensely flavored with garlic.

Note: If you don't have an immersion blender with a cup, you can make the allioli in a food processor. Coming egg, garlic, lemon juice, water, and mustard in a food processor. With machine running, slowly drizzle in the canola or light olive oil, scraping down the sides as necessary. Transfer the half-finished allioli to a bowl and proceed with step two.

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Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Makes: 1 cup

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  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon juice (from 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable, canola, or light olive oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place egg yolk, garlic, water, and lemon juice in the bottom of an immersion blender cup. Pour oil on top and allow to settle for 15 seconds. Place head of immersion blender at bottom of cup and switch it on. As mayonnaise forms, slowly tilt and lift the head of the immersion blender until all oil is emulsified. (For food processor instructions, see note).

  2. Transfer allioli to a medium bowl. Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in extra-virgin olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Special equipment

immersion blender

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