Spicy Duckonnaise Recipe

Note: Read about making animal-fat mayonnaise for a full recap on the science behind these recipes. The jarred mayonnaise added to the food processor at the start makes it easier to create a more stable emulsion. If you are an experienced mayonnaise-maker who has no problems with mayonnaise breaking on you, you may omit the jarred mayonnaise. The mayonnaise can also be made in a bowl with a whisk. This mayonnaise can be made with vegetable oil in place of the rendered animal fat - though flavor will suffer.

Recipe Details

Spicy Duckonnaise Recipe

Prep 10 mins
Total 10 mins


  • 3/4 cup rendered duck fat, melted
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, grated on microplane grater or pressed through garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon red Thai curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon water, plus more to correct consistency
  • lime juice to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Combine duck fat and canola oil in 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Whisk to combine.

  2. Add egg yolks, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise garlic, curry paste, and water to bowl of food processor. Run processor for 5 seconds to combine. Scrape down sides of processor bowl with rubber spatula. With processor running, slowly drizzle fat into bowl in a thin, steady stream, stopping and scraping down sides as necessary. Add lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste, and adjust consistency with water until thick, smooth, and creamy, but not mouth-coatingly waxy. Stir in cilantro. Store in refrigerator in air-tight container for up to two weeks.

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