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How to Make Mayonnaise By Hand, No Blender Required

How to Make Mayonnaise By Hand, No Blender Required

Words Amalia Safran

Mayonnaise is one of the those condiments that tastes a lot better when made at home. Most homemade mayo recipes call for a blender or food processor, but this version uses just six ingredients, some forearm strength, and a whisk.

Mayonnaise can be whipped up with hand blender, but for a slightly saucier, lighter version, we like to do it the old-fashioned way: with a whisk. We’ll warn you upfront that this method takes longer, but the balloon whisk’s teardrop-shaped handle fits comfortably in the palm of your hand for fatigue-free mixing and silky smooth results. Recipe adapted from Serious Eats

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe Without a Blender


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Salt
  • 1 cup vegetable or canola oil

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1. Add egg, mustard, lemon juice and garlic to a bowl. Use a mixing bowl with a non-slip base so it stays stable while you’re whisking.
2. Whisk ingredients together and season with salt.

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3. While whisking, start to add oil, one drop at a time. Use a squeeze bottle to control the flow of the oil.
4. Once about ¼ of a cup is added, start pouring a steady stream of oil while continuing to whisk with your other hand.
5. When all of the oil is added, the results should be a pale yellow sauce.

Learn how to make more homemade sauces and dressings, plus how to make ice cream without a machine.

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By Amalia Safran

Amalia Safran is part of OXO's Brand Communications team. She enjoys anything outdoors and exploring new cities, and she has yet to meet a food she doesn’t like.

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