Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe: Ditch the Hydrogenated Oils (But Not the Flavor)


This homemade mayonnaise recipe will knock your socks off.  It’s truly egg-cellent. And hello, as with all homemade goodness, you can say goodbye to high fructose corn syrup and creepy preservatives.  

We are bring it back old school style with elbow grease (no this is not an ingredient), by whisking this mayonnaise recipe rather than using an electric egg beater. Here are step by step instructions, and tips, on how to make an outstandingly simple and delicious homemade mayonnaise recipe.

Yields about 2 cups of mayonnaise 


3 organic egg yolks
1 ½ to 2 1/4 cups of vegetable oil such as grapessed or safflower
3 to 5 tablespoons of organic lemon juice or vinegar
½ tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon dry or prepared mustard
2 tablespoons boiling water


1. Before you start, have all ingredients at room temperature.  Even warm your mixing bowl with hot water and then dry it.

2. Add the organic egg yolks and beat for 1 to 2 minutes until they are thick and sticky. Once they reach this consistency, you know they can absorb the oil.

3. Add the organic lemon juice or vinegar, salt and mustard, then beat for 30 seconds more.

4. Slowly add the oil, drip by drip, while continuing to beat the egg yolks. *Keep your eye on the oil, not the sauce.  Every 10 seconds or so, stop pouring but continue beating.  When the sauce thickens, almost to a heavy cream consistency, you can add the oil a bit faster, but still slowly.

5. If the mixture becomes too thick, you can stop adding oil and add a bit more organic lemon juice or vinegar to thin it out.

6. Beat in 2 tablespoons of boiling water into the sauce as an anti-curdling agent.

7. Add more of the salt or mustard for taste if you’d like. Et, voila, a delicious mayonnaise recipe!

Want some delicious recipes to add your homemade mayonnaise to?

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Recipe courtesy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck.

Image: Flickr user Jules 

Juliette Donatelli

Working in the field of sustainability for over seven years, Juliette is passionate about its intersection within the fashion industry. Juliette began studying ecological conservation, and led consumer awareness campaigns around the world from water usage in southern California, riparian restoration in South Africa, food distribution in Paris and bison habitat in the Great Plains. She has launched her passion--consumerism and sustainability--into a place where it hits home--fashion. Juliette is the founder and editor-in-chief of spadesandsilk.com, Director of Sustainability at Manufacture NY, and loves to read, dance, swim and enjoy the occasional glass of champagne.