This homemade mayonnaise, made from egg yolks, oil, mustard, and vinegar, will quickly become a must-have staple in your arsenal. We also include tips and tricks on how to fix a seemingly hopelessly broken mayonnaise.
How to Fix Broken Mayo
“If your mayonnaise falls apart—that is to say, if the ingredients separate instead of remaining suspended in a homogeneous emulsion—all is not lost,” says renowned chef Joël Robuchon. His advice? “Leave the broken mayonnaise out at room temperature for a half hour. Beat in a half teaspoon of mustard, preferably with an electric mixer. Put a spoonful of warm water in a bowl and beat in a spoonful of the broken mayonnaise, adding it bit by bit and beating at high speed. The mixture should foam. In the same way add a second spoon of the mayonnaise, and then a third. You should see the sauce thickening and ‘taking.’ Now using a small ladle, very gradually incorporate the rest of the broken mayonnaise into the new mixture. The finished product will be perfectly smooth and firm.” See how easy that was?
- Quick Glance
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- 1 generous cup
Take the egg and mustard out of the refrigerator and let rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes to facilitate emulsification and ensure a firm mayonnaise.
In a big bowl, combine the egg yolk, mustard, a pinch of salt, a pinch of pepper, and a few drops of vinegar. If you can, use a stand or electric mixer with a bowl or an immersion blender with a wide-mouth Mason jar. If using an electric mixer, hold the beaters at an angle to the bottom of the bowl to facilitate emulsification. Begin to beat at the highest speed, continuing until the contents of the bowl are completely combined. With the beaters running, begin to SLOWLY add the oil, drop by drop at first and then in a slow, steady, thin stream. Stop adding oil but keep beating. You should soon see the mayonnaise “take,” that is, begin to look like thick mayonnaise and not like an oily liquid. When this happens, you can resume adding the oil in a thin stream, still beating, but never add a large amount at once. This could cause the emulsion to liquefy.
Taste. If the mayonnaise needs salt, do not add salt directly, for the sauce will not be able to absorb it. Instead, put a pinch of salt in a bowl and add a bit of vinegar, about half a teaspoon. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar and then stir it into the mayonnaise.
Your mayonnaise is ready and will keep, covered or stored in a Mason jar with a lid, for a few days when stashed in the back of the refrigerator.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This is one little kitchen hack that will improve the quality of your life—or at least of your sandwiches, deviled eggs, tuna salads, etc.
This homemade mayonnaise is simple and so much better than the storebought stuff. I used 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar that had been infused with garlic/tarragon/pink peppercorns, but any nice sharp vinegar would do. I also used the whole egg.
With a little zing from the Dijon and vinegar, you have a nice basic platform to take in any number of directions—you could swap the vinegar for lemon juice, maybe add herbs and spices. This mayo is stable and rich and can take some add-ins without breaking down.
To make it even easier, I used an immersion blender to mix it all up. The key is to use a jar that just barely fits the head of your blender (I used a wide-mouth Mason jar). Start with the egg, vinegar, salt, pepper, and mustard in the bottom of the jar. Put the blender in and make sure the yolk is cupped under the head of the blender in contact with the blades. Add the oil all at once and turn the blender on with the blades on the bottom of the cup. The vortex created will pull the oil in slowly and you can watch the magic of emulsification happen in seconds! Once it looks creamy, just raise and lower the head a couple of times to make sure the entire batch is evenly mixed. You will end up with approx. 1 1/4 cups of the best mayo ever.
Bring on the BLTs! The creamy dressings! The potato salads! I may never buy another jar of storebought mayo again!
Once you learn how to make homemade mayonnaise, you won’t buy it anymore. Just follow the instructions to the letter and for sure you get a smooth and dense mayonnaise.
Make sure the ingredients are all at room temperature and use an electric mixer, as this facilitates the emulsification process. But if for any reason the mayonnaise is broken, you can fix it following the instructions on the recipe. Everything happened just like described in the instructions. I needed to add more salt so I dissolved it with white wine vinegar and stirred it into the mayonnaise. To give an extra flavor, you can add a tablespoon of olive oil to the vegetable oil before the addition to the egg yolk mixture.