Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

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Homemade mayonnaise is truly something special, even though some people think negatively about this worldly condiment.  But seriously, though, don’t we just love it?  And when you make this Classic Homemade Mayonnaise from scratch, and you’ll never buy the store stuff again.

This is the stuff dreams are made of.  At least when I’m dreaming of my recipe of chicken salad!

It’s really that good and you won’t believe how easy it is!

How to Make Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

We just can’t rave enough about this recipe! And you can do this in your blender or stand mixer, but the easiest way is with an immersion blender.


Watch us show you how easy it is to make this awesome Classic Homemade Mayonnaise recipe!  


We just love our immersion blender!  It brings the simple ingredients that normally don’t want to blend come together in such a beautiful and delcious way!

Homemade Mayonnaise recipe We just love homemade mayonnaise. It is so creamy and so full of flavor.


Be sure to go with an oil like avocado, safflower, or another neutral-tasting oil. Extra virgin oil imparts too distinct of a taste.

I like 50% avocado and 50% olive oil.  Safflower oil is another ideal choice.  A blend of any of these will work great. Just look at the homemade mayo perfection.

Homemade Mayonnaise recipe As


As we mentioned, an immersion blender is a perfect tool to use. 

There is just something so smooth, natural, and comforting about homemade mayonnaise and it is so much better than the bottled stuff!

The origin of mayonnaise is a bit uncertain.  You’d think it’s decidedly French, but evidence shows it may have originated in Spain. Learn more about the Uncertain History of Mayonnaise by

Homemade Mayonnaise recipe Here’s the blender I use almost every week. And it’s very affordable…and delivered fast!

This Best-Ever Chicken Salad is even BETTER when you use this Classic Homemade Mayonnaise recipe!  Our Best-Ever Tuna Salad is pretty amazing, too!

Look how delicious that is!!

best-ever chicken salad recipe

Now, let’s make this amazing Homemade Mayonnaise!

A hand holding a jar of homemade mayonnaise

Classic Homemade Mayonnaise

This Classic Homemade Mayonnaise recipe is fool-proof.  It may take a time or two for you to get 100% comfortable with creating perfectly smooth and creamy homemade mayo, but you'll get it.  It's so delicious!  It's great in our Chicken Salad and our Tuna Salad!
4.93 from 27 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Homemade Mayo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 16kcal


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp white wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce (optional)
  • ¾ cup avocado, safflower, or olive oil, or a blend plus another 2 tbsps


  • Place all ingredients in a vessel just large enough to fit the immersion blender.
  • Place blender all the way in, so the blades are touching the bottom of the vessel. 
  • Turn on blender, and gently move it upwards, so the egg and egg yolk are incorporating, and the oil and egg begin to emulsify.
  • Continue, gently moving up and down, until thick.  Will keep in the fridge for up to one week. 
  • *Although the risk of contracting illness from raw eggs is minimal, children, the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system should avoid consuming them.


Safflower oil and avocado oil are both great options for making homemade mayo.  


Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • 5 stars
    I have been craving great food and I found your site. I made the mayo first, when my wife tasted it, she threw our jar of store bought mayo away! Chicken salad / tuna salad was a big hit

    I tanged it up a bit with apple cider vinegar, all I can say is I will never buy store bought again

    Thank you!

    • Hi Thomas!! We can’t even begin to tell you how happy this makes us!! We love that you made the homemade mayo and had such great success. And the addition of apple cider vinegar sounds wonderful!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! We appreciate that very, very much!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I love this site. I just found it 3 days ago. I already made the chicken marsala and Philly cheese steak. I am out of my cooking funk I can’t wait to try the homemade mayo. 🙂

    • That is the best news we’ve heard all day, Lacey!! We are so so thrilled to have helped you get out of your cooking funk!! Cooking is fun!!! Yay!!!! Thanks again and continue to stay in touch! We LOVE it!!! Kris & Wesley

  • A friend introduced me to your site. Already having fun exploring your recipes and look forward to viewing more.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes, tips and certainly your talent. Much appreciated.

  • 5 stars
    So the chicken salad is made, with the homemade mayo. My homemade teriyaki marinade is simmering on the stove. I can die happy now………… 🙂 Thanks, guys!

  • 5 stars
    FINALLY!! I have been playing with the recipe and have had consistent trouble getting the mayo to thicken up sufficiently. Also the color was never quite white. The taste was always very good. Today, however, I used safflower oil at just over 3/4 cup and voila! I didn’t think I could get so excited over mayonnaise! And now I’m off to get a rotisserie chicken so I can make your fabulous chicken salad with your fabulous mayo. Sounds like a fabulous sort of day…. Thanks, guys!!

    • SUCCESS!!!!!! We know that feeling, Rhonda! Somewhere between 3/4 cup and 1 cup usually produces the right texture. So so so happy you stuck with it and had such success!! Congratulations! Just wait until you have it in the chicken salad!! Let us know how it all turns out. And thank you so much for letting us know and the tips! That’s AWESOME!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

      • 5 stars
        I too had success with the safflower oil as you suggested to me. When making again used avocado oil and it never did thicken. Why? Does anyone ever get the avocado oil to thicken??!!?

  • 4 stars
    Why won’t my mixture thicken??? I read the entire article and did exactly what the instructions said. 🙁 I’m even using the same immersion blender.

    • Ah!! Lexi!! We are so so so sorry! It can be a little tricky. Sometimes it takes another try. Make sure ingredients are room temp. Make sure the measurements are exact. And be sure to use a vessel that is just wide enough at the base to fit the immersion blender. Let us know if you try again and how it goes!!

      • 5 stars

        Regarding the comments from Lexi–I found that it’s more important to watch the video where Kris says to use just under a cup of oil. I have been making this about every other week, and sometimes weekly, and it comes out fantastic. It will thicken up a bit when refrigerated.

        I haven’t used store bought mayo since I started making this. I make a lot of deviled eggs and tuna/chicken salad. My husband is on a Keto diet and loves them.

        Hope this helps and good luck!!

    • I have found that mine gets thick like store brand if I use sunflower oil and maybe a higher ratio oil

  • 5 stars
    I was making tuna melts and had no mayo!! Then I remembered that I used to make my own 40 years ago when I was dirt poor. Using the immersion blender was so much easier than beating it by hand. This recipe came together nicely for me. Next time I will try playing with the oils, because I used all grapeseed oil and it seemed a little heavy to me, but the flavor was great ! Thanks for an easy, flavorful recipe.

    • That’s so great, Bonny! Isn’t the immersion blender a wonderful thing? We have played around with different types of oil, and we avocado oil has the most neutral taste. Or a combo of avocado and grapeseed. But we are so glad you had success with the recipe, and thank you SO MUCH for the great review and for letting us know. We truly appreciate that! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars

    • Hi Carol! A blend of both those oils will be just fine, but remember, Coconut oil by itself solidifies once it’s chilled. We usually use a combo of avocado and grape seed oil or just avocado oil. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!!

  • 5 stars

    • Hi Carol! Dried cranberries would be AWESOME!! And there is so much flavor going on with this salad, you won’t miss the nuts. Never a problem…ask as many questions as you want! That’s what we’re here for!! Excited to hear how it turns out!

  • 5 stars
    I Would Like To Make Sure That I Get This Right, Would Like To Make This For Your Chicken Salad Recipe, 1. You Used A Mixture Of Avocado and Coconut oil, Right? 2. Do You Use the Whole Egg And Egg Yolks at Room Temp. or Straight Out Of The Fridge?, If Not, Who Long Do You Suggest To Leave On Counter For The Right Temp. Please Help, Very Anxious To Try This Recipe For A Family Gathering Soon. Thank You

  • Hi,
    This sounds so good but will the taste be impacted if you do not use avocado oil? I have never learned to like the flavor. Or does it even taste like avocado? Please forgive if this has been addressed. I confess I didn’t read all the comments.

    • Hi Sandy, no, we feel the avocado oil imparts no taste to the mayo. But if you’d rather go with another oil, use a nice neutral blend or grapeseed oil. Let us know how it turns out!

      • Mercy you are fast with a reply. Thank you Kris. I am glad to hear about the oil. My mouth is watering just thinking about making it. I do so love a good chicken salad!

  • 5 stars
    This is amazing. I made it to go with the chicken salad with grapes and it was a hit. Then I made it for deviled eggs—another hit. Then I made some for the fridge and used it this morning for a salmon salad. I have tried 3 or 4 store bought jars of avocado oil mayonnaise and I don’t like the flavor at all. I love this and will continue to make it. It’s so easy!!

    I just looked up salad dressings and now I’m hooked on your site. Thanks, guys!!

    • Hi Nancy!! That is just so awesome to hear!! We are THRILLED you have had such incredible success with the homemade mayo! And congrats on executing it perfectly!! All sounds so great! We are so glad you found us and we are thrilled that we found you!! Keep on browsing, cooking…and stay tuned…lots more on the way!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Amy, but it’s a tad trickier. Instead of mixing all the ingredient together at once, add everything into the blender, and then turn the motor on. Slowly pour the oil through the top of the blender. You may need to stop and start a few times, sort of like pulsing on a food processor. This should work for you, but again, it may take a little practice. Hope this helps and good luck!!

      • Thanks for replying. I will try that. However, my blender does not have an opening to pour through. I will have to pour some in & then cover & blend.

  • OMG! First time a success, and hands down best homemade mayo (or any mayo for that matter)! Goofed and added 1 tsp of vinegar but only added more flavor. Used avocado oil. No oily taste, just great balanced flavor. Thank you so much!

    • Yay, Judith!!! That’s awesome!! Not everyone has success on their first attempt, so you’ve obviously got the touch!! THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting us know!! Please stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Hey guys! I used my newly, mostly mastered, homemade mayo to make your chicken salad. It came out REALLY good!! And I must add the caveat: I didn’t have most of the ingredients! I used chicken (d’uh), white grapes, a smidge of olive oil and lemon juice, sunflower seeds/nuts, dill paste (sorry, no fresh), and the mayo. I needed to get the chicken and grapes used before they passed peak. Even missing all the other ingredients, it is absolutely wonderful! I had to make myself stop eating it so I can bring it for lunch at work tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it when I actually do it right! Thanks so much! 🙂

    • Hi Rhonda!! All sounds great!! It’s a very adaptable recipe! Thank you for letting us know!!! We are thrilled to hear from you and please stay in touch! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Hi Kris! You two have inspired me to get an immersion blender! About 2 weeks ago I decided to break it in by making your mayo recipe. For once in my life, I followed the recipe to the letter (minus hot sauce). The texture came out perfectly! My question is about the taste. It is good, but has a distinctive oil taste (I used all avocado oil) which, while not bad, isn’t quite right for mayo. Also, the color is a pale green, not the lovely white in your pictures. Should I reduce the amount of oil used? Different brand oil? Different oil completely? I don’t mind some experimenting but do hate wasting food and money. Any tips are really appreciated. You and Wesley are just fabulous!! Thanks.

    • Hi Rhonda!! So, so very sorry for the delayed response here. You can use safflower, or grapeseed oil. I’ve had great success with those, and they don’t impart that oil taste to the mayo. That’s so strange that it turned a pale green. Even avocado oil shouldn’t do that. I’d give it a go again using safflower or grapeseed. And it’s really important all ingredients are at room temp. We have found this really makes a difference. Let us know if you try it again, and what you think!! And don’t hesitate to reach out with any other questions (we’ll try to respond sooner next time!!). All the best, Kris & Wesley

      • Hi again! No apology needed at all! I expect you have a couple other things to do in your day to day! I took another shot at it this weekend. This time I used 50/50 avocado oil and olive oil (a lovely oil from Greece) and used a total of 3/4 cup oil. It is still green (I really don’t mind the color) and still has that oil taste, but certainly less. My oils all live at room temp and I knew to let the eggs equilibrate. Texture is still fine. I’m going to try again this weekend using one of the oils you mentioned. I am determined to master this! Thank you for the feedback and I will let you know what happens with the next batch.

      • 5 stars
        Hi again, Kris. Third one’s a charm, I think. I tried straight grapeseed oil in the lesser quantity (3/4 cup) and put a wee more white wine vinegar. Ding ding! Flavor is much less oily and the color is noticeably lighter, though still not that pristine white as in your photos. All that to say that your recipe makes one awesome mayonnaise. Thanks so much!!

      • Hi Rhonda!! That is great news!! So glad to hear. Sometimes when I make a batch, the color is a little pale. It is strange how it does vary a little every time. Just the nature of the oil and the process. But the taste is what really matters! So glad you had success and thanks for sticking with it!! Stay in touch!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • Hello and thank you for accepting me to your site and accept my admiration for delicious foods and especially the sauces you make.

  • 5 stars
    My emmersion blender also was a fail. The recipe was so runny. But I didn’t give up, I put the runny ingredients in my Vitamix and bam, thicken right up. The absolute best oil I have found to use is Thrive Culinary. It’s very light and absolutely no flavor. Thank you for the recipe!!!

    • So glad you had success! We don’t have issue using our immersion blender, but we know others have. Glad that you found success by adding to your blender. Thanks for sharing!!

  • 5 stars
    I made mayo in seconds … and I substituded a lot of ingredients according to my pantry … worked perfectly well … most delicious mayo ever …

    Can’t wait to share this with others.

    • That is so amazing to hear!! And we are so happy you had success with this mayo! It’s awesome, right? Great job!!! And thank you for letting us! Please stay in touch. 🙂 Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I made this exactly as written (except I used rice vinegar since I have no white wine vinegar) *twice*. The first time was a huge fail, because, after placing all ingredients, including oil, into the right size container, I discovered my emulsion blender doesn’t work anymore. So I poured the whole thing into the food processor and tried blending that way, with absolutely no success. Did some Googling for the food processor method, and found one on another blog (the oil drips in slowly through the food processor’s plunger). I used their technique but used YOUR recipe. The results are amazing. Perfect, creamy mayo. My husband loves it and will keep me supplied with olive and avacado oils (I used 50/50) so I will keep making him tasty, homemade mayo. However, this first batch is for your chicken salad sandwich recipe. Thanks for sharing this and all your other recipes!

    • Claudia! That is awesome! We know…making mayonnaise from scratch, takes a little practice, but it sounds like you mastered it so fast! We really hope you try it in our chicken salad recipe…it’s so good! And THANK YOU for letting us know how the mayo attempts went and we could not be happier that you had success. That’s what we live for!! All the best, and, of course, stay in touch. xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Chris & Loon ~ Made this again today. Used an avacado / pistachio oil blend. Perfect as usual per your instructions and too delish to contain my happiness.

    • Hi Helene! That is soooo fantastic to hear! Avacado / pistachio blend sounds wonderful. We are so happy you had success!! Thank you so much for letting us know!! Please stay in touch…xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Many thanks for sharing your recipe… 2 questions though – (1) what brand of immersion blender did you use? I see you were careful not to advertise that… but please I want to ensure I get the right one and (2) What is the deal about the white wine vinegar? I want to try this in 2 days and I am very excited about it… want to minimize or eliminate mistakes!

    • Hi there! So sorry for the delayed response. I use a Cuisinart blender. There should be a link to the one we prefer in the post, but if you have trouble accessing it, you can find it on Amazon. We feel the white wine vinegar provides just the right amount of acid and taste, but you can go really with any kind of vinegar, and you’ll get good results. Hope this helps!! Let us know of any other questions or thoughts!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Thank you for the idea to use the hand held emulsifier! i had seen so many recipes but was disheartened by the idea of whipping it myself or making a huge batch in a food processor!
    I made home made mayonnaise for the first time just a few minutes after viewing your video instruction (using my hand held emulsifier) and it was splendid!
    Thank you for simplifying things!

    • That is so wonderful to hear! And so very happy to hear you had great success! We just love making homemade mayo with our emulsifier. So easy and so good, right?! Thank YOU for letting us know!! Stay tuned and stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Oh ____k! Not sure how I earned this karmic gift card, but wow! The combination of this “Devine Mayo” and the “Hands-Down” chicken salad is a conspiracy! (wanted to dine alone, wink) And you guys are too adorable. Ty

  • Hello there. My first attempt was not successful, I will try again. Other comments mention white vinegar, but I don’t see it in the list of ingredients? How much should be used? Thank you for the recipe.

  • 5 stars
    Alright you guys! I tried to make this mayo and it was a fail. I have no idea what happened! I followed the recipe and also used my immersion blender but it was a no-go! . It stayed a liquid. I even tried putting it in the frig to see if that would help. Nooooo. Can you trouble shoot this for me? I wonder if I used too much vinegar and killed the whole batch. What do you all think? I tasted it. Delish!

    • Oh no!! So sorry to hear that, Martha! Did you use a vessel that had a base that was just large enough to hold the immersion blender. That seems to be very important. And honestly, it may just take a little practice. When I first started making my own mayo, by hand, with a whisk, I had numerous fails before it started to work like a charm. If it seems like there was too much vinegar, try pulling back a little. Try again and we bet you have success!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • I just tried making it too, and the same thing…a liquid disappointment. I don’t have one of those immersion blenders….maybe you. HAVE to use one…I 1st tried a hand mixer, then the blender…I used grape seed oil…..I may try again if I ever buy one of those immersion blenders. 🙁

      • Ah!! So sorry to hear, Cherie! I’ve had problems with blenders and hand mixers, too. It’s hit or miss, but I never have a problem with my immersion blender. Once I got an immersion blender, I find that I use it all the time. Best, Kris & Wesley

    • The first time I attempted this, it was a miss as well. I threw everything in at once, and hoped for the best. After a befuddled phone call with my best friend, I realized the key principle I was passing over was emulsification. I have a standing mixer, and used that with the whisk blade on high. Combine all of the ingredients except the oil in your mixer. Leaving it running on high, VERY slowly pour the oil in a steady stream. As in, I spent more than six minutes adding a cup and a half of oil. I let it beat for several minutes more after that, and voila, creamy mayo!

    • Same problem here. Followed recipe, used Cuisinart immersion blender, container just larger than blender (2 cup glass measuring cup) and result was about like eggnog. Tastes great but no amount of blending thickens it.

      • 4 stars
        I just had the same thing happen with it turning out really runny even with my immersion blender. I threw it in the Ninja blender and it didn’t help. BUT I finally tried doing the eggs first separately, and then pouring in the rest of the ingredients and it thickened up in seconds! Saved the whole batch! And now I like it!

  • I’ve never purchased avocado oil before; what are some of your favorite brands or maybe what to look for? Thanks

      • Hey Tina! There are lots of wine vinegars on the market, ranging in a pretty wide swath of price. I really like Colvita…they are good quality and not too over-the-top expensive. But again, you really can’t go wrong with whatever you choose. Hope this helps!!

  • 5 stars
    I will never buy mayo off the shelf again. So much better than anything you can buy and you control the quality of ingredients!!! Thank you!

    • We’re so glad you made the mayo!! It’s pretty awesome, right? And so delicious! And thank you for letting us know! Woo hoo!! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    If you add whey (from homemade yogurt) in place of water, put it on the counter for 3-4 hours to allow the whey to activate, your mayonnaise will last for up to a month. I do this all the time. Oh, I also use a whole egg instead of just the yolk. This mayo is great with your chicken salad recipe, just as you recommend.

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