Wednesday 11 September 2013

Easiest Mayonnaise Yet! Stick Blender Paleo Mayo

Those of you who know me know I've still been on  a quest to find an easy, infallible mayonnaise recipe. Well, achievement unlocked.

I've tried the blender method (this is how my Mum taught me to do it as a kid), the beater method (which I outlined here), and the food processor method (FAIL!). All of these are either too time consuming or too likely to refuse to become mayonnaise.

The other issue I've had is in finding the perfect combination of oils so that the mayo is healthy but also tasty. Damn Hellmamn's for their toxic, delicious tasting stuff!

Olive oil, even the light tasting stuff, was still too olive oil-y tasting. Even in smaller amounts. And let's face it, if I'm going to get all "wish-upon-a-star-y" about mayo, I want it to be creamy white coloured, not green. That also lets out avocado oil. *****UPDATE UPDATE - I found some avocado oil that wasn't green (!) so I've updated the recipe to reflect that.*****  Pure coconut oil had a weird texture and was way too solid in the fridge. Pure macadamia nut oil? Sure if you've won the lottery. Butter was just too buttery.

So, as you have probably figured out because I'm posting this, I researched and researched (and researched some more cuz that's what I do) and tinkered around until I perfected the easiest, fastest, most foolproof and most importantly, yummiest mayo recipe yet. Drum roll please...

I present to you, Stick Blender Mayonnaise!

*all ingredients should be at room temperature
1 egg yolk
1 tsp water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt
dash cayenne pepper
dash white pepper

3/4 cup avodado oil
1/4 cup macadamia nut oil

Weapons of emulsification:
Stick blender
Small jar that is just bigger in diameter than the stick blender head (I use a jar that once held 500 mls/2 cups of almond butter) 

*All ingredients should be at room temperature.
Add first 8 ingredients to jar (everything except the oils).
Pour oils gently on top. Allow previously added ingredients to settle back to the bottom (if disturbed) and the oils to rise to the top.
Gently insert the stick blender into the jar all the way to the bottom. Stick blender is OFF while doing this. 
Allow ingredients to settle once again if they have been stirred up.
Holding blender on the bottom of the jar, turn it on. You should see mayonnaise happening around the blender head almost immediately.
Keeping the blender head at the bottom of the jar, let it rip for about 10 seconds, then slowly pull the blender head up the jar to incorporate the rest of the oils.

That's it!

If it made mayonnaise (of course it did, it's foolproof) I find the mayo at this point is pretty forgiving. If there is any oil on top or spices on the bottom that didn't get incorporated, take a spoon and mix them in. Then take the stick blender to it one more time for a few seconds to get it all nice and blendy.

Throw a date on the jar, put it in the fridge and enjoy! Makes just over 1 cup. (I know the mayo looks yellow in this picture but that's just the lighting. It really does look like the first picture in the blog. I'll get a better picture soon.)

If you don't yet have a stick blender in your culinary arsenal then you should definitely get one. Even if it were only useful for making mayo the minimal investment would be so worth it. But you will find yourself grabbing it for so many things. Check them out on Amazon. Oooh, shiny!

NOTES: Ive made this mayo now maybe about 50 times and it has refused to emulsify on me twice. I rescued one batch easily by just starting over with the egg/lemon juice/water parts and then adding the non-emulsified mayo back in as the oil portion.

The other batch stubbornly refused to become mayo even after 3 yolks. I eventually admitted defeat and bunged it in the fridge overnight. The next day I tried again and this time I won the battle of wills. Mayo was mine! Four egg yolk mayo but oh well, delicious!

More details here on how to rescue broken mayonnaise. Substitute stick blender for beater.

We make this may with double the amount of lemon juice because that's how my family likes it.  If you aren't sure about the level of tang, start with the posted 1 tablespoon instead. You can always add more later on. 

Also, you can make this will 100% avocado oil, still tastes delish!

Got a favourite mayo recipe? First try? Let me know how it goes!


  1. I tried this with 2 thirds macadamia nut oil infused with chili & Lime and one third clarified butter and have never tasted mayonnaise as good!


    1. That sounds amazing!
      I will definitely try that next batch, yum!
      Thanks for sharing!