Mayonnaise Is So "Mayon-easy"!

Mayonnaise Is So "Mayon-easy"!

I’m not sure what the weather is like where you are, but over the past few weeks here it’s been much too hot to cook. As a result, we’ve been eating a lot more sandwiches and salads. What better time to check out if it’s worthwhile making your own mayonnaise?

Mayonnaise is one of the seven classic sauces of French cooking, so I had assumed that mayonnaise originated in France. However, there is some dispute about whether it was invented by the French or the Spanish. Some claim it was created in Port Mahon in Spain in the 1700’s so was initially known as ‘salsa mahonesa’, and the French stole the recipe and renamed it ‘mahonnaise’. Others say it was invented in Bayonne in France and was originally ‘bayonnaise’, or that name came from ‘moyeu’ an old French word for egg yolk. 

Whoever invented it, this simple emulsion of egg yolk and oil is delicious in many dishes: potato salad, coleslaw or sandwiches. It is also the most popular condiment in both the US  and the UK.

But does it make more sense to buy it or make it? This quick French mayonnaise recipe will help me find out!

What you need

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 200-250 ml vegetable or olive oil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Optional: teaspoon of mustard or mustard powder


What to do

  • Mix the salt into the vinegar or lemon juice. This helps to dissolve the salt and ensures it is distributed evenly throughout the mayonnaise.
  • Add the egg yolk and the pepper to the vinegar or lemon juice, and mix well. If you are using mustard, you can add it at this stage.
  • Then start to add the oil, a little at a time, while continuing to mix vigorously. An electric mixer makes this step much easier!
  • As you mix, the mayonnaise will start to emulsify and thicken.
  • Keep mixing until either all of the oil has been added or the mayonnaise mix has the consistency you prefer. 


How much time?

With an electric mixer this took less than 5 minutes to make. This time included dividing the egg, measuring the ingredients and then mixing up the mayonnaise.



The cost of my homemade mayonnaise was $0.76, which is about $0.10 per ounce. In comparison, an ounce of Hellmann’s mayonnaise costs about $0.23 per ounce – 57% more!


Is it worth it?

Tuna Mayonnaise Sandwich with Homemade Mayonnaise

Tuna Mayonnaise Sandwich with Homemade Mayonnaise

Both myself and Mr Frugalitude agree that this is totally worth making. It easily gets a 5-Pig score as it’s cheap and quick to make.

Plus it is super delicious whether it is in potato salad or tuna mayonnaise sandwiches!


Anything else I should know?

How long does homemade mayonnaise last?

Mayonnaise is made with raw egg so if you are not eating it straight away it must be refrigerated. Cover it with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap is in contact with the surface of the mayonnaise. It is best eaten within 1 day of making it.

Do I have to use raw egg yolks?

If you are worried about using raw egg yolks, then you can precook the egg yolk in the microwave. Check out the details here

Mayonnaise made with powdered egg - a total failure!

Mayonnaise made with powdered egg - a total failure!


I do not recommend using powdered eggs.

Powdered eggs don't emulsify so you are left with a gloopy, unappetizing liquid!

Why is mustard optional in this recipe? All the mayonnaise recipes I see online have it.

Traditional mayonnaise does not contain mustard. Adding mustard to the mayonnaise mixture does add some flavor and also makes the emulsion a little more stable. To be totally accurate, if you do add mustard to your mayonnaise mix, then the French would say that you have now made it a rémoulade. Sounds fancier doesn’t it?

I made too much mayonnaise, what can I do with the leftovers? 

If you’re tired of the usual recipes like potato salad, egg salad or coleslaw, how about grilled cheese sandwiches or a Mexican corn bake?  Alternatively you could use mayonnaise to make a decadent chocolate cake!

How else do you use mayonnaise? Share below!


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