Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

This homemade mayonnaise recipe was adapted from my mum's recipe that she used since my earliest childhood. She always made it as one of the main ingredients of her famous potato 

salad but it is really very versatile and can be used as a dip for chips, french fries or mixed with tomato sauce and a few spices to be converted into delicious barbecue or braai sauces as we say in South Africa. This mayonnaise is very quick and easy to make and tastes better than any commercially available product I have come across so far.

Preparation time: 5 minutes 
Mixing time: 5 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: 10 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: easy

homemade mayonnaise recipe

  • 3 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 1 leveled teaspoon sugar
  • 1 leveled teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 heaped teaspoon medium hot mustard, mustard powder or preferably freshly ground mustard seeds
  • 1 fresh egg
  • 2 tbs. vinegar or lemon juice
  • Maximum 250ml vegetable oil
  • Bunch of fresh green herbs for example basil, parsley, oregano and thyme (optional) 


  • Place egg, sugar, salt, mustard and vinegar in a bowl
  • With a hand mixer beat all for about 10 seconds on the highest setting till all ingredients are blended well. 
  • Turn on the mixer again and add the vegetable oil in small portions (not more than 50ml at a time. 
  • The consistency of the mixture in the bowl should begin to thicken. 
  • Keep adding oil till the mixture is smooth and tangy. 

This is the very basic mayonnaise recipe which will usually be usable immediately and can stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of days.

  • (Increase the flavor with these optional additions.) Add handful of chopped fresh herbs,  2-3 finely chopped garlic cloves, a little black pepper and cayenne pepper. 
  • Mix once more for a few seconds.

Place mayonnaise in a jar with a lid and store in fridge.

Take note: This recipe usually works very well but it is important to use fresh eggs. If the consistency of the mixture has not started to thicken after you added 100 ml of oil discard all and start again with fresh ingredients.

Try this fruity and spicy 

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