Basic Aioli (Garlic Sauce)

basic aioli
This is a basic aioli recipe that only uses a few simple ingredients including garlic, olive oil, egg yolks, mustard and lemon juice.  Use this sauce atop vegetables or fish or as an accompaniment to simple crudités.
A key to success with aioli is to work very slowly.  It is also important to make sure all your ingredients including your cooking tools be at room temperature.   Varying temperatures may encourage the sauce to separate.
The traditional tool used to make aioli is a large mortar and pestle.  We recommend a pottery or Thai mortar and pestle for this task.
  • Prep20 min |
  • Total30 min |
  • Serves1 cup



Add the garlic and salt to the mortar bowl and grind slowly with the pestle, moving in one direction only. You can do this first step in a food processor if you'd like, then transfer the mixture back to a medium sized bowl. Whisk in the mustard first, then the egg yolks. At this point you can transfer the mixture back into the mortar or use the whisk in the bowl.

Now you will add in half of the oil. This must be done very slowly or the oil will not emulsify and your sauce will not thicken. Add the oil in a slow, fine stream while either whisking with a wire whisk or using your pestle. Once the first half of the oil is incorporated, then add the water and the lemon juice, whisking or stirring constantly with the pestle. Then slowly add the rest of the oil. The mixture will thicken as you continue to blend it. The mixture should be slightly thinner than commercial mayonnaise. If it becomes too thick you can add a bit more warm water, one teaspoon at a time.

Your Aioli Separated, Now What?

Add a single egg yolk (room temperature) to a bowl and and whisk the separated aioli into it. The additional yolk will re-emulsify the sauce.

Sauce Variations
Rosemary - Add two teaspoons of minced fresh rosemary
Chipotle - Add one tablespoon of minced canned chipotles in adobo sauce.
Saffron - Add a tiny pinch of Saffron threads and a tablespoon of honey.

Basic Aioli Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/19 of a recipe (0.5 ounces).
Amount Per Serving
Calories 107.66
Calories From Fat (97%) 104.89
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11.86g 18%
Saturated Fat 1.74g 9%
Cholesterol 21.56mg 7%
Sodium 148.37mg 6%
Potassium 5.23mg <1%
Total Carbohydrates 0.37g <1%
Fiber 0.03g <1%
Sugar 0.02g
Protein 0.34g <1%

Recipes From - The Gourmet Food And Cooking Resource