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Want the shortcut way to aioli? Make this quick and easy garlic mayo, made with garlic and purchased mayonnaise.

Garlic Mayo

Love aioli and shortcuts? Here’s how to make aioli the shortcut way: garlic mayo! This tasty garlicky, tangy sauce is perfect for dipping French fries or slathering on a sandwich. You’ve probably had it at a restaurant before, and there are lots of gourmet aiolis sold in stores. But want to make your own? It’s quick and easy: especially with this shortcut method! A traditional aioli has raw egg yolk, but this cheater garlic mayo skips that in favor of purchased mayonnaise. Here’s how to make it!

Garlic mayo vs aioli

Aioli is a sauce that comes from the South of France and Spain. The traditional version is made from garlic that’s blended in a mortar and pestle with egg yolk, lemon juice or vinegar, and olive oil. Mayo is made using a similar method, but with canola oil and no garlic. Since the 1990’s, it’s actually become common in the US to call any flavored mayonnaise aioli. So, there’s a lot of cross-over!

This garlic mayo is a shortcut way to make aioli…using mayo! It’s quick and simple, and results in a tasty sauce that tastes similar to the “real” thing.

Garlic Mayo

How to make garlic mayo

This garlic mayo recipe is so simple and takes only 5 minutes to whip up. There’s not much to know about this easy recipe, but here are a few tips:

  • Mince the garlic as finely as possible. Then you can use the side of your knife blade to mash and grind it into a paste. You don’t want big chunks of raw garlic: try to get it as smooth as possible.
  • Use highest quality mayonnaise. You can taste a difference! Using a great mayonnaise will make the flavor even richer and more savory.
  • Mix in vinegar and yellow mustard. Yellow mustard adds a little savory flavor and more importantly: color to look more like a traditional aioli.
Garlic mayo

Ways to use garlic mayo

You probably already have some ideas on how to use this garlic mayo. But here are a few more ways to use this tasty sauce:

Garlic mayo flavor variations

You can also mix up the flavor on garlic mayo depending on your recipe! These flavors of garlic mayo are perfect for fries or burgers. Here are a few ideas:

  • Lemon aioli: Use 2 teaspoons lemon juice instead of the vinegar, and add ¼ teaspoon finely chopped lemon zest to make Lemon Aioli.
  • Basil aioli: Add 2 tablespoons very finely chopped basil to make Basil Aioli.
  • Sriracha aioli: Add hot sauce to make Sriracha Aioli.
  • Truffle aioli: Stir in 1 teaspoon truffle oil to make Truffle Aioli.
  • Chipotle aioli: Or blend up hot peppers for Chipotle Aioli.
  • Pesto aioli: Like pesto and garlic mayo at the same time! Go to Pesto Aioli.

Easy to make vegan

Another note about this garlic mayo is that it’s easy to make vegan! Vegan mayonnaise is fairly easy to find at the grocery store or online. Grab a bottle of your favorite vegan mayonnaise to make a plant-based garlic mayo. A brand we like is Sir Kensington’s vegan mayo, which is made with aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas).

Garlic mayo

This garlic mayo recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, use vegan mayo.

Love garlic? Try more Great Garlic Recipes, like Garlic Butter, Garlic Confit, Garlic Noodles, and more.

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Garlic Mayo

Garlic Mayo

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: ⅓ cup 1x


Want the shortcut way to aioli? Make this quick and easy garlic mayo, made with garlic and purchased mayonnaise.


  • ⅓ cup high quality mayonnaise (vegan as desired)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard


  1. Mince the garlic as finely as possible. Then use the side of your knife blade to mash and grind it into a paste.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients. Keeps in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Garlic Mayo, Mayo Aioli

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. I like all the different ways in your recipes. Very easy and clear to understand and make. Will like to see more in your down to earth recipes.