Spicy mayo is the best condiment and it’s only 2 ingredients! It adds a tangy richness to sushi, poke bowls, burgers, and more.

Spicy mayo

Want the best drizzle or slather to bring richness to your bowl meal, taco, or burger? Enter: spicy mayo! It’s an Asian-style condiment often served with sushi, and it adds tangy umami to every bite! Alex and I make it often: it adds just the right touch to our Vegan Poke Bowls. Luckily it takes literally 2 minutes to make: and it stores in the fridge for months! Here’s how to make it.

What’s in spicy mayo?

Spicy mayo is just two main ingredients: mayonnaise and Sriracha! What’s Sriracha? It’s a tangy Asian-style hot sauce, and you 100% need this bottle in your refrigerator if it’s not already. You can whip up this sauce in just 2 minutes to add umami and richness to so many different foods. Here we added a third optional ingredient to increase the savoriness. To comes out so full of flavor, you only need a little drizzle when you serve it. Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Start with ½ cup mayonnaise. Use any type, vegan mayo, or Kewpie mayo for the most authentic flavor (see the section below).
  • Stir in about 1 ½ tablespoons of Sriracha hot sauce. Taste and see if you’d like it hotter. A range of 1 tablespoon (not very spicy) to 2 tablespoons (solidly spicy) is a good range, but if you’d like it even spicier, go right ahead!
  • Add ½ tablespoon soy sauce (optional) to add even more umami. Then stir!
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Storing spicy mayo

When you stir together the sauce, it will be slightly runny in texture. This works perfectly as a drizzle for bowl meals like a Poke Bowl. If you’d like the texture to be thicker, refrigerate it for about 2 hours until it’s cold. Spicy mayo stores for about 3 to 4 months refrigerated, so you can make up a big batch and then use it when the craving strikes!

Vegan poke bowl

Ways to use spicy mayo

There are so many tasty ways to use spicy mayo! Here are our favorites:

  1. Poke bowls. Try this Hawaiian bowl meal with a drizzle and it’s heaven! Go to Poke Bowl or Vegan Poke Bowl.
  2. Sushi. Use it for dipping! Use store-bought or try our Maki Sushi recipe.
  3. Burgers. Our Perfect Black Bean Burger is even more perfect with this sauce.
  4. Tacos. Try it with Crispy Cauliflower Tacos or Quinoa Tacos.
  5. Sandwiches. Try our Vegan Banh Mi or Vegetarian Banh Mi with spicy mayo to take them over the top.
  6. Fish. Try on our Seared Ahi Tuna or Ahi Poke.

To be totally authentic, use Kewpie mayo

Want that signature flavor that’s served with sushi? You’ll need a special type of mayo: Kewpie! What’s Kewpie mayo? It’s a Japanese style of mayonnaise that’s even richer and creamier than American. It uses rice vinegar instead of distilled vinegar.

Because people are so obsessed with Kewpie, it’s been popping up in mainstream grocery stores. You can also find it in Asian grocery stores and here’s a link to buy Kewpie online. You really can taste a difference!

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Spicy mayo variations

Finally, here are a few variations you can do on the spicy mayo concept:

  • Lime mayo. If you are also serving people who can’t take the heat, make a batch of lime mayo! Just add lime juice instead of the hot sauce: it adds all of the zingy flavor without the heat.
  • Latin-style / Mexican spicy mayo. Substitute Cholula hot sauce for the Sriracha, and you’ve got a Latin style spin.
  • Yum Yum sauce. Ok, this isn’t spicy at all. But it’s a Japanese-style condiment made of mayo that has a similar appearance and flavor. Try our Yum Yum Sauce.

Another tasty mayo recipe? Make it with avocados! Try our Avocado Mayo.

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy free. For vegan and plant-based, use vegan mayo (available at most mainstream grocery stores or online).

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Spicy mayo

Spicy Mayo (The Easiest, Best Condiment!)

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Spicy mayo is the best condiment and it’s only 2 ingredients! It adds a tangy richness to sushi, poke bowls, burgers, and more.


  • ½ cup mayonnaise or vegan mayo*
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Sriracha hot sauce, or more to taste (1 to 2 tablespoons range)
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Use immediately as a drizzle, or for a thicker texture refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before using. Stores 3 to 4 months refrigerated.


*For authentic spicy mayo for sushi, use Kewpie mayo: it’s a Japanese mayonnaise that’s even richer and creamier than American. It’s made with rice vinegar instead of distilled vinegar. You can find Kewpie mayo at mainstream grocery stores, Asian groceries, or online.

  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Spicy Mayo

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Saw a recipe for sushi made in a muffin pan which included nori, rice, a mixture of salmon cubed, sesame oil, soy, scallions and a blend of spices marinated. This mix is put on top of the nori and rice in the muffin holes. Then spicy sushi mayo and avacado are added after being in the oven. Can’t find out the spices in marinade. Thanks! What spices do you think were used?

    1. Wow that sounds delicious! I can’t say we’ve heard of this recipe before so I don’t think we can help you. I’d Google “sushi in muffin tin” and see what comes up!