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Are you familiar with aioli? It’s an under-appreciated spread that is great on all kinds of foods. It kicks every dish up a notch and deserves some serious recognition. If you haven’t ventured into making your own at home, this lemon garlic aioli recipe is perfect for your first try. Even if you’re a seasoned aioli recipes mixologist, you’ll love this light, flavorful easy aioli recipe. Try it on new recipes for a punch, or simply offer it on the table when you make your family’s favorite tried and true weeknight dinners. You’ll be amazed at the results!
What is Aioli?
Aioli is a type of garlic-flavored mayonnaise sauce that originated in the Mediterranean. It is usually made with extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, egg yolks, vinegar or fresh lemon juice, and sometimes other seasonings like Dijon mustard or anchovies.
Aioli has a rich and creamy texture that pairs well with seafood dishes, roasted vegetables, and grilled meats. It can also be used as a dip or spread for sandwiches.
The flavors of aioli vary depending on the ingredients used, but it typically has a garlicky flavor with a hint of sweetness from the olive oil and acidity from the vinegar or lemon juice. There’s really no limit to the things you can add.
Why Make This?
- Adds flavor: Garlic Lover? Roast some vegetables topped with some homemade garlic butter for the perfect side dish.
- Keep it simple: This recipe uses mayo as an easy substitute for egg yolk and oil (which are commonly found in traditional recipes) since mayo contains just oil and egg yolk.
- Gives personality: Make your vegetarian recipes sing with the amazing flavor of this great dipping sauce option. The garlicky sauce will take your favorite dishes to the next level and make your guests cheer.
- Impress your guests: Who needs mayo when you have a fancy way to dress your sides and main dish?
- Lemon Juice
- Cloves roasted garlic: I roast my garlic in the air fryer
- Mayonnaise: I’m using one from the store, but you can use your favorite homemade mayonnaise recipe too!
- Black Pepper
- Sea Salt
How To Make Lemon Garlic Aioli
When it comes to flavor, this easy lemon garlic aioli is full of it. It will easily become one of your favorite recipes to use on main dishes, sandwich spread, or as a dip.
Simple ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, raw garlic, and little lemon juice make this emulsified sauce an easy go to.
- Add the ingredients to a food processor or blender cup of any high-powered blender
- Mix until well incorporated and there are minimal chunks of garlic.
- Top with more salt and pepper and fresh herbs like chives (if desired)
You can get the full list of ingredient amounts and instructions from the full recipe card at the end of the post.
Lemon Garlic Aioli with Mayo Tips & FAQs
- Homemade roasted garlic tastes best: Make your own delicious roasted garlic in the air fryer instead of buying store made roasted garlic or jarred minced garlic.
- Use your favorite oil. Although olive oil is the most common oil used in traditional aioli, other neutral options like grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or whichever you prefer will also work well in the versatile sauce.
- Make it ahead of time. As with any creamy sauce, as the flavors meld together, the garlic mayonnaise becomes even more delicious. Make it up to two days in advance and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Add a spicy kick: you can also make this spicy with sriracha similar to what I did in the spicy mayo that I used on my popular cheesesteak stuffed peppers.
Ways to Use Roasted Garlic Lemon Aioli
- Top your favorite seafood. Why eat tartar sauce on your fish or crab cakes when you can use this yummy garlic aioli to wow your tastebuds?
- Perfect as a dip. You can use this aioli as a dip for roasted vegetables like my air fryer roasted broccoli or air fryer green beans, one of my favorite low carb substitutes for crispy French fries.
Storing Leftover Aioli
Having extra of this delicious sauce is a win in anyone’s book. You can use the flavorful sauce for days and not get sick of it. It also keeps well in the fridge in an air-tight container.
Yes, you can substitute a vegan mayonnaise for the traditional mayo and omit the egg yolk if desired.
Yes! Feel free to experiment with other spices and herbs, such as cumin, paprika, basil, oregano, or even a hint of chili pepper for a little kick. You can also make flavored aioli by adding herbs like dill or chives to the mix.
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Lemon Garlic Aioli
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- Add the ingredients to a food processor or blender cup
- Mix until well incorporated and there are minimal chunks of garlic
- Top with more salt and pepper (if desired) and fresh herbs like chives
The nutrition facts come from entering the recipe ingredients into Spoonacular API, a database of food ingredients. They may vary for any recipe based on the exact product used. The keto sweeteners I use have 0g net carbs & are not included because sugar alcohols do not impact most people. This is provided as a courtesy, but you can do your own calculations if you wish!