Garlic Aioli Recipe – The Dipping Sauce You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Easy garlic aioli recipe made with mayonnaise can be used as a dipping sauce or spread. It may be used as is or make it spicy, chipotle, or add lemon.

Aioli in a clear glass bowl.

If you’ve been looking for a versatile dipping sauce, then you’re in the right place. This garlic aioli is easy to make, and can be used for anything from French fries to blistered shishito peppers.

Garlic aioli originated in the Mediterranean, but it has different variations and serves different purposes from country to country. The basic ingredients are mayonnaise, garlic cloves and lemon, with a few additional seasonings. 

Why I Love This Garlic Aioli Recipe

Having easy recipes for dipping sauces is a must. It’s amazing what they can add to so many different foods. Who wants to eat French fries without ketchup or ranch? If you’ve never tried aioli, you might be taking those fries to a whole new level! 

You can use aioli as a substitute for mayonnaise. Adding garlic flavor to most foods is totally acceptable in my opinion! Here are a few foods to try with aioli.

  • Sweet Potato Fries – What fries aren’t good with added garlic flavoring?
  • Hamburgers – Spread it on the bun, and make it the best hamburger you’ve ever tasted.
  • Cold-Cut Sandwiches – Aioli adds so much flavor to that ham and cheese sandwich.
  • Vegetable Dip – Use it as a dip for a vegetable tray. 
  • Blistered Shishito Peppers – Make it as a dip for this summer-time treat! 

Aioli recipe starts at minute 2:35

Flavor Variations for Homemade Aioli

The ingredient in my recipe that puts it in a category all its own is this homemade mayonnaise recipe, but you can add seasonings to make it accommodate the food you want to serve it with.

  • Creamy – Mix in an avocado and serve it with a vegetable tray.
  • Spicy – Add some chipotle seasonings or red pepper flakes to spice it up.
  • Savory – Roast the garlic instead of using raw garlic, or add a bit of lime or lemon zest with the lime or lemon juice.

How to Store Aioli

If you have any leftover aioli, store it in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you use homemade mayo, it’s especially important to discard it at the 3-day mark since it contains raw eggs.

Blistered shishito peppers in a bowl with lemon wedges and a bowl of aioli.

Supplies Needed

  • Bowl – A small one to two cup bowl to mix and serve in.
  • Measuring Utensils – You’ll need a measuring cup, tablespoon, and teaspoon.
  • Whisk – It’s easy to mix this by hand, so no need to get out the food processor.
  • Knife – Or, whatever method you use for mincing garlic.

Ingredients

  • Mayo – I use this homemade mayonnaise recipe made with a neutral oil.
  • Garlic – Garlic powder could be used in a pinch, but the fresh garlic truly makes a difference.
  • Lime Juice – Lemon juice could also be used.
  • Paprika – My family likes paprika, but it’s not for everyone. This can be omitted if you don’t prefer paprika.
  • Salt and Pepper – My go-to salt in the kitchen is Maldon Sea Salt.

How to Make Garlic Aioli

  1. Measure ⅓ cup of mayonnaise into a small bowl.
  2. Mince the garlic clove and add to mayo.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of lime (or lemon) juice.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon of paprika.
  5. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  6. Mix together well. Pro-Tip: The texture should resemble runny ranch dressing.
  7. Taste for flavor and adjust to your liking.
  8. Let set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to incorporate. 
  9. Do not store for longer than 3 days in the refrigerator when using homemade mayonnaise made with raw egg yolks.

Blistered shishito peppers in a bowl with lemon wedges and a bowl of aioli.

Additional Recipes You May Enjoy

Aioli in a clear glass bowl.

Garlic Aioli Recipe

Easy garlic aioli recipe made with mayonnaise can be used as a dipping sauce or spread. It may be used as is or make it spicy, chipotle, or add lemon.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Aioli, Aioli Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 65kcal
Author: Jessica Sowards

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise homemade is best
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Measure ⅓ cup of mayonnaise into a small bowl.
  • Mince the garlic clove and add to mayo.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of lime (or lemon) juice.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of paprika.
  • Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Mix together well. Pro-Tip: The texture should resemble runny ranch dressing.
  • Taste for flavor and adjust to your liking. Let set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to incorporate. 

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Notes

  • Do not store for longer than 3 days in the refrigerator when using homemade mayonnaise made with raw egg yolks.
  • For additional flavors try the following:
    • Creamy – Mix in an avocado and serve it with a vegetable tray.
    • Spicy – Add some chipotle seasonings or red pepper flakes to spice it up.
    • Savory – Roast the garlic instead of using raw garlic, or add a bit of lime or lemon zest with the lime or lemon juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tablespoon | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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