Classic Mayonnaise

Preparation info

  • Makes

    ¾ Cup

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Hoppin John’s Lowcountry Cooking

By John Martin Taylor

Published 1992

  • About

The Carolina Housewife tells us that the sauce “should look perfectly smooth. . . . With shrimp or oysters, a little red pepper rubbed in is an improvement.”


  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • dash of cayenne pepper


Make sure all ingredients and equipment are at room temperature. Use a large heavy mixing bowl or put a wet towel under a mixing bowl in the sink so that it doesn’t move around while you are making the sauce: you will need both hands.

Place the egg yolk in the mixing bowl and whisk until it is light in color. Add the salt, cayenne, and ½