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Preparation info

  • Makes

    200 g

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      15 min

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New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

  • About

Make your own mayonnaise. It’s easy to do and, more importantly, it will be better than the bought version for a couple of reasons: it will be fresh and you will decide what goes into it. Here’s the basic recipe I use.


  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice
  • 150 ml (5 fl oz) sunflower or canola oil


  • add 1 or both of the following ingredients:
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1–3 garlic cloves, crushed



All the ingredients should be at room temperature to facilitate the emulsion. So if you keep your eggs in the refrigerator, take them out at least 30 minutes ahead of time. If you add garlic, crush it as finely as possible, ideally into a paste using a mortar and pestle.

The Mayonnaise

In a deep bowl, whisk everything, except the oil, until combined. Continue whisking while dripping in the oil very slowly. As the mayonnaise starts to thicken, you can add the oil more quickly, but if you add the oil too quickly at the start, the emulsion may not take.