Lemon-Shallot Mayonnaise or Crème Fraîche

Preparation info
  • Makes

    1 cup

    mayonnaise or crème fraîche
    • Difficulty


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By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2011

  • About

My favorite dipping sauce for cooked and chilled vegetables is a homemade mayonnaise with lots of shallot macerated in lemon juice—exquisite with asparagus, beans, or an artichoke. The crème fraîche with shallot is a wonderful pairing for cured salmon or would finish a baked potato with elegance.


  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup</


In a small bowl, combine the shallot and lemon juice and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Then mix with the mayonnaise or crème fraîche. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 day.