Allioli a la moderna

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Allioli a la moderna

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Garlic Mayo!


Great stuff Julia, superb with chips, it's like being in Paris, or Madrid!

Paul R Smith
Servings:Serves 10 - Makes about 1 cup
Calories per serving:12
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:None
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:25th October 2012

..little by little

The cheat's way to make allioli (Garlic mayonnaise) using an electric hand mixer or a food processor with a metal blade attachment.

If you have the time and want to try the authentic method using a pestle and mortar, we have the recipe for Allioli a la Catalana


Printable 🖨 shopping 🛒 list & 👩‍🍳 method for this recipe


  1. Break the egg into a small mixing bowl
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the crushed garlic cloves and the vinegar or lemon juice
  3. If using a food processor, tip the contents of the bowl into the food processor
  4. At full-speed, mix until the garlic is combined into a paste
  5. Little by little (don't rush this stage), add the olive oil whilst blending at high speed
  6. Add salt to taste - but not too much. My first attempt was ruined because it was too salty.

Chef's notes

If the allioli is too thick, add a teaspoon of water to loosen it.

It will probably be too runny if you use a large egg, so if you have no choice of size, use less of the white. You can always add more if needed; you can't take it out afterwards though!

This can also be made in a food processor with a blade attachment.

If you add the olive oil too quickly and the mixture separates into an oily mess, try the rescue method recommended by the award-winning Spanish chef, José Andrés: "Measure out 1 tablespoon of lukewarm water and add to the mix little by little until you have the creamy sauce you wanted".

Having tried the above suggestion a few times to no avail, I would suggest adding another whole fresh egg into the split mixture, maybe a dash of nice vinegar and just blitz for a minute or so. You'll hear the difference as the curdled mixture starts to coagulate properly. This fix has worked for me, every time.

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