Got 60 Seconds? Homemade Mayonnaise is Easier Than You Think 36

This homemade mayonnaise recipe is easy to make at home and is free of GMO ingredients. This version is quite similar to Best Foods brand mayonnaise.

homemade mayonnaise in white bowl

I’ve been avoiding famous mayonnaise brands because they’re typically made from canola or soy oil, both products made from crops that are commonly genetically modified.

I spent a small fortune on a “certified non-gmo” canola mayonnaise a couple of months ago, only to find it was terrible a really good replication of Miracle Whip. NOT what I was looking for.

So I started making my own, experimenting a bit with different ingredients until I found a combination that tasted like the spread we’re used to.


Depending on your equipment, it can take from 60 seconds to 15 minutes, start to finish.

There is a certain margin of error with the need to emulsify the ingredients, but using a room temperature egg really seems to increase the rate of success.

Out of the dozen or so batches I’ve made, all but one have emulsified into a nice thick spread. The one that didn’t emulsify? Was turned into a splendid salad dressing.

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Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
This homemade whole egg mayonnaise recipe is easy to make at home and is free of GMO ingredients. This version is quite similar to Best Foods brand mayonnaise.
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 16 kcal
Author: Kris Bordessa
  1. There are three different ways to make this homemade mayonnaise recipe.
With an immersion blender:
  1. Pour the oil directly into a quart-sized, wide mouth canning jar to the one-cup mark (no measuring cup to wash). Add remaining ingredients. With the blade portion of the blender sitting at the bottom of the jar, pulse three or four times. Now hold the power on while moving the blender up and down in the jar. You'll have nice, thick mayo within 30 seconds.

    I like this immersion blender.

In a blender:
  1. Add all ingredients except the oil to the blender container. Turn machine on (I use a medium low speed on my Vitamix) and s l o w l y pour in the oil through the feed tube. I mean drip by drip. Or at the very least, the thinnest stream you can possibly pour without adding it drip by drip. Adding the oil slowly is the key to emulsification. It should take about 10 minutes to add the oil.
In a food processor:
  1. Many food processors have a feature that most people don't even know about. The little push tube? Look to see if it has a hole in its base. This is for slowly adding oil! Same drill as above - all ingredients except oil go into the food processor bowl. Put lid in place, turn the machine on and pour the oil into the push tube; it will regulate the flow of oil. It's easier on the arms, faster because of the steady oil stream instead of my hit and miss pouring, and easier to get all the mayo.
  2. This homemade mayonnaise recipe makes a little more than a cup. It lasts a week or so in the fridge.

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36 thoughts on “Got 60 Seconds? Homemade Mayonnaise is Easier Than You Think

  • Brette

    I’ve made my own in the past and it really is not hard to do. I haven’t done it in a while but probably should do it regularly to avoid the icky stuff.

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      Best Foods will keep forever and is an easy “pantry” item. With this, I find I make it as I need it. It’s definitely a habit to get into making it, but I’ve been pretty consistent!

  • Alexandra

    I used to make mayonnaise when I lived in France. I admire you for putting in the extra time and effort. What I would like to know is whether the small amount of GMOs in canola oil will do damage to my intestines if I am careful with all the other stuff I eat. Do you know the answer to this question?

  • Sonia (foodiesleuth)

    I used to make my own in the food processor…found it easier all around than using the blender. I can’t tell you how long it has been since we’ve even used ANY mayo! Since we’re not eating sandwiches very often (cutting w a y back on bread), we’ve stopped using mayo. When I do make sandwiches or wraps I am using/spreading just a thin layer of my own salad dressings on the bread or the tortillas. I didn’t think we could live w/o mayo but we have! (oh, and BLAH!, I hate the taste of Miracle Whip 😉

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      Ugh, that Miracle Whip. (We don’t make many sandwiches, either, but I use it for salad dressings and potato salad.)

  • April

    I’ve been making my own for a few years and have some tips. A very important factor is to make sure none of your ingredients is cold or your mayo won’t emulsify. The warm side of room temp is best. So that egg needs to sit out of the fridge for a bit to warm up. I actually use powdered eggs bc it’s so convenient and they are pasteurized, which is important to people who don’t raise their own chickens (I personally wouldn’t eat a raw egg from the grocery store, which is why I raise my own).

    I’ve tried it in the blender (I have a blendtec) but it’s not my favorite way to make it. It’s too hard to get it out. I love doing it in my food processor. I never knew that about the hole in the bottom! But to regulate my oil stream I bought one of those condiment bottles at a kitchen store for a dollar I will have to try the hole in my pusher next time.

    I use the super light olive oil. You can’t taste it.

    Mine keeps in the fridge forever as long as it doesn’t end up in the too cold part of the fridge that freezes sometimes. I keep it in the door in a mason jar to keep it safe. Freezing will make the mayo break (separate), which can be fixed. Any acid works fine, like white vinegar or lemon juice. The only difference is taste preference.

    I use mustard powder just bc that’s what I like. I also add a touch of raw organic sugar. Probably a 1/2 tsp to your recipe.

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      Thanks for all that, April! I’m with you on the food processor being more convenient than the blender. I love my VitaMix, but my one complaint is all the bumps in the container – too hard to get every last drop!

  • Jennifer Margulis

    I’ve had amazing experiences making my own mayo, and I’ve also failed miserably at it. Maybe b/c the ingredients were too cold? Thanks for the tips Kris (and April)!

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      Heather, no, I don’t have nutritional data on this.

  • Vera Marie Badertscher

    Quite aside from the evil ingredients, the world seems to be divided between the Miracle Whip people and the Best Foods people. It’s as bad as Ohio State (YAY!) vs. Michigan (BOO!) Home made is indubitably better and why don’t I make it more often? Uh, lazy is the word that comes to mind.

  • merr

    I’ve often wondered how this was made from scratch. Thanks for the insights.

  • Freth

    We use a Cuisinart Smart Stick blender … just put all the ingredients in a pint jar, put the blender in to the bottom, turn it on, and as it begins emulsifying you slowly bring the blender up through the mixture and out the top as it all turns to mayo. Only takes about 30 seconds to make it this way.

    • Bebe

      Ditto. Except my stick blender is just a cheap Hamilton Beach hand-me-down from a friend. This method works like a charm EVERY time and it is super fast. I would never go back to any other way.

    • April

      I’m completely fascinated by this. So you don’t drizzle the oil? And I could make it in the wide mouth mason jar I intend to store it in anyway? Easier? Faster? Far less cleanup? My head is spinning :). Now I wish I didn’t already have a fresh batch in the fridge so I could try this. I’m going to have to use up my mayo so I can make some more 🙂

      • April

        I just wanted to share my experiment with everyone. I decided to try using the immersion blender method instead of the food processor. I used my own recipe with the powdered whole eggs (that works like a dream in my food processor), and for whatever reason, it does not work with the immersion blender. I tried it twice and no dice. Then I took my double failed mixture and used fresh egg yolks and it worked right away. I put the egg yolks in another jar and poured the failed batch on top so the blender would be pulling the oil into the eggs. I thought I’d share that in case anyone had ended up trying it with powdered eggs. I’m a convert! This is so fast and WAY fewer dishes to wash. I’m making it in the mason jar I intend to store it in. Can’t beat that! Thanks to those that shared it!

  • Karma Michele

    What if I wanted to go vegan? Thanks for the recipe, always wanted to make my own. 😉

  • Paulette in Idaho

    For gourmet mayo, save that t. of water until all the oil is emulsified and add it at the last moment. Your spread will not look or taste oily because there is a microscopic layer of water around each oil drop.
    I haven’t made mayo for years, but the best batch ever was made within an hour of the hen laying that egg. For those of you with chickens, it’s worth listening for the cackle.
    I use grapeseed oil for other cooking and glad to hear this was good. Now that I have a stick blender, this should be really fun.

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      Interesting – I’ll have to try adding the water later!

  • MyKidsEatSquid

    I’m going to have to give this a try–I have wondered how to best use that little tube feeder on my Cuisinart. Sometimes as a substitute for mayo I used pureed white beans. You can still add a bit of mustard for flavor.

  • Kerry Dexter

    you post are always interesting and you have such a great community of people who comment too. thanks for this. and my question: how demanding would it be to make by hand –that is without a belnder or food processot?

  • j

    Do you have to use the olive oil? Can I substitute coconut oil?

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’ve not tried coconut oil, but my mantra is “What would happen if…?” If it doesn’t emulsify, you can always use it as a salad dressing.

  • Aleshanee

    Why mustard? I have never purchased a mayo that has mustard as an ingredient. The problem for me is I hate mustard, and I wonder if you can taste it when this recipe is completed. Any ideas?

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      It gives it a flavor boost, but you don’t taste “hey, mustard!” It won’t ruin the mayo if you opt to leave it out, though – it’s there purely for flavor.

  • em mccarty

    i noticed you use homemade mustard but not homemade apple cider vinegar? apple cider vinegar is crazy easy to make–especially if you have kids leaving apple cores all over the house. you can make it with apple scraps, honey, & water. it takes about a month to ferment, but it is so simple.

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I know! Part of the reason is we don’t have apples growing locally (they’re not a Hawaii crop). I’ve tried pineapple vinegar, but it was…yucky.