I learned to make Garlic Aioli in high school from a woman who had recently moved to the United States from France. She showed me the traditional method for homemade aioli, using a mortar and pestle, to wrestle egg yolks, garlic, olive oil, and salt into creamy submission. Delectable, but time consuming and not the recipe I'm sharing with you today.
You can make this version, that's equally creamy and delicious, in 5 minutes with an immersion blender.
Aioli, a compound of words meaning simply "garlic" and "oil" is a creamy, garlic flavor forward condiment of the Mediterranean. In its simplest form, it's just garlic emulsified with salt and oil, but I prefer the richer version of France that includes egg yolks - essentially a garlic mayonnaise.
You may remember the Avocado Oil Mayonnaise that I posted a while ago? It uses a similar method, but is made with just avocado oil. I want my garlic aioli to have a presence of olive oil flavor, so I never considered using a hand blender as its whirlwind blade insists on making olive oil bitter. But then I came across this recipe that creates a base aioli with a neutral oil like canola or vegetable oil (I prefer avocado) and whisks in olive oil at the end. Genius!
There is a certain joy in preparing food slowly, like stirring a classic risotto or caramelizing onions for French Onion Soup. If you've made mayonnaise from scratch with a whisk, you know the patience building pursuit of coaxing an egg yolk and oil to emulsify. You have to add the oil literally drip by drip, whisking constantly, to keep the mixture from breaking. Once you've succeeded in a base blob of emulsified mayonnaise, you can add the oil in a slow, steady stream. This recipe uses the same principle.
You create a base aioli with the immersion blender and whisk the olive oil in at the end. It works beautifully.
Tips for Perfect Garlic Aioli Every Time
- Use a standard 2-cup glass measuring pitcher with a base that's slightly larger than the head of your immersion blender.
- Make sure that the head of the immersion blender is flat on the bottom of the pitcher before turning it on and do not lift it until you see the aioli forming (just a few seconds).
- If disaster strikes and your aioli breaks, don't throw it away! Add an egg yolk to a fresh bowl, whisk it and then, very slowly, whisk in the broken mixture until it starts to emulsify. Continue to drizzle and whisk until you have a bowl of smooth, creamy aioli.
How to Serve Aioli
- Use as a sandwich spread for all kinds of savory sandwiches. It would be amazing on this Pork Belly Sandwich!
- Serve as a sauce for dipping raw or blanched veggies and steamed or grilled artichokes.
- Whisk in a teaspoon or more of Dijon mustard and serve as a dip with french fries or Salt Potatoes.
- Kick up the spice by whisking in sriracha, cayenne pepper, black pepper, or chipotle powder to serve as a dipping sauce for appetizers like Crab Cakes, Fried Green Tomatoes, or Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.
- Instead of raw garlic, use whole roasted garlic cloves to make roasted garlic aioli.
How to Make Garlic Aioli
Step 1: Add egg yolk, minced raw garlic cloves, and avocado oil to a 2-cup glass measuring pitcher. Insert the head of an immersion blender and lay it flat against the bottom. Turn on at it's high speed, not lifting until you see aioli begin to form. Lift and move the blender side by side until all of the oil is incorporated.
Step 2: Whisking constantly, add olive oil in a slow steady stream. Whisk in salt. Serve or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
Garlic Aioli Recipe Video
- Immersion Blender
- 2 egg yolks
- 4 medium cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup avocado oil
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- Add egg yolks, garlic, lemon juice and avocado oil to a 2-cup glass measuring cup (or other container that is just large enough to allow the head of your blender to reach the bottom). Place the head of an immersion blender on the bottom of the pitcher; turn it on to its highest speed. When you see aioli beginning to form, slowly lift the blender head from the bottom and move it up and down and side to side until all of the oil is incorporated.
- Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly until emulsified. Whisk in salt and serve or refrigerate. Store refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
- You may want to transfer the aioli to a separate bowl before whisking in the olive oil and salt.