This easy lemon garlic aioli recipe is peppery, smooth, and has a fresh garlic taste. Takes just a few minutes to prepare and will be gone in seconds. It's a quick and easy sauce that can elevate so many dishes like roasted veggies, potatoes, or even chicken.
One thing that I do to elevate just about any dish is to add a sauce. A good sauce just sends any meal over the edge. And this easy garlic lemon sauce is one you will make over and over again.
A traditional aioli is an emulsion of egg yolks and oil. But this can take time and use other equipment. One quick way to make an aioli is to use mayo.
While it is not a traditional mayo and will yield a different texture and flavor it is a great way to make a good, quick sauce.
It's so easy to prepare and is a great compliment to any potato or roasted veggie dish. It can also be used as a creamy spread on a burger or sandwich. Serve this sauce over my Dutch Oven potatoes or roasted parmesan asparagus.
Mayonnaise: This is a cheater aioli sauce. Traditional aioli would consist of an emulsion of oil and eggs making a homemade mayo. This way just cuts out that extra step, and equipment, so you can make it even faster.
Raw Garlic: To get the best flavor, use fresh garlic cloves. Jarred can also be used but will not give you as strong of a garlic flavor. Roasted garlic can also be used.
Fresh Lemon Juice: This recipe calls for freshly squeezed lemon juice. There really is no substitute. You will not get the same taste from a concentrate.
See full information on ingredients and quantities in the recipe card.
🥣How to Make
While this dish can be made in a food processor or blender it's a lot faster and easier to just mix up in a bowl.
Use a garlic press to get the garlic nice and fine. It also helps pull out all the juice in the garlic adding even more flavor.
💡Pro Tip: The best way to juice the lemon is with a citrus press or juicer. This gets the most out of the lemon, while also catching all the seeds.
Step 1: In a glass bowl add the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and lemon.
Step 2: Then press the garlic and add to the bowl
Step 3: Using a spatula or whisk completely stir the bowl mixing everything together until it is fully incorporated.
Step 4: If you have time, cover and allow to chill for 2 hours up to overnight. The longer it chills the deeper the flavors become.
🍽Ways to Serve
This sauce can really be served in so many different ways with all kinds of dishes. Here are just a few:
🥫Other Homemade Sauces
Lemon Garlic Aioli
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 6-8 Cloves Fresh Garlic - Pressed if not using a food processor or blender
- 1 Juice from one Lemon - about 2 Tablespoons
- 1 ½ teaspoon Ground Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
In a bowl
- Prepare the garlic by pressing through a garlic press or mincing really fine
- Squeeze lemon, removing the seeds.
- Bring all the ingredients together in a bowl, mixing until well combined
- Allow to sit for 2 hours in the fridge to help bring all the flavors together.
- Taste and add more salt, pepper or garlic as needed
In a blender
- Just add the mayo, lemon juice, garlic cloves, black pepper, and salt to a food processor or blender and run until smooth.