Last Updated on 02/04/2021 by richard

Dedication: For Kate with love x

Alioli comes from Catalan and it means garlic and oil.

In the past, Alioli was considered a sauce for the poor and lower classes. The sauce for the rich and the wealthy was an egg paste called mayonnaise, of course today there isn’t such distinction. It’s history may be so long as to go back to the Egyptians, who passed in on to the Romans, who in turn spread out in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Originally it was a preparation of crushed garlic and olive oil, mixed together until they formed a cream.

For all alioli recipes, one thing is true, never stop stirring!



A lovely home made Spanish style garlic mayonaise
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6
Calories 81 kcal


  • 4 Garlic cloves medium to large
  • ½ tsp Salt or more, to taste
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 ½ tbsp Fresh lemon juice
  • 240 ml Olive oil extra virgin


  • Peel and mince the garlic cloves.
  • Place the minced garlic into the mortar. Using the pestle, begin to pound the minced garlic until it is well-mashed.
  • Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Incorporate the egg yolk and salt into the bowl with the mashed garlic. Stir well. Discard the egg white.
  • Very slowly, and adding only a little bit at a time, begin to incorporate the oil while mixing the garlic, egg yolk, and oil constantly. This is the step that requires patience! Be sure to go slowly so that the garlic and oil have a chance to blend well.
  • Once the mixture begins to thicken, incorporate the lemon juice. The resulting texture should be a creamy, smooth mayonnaise.
  • Refrigerate the mixture, which should last a few days.


The original recipe from Spanish Sabores can be found here.


Serving: 50mlCalories: 81kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

If you want a quick cheat then just mix crushed garlic with mayonnaise but for a taste of authentic Spain then take your time and enjoy.



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