This is the best, ultra creamy, easy vegan garlic aioli that takes 5 minutes to make and is so much better than anything you can find in the store. No eggs, full on garlic flavour.
Whether you’re vegan or you just don’t like egg based mayonnaise, this recipe is a game-changer. I MUCH prefer it to the egg based version. I’ve always been a bit weirded out by the egg in mayo so I’ve been making this vegan version for years. And being egg free, it also lasts a lot longer in the fridge!
The magic ingredient? Aquafaba.
What is aquafaba?
This is the thick, viscous liquid you’ll find in a can of chickpeas. Yup, that liquid you’re probably throwing away? It’s truly magical! It’s a brilliant egg replacement (the proteins found in the aquafaba act the same as egg white) and here it’s crucial to creating that thick, gloriously emulsified aioli we’re after.
Vegan aioli is made using easy to find store cupboard ingredients, that you probably already have!
- Aquafaba. That magical chickpea juice is KEY here. It mimics eggs so it’s the key binder and emulsifier in the recipe.
- Garlic. I’m using 3 large cloves because I am a big garlic fan. This is very garlicky so go with 2 if you’re a bit worried!
- Apple cider vinegar. I like apple cider vinegar for its fruity tang, but you can use white wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar if that’s what you have.
- Lemon juice. This just brings a lovely zesty brightness the aioli needs. Try to use fresh lemon juice if possible. You can use more apple cider vinegar if you don’t have lemon juice.
- Sunflower oil. It’s important to use a neutral tasting oil here. Rapeseed or vegetable oil will also work, but stay away from olive oil because the flavour will be too strong, bitter and overpowering.
- Dijon mustard. This just adds another level of lovely umami. You could use whole grain if you don’t have Dijon.
You’ll also need a blender or food processor. I like using a blender because I find it’s better at creating a super smooth result.
How to make the vegan aioli
The process here is simple, but you do need to make sure you’re adding the oil SLOWLY into the blender with the motor running. Making an emulsification like aioli is a bit of a magical process and it’s key that the oil is added slowly to the ingredients in order for it to emulsify properly. If you pour all the oil in at once, or do it too quickly, you’ll end up with a loose oily mess and it will be very sad (this has happened to me and it’s the worst).
Start by adding the aquafaba, garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and Dijon mustard to a blender and blitz to combine. You’re looking for the garlic to have broken down and for the liquid to look a little frothy.
Then, with the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil and watch the magic happen! That frothy liquid will start to change colour (it’ll go creamy white) and thicken up. If a little oil appears at the top like below, turn the motor off and give it a gentle stir, then turn it on again and keep pouring the oil in. You want to have the motor going quite slowly- if it’s blending too quickly, there’s a risk it could split the aioli.
Once you’ve incorporated all the oil, you’re done! It should be thick, viscous and beautifully creamy.
My top tip for success
It is so key to drizzle in that oil slowly. I like to use something that has a lip to easily control the pour – trying to do it straight from a measuring cup is a recipe for disaster. The oil won’t pour cleanly out of it and it’ll make a mess, believe me, I have tried!! So use a measuring jug and hold it at an angle so a very thin stream is continuously pouring out into the blender.
Pouring in the cup of oil here should take 4 minutes.
You CAN stop the blender and give it a bit of a stir if you need to. Sometimes blenders need a little help to get things moving, especially when things start getting thick. So don’t be worried about stopping the motor if you need to. If you see a little oil on the top of the aioli, stop the motor, give it a brief stir and then put the motor on again until it disappears.
How to fix split mayo
If your aioli does split, don’t panic! There is a way to fix it. You’ll know your aioli has split if it looks runny, grainy and like a curdled cheese. To fix it:
- Remove the split aioli from your blender and get into a container or jug that has a lip. You’re going to pour it BACK into the blender, so you want it in something that’s easy to pour from.
- Clean the blender and add another 60g of aquafaba. With the motor running on low, SLOWLY drizzle the broken aioli back into the blender. Continue until you’re left with the thick aioli you were after!
This works because the fresh aquafaba works as a restabiliser and will emulsify the ingredients again to make it smooth and creamy.
Three ways to use this aioli
You can use the aioli in any way you’d normally use mayo – on sandwiches, as slaw dressing, as a little dip for your pizza crust….the possibilities are endless! These are three of my favourite ways to use it.
- Dollop it into stuffed bao buns
- Use as the base for coronation potato salad or spicy gochujang potato salad
- Dip homemade oven chips into it for an unreal snack.
Got a question?
It’ll last for 3 weeks in the fridge in a covered container, so it keeps really well and for a lot longer than a homemade egg based mayo.
It’s pretty garlicky! Aioli is garlic mayo, so for me, it needs to be garlicky. If you’re worried, take one clove out.
Garlic! Mayonnaise has all the same ingredients, minus the garlic. I rarely make classic mayonnaise because I love garlic too much.
The most likely culprit for this is a strong flavoured oil, like olive oil. You really need to use something that’s neutral tasting – so a vegetable oil, rapeseed oil, canola oil or sunflower oil.
You can make it with an immersion (stick) blender! You’ll need a tall container (like a large glass). Place all the ingredients, including the oil, in the container and leave it for 10 seconds or so until the oil settles on top. Place the immersion blender at the bottom of the container, turn it on and then slowly lift it up through the mixture. This should create a perfectly emulsified aioli! This is a SUPER quick way to do it.
Like this recipe? Here are some other delicious condiments!
- 2 Minute Gochujang Mayo
- Easy Sweet Chilli Jam (30 Minutes)
- Green Tahini Sauce (5 Minutes, Vegan)
- Chilli Oil
If you make this recipe make sure you leave a comment below, I love hearing how you get on with my creations!Print