Mayonnaise is pretty cheap at the store, but did you know it's even cheaper to make yourself at home!? With only five ingredients, this super easy and quick homemade mayonnaise recipe will be ready to mix into chicken salad or spread on your sandwich in just five minutes!

Homemade mayonnaise in a jar with a spoon from Shelf Cooking.

Isn't it the pits when you get all that leftover chicken out and ready for some yum-o chicken salad sandwiches only to realize you're totally out of mayonnaise? Blast! Well, fret not, friend. We're going to show you the easiest and most delicious homemade mayonnaise recipe ever so you don't have to run out to the store!

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All you need for this simple homemade mayonnaise recipe is five common ingredients, a jar, and an immersion blender. (Don't worry, you can use a whisk and a bowl if you don't have an immersion blender.) Alright, enough chit-chat. Let's get to the recipe!


Bowl of homemade mayonnaise from Shelf Cooking.

We've already discussed how cheap store-bought mayonnaise is, so you may be asking yourself, “Why make your own?” Here are our top reasons we love homemade mayonnaise and we think you will, too!

  • Save Some Moolah – As cheap as store-bought is, homemade is EVEN CHEAPER! Hey, every penny counts when you're a frugal queen, right?
  • Skip the Fillers – Like it or not, almost every processed food we buy from the store has some questionable, unidentifiable ingredients in it, right? Skip the unnecessary fillers and make a “cleaner” version at home for a healthy win!
  • Save on Waste – Since you make this homemade mayonnaise recipe in a reusable glass jar, it's much more eco-conscious than buying it in plastic containers that just get tossed into the garbage when they're empty!
  • Flavor Town – The flavor of this homemade mayo is next level! If you're a mayo fanatic, this homemade mayonnaise recipe is going to rock your world.

Okay, now that you're fully convinced you need to make this mayonnaise recipe, let's talk about all our favorite ways to use it! 😉


Homemade mayonnaise should stay good in your fridge for up to one week. Keep it in a sealed jar to maintain freshness. While you technically can freeze your homemade mayo, it's not recommended. The emulsified ingredients are likely to separate when you thaw it and the texture or look won't be the same!

Since it only keeps for a week, make a small batch each week when you do the rest of your meal prep work. It only adds a few minutes of time and it's so worth it, if you ask us!


Just like any good Shelf Cooking recipe, this homemade mayo can be adjusted to fit your needs and your pantry ingredients!

  • Swap the Oil – This recipe calls for olive oil, but feel free to swap that for any oil you have on hand! The flavor profile may change but it will still come together and be delicious.
  • Dijon is Optional – The dijon mustard in this recipe is simply there to add a flavor kick. Don't have any? Leave it out entirely!
  • Lemon or Vinegar – If you don't have lemon juice or white wine vinegar on hand, use whatever vinegar you do have. Apple cider vinegar works great!
  • Spice It Up – Toss in your favorite spices and herbs to make the flavor your own!

Swap away, mama!


Bowl of potato salad and boiled egg from Shelf Cooking.

This homemade mayonnaise recipe has a deliciously thick and creamy texture, just like the stuff you buy at the store. It can literally be used in place of store-bought mayo in any recipe with flawless results! Here are some of our favorite ways to eat it.

These are just some of our favorites. For even more awesome ways to use your homemade mayonnaise, check out our post with 30+ magical uses of mayo!


While this recipe will come together much faster and easier with an immersion blender, it's not a make-or-break item. If you don't have one, use a whisk to whip quickly while you add the oil into the rest of the ingredients very slowly. This is key to get the mayonnaise to emulsify.


Okay, it's time for the homemade mayonnaise recipe already! But first, for a quick disclaimer… There is a lot of conflicting information about whether or not it's safe to consume raw eggs. Please do your homework and be the judge of what's safe for your family! Alright, let's get to it already!

Homemade mayonnaise in a jar with a spoon from Shelf Cooking.

Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe

This homemade mayonnasie recipe is so quick and easy to whip up, you'll never go back to the store-bought version!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup olive oil + 2 ½ tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard (optional, for a little kick!)
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Have a clean, wide mouth jar ready and add the ingredients in this order: egg, oil, vinegar, salt, and dijon mustard. Be careful not to break the egg yolk!
  • Insert the immersion blender and blend on high for about 15 seconds. Do not move the blender around, but instead keep it still while you blend.
  • Once your homemade mayonnaise begins to emulsify and cream up, you can carefully move the immersion blender up and down to incorporate all the oil.
  • Stand back, pat yourself on the back, and enjoy!


*If you don't have an immersion blender, add all ingredients to a bowl except the oil. Whisk vigorously while you pour the oil in very slowly. This is key to achieve emulsification!
**Store your homemade mayonnaise in a sealed jar for up to a week! 
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Okay, we're totally drooling over here! Excuse us while we go whip up some of this homemade goodness…

What's your favorite way to use mayonnaise? Tell us in the comments below!

Homemade mayo in a glass jar from Shelf Cooking.

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Mayo the force be with you!