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Easy Aioli Sauce Recipe – Make homemade aioli magic with this quick and easy lemon-herb sauce recipe that is perfect for pairing with your favorite dishes!

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Magic Sauce

Creamy, dreamy, bright, and tangy goes-on-everything goodness.

That is exactly how I describe my garlic lemon-herb aioli sauce every time I have recommended it to friends and family… Which is often.

And they always agree!

I thought it was high time I brought this easy aioli recipe (that’s almost too simple to be considered a recipe) to the masses. You’re welcome!

Aioli recipe

So, What is Aioli?

One of the most popular questions when it comes to aioli is: What is the difference between mayonnaise and aioli?

Mayonnaise is a common condiment made by combining oil, egg yolks, and lemon juice or vinegar.

Aioli is essentially an elevated mayo that is dressed up with additional flavor. In fact, mayonnaise is the base of aioli. Bursting with bold lemon zest, minced garlic, and fresh herbs, our (Magic) Aioli Sauce Recipe elevates your favorite basic mayo up several notches on the deliciousness scale.

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Easy Homemade Aioli Sauce

Although made-from-scratch aioli is a wonderful complement to many dishes, our easy aioli hack uses simple store-bought mayonnaise to make the most tantalizing dipping sauce, without having to work with raw eggs and oil.

Using jarred mayonnaise as the base, this foolproof aioli recipe lets you quickly create a robust lemon-herb flavor that pairs well with just about anything!

Try it on roasted potatoes or fries, with seafood, salads, smoked meats, grilled artichokes, crab cakes, fresh-cut or roasted vegetables, and much more!

Our Magic Easy Aioli Sauce takes only minutes to make and is perfect for keeping in the fridge and enjoying with nearly all of your favorite dishes.

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Ingredients You Need To Make This Magic Sauce

You won’t believe how much gaw-dropping flavor this lemon-herb aioli sauce offers with just a handful of simple ingredients.

  • Mayonnaiseuse your favorite store-bought brand or homemade mayo
  • Fresh lemon zest Brings a little zing to the recipe
  • Fresh chopped chive adds freshness as well as a crisp green
  • Anchovy fillets provides depth and richness
  • Garlic the flavor of all flavors 
  • Dijon mustard Adds some tang to connect all flavors
  • Salt and pepper always season your recipes to taste

The anchovy is the secret ingredient to provide depth and richness. Don’t skip it if you don’t have to.

A hint of Dijon mustard adds just the right touch of tanginess that really helps all of the other ingredients pop and work together.

How to Make Lemon-Herb Garlic Aioli Sauce

It takes only 10 minutes and one bowl to whip up this magical aioli. Seriously!


  1. Set out a medium bowl. Measure the mayo, lemon zest, chopped chives, diced anchovies, minced garlic, and Dijon mustard into the bowl.
  2. Mix well. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the aioli until ready to use.

Refrigerate homemade aioli for up to one week in an airtight container.

When ready to serve as a condiment, I like to sprinkle it lightly with additional freshly chopped chives.

Let me know in the comments what’s your favorite way to enjoy creamy, tangy Garlic Lemon-Herb Aioli Sauce!

Get the Complete (Printable) Magic Easy Aioli Sauce Recipe + Video Below. Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Make Vegetarian or Vegan Aioli?

To easily make this a vegan aioli recipe, start with your preferred store-bought vegan mayonnaise as the base. You can swap the anchovies with diced capers or kalamata olives, which will provide some of the same salty/savory flavor.

How Long Will It Last In The Fridge?

This recipe can last in the fridge for up to a week stored in an airtight container. 

What Should I Serve With This Recipe?

Magic Aioli is well, magical, as a dipping sauce for fries and tots, and nearly any fried or baked snack.

You can also enjoy this recipe with lighter foods to balance out the richness of aioli, like Grilled Artichokes and our Roasted Detox Salmon Salad.

The garlic lemon-herb flavor makes this a delicious sauce for seafood dishes like salmon, fried calamari, and crab cakes. Try serving homemade aioli as a condiment with a Sheet Pan Low Country Boil this summer!

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Magic Aioli Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Easy Aioli Sauce Recipe – Make homemade aioli magic with this quick and easy lemon-herb sauce recipe that's perfect for pairing with your favorite dishes!
Servings: 8 servings


  • 1 cup mayonnaise pick a brand you love
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest from 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped chive
  • 1-2 anchovy fillets minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper


  • Set out a medium bowl. Measure all the ingredients into the bowl.
  • Mix well. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.
  • Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.



The anchovy is the secret ingredients to provide depth and richness. Don’t skip it if you don’t have to.
Refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Serving: 2tbs, Calories: 192kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 182mg, Potassium: 6mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American

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8 comments on “Magic Aioli Sauce”

  1. Terrific flavors. It reminded me of the aioli sauce I love to have at my favorite restaurant – this was so so good.

  2. This aioli was delicious with our steamed artichokes! A wonderful pairing!!

  3. when they call this the magic sauce, it really is a main sauce! It works well with so many recipes and tastes amazing!

  4. Delicious!  My husband had been a professional chef and even he raves about this.  I used anchovy paste, which makes this go together even quicker.

  5. No, I haven’t yet as I just printed it out. My review odd for your website actually and I wanted to share my thoughts. Your website is amazing. It’s fun and cheerful in a sweet and subtle way. But my favorite thing is the printing section. Within that area is a servings button (1st tone I’ve seen a servings button at all) that allows you to change the number of servings. Just that alone was a cool surprise. What i hadn’t noticed at first is that when you change the servings the ingredient amnt in the recipe adjusts for you. OMGOODNESS I DON’T HAVE TO DO ANY MATH WITH RECIPES FROM THIS SITE. THANK YOU..YOU ARE ALL GENIUSES!!! THANK YOU for thinking of the little things that make a huge difference.

  6. This condiment truly is magic! So tasty!

  7. Long before I found your blog and all your great recipes I tried to make some myself. So I tried and failed the taste test for about an hour, didn’t like the other recipes I found…there was just something missing. Then it dawned on me……fish sauce….bingo it worked! I cook a lot of Thai and Asian food because my husband and love it so. Had some in the fridge. Now I know why the difference….you used anchovies which are very similar to fish sauce…..so yes anchovies are a must to get that flavor right. Thank you for all your great recipes which I have often used

  8. Oh my gosh! I just love aioli and I can’t wait to make it for myself. I have some anchovies in the fridge so this perfect!!