Paleo Mayo

I love mayo.  I like it on nearly everything.  It’s a great way to get more coconut oil in your diet.  Commercial mayos are out for me for several reasons.  I prefer to avoid canola oil (high in omega 6 and canola is grown with LOTS of pesticides), soybean oil (I’m allergic to soy and it would likely be GMO soy anyway), preservatives, and the use of commercial eggs.  So, I make my own.  I think it tastes better and because all of the ingredients are good for me, I can slather it on everything and not have any guilt over it.  It takes about 5 minutes to make.  I would want to use it up within the week due to the raw eggs in it.  If you want to make it last weeks or even months just add 2 T of whey to it at the end and then let it sit out on the counter at room temperature to culture for 7 hours and then refrigerate.  I combine 2 oils in this recipe.  I use expeller pressed coconut oil because of its neutral flavor or should I say lack of flavor and it’s long list of health benefits and extra virgin olive oil so that it keeps the mayo from hardening in the fridge.  This mayo is really thick and stays spreadable even when cold.  The key to making mayo is #1 to pour the oil in really, really slowly and #2 to use a stick blender/immersion blender.  I’ve tried it in my mini food processor and it’s hit or miss when it comes to the thickness.  With the immersion blender it turns out perfect every time.  Bring on the mayo!


Juice of half a lemon, no pulp, about 2 T

1 whole egg room temperature*

2 egg yolks, room temperature*

1/2 t sea salt

3/4 cup melted expeller pressed coconut oil (this should be at or just above room temperature – not hot)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 T whey (optional)

In a glass bowl add the lemon juice, salt and eggs.  Using the immersion blender mix until combined.  Then very slowly pour in the two combined oils while the immersion blender is running on high.  This should take several minutes to pour all the oil in.  When all the oil is added check seasoning and add more salt if needed.  If you will be culturing your mayo add whey now, mix well and leave out at room temperature for 7 hours before refrigerating.   If you are not culturing, refrigerate immediately and use within a week.

*Eggs should be as fresh as possible.  I personally would not use regular store bought eggs.  If you can get your hands on farm fresh eggs from chickens who are pastured and have a healthy diet that would be the best bet for safety.


33 thoughts on “Mayo!!

    • I can assume it wasn’t my recipe you tried since I just posted it. 🙂 What was wrong with it? Did it not thicken or did it separate? Try this recipe especially if you have an immersion blender. I bet it will work. No one should be without mayo!! And no one should eat that store bought stuff either.


  1. Yum!! I’m excited to try a new mayo! I’ve been making mine with avocado or walnut oil, but am excited to try with coconut oil! I usually use my Vitamix to make, just blend on lowest setting and it turns out rich and creamy.

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    • I’ve never tried avocado or macadamia oil. I have heard they are great in mayo. I saw them in Whole Foods and they were ridiculously expensive. I have a vitamix. I should try it in there sometime. Thx for stopping by.


  2. Hrm, I tried a half olive/half coconut oil mayo a couple weeks ago. Turned out very stiff and downright hard after chilling in the fridge! Maybe I needed more oil, but it was my first attempt at homemade mayo. I used 1 cup of oil and 1 whole egg with a teaspoon or two of mustard. It tasted good, just had this dry hard texture. Who ever heard of hard and dry mayo?


  3. This is similar to the recipe I’ve been using, but mine has Dijon mustard and just one whole egg. It doesn’t have the nice “eggy” flavor of Hellman’s so I’m trying yours. I make it in my food processor, pouring in the oil VERY slowly, and it always come out perfect. Another good oil to use in place of the EVOO is Hi-Oleic Sunflower Oil ( It’s very neutral tasting and very low omega-6. I have to leave out the whey as I tested very allergenic to it. 😦 Will let you know how it turns out.


  4. I would have never though to make mayo with coconut oil. Out of curiosity – do you heat the coconut oil some? My coconut oil is fairly solid (i.e. not pour-able) at room temperature? I get you want to avoid cooking the eggs.


    • Yes, it definitely has to be liquified. I live in Arizona so mine is liquid at room temp. And yes, I would warm it to liquid but not so warm that it would cook the eggs.
      Good point. I should clarify. Thanks.


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  7. just made the mayo used grapeseed oil instead of olive cause it was fresh… very happy was a little salty for my taste but when I dipped the turkey in and then tasted yummmmm… very happy grate consistancy too


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    • That clearish liquid that settles on top of yogurt is whey. I buy a high quality plain yogurt for this if I’m not making the yogurt myself. Better yet, strain the yogurt through cheese cloth and you will get lots and the left over yogurt is so awesomely thick.

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  9. Okay, I added the 2 T. whey and it’s sitting out on my counter for 7 hours. One question: the mayo seemed quite thin and pourable. Will it thicken up in the fridge? It tasted fine.


  10. You know, I tried an immersion blender once before (NOT your recipe) and it turned out awful! I usually make it in my food processor and it’s perfect…..but I realize that your recipe has more liquid with the 2 extra egg yolks (though the other recipe had 1 T. Dijon mustard). Your recipe has flavor closest to Hellmann’s–mmmmmmm—so next time I’ll try the immersion blender. Thanks! 🙂 Besides, if it stays too thin I’ll use it for a dressing with my BLT salad; simply add some dried dill weed and sweet paprika to the mayo, pour over greens, cooked bacon, chopped tomatoes and cheese. Delish!


    • That sounds so good as a dressing. Great idea. When I made this in my food processor it was thin like you describe. But I’ll keep dressing in mind with this as a base done in there. Thx!!

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  12. I made this last night- followed the directions to a tee. I took it out today to use and it was really hard (not spreadable at all). Any idea why this might have happened? I had to melt the coconut oil first when I made it, so it’s almost like to coconut oil re-solidified.


    • Hmmm, I’m not sure why that would have happened. It did however happen to me once too. Again same recipe. Maybe try next time with more olive oil and less coconut oil. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

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