Homemade Spicy Mayo – Quick + Easy! (VIDEO)

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Homemade Spicy Mayo Sauce (sometimes referred to as Sriracha Mayo) is creamy, tangy, and has just enough kick to it – it’s so additively good and you won’t believe how easy it is to make this at home!

Homemade spicy mayo in a bowl with a spoon.

Watch the Homemade Spicy Mayo Recipe Video Below!

I remember the first time I tried Spicy Mayo at a restaurant – I couldn’t believe how good it was! I started making my own when I developed my Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken) recipe, and couldn’t believe how easy it was to make at home! It’s too easy and good to only have at restaurants – you need to start making Spicy Mayo at home!

What Ingredients do I need for Homemade Spicy Mayo?

Raw ingredients for spicy mayo.

My Spicy Mayo recipe requires only 4 ingredient (plus salt and pepper) and they’re probably all ingredients you already have in your pantry!

  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayo – My favorite mayo is Japanese mayo or Kewpie – it’s different from ‘regular’ mayo as it uses only egg yolks (versus the whole egg) and rice vinegar. This means the mayo is richer, thicker, and has a sweet, tanginess to it that is irresistible! I love to have a bottle of this in my pantry at all times.
    • You can absolutely substitute with regular mayo if you can’t use Kewpie.
  • 3 tbsp Sriracha – Sriracha is most commonly used for Spicy Mayo and the brand most people are familiar with is Huy Fong Foods. You’ll probably recognize it for the rooster on the bottle with the green cap. If you can’t find Sriracha, you can substitute with another chili pepper based hot sauce.
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated – It’s important to grate the garlic rather than chopping it. Grating garlic will break down the garlic and release the essential oils and juices into the Spicy Mayo. It really infuses all the flavor fresh garlic, which is what we want!
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice – I like to add lemon juice for the brightness and acidity it adds to the Spicy Mayo – especially with a rich mayo like Kewpie, it is a nice contrast!
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt – Make sure to taste the Spicy Mayo before adding salt (sriracha already contains salt) and adjust to your liking
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

INGREDIENT Tip

What is Japanese (Kewpie) Mayo?

You may have heard about Kewpie mayo – it’s become very popular in the foodie world! Kewpie mayo is also commonly referred to as Japanese mayo. The biggest difference between Japanese mayo and American mayo is the ingredients – America mayo uses the whole egg, whereas Japanese mayo uses only egg yolks (and rice vinegar). This means that Kewpie or Japanese mayo is noticeably richer and thicker. It also has a sweet tanginess from the rice vinegar.

If you haven’t tried, make sure to pick up a bottle next time you see it – you may become converted! I always have a bottle of Kewpie mayo in my pantry at all times!

My Other Favorite Homemade Sauces & Condiments

How to Make Homemade Spicy Mayo

Making Homemade Spicy Mayo is so easy – it’s only two simple steps!

1. Add the Ingredients into a bowl

In a small bowl, use a microplane to grate garlic into the bowl

  • If you don’t have a microplane, mince garlic as finely as possible until it becomes almost paste-like. We want these juices from the garlic to release into the mayo.

KEY Tip

Grate the Garlic

I highly recommend using a microplane to grate the garlic. Grating the garlic (versus mincing it) will help break it down and release the essential oils and juices into the sauce. This really helps infuse the bold flavors of the fresh garlic and makes a huge difference in your Spicy Mayo.

Furthermore, grating it turns the garlic into an intense paste that is perfect for mixing it into the sauce – it’s much easier to make sure a paste is mixed in evenly, versus a minced or chopped garlic. This means every bite of Spicy Mayo will have a more consistent garlic flavor to it.

Raw ingredients for homemade spicy mayo.

Add Japanese mayo, sriracha, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix together until all ingredients are well incorporated and the Spicy Mayo turns a light pink, salmon color. It’s now ready to enjoy, but if you can, letting the sauce sit in the fridge for overnight will allow the flavors to meld and taste better!

Homemade spicy mayo in a bowl with a spoon.

How to Store Homemade Spicy Mayo

  • You can store Spicy Mayo it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Make sure your container is well sealed to prevent your Spicy Mayo from spoiling.
  • Avoid dipping directly into the jar and only use clean utensils – any bacteria from food or used utensils will make your Spicy Mayo go bad faster.
  • Don’t leave your Spicy Mayo out – put it back in the refrigerator after opening or using, as the mayo can lead to your Spicy Mayo going bad if left out.

What Should I Serve with Homemade Spicy Mayo?

Homemade Spicy Mayo is one of my favorite condiments to have on hand at all times because it goes with everything! The spicy and creamy sauce can be used as a dipping sauce for all of your favorite foods!

I love it for anything fried – Fried Chicken, Chicken Katsu, Pork Katsu, Panko Shrimp all taste amazing dipped into Spicy Mayo! I also love to drizzle it over food, like Mochiko Chicken. It’s also perfect for Air Fryer versions, like Air Fryer Chicken Karaage, Air Fryer Chicken Katsu, or Air Fryer Chicken Tenders!

I actually love dipping roasted vegetables in Spicy Mayo, like Honey Roasted Carrots, Roasted Cauliflower, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts (or Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts).

KEY Tip

Why I love Making Homemade Sauces

I love making as many Sauces and Condiments at home as possible! It allows me to:

  • control the quality of my ingredients
  • avoid unnecessary additives or preservatives
  • I can customize it to my taste (I usually prefer sauces on the less sweet and more spicy side)

I would highly recommend you try making some of your favorite sauces or condiments at home as well!

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Homemade Spicy Mayo (EASY)

Servings: 16 (2 Tbsp per serving)
Prep: 5 minutes
Homemade spicy mayo in a bowl with a spoon.
Homemade Spicy Mayo Sauce (sometimes referred to as Sriracha Mayo) is creamy, tangy, and has just enough kick to it – it's so additively good and you won't believe how easy it is to make this at home! (Makes about 1 cup)

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup Japanese Mayo, Kewpie
  • 3 tbsp sriracha
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt, to taste
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions 

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Place in an airtight container and store any leftover in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Notes

I highly recommend using a microplane to grate the garlic. Grating the garlic (versus mincing it) will help break it down and release the essential oils and juices into the Spicy Mayo. This really helps infuse the bold flavors of the fresh garlic and makes a huge difference in your Spicy Mayo.
Furthermore, grating it turns the garlic into an intense paste that is perfect for mixing it into the Spicy Mayo – it’s much easier to make sure a paste is mixed in evenly, versus a minced or chopped garlic. This means every bite of Spicy Mayo will have a more consistent garlic flavor to it.
 

Storage Tips

    • You can store Spicy Mayo it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
    • Make sure your container is well sealed to prevent your Spicy Mayo from spoiling.
    • Avoid dipping directly into the jar and only use clean utensils – any bacteria from food or used utensils will make your Spicy Mayo go bad faster.
    • Don’t leave your Spicy Mayo out – put it back in the refrigerator after opening or using, as the mayo can lead to your Spicy Mayo going bad if left out.

Nutrition

Calories: 26kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.03gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.001gSodium: 161mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Asian
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