This Lemon Aioli is a flavorful and versatile addition to a number of different recipes. It’s creamy, tangy, and incredibly easy to make!
What is lemon aioli?
Lemon aioli is a garlicky, mayo based sauce that has been infused with the flavors of lemon using fresh lemon juice and zest.
This homemade sauce is made with simple ingredients, but tastes fantastic and will elevate any dish!
- Mayonnaise – a true aioli is an emulsion of garlic, olive oil, salt, and sometimes egg, but we’re making a “cheaters” aioli and using mayo as our base. I always have an olive oil based mayo on hand, but any mayo should work. It’s a prominent flavor in this aioli, so be sure you enjoy the taste of whatever mayo you’re using.
- Sour Cream – balances out the creaminess of the mayo with a touch of tangy flavor. The flavor of mayo is too strong if used by itself. Want to lighten it up? Try greek yogurt as a sour cream replacement.
- Olive Oil – just enough to provide a subtle earthy flavor and ultra smooth texture. Use any olive oil you have on hand, but something like “smooth” vs “robust” is preferred so the flavor doesn’t overpower the other ingredients.
- Garlic – provides a strong, nutty flavor. Buy jarred minced garlic to save on prep time.
- Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest – adds a sharp, tangy flavor to balance out the creaminess of the mayo. Lemon juice helps to thin out the sauce and lemon zest provides an even more intense lemon flavor.
- Salt and Pepper – a simple blend of spices to add flavor to the aioli. The seasonings are kept so simple, because we want the flavor of the garlic and lemon to really shine.
How to make
This creamy, yet tangy sauce takes 5 minutes or less to make.
- Place mayo, sour cream, oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest, salt, and pepper into a medium sized bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Taste and re-season, if necessary, and serve!
What to serve with lemon aioli
Aioli is a great dipping sauce or spread for a variety of different foods including fish, seafood, and chicken.
- As a dip. Serve next to french fries, tater tots, or potato wedges.
- On sandwiches. Spread it on steak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, or even grilled cheese.
- Over veggies. Serve it on roasted vegetables, roasted potatoes, or crispy broccoli.
- As a sauce. Drizzle it on chicken tenders or pork chops.
- With seafood. Dollop it on crab cakes, fish sticks, salmon, or tilapia.
How to store
Leftover lemon aioli will last for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge.
Equipment for this recipe
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large lemon juiced and zested
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Place mayo, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt, and pepper into a medium sized bowl and whisk until well combined.
- Taste and re-season, if necessary, and serve with fries, on a sandwich, with vegetables, seafood, chicken, and more!
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*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.