Curry mayo, or curry aioli, is a creamy, slightly spicy dip or spread that is delicious on burgers or sandwiches or as a dip for sweet potato fries and other appetizers. It is made with mayonnaise that has been flavoured with curry powder, garlic and lemon and slightly sweetened with honey. The flavours of the cumin, turmeric and chili in the curry powder come through to give this creamy mayo a warm flavour that goes well with so many things.
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What is Curry Mayonnaise?
Curry mayo is a creamy, slightly spicy condiment that works well as either a dip or spread.
Often called curry aioli, it is made with mayonnaise that has been blended with curry powder, garlic, lemon and honey. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and has amazing flavour.
The curry powder, which is a blend of spices including cumin, turmeric, and chili, can range in spiciness from mild to hot, depending on the brand and exact spice blend.
It is an excellent condiment for grilled foods such as chicken burgers and chicken tenders, but it is also delicious as a dip for your favourite appetizers. It is frequently seen as a condiment in restaurants to go along with sweet potato fries, where the creamy, spicy dip pairs perfectly with the sweet, crispy potatoes. But we love it on almost anything.
You can even use it to replace the mayonnaise in Classic Deviled Eggs to give them a different flavor and slighly spicy kick.
Due to the fact that curry powder can have a wide range of flavour and spiciness depending on the brand or whether you are using homemade curry powder. You will want to choose one according to your spice tolerance. We love Madras Curry powder for its strong flavour and medium spice level, but there are plenty to choose from.
For a full list of ingredients and measurements, see the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
This easy recipe comes together with just five ingredients.
Mayonnaise – Choose your favourite brand of store-bought mayonnaise. You can use full-fat, low-fat or even fat-free mayonnaise. If you have a favourite recipe for homemade mayonnaise, you could use that as well.
Curry powder – We suggest using Madras Curry powder for this recipe due to its bold flavour and medium spice. If you don’t like a lot of spice, be sure to choose a curry powder labelled as mild. You can also use homemade curry powder if you prefer.
Garlic – This recipe uses a small, fresh garlic clove which adds to the flavour but doesn’t overpower the flavour of the curry. If you don’t have fresh garlic on hand, you can use half a teaspoon of granulated garlic instead.
Honey – This adds just a touch of sweetness to the mayo, and the flavour blends well with the spicy flavours in the curry.
Lemon juice – This adds a bit of acidity and brings all the flavours together. I highly recommend fresh lemon juice, but you can use bottled if that is all you have.
Pro-Tip: Choose a small garlic clove for this recipe. You want the garlic to add to the flavour, but not overshadow the flavour of the curry.
Step by Step Instructions
This recipe couldn’t be any easier to prepare.
Simply add the ingredients to a small bowl and stir until well combined.
Pro-Tip: This mayo dip can be served immediately, but the flavours will blend more if it has time to rest for thirty minutes prior to serving. Due to the fresh garlic, you may also notice that the flavour becomes stronger the next day.
Curry mayo is a delicious condiment that can be used in a variety of ways.
It is also excellent with breaded or fried shrimp, chicken strips, and many other appetizers.
Curry mayonnaise is also a delicious condiment on chicken burgers or sandwiches.
You can store homemade curry mayonnaise in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. It should keep well for about two weeks.
Small mason jars work very well for this.
Storage time may be reduced if you are using homemade mayonnaise rather than prepared, store-bought mayonnaise as the base for this recipe.
Top Tips & FAQS
- You can easily double or triple this recipe depending, on the quantity you need. Leftovers will keep well for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
- Make this curry mayo vegan by choosing a vegan mayonnaise and replacing the honey with agave.
- The prepared mayo can be served immediately, but letting it rest for thirty minutes before serving will allow the flavours to deepen.
Curry mayo will keep for about two weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The spice level of curry mayo will vary depending on the curry powder used. For a milder mayonnaise, choose a mild curry powder, and if you like spice, you can choose a spicy or extra spicy curry.
More Flavoured Mayo Recipes
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 ½ teaspoon madras curry powder
- 1 small clove garlic crushed
- 2 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well blended.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.