Jun 8, 2010



In my Gouda posting (one of the last shots) you see the front side of my all-time favorite restaurant: La Cubanita. It’s a very informal and fun tapas bar where you can write on the walls and drink sangria through a straw.

As soon as you sit down at one of their cozy tables they bring you a basket filled to the brim with delectable fresh, chewy bread and with it comes this amazing allioli. That’s what I had in mind when Elena emailed me and asked me if I needed her recipe for Catalan allioli. I jumped at the chance!

Now I know there’s not supposed to be egg yolk in an authentic allioli. Seriously, the name kinda says it all; all-i-oli. Garlic-and-oil. I first tried the original version—the one with just garlic, oil and a pinch of salt—and was surprised I actually got an emulsion going without the yolk, but flavor-wise I prefer the mayonnaise version. Sacrilege, I know.

I used my immersion blender and whipped up a large batch of homemade allioli in no time. We served it with Moroccan flatbread during our last BBQ. It was a big hit!

If you’re a garlic junkie, as I am, this one’s for you!


3 garlic cloves
roughly 1 cup olive oil
1 large egg yolk
lemon juice


You can do this with a mild olive oil as well as with a real peppery extra-virgin oil. I opted for the mild one because I wanted a light flavor.

My garlic cloves were huge. One clove pretty much equaled 3 medium cloves. Feel free to use more or less. Give it a rough chop.

You’ll also need fresh lemon juice. Just a squeeze.

If you have a fear of salmonella you can choose to buy pasteurized eggs for this purpose. I used a regular, fresh egg yolk.

In your blender or immersion blender bowl combine the garlic, egg yolk, 1/4 tsp salt, and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add enough oil to cover the ingredients and blitz until you have an emulsion going.

This is what said emulsion looks like.

That’s your cue to slowly drizzle in the oil while continuing to blitz. And I mean really slowly.

Keep drizzling in oil until you have the exact consistency you like. I stopped around 1 cup of oil.

Check the seasoning and add salt when needed. I wanted to bring out the flavors even more and what better way to do that than by adding a few drops of worcestershiresauce? It really adds depth.

This was seriously good! I literally whipped it up in 3 minutes straight, I couldn’t believe it. The allioli is so creamy, flavorful and nice and heavy on the garlic. Exactly how I like it.

Thanks a million, Elena!

  • 3 garlic cloves
    roughly 1 cup olive oil
    1 large egg yolk
    lemon juice
  1. Coarsely chop the garlic and add it to your blender or immersion blender bowl. Add a large (room temperature) egg yolk, 1/4 tsp salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Add enough oil to cover the ingredients and blitz until you have an emulsion going.

    Now slowly pour in the olive oil while continuing to blitz. Keep doing this until you have a consistency you like. This will probably be around 1 cup of oil. Check the seasoning and add more salt when needed. Finish the allioli with a tiny splash of worcestershiresauce.
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      I could drink this sauce with a straw. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe Elena and Kay!

      Maria on Jun 8, 2010 @ 12:01 pm Reply
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      Trust me when I say it doesn’t just look easy, it is easy!

      Kay on Jun 8, 2010 @ 12:02 pm Reply
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      Mmmm… Garlic… Looks like it would be a brilliant dip for chips (french fries) as well.  How long does it keep in the fridge?

      Yaara on Jun 8, 2010 @ 12:33 pm Reply
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      It’s basically home made mayonnaise. So I wouldn’t take it past 5 to 7 days in the fridge.

      Kay on Jun 8, 2010 @ 12:46 pm Reply
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      too bad you cant make it in large batches and ship to the us of a…….i would be a big customer hahaha.  thanks for the early morning mouth water

      clive on Jun 8, 2010 @ 1:15 pm Reply
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      I love this with chips. Nom nom nom. In fact, it reminds me of buying a horn of chips (french fries) in Amsterdam and having a big squirt of mayo on the side :D

      LizzieBee on Jun 8, 2010 @ 2:10 pm Reply
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      I had some fantastic, proper allioli (without egg) in Chile with my king crab.  The freshest crab meat and a little bowl of allioli to dip it in. It was divine and cost basically nothing (in a small town called Puerto Natales in Southern Chile).

      Karohemd on Jun 8, 2010 @ 2:33 pm Reply
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      I tried the authentic version just for the heck of it, not knowing what to expect and it’s actually surprisingly easy to get an emulsion going with just the garlic and oil. Especially when you use the immersion blender :)

      Kay on Jun 8, 2010 @ 2:49 pm Reply
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      I have everything necessary to do it so I shall try for the next BBQ. :)

      Karohemd on Jun 8, 2010 @ 3:03 pm Reply
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      Oh boy this looks good.

      Amber on Jun 8, 2010 @ 3:16 pm Reply
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      I made this last night adding a few drops of hot sauce and served it with grilled shrimp.  Oh my gosh…  it was wonderful.  There wasn’t a drop left in the dish.  I’m invited to a BBQ this weekend and I’ve been ordered to double the recipe and not show up without it.  Great idea – great pictures!  Thanks!

      Julia M on Jun 8, 2010 @ 5:58 pm Reply
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      I put garlic in everything. If a recipe doesn’t call for it, I usually add it anyways. I’ve never put worcestershire sauce in mine though. I usually add whatever herbs are growing though.

      Deanna on Jun 8, 2010 @ 8:28 pm Reply
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      Yaaay! You worked wonders with my recipe, I must say that.
      Oh, and I had forgotten to mention about the name being literally “garlic-and-oil”, but I see you took care of it ;-)

      Elena herself on Jun 8, 2010 @ 9:07 pm Reply
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      I wonder if using Grapeseed oil would alter the taste in anyway.  I use that rather than Olive Oil because of the health benefits and in cooking I can’t tell any difference over Olive Oil.

      Janie on Jun 9, 2010 @ 4:36 am Reply
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      I really like your recipes and especially recipes like this one, they are so usable and easy. Thanks!

      Lori on Jun 9, 2010 @ 9:46 am Reply
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      @ Janie:

      From what I understood Allioli is really supposed to be made with  garlic and olive oil to get that really characteristic flavor. I have no idea how grape seed oil would taste but I assume it’ll be great as well.

      Kay on Jun 9, 2010 @ 10:05 am Reply
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      Ah, so this is the mysterious Allioli! Here in Romania we just call it garlic cream. I usually crush the garlic until it turns to a paste, and then use my hand mixer, but the immersion version sounds so much easier!
      Over here we usually eat it with fish or roast chicken, but also plain on bread for a flavourful snack.

      Irén on Jun 11, 2010 @ 9:18 pm Reply
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      I had something similar to this in the US at a Lebanese restaraunt and always wondered how in the hell did they make that, whats in it? Well this sounds like it and I am so happy. Will be trying this weekend. Thanks Kay!

      Wishing4One on Jun 13, 2010 @ 4:22 am Reply
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      That looks so smooth and creamy and good! It is sometimes hard to believe that plain old oil can be turned into that.

      Kevin (Closet Cooking) on Jun 24, 2010 @ 5:06 pm Reply
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      Hi, I am sorry to say this is a mayoneise sauce with a variation… All i Oli is only oil, garlic and salt…

      carmen on Feb 9, 2011 @ 3:40 pm Reply
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      Did you actually take the time to read the posting? Because I don’t think you did.

      Kay on Feb 9, 2011 @ 4:13 pm Reply
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      Hi there!! That looks delicious but I tried making it myself and it came out the complete opposite. It came out yellowy like the egg yolk and very runny and smelled of olive oil. Is there anything I might have done wrong?

      Wendy on Jun 11, 2011 @ 7:37 pm Reply
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      About to make this!
      Will keep you updated 

      Clarence on Oct 8, 2012 @ 8:27 pm Reply
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      This is, by far, my all-time favorite website ever.  Just started work in my very first prep cook job and I can’t wait to surround myself with food all of the time.  I’ll be making this for sure.

      Beef on Dec 11, 2012 @ 2:45 am Reply

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