Prawns with Homemade Mayonnaise

I have a confession….I am a massive fan of sauces. I love chutneys and jellies and any sort of accompaniment! However, plasticy, fake mayonnaise from a jar is just not my thing! Its grand in a coleslaw or a potato salad but I will never put it in a sandwich or have it on the side of a salad.

Probably my favourite Summer dinner

Probably my favourite Summer dinner

Summer for me means seafood and seafood in turn is made even more special with the right sauce. Last nights dinner was a massive bowl of proper prawns, new potatoes and green beans. A dinner that is all about letting the ingredients shine, fresh, local and delicious. What better to serve with it than a proper, handmade mayonnaise? Ok so it takes a little work, but its totally worth it! I mixed in some crushed garlic or you could add some smoked paprika for some spice but this is just as delicious on its own.

Homemade Mayonnaise:


  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon english mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt – you may need more to taste
  • 225ml oil – I used pure olive oil but this is a bit rich so you could use half sunflower oil, rapeseed or even groundnut oil
  • Squeeze of lemon to taste
  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the oil and lemon juice.
  2. Ok this is the important part – Very slowly, drizzle oil into the mix while whisking constantly. This really can curdle easily so its better to start with too little than too much.
  3. As the mixture starts to thicken, you can add slightly more oil but try and keep it at a slow and steady pace.
  4. If the mixture does curdle, you can whisk in another egg yolk and it should bring it back to life.
  5. If you are using a flavouring such as garlic, add it at the beginning and as you are whisking it will impart more flavour. For something like paprika or pesto, I would stir it in at the end.

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