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This amazing Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce is smooth and creamy with a pronounced dill flavor that is the perfect accompaniment for fish.

lemon-dill aioli sauce
Lemon-dill aioli sauce

The first time I saw aioli sauce on a menu with a fish entrée I did not know what to expect and was surprised to find that is was similar to a mayonnaise.   

It is basically made in the same way as mayonnaise with garlic and any herbs that you want to jazz it up with.  I chose dill here as it is a great accompaniment to fish.  

This lemon-dill aioli sauce was also delicious mixed in with my tuna salad for a sandwich.

Oil choices when making Lemon-dill aioli sauce:

We all like the fresh taste of a rich, extra-virgin olive oil but save that good stuff for dipping your sourdough bread in and your fresh salads.

For this aioli recipe, you will want a mild-tasting oil that will not dominate but allow the full flavor of the other ingredients to shine.

We have used avocado oil which has a very neutral flavor.  Other choices would be:

  • Grapeseed oil
  • Light olive oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Canola oil
lemon-dill aioli sauce
Lemon-dill aioli sauce

Does Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce use raw eggs?

The straight answer is, yes, it does.  If you have a concern about salmonella when using raw eggs, pasteurized egg yolks may be substituted.   

We like to use Safe Eggs which are purchased locally at Albertsons .  Check your local grocery store for these eggs. 

You can be assured these eggs have been pasteurized by the company stamp of a  on each egg which identifies them as pasteurized.

Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce
A creamy aioli sauce with a distinctive dill flavor.

Tips for making Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce:

  • A mini-food processor is ideal for this sauce as it has a small hole in the lid that keeps the oil dribbling in at a steady stream.  It also is just the size for a small batch.   A hand held immersion blender or a standard blender will also work very well for this recipe.
  • There are two very important steps to the success of this lemon-dill aioli sauce:  use room temperature ingredients and drizzle the oil in slowly.
  • If your egg yolks are still cold from the fridge, you will have trouble getting the mixture to emulsify and end up with a runny mess.  A quick trick to bring eggs to room temperature is to place them (while still in the shell) in a dish of warm water for about five minutes. After you crack the eggs and separate them, make sure they are not still cold.  If they are cold, then let them sit on the countertop a bit longer.
  • Starting with cold ingredients is one of the main reasons for a failed aioli sauce.
  • Another key to success is to drizzle the oil in slowly.  You will notice the recipe says to add the oil in a thin stream over two minutes.  This is not a typo.   Seriously, take two minutes to add the oil in a thin stream.
  • The first 30 seconds to 1 minute are the most critical.  Start very slowly and try not to add more than 1/4 cup of oil in the first 30 seconds. By the time 1 minute has gone by, you should not have used more than 1/2 cup of oil so pace yourself and go slow.

How to save a ‘failed’ aioli sauce:

If you do happen to miss the mark on this and end up with a broken, curdled-looking mess, don’t throw it out. You can fix a broken aioli with a new egg yolk.

Pour the broken aioli into a bowl and place a fresh, room temperature egg yolk in the food processor or blender.

Start processing the egg yolk then slowly add the broken aioli back into the processor.  You can add a bit more oil after the broken aioli has been added.

If you find the aioli is too thick then you can drizzle in some water to thin it down.

 This recipe has been adapted from The Joy of Seafood, by Patrice Boely and makes about one and one-half cups and will keep in the refrigerator for about one week.

Check out some great fish recipes to go with this sauce.

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Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce

Lemon-Dill Aioli Sauce

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A smooth creamy lemon dill sauce that is the perfect accompanyment with fish.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 large egg yolks (room temperature)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 1 cup avocado oil (or olive oil or any combination of oils)
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and white pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the garlic, mustard, egg yolks and dill in a mini food processor or a work bowl for an immersion blender.
  2. Process until evenly combined, about 10 seconds.
  3. With the motor running, slowly add the oil in a thin stream until completely combined. Take about 2 minutes to completely add the oil and don't add more that 1/4 cup in the first 30 seconds.
  4. Once you have a thickened sauce, stop the motor and add the lemon juice then season with salt and pepper.
  5. Start the motor again and combine until well combined.
  6. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to one week.

Notes

For the best success, start with room temperature ingredients.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 9.6gSaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 12.7mgSodium: 27mgProtein: 0.7g

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Andrea

Saturday 29th of August 2020

I made this with my immersion blender. It was AMAZING!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 29th of August 2020

Thanks for the comment Andrea, I'm so glad you liked it.

DAS

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Make it easy on yourself. An inversion blender is the only way to have no-fail mayo or aioli. You just have to make it in a pint jar or something that is tight that allows the shape of the inversion blender. After dumping in ALL the ingredients together. Then place the blender on the bottom and leave it there for like 5 seconds while it emulsifies. Bring up the blender slowly to the top. Preston. Takes about 10-15 seconds to make. No dripping of oil. You can make it as think as you want. Gordon Ramsay has a video if you don't understand this. --from a very old lady who refuses to buy mayo (soybean oil being terrible for you)

Pat Nyswonger

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Thank you, Das....?

Cynthia Hinrichs

Monday 13th of January 2020

You’ve probably discovered this by now. The immersion blender is the only way to go when making mayonnaise, aioli, dressings. Put all ingredients in the provided jar (or mason jar) with the oil last. Place the stick in the bottom of the jar, blend for 15 seconds an then pull stick upwards till you reach the emulsified stage. Takes a minute, no drizzling or soupy outcome. Hop on over to One Minute Mayonnaise, you find plenty of recipes. I’m a bit of a condiment nut !

Pat Nyswonger

Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Thanks, Cynthia....I will check it out ?

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Pete

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Will it freeze ?

Pat

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Hi, Pete...That is a great question. I have never tried freezing it but aioli is basically a jazzed up mayonnaise and my experience with freezing mayo has been less than favorable as it separated. If you decide to try freezing this lemon-dill aioli sauce I would love to hear your results. :)

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