Perfect mayonnaise

Theo Randall demonstrates an alternative way to make this classic condiment with a pestle and mortar
By Theo Randall
Perfect mayonnaise
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  • Serves: 2-3
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 200 ml olive oil

Tips and Suggestions

The mayonnaise will keep for up to three days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.


1. Place the egg yolks into a large, heavy mortar along with the lemon juice and mustard. Mix together vigorously with the pestle until the egg yolk is pale and creamy.

2. Moving the pestle in a continuous, quick circular motion in the mortar, slowly drizzle in the olive oil in a thin stream, mixing well until all of the olive oil is incorporated and the mixture is smooth and creamy.

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