With the addition of fresh lemon, garlic, and a few other key ingredients, you can transform regular mayonnaise into a tangy and creamy lemon aioli that will impress your taste buds and elevate your dishes.


If you saw our recipe for crispy Zucchini frittes, then I know you’ve been waiting for this amazing lemon aioli dipping sauce that takes them to the next level!

It’s a creamy, garlicky, tangy, dipping sauce that is perfect for all types of veggies and it also make a delicious spread on sandwiches!

If you have a jar of mayonnaise in your pantry and want to add a zesty twist to your dishes, look no further than homemade aioli. With just a few simple ingredients and a touch of creativity, you can turn regular mayonnaise into a flavorful and tangy lemon aioli that will elevate your culinary creations to new heights.

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A bowl of lemons, parsley and a jar of garlic.

Aioli vs. Mayonnaise

Aioli is essentially a garlic-flavored mayonnaise. Traditionally, aioli is made by emulsifying garlic, olive oil, and salt using a mortar and pestle, resulting in a creamy and zesty sauce with a distinct garlic punch. However, modern variations often incorporate additional ingredients like egg yolks, mustard, and lemon juice, ingredients that also make…you guessed it, mayonnaise!

So we’ve simplified the process starting with a good mayonnaise and adding the necessary, garlic, herbs, and flavors to make an easy, creamy, totally delicious aioli that you’re going to love.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Mayonnaise: Choose a high-quality mayonnaise as the base for your aioli. Opt for a brand with a smooth and creamy texture for the best results.
  • Fresh Lemon: The star of the show! Select a ripe and juicy lemon to infuse your aioli with its vibrant and tangy essence.
  • Garlic Cloves: The pungent flavor of garlic is essential for creating the signature taste of aioli.
  • Fresh Parsley: This simple herb’s bright, fresh flavor enhances the sauce’s flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper: To season your aioli to perfection.
Lemon Aioli on fried zucchini


Step 1 – Combine. Whisk the mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley together, and then add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2 – Chill. For the most flavor, cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

fried zucchini dipped into Lemon Aioli

What to Serve with Lemon Aioli Sauce

Lemon aioli’s versatility knows no bounds. Its creamy and tangy profile makes it an ideal accompaniment for various dishes. Here’s a few of our favorite ways to use it.

Zesty Dip – Lemon aioli elevates simple finger foods to a gourmet experience. Pair it with crispy fries, succulent shrimp, or crunchy chicken tenders for a delightful dipping adventure.

We’ve already mentioned our zucchini fritte (fried zucchini) but aioli is also keto so try it would our keto air fryer zucchini as well.

It also complements a platter of fresh veggies, adding a burst of flavor to your vegetable spread or simple charcuterie board.

Flavor-Packed Dressing – Drizzle lemon aioli over salads, grains, or pasta dishes to infuse them with a burst of citrusy goodness. The creamy texture coats every morsel, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Add it to coleslaw for a unique twist on a classic favorite.

Perfect Partner for Seafood – Seafood dishes shine with the addition of lemon aioli. Serve it alongside grilled fish such as salmon, sautéed shrimp, seared scallops, or as a dressing for mouthwatering lobster rolls. The tangy sauce complements the delicate flavors of the seafood, enhancing the overall dining experience.

Sandwich Sensation – Transform ordinary sandwiches into extraordinary creations with lemon aioli. Slather it on burgers, wraps, paninis, or veggie sandwiches for a burst of flavor that will leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

Fried zucchini with aioli sauce on a black plate.

How to Store It

Once you’ve crafted the perfect batch of homemade lemon aioli, it’s essential to store it correctly to maintain its freshness and flavor. Proper storage ensures that your tangy and creamy creation remains safe to consume and ready to use.

Place in an airtight container: Transfer your freshly made lemon aioli to an airtight container. A glass jar with a secure lid or a food-grade plastic container with a tight-fitting lid is ideal for this purpose. The airtight seal helps prevent air and moisture from entering the container, preserving the quality of the aioli.

Refrigerate: Place the sealed container of lemon aioli in the refrigerator. The ideal temperature for refrigeration is between 35°F (2°C) and 40°F (4°C).

Do Not Freeze: While refrigeration is crucial, freezing lemon aioli is not recommended. The emulsion of the sauce may break upon thawing, leading to a change in texture and consistency. To maintain the creamy and velvety texture of your aioli, refrain from freezing it.

Shelf Life: Properly stored lemon aioli can typically last in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, the actual shelf life may vary based on the freshness of the ingredients used. Always check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off odor, mold growth, or unusual texture before using the aioli.

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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Lemon Aioli

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3.73 from 29 votes


  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Whisk first 4 ingredients together and then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • For the most flavor cover and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.


Calories: 129kcal, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 119mg, Vitamin A: 70IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon aioli