Great with fries, on a burger, and especially with chicken tenders, this spicy aioli recipe is creamy and full of heat.
It’s the ideal dipping sauce for when plain old mayo just won’t cut it.
Spicy aioli recipes should include good quality mayonnaise along with garlic, lime juice, and hot sauce or Sriracha. Mince the garlic, or roast it for a deeper flavor, then whisk everything together until it’s smooth.
As the name suggests, spicy aioli should be hot. I like to use Sriracha because it’s got a great flavor profile, but you could also use:
- Chipotle peppers
- Chili powder
- Hot sauce
- Aleppo pepper
- Adobo sauce
I like to add lime juice for a zip of freshness, but it’s not mandatory. If you like aioli smooth and creamy, you can leave it out.
Ingredients For Spicy Aioli
There are a few different ways to make spicy aioli, but the easiest way is with a food processor. That makes it wonderfully smooth.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mayonnaise - you can use full-fat or low-fat, depending on your preferences. Full-fat mayo will give you a richer flavor.
- Garlic - aioli should always have garlic - the more, the merrier. If you want added taste, try roasting it first.
- Sriracha - made using chili peppers, white vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt, it’s got a terrific flavor profile that’s balanced and spicy without being overly acidic (like some hot sauces can be).
- Lime juice - fresh lime juice will cut through the creaminess and add a nice zesty taste.
- Sea salt - add a pinch to balance it all out.
How To Use Spicy Mayo
Spicy mayo has a lot of uses. They include:
- Sandwich spread
- Dip for fries or chicken
- Sauce for burgers
- Drizzle over nachos
How To Make Spicy Aioli
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 2 tablespoons Sriracha
- 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
- Pinch Sea Salt
- Add the mayonnaise, garlic, Sriracha, and lime juice to a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- For a boost of garlicky goodness, roast the garlic, then add it to the mix (once cool).
- Add salt to taste.