Holy Aioli!

Welcome to Holy Aioli! My name is Rachael, and I’m a medical student in Birmingham, Alabama who just happens to love to cook. More than anything, I enjoy a fun occasion to cook for and entertain friends and family. Amidst the stress of medical training, cooking has become therapeutic for me, and I want to share the fun I’ve found in the kitchen with you! I plan to post a little bit of everything: from festive appetizers and cocktails to preparing meals in advance of a hectic week. Thanks for stopping by Holy Aioli – return soon for more recipes!

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Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Although not all of my recipes will contain this spicy goodness, you will find many contain (lots of) garlic and herbs such as rosemary, sage, basil, and cilantro. In this first post, I’d like to introduce aioli – a garlicky mayo so delicious that it earned a spot in the name of this blog. You’ll want to put it on everything (and it’s especially tasty on crab cakes and patatas bravas). Plus, aioli is super easy to make! You only need five simple ingredients that you likely already have around the house: eggs, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and yep – you guessed it – garlic. You can adjust the amount of garlic in your aioli to your liking, as well as kick it up a notch with other add-ins such as herbs or spices to complement the flavors of whatever you’re serving with it. So let’s get started:



  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (or more to suit your taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Makes approximately 1/2 cup aioli

Mix eggs and garlic in a food processor or blender until well combined. Slowly add olive oil while blending with egg and garlic. The mixture should turn lighter in color and emulsify to the consistency of a thin mayonnaise. Add salt and lemon juice and mix again. Add garlic to taste, if desired. Serve with crab cakes, patatas bravas, as a spread on your favorite sandwich, or anything really! With aioli, the possibilities are endless.

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paprika aioli on crab cakes

Thanks for reading!

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