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How to make Spanish garlic aioli: recipe


How many of you have heard before about the Spanish garlic aioli sauce?? Although it´s very common in the mediterranean countries, out of there you won´t find it. Believe us, when we said is delicious and once you try it, you will want to learn how to make the Spanish garlic aioli recipe. And that´s what we are going to be telling you today… and many more things!

Let´s learn all about the recipe for aioli, about its origin, history and more:

What is Garlic aioli?

Garlic aioli is a very famous sauce in some mediterranean countries and it´s mainly made from olive oil and garlic.  It´s a quite heavy sauce as its main ingredient is the garlic. For tourists, the Spanish garlic sauce is sometimes confused with mayonnaise, but once you try it, you will see is very different.

How to make Spanish aioli?

Which are the ingredients to make aioli?? Is it´s recipe easy? Those are some of the most asked questions about the Spanish aioli. Although it´s not the easiest recipe, because it´s very eassy to mess it up with the ingredients and make it more like mayonnaise instead of aioli, it´s very quick and is worth trying it.

Next, we will talk about how to make Spanish aioli!

Spanish garlic aioli ingredients:

  • Half of a cup of Olive oil
  • 3 Garlic cloves 
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 1 tbsp of natural lemon juice (optional)

Spanish garlic aioli recipe

The authentic spanish garlic aioli sauce recipe usually takes a lot of time and more dedication, so be ready for it:

  1. First, you will have to take three garlic cloves and peal them
  2. Place them in the mortar, add some salt to it and start mashing it, until they look like paste
  3. Start adding slowly some olive oil to the paste and meanwhile, stir it with the pestle of the mortar in the same direction.
  4. Once it looks like mayonnaise, it will be ready!

What is garlic aioli used for?


Garlic aioli could be used for two different proposes; you could either use the aioli as a dipping sauce with some bred and make yourself a good tapa, like they do in the Valencian community or you can use the aioli condiment, to mix it with food and have a different dish, like Aioli potatoes.

Our recommendation if you are eating it as a tapa is to not eat too much, sometimes they serve you too much and when the main courses come up you are already full!

In the other side, if you are using aioli to cook, other than the potatoes with aioli, other dishes with aioli you could try are: Salmon with aioli, aioli with pasta aioli with eggs…

What does aioli mean?

If you look at many dictionaries either at library or at any other searching site, they will tell you it is mayonnaise seasoned with garlic. The problem with this definition, it can make many people think it´s very similar to mayonnaise, when it´s not. The real meaning of aioli is garlic + oil (which are the main ingredients to make it) from the Provençal language.

Types of aioli


Although the one we told you before is the real one, through the years people have been tasting new ways to make aioli and with other ingredients and some results ended up being very good, these are some the best types of aioli sauce:

  • Pesto Aioli
  • Truffle Aioli
  • Tomato Aioli
  • Red Pepper Aioli
  • Wasabi Aioli
  • Ancho Aioli
  • Sriracha Aioli
  • Spicy Aioli
  • Dijon Aioli
  • Honey Aioli
  • Bacon Aioli

Aioli sauce origin

The origin of Aioli is quite unknown, but many people believe that it comes from the Egyptians. It´s said that the Romans got the idea from the Egyptians and then brought it to Spain.

Nowadays, where you will find it the most is in the east side of the Iberic Peninsula, in the Valencian community and Murcia Region of Spain being more specific.

Enjoy the authentic aioli