“Aioli (French Garlic Sauce)”

“A Culinary Guide to Herbs, Spices and Flavourings”

by Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke, Lewis Esson


4          garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

2          egg yolks

pinch of salt

½         pint olive oil

1-1/2  tablespoons white wine vinegar


Preparation time:  20 – 25 minutes


This Provencal sauce is traditionally serves with poached chicken or fish, accompanies by a large platter of boiled vegetables.  It is also good with hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, or a mixture of raw and cooked vegetables.  It should ideally, be made in a mortar and pestle, although a food processor may be used instead.

  1. Put the garlic in a mortar and pound with a pestle until reduced to a pulp, or crush the garlic, then pound it with back of a wooden spoon in a bowl. Add the egg yolks and continue to pound until thoroughly blended.
  2. Add the salt, then start to add the oil very gradually, drop by drop, beating constantly with a wooden spoon. Once half the oil is used up, add the remainder a little more quickly, in a slow trickle, beating constantly.
  3. When all the oil is absorbed, gradually add the vinegar, stirring constantly until well blended. Serve the Aioli in a bowl.