Wasabi aioli is a simple mixture of wasabi powder and mayonnaise that mixes up quickly and adds an exciting zing to your food! Use wasabi sauce to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, meal prep lunch bowls and so much more!
Do you know about wasabi? It’s the green condiment that usually accompanies sushi, sushi rolls, or a poke bowl. It’s a Japanese type of horseradish with a sharp, fiery and pungent flavor that makes an easy way to add a quick punch of flavor to your food.
Mixing it with mayonnaise tones down the pungency of this hot condiment and you can adjust it easily to make it as potent or not as you like!
This easy recipe requires only four simple ingredients which you may already have on hand or can pick up in a quick trip to the grocery store or Asian market.
- lemon juice
- fresh garlic
- wasabi paste or wasabi powder
See the recipe card further down on the page for the exact quantities of each ingredient.
This easy homemade condiment is ready in one simple step!
Step 1: Mix it Up
Stir all ingredients together, refrigerate and serve.
Hint: Small Mason jars or recycled condiment jars from store-bought food is a great way to store your homemade sauces. They’re clear so you can see what’s inside and you attach a piece of freezer tape to the outside with the ingredient and date so you know when you made it.
Don’t have the correct ingredients on hand? Or want to change something up? Here are some helpful tips for you to change this wasabi sauce.
- Mayonnaise – Swap out the mayonnaise for sour cream or plain Greek yogurt. These might be a little thicker than the mayonnaise but you can add a bit of milk to thin it out until it’s at the consistency you want.
- Wasabi paste – Wasabi generally comes in two different forms, a paste and a powder. The paste is much easier to use but you can swap it out with the powder and simply add water to create a paste with it. There are instructions in the recipe card to tell you how to use the powder.
Want to personalize this wasabi aioli recipe? Here are some of my tried and true tips for changing up this recipe.
- Soy sauce – Add a few dashes of soy sauce and grated fresh ginger to add some Asian flavors to your Wasabi aioli.
- Creamy dip – Mix in half mayo and half sour cream to make a thicker wasabi sauce that will work great as a dipping sauce for fries or veggies.
If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy this lemon garlic aioli.
This simple recipe only requires a few simple things almost everyone will have in their kitchen.
- Small bowl
- Whisk or fork
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Jars or storage containers for the sauce
Once mixing together the wasabi aioli, store it in the refrigerator for up to one week.
This easy recipe is pretty simple to make but here are a few tips to help you out!
- Wasabi is spicy so if you are cautious around spicy foods, be sure you add a little at a time until you get the right temperature.
- Use wasabi aioli to add a punch of flavor to any type of dish. It’s a great condiment to use with a piece of seared tuna or grilled chicken.
- If you want to make a thinner wasabi sauce, you can add milk, oil or water to the sauce to thin it out. This is perfect if you want to drizzle it over a salad.
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Do you have questions about making wasabi aioli? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.
Yes, this sauce is on the spicy side so if you prefer a milder sauce you can use less of the wasabi paste when making the sauce or use a less spicy aioli such as Lemon Garlic Aioli.
It is not a good idea to freeze recipes made with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is made with eggs, oil, and dairy, when frozen the texture changes.
It has a very sharp, pungent heat similar to horseradish or an extra hot mustard.
Ready to get cooking? Remember that you can print this recipe if you would like.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 4-5 cloves crushed garlic
- 1 -3 tablespoons prepared wasabi paste or wasabi powder (see notes)
- Gather up all the ingredients.
- Add all the ingredients to a small bowl.
- Use a fork or whisk to mix everything up.
- When the sauce is ready, store in a container in the refrigerator.
- Serve it up as a spread for sandwiches or dip for veggies.