Easy Lemon Basil Aioli Sauce Recipe (Ready in 5 Minutes)

For a wonderfully pungent sauce that packs plenty of Mediterranean flavor, look no further than our delicious aioli recipe to serve as a side at your next barbecue, gathering, or dinner party.

Lemon basil aioli sauce in a coconut bowl, decorated with fresh basil leaves.

Aioli Recipe

Aioli is a beautifully simple yet incredibly flavorful sauce that captures all the culinary magic of France and the Mediterranean Basin region.

Our aioli sauce brings some much-loved ingredients to the foray. There’s warmth and earthiness from the garlic, zestiness from the lemon, and aromatic sweetness from the basil, enveloped within a creamy sauce that can be used in so many ways.

Aioli is so much more than a Mediterranean take on mayonnaise. It can be spread on grilled meats, used as a dipping sauce for many vegetables and fried foods, and is a marriage made in heaven with plenty of seafood dishes.

Lemon basil aioli sauce in a coconut bowl (view from above).

So without further ado, let’s dive in and make this beloved sauce at home to wow your dinner guests at your next gathering or party.

Ingredients

Our aioli recipe is simple to make. You’ll need the following:

  • Mayonnaise – 1 cup
  • Basil – 1/2 cup, packed
  • Lemon Juice – 1/2 lemon
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
Lemon basil aioli sauce ingredients.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1 – To make your aioli sauce, you will either need a hand blender, a small blender, or a food processor.

If using a hand blender, prepare and add your ingredients to a mixing bowl, then blend from there. If using a food processor or standing blender, you can add the ingredients straight into your machine.

Your basil leaves and mayonnaise can go straight in. Peel and crush your garlic clove in a garlic press, or dice it with a knife, and add in your garlic. Finally, squeeze in your lemon juice.

Lemon basil aioli sauce ingredients all in the same bowl.

Step 2 – Blend your ingredients together until you have a smooth, white, creamy sauce. Give the aioli a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. We added 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper.

Once your sauce is ready, pour it into a bowl, tray, or serving dish, ready for your guests to enjoy with a wide range of different sides and dishes.

Lemon basil aioli sauce after blending.

We served our aioli sauce in a gorgeous dark coconut bowl, which helps enhance the creamy white color of the sauce.

To pay homage to the use of basil in the recipe, we also garnished it with a couple of basil leaves, which not only look good but will also lure curious guests to the dinner table with its wonderfully sweet aroma.

Lemon basil aioli sauce being decorated with basil leaves.

The world really is your oyster when it comes to this fresh, light, and both earthy and zesty sauce.

Maybe you’ve got some fried artichokes on the go, or maybe you have a bowl of sweet potatoes fries that are dying for a creamy dip on the side.

This gorgeous aioli sauce can even be spread over a juicy piece of salmon, a chargrilled chicken kebab, or a succulent cut of sirloin steak fresh off the grill.

However you enjoy this sauce, we hope its deep and refreshing flavor wows and delights you, your family, and your dinner guests when it’s next time to have everyone over for a gathering or celebration.

Lemon basil aioli sauce with fresh basil leaves (view from above).

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Aioli

Aioli

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise – 1 cup
  • Basil – 1/2 cup, packed
  • Lemon Juice – 1/2 lemon
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. To make your aioli sauce, get a hand blender, a small blender, or a food processor.
  2. If using a hand blender, prepare and add your ingredients to a mixing bowl, then blend from there. If using a food processor or standing blender, you can add the ingredients straight into your machine. Your basil leaves and mayonnaise can go straight in. Peel and crush your garlic clove in a garlic press, or dice it with a knife, and add in your garlic. Finally, squeeze in your lemon juice.
  3. Blend your ingredients together until you have a smooth, white, creamy sauce. Give it a taste and add salt and pepper as needed. We added 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper.
  4. Once your sauce is ready, pour it into a bowl, tray, or serving dish, ready for your guests to enjoy with a wide range of different sides and dishes.

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