Spanish Food

How to Make Spanish Alioli

Alioli is a traditional Spanish sauce that is made with garlic and olive oil. It is similar to the French aioli but with a slightly different flavour. The sauce is perfect for dipping, spreading on sandwiches, or using it as a marinade. Making alioli at home can seem like a daunting task, but with the right ingredients and techniques, it is easy to make and can be customized to your taste preferences. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making Spanish alioli and provide tips for creating the perfect sauce.

Spanish Alioli


To make Spanish alioli, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Salt


  1. Start by peeling and mincing the garlic cloves. Make sure to remove the green shoot in the middle of the garlic, as it can make the alioli taste bitter.
  2. In a mortar and pestle, crush the garlic into a paste. If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a food processor or blender.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg yolk until it becomes frothy.
  4. Slowly pour the olive oil into the egg yolk while whisking constantly. This will create an emulsion, which is the base of the alioli.
  5. Add the garlic paste and lemon juice to the egg yolk mixture and whisk until well combined.
  6. Season the alioli with salt to taste.


  • Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavour.
  • Make sure all of the ingredients are at room temperature before starting.
  • Use a whisk or an immersion blender to mix the ingredients together.
  • If the alioli is too thick, add a few drops of warm water to thin it out.
  • Alioli can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


There are many variations of alioli that you can make to customize the flavour to your liking. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add a pinch of smoked paprika for a smoky flavour.
  • Mix in a tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, or basil.
  • Use lime juice instead of lemon juice for a slightly different flavour.
  • For a spicy alioli, add a few drops of hot sauce or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Spanish Alioli

Making Spanish alioli at home is easier than you might think. With a few simple ingredients and techniques, you can create a delicious sauce that is perfect for dipping, spreading, or using as a marinade. Experiment with different variations to find your favourite flavour. We hope this guide has been helpful in teaching you how to make Spanish alioli.

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Hi, I'm Pablo, an internet marketer who enjoys working and travelling around the Costa Blanca, Spain. I have been fortunate enough to have met some amazing people on my travels and was lucky enough to be able to make Spain my second home in 2018.

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