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Chef John's Tarragon Aioli

Chef John's Tarragon Aioli

Chef John

"The beauty of aioli made in the traditional method with a mortar and pestle is that a small amount of garlic can flavor a large amount of mayo. Also, this real aioli is so strong and powerful that you don't need half a cup of mayo on your grilled fish. Just a teaspoon of my version is so intense it will fully flavor a whole piece of meat or pile of veggies."
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15 m servings 101 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 101 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 10.9 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 0.9g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 128 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Crush garlic and salt together in a mortar with a pestle; add tarragon and continue crushing with the pestle until tarragon is pulverized.
  2. Stir mayonnaise and lemon juice into garlic-tarragon mixture until aioli is smooth; season with cayenne pepper.

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Love, love, love it! I originally made it to serve with Chef John's salmon cakes. My family liked it so much that I made a second batch to use for sandwiches the next day. I made as instructe...

Excellent and simple recipe. We used it as an artichoke dipping sauce but my husband said he would like to slather it on just about any dish. Thanks Chef John!

Delicious! I actually discovered that I didn't have fresh tarragon so I used 1 tsp dried, one more clove of garlic (can never have enough!) and added some fresh parsley for texture. My family ...

Served with Chef John's Salmon Cakes. Excellent flavor that really spiced them up. Put the cakes with rice and salad and drizzled the aioli sauce over everything. The entire family loved it!

I put this on my BLT and it was just about the BEST BLT I've ever had! Fabulous!

Love the mortar and pestle technique. This recipe definitely has a lot of flavour. Thanks for another winner, Chef John!

This recipe is AWESOME!! I grilled some large marinated shrimp on skewers for a birthday party at the park yesterday, and I needed to make a dip to compliment the shrimp. The result was fabulo...

A simple aioli with a decadent twist. If you have a pestle and mortar, use it. There is no better way to make this subtle treat, or any aioli.

This recipe opened up a whole new world of cooking for me. Thanks You!

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