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Chef John's Tarragon Aioli
See how to make real aioli flavored with fresh tarragon and plenty of garlic. See more
  • READY IN 15 mins

Chef John's Tarragon Aioli

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"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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  • PREP

    15 mins

    15 mins


  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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Jul 04, 2014

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 I originally made it to serve with Chef John's salmon cakes.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 instructed but doubled the garlic because that's just the kind of family we are! It was good immediately but even better after a few hours in the frig.

Jun 01, 2014

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!


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

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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