Broken Homemade Mayo? Here Are Two Quick Fixes For Creamy Perfection!

There’s something wonderfully satisfying about making your own sauces from scratch.

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Whether it’s a sugar-free barbecue sauce, a vinaigrette made with heart-healthy oil, or your own preservative-free mustard, whipping up a sauce is a simple task that’s also very gratifying.

Exercising your right to choose the ingredients our families consume is the ultimate in power and control – or so it seems in the kitchen!

Naturally, the flavor of homemade sauces is head and shoulders above that of processed and preserved spreads from the grocery shelf.

Learn two easy techniques to fix your broken homemade mayo |

Like made-from-scratch mayonnaise.

Tart and bright with a splash of fresh lemon, the rich, velvety texture and taste is so marvelous you’ll never want to settle for a mass-produced product again.

But beware: Wonderfully easy to make with just a few basic ingredients, homemade mayonnaise can rebel if you don’t give it the attention it deserves.

Quickly fix broken homemade mayonnaise with two different techniques |

You can create a “quick mayonnaise” using whole eggs and a food processor or electric blender, but the results are usually thinner than a traditional batch.

For a classic thick version like our recipe, use a hand whisk for stiff, creamy results.

No matter how you make it, when a batch of this delicious sauce goes sideways, those feelings of satisfaction can quickly turn to despair!

So… what to do?

Patience Pays

As with so many of the good things in life, a successful batch of mayo requires two essential, but non-material ingredients – patience and TLC.

Whip it up too fast, or forget to admire how it all comes together, and your luscious homemade spread can break when your back is turned.

Mastering the technique for fixing broken mayonnaise |

A humbling experience, “broken” mayonnaise happens when the ingredients weren’t emulsified properly during the initial blending. The oil needs to be whisked in oh-so-slowly, adding it in a very light stream that allows the yolk and oil to bond and emulsify.

When it breaks, those delicately emulsified ingredients have become undone. The bond breaks, ingredients separate, and your airy custard looks more like curdled cottage cheese!

But fear not, intrepid sauce-makers – a broken batch is easy to fix.

We have two solutions for you to try, depending on how you plan to use your sauce.

Adding an extra egg to fix a broken mayo |

If you want a thinner mixture for making a salad dressing or to add to another sauce, use the water cure. For a thicker batch to use for a sandwich spread, deviled eggs, and so on, the addition of another egg yolk is the best solution.

Fix #1 – The Water Cure

If your mayonnaise remains a bit thin after the initial whisking, or if it’s broken and separated, whisk in two teaspoons of boiling water.

Whisking hot water into a broken mayo to make it creamy and perfect again |

The hot water will help the yolks to set and re-emulsify with the oil, bonding the ingredients back together again.
If it doesn’t thicken right away, add another teaspoon or two of hot water and continue whisking.

Fixing separated homemade mayo |

This will result in a thinner but creamier sauce that’s good for dressings, or as an addition to other sauces. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Fix # 2 – Add Another Yolk

If you want your spread to have a thicker consistency, put a fresh egg yolk into a clean bowl, then slowly whisk the thin or broken batch into the new yolk.

The best techniques to fix broken mayo fast |

The extra yolk will re-emulsify the ingredients, making it smooth and light once again.

For this process, make sure to whisk the broken sauce slowly into the egg, just one small dollop at a time.

Fixing broken mayo |

Once it begins to thicken, you can add the remaining broken batch in a steady stream, whisking constantly as you add it to the fresh yolk.

Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Once it reaches the desired consistency, use it immediately or store covered in a clean dish in the fridge for a day or two.

A Slow Hand Does It

And that’s it! Two easy solutions to restore your homemade spread to creamy perfection.

Learn the techniques for fixing broken mayo |

Remember, a successful batch of mayo needs to develop slowly – take your time and give the ingredients a chance to bond and thicken. When you do, you’ll be richly rewarded with superb flavor and texture!

And what about you readers – any tips for reconstituting broken mayonnaise? Let us know in the comments below.

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Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes. A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.

5 thoughts on “Broken Homemade Mayo? Here Are Two Quick Fixes For Creamy Perfection!”

  1. If it is a vegetarian mayonnaise using heavy cream (instead of eggs), how can we fix it? I was whisking it so long with hand beater but it didn’t thicken. I intermittently froze it thinking ingredients are not chilled enough but that didn’t work too. Please advise.

    • Thanks for your question, Suraksha! I haven’t tried an eggless mayo made with cream personally, but we have made it successfully with aquafaba (see or recipe on the site- chickpea water makes an excellent egg substitute!).

      Thickening any type of mayo can be difficult if the oil is added too quickly. Rather than being temperature dependent like a meringue, you’re aiming to create a uniform emulsion. The oil really needs to be added as slowly as possible, in a VERY thin drizzle, or just a few drops at a time, combining thoroughly between each addition. Trying a high-speed blender or food processor instead of the hand beater may help as well. Good luck!

  2. Had thin mayo. Tried both methods above but nothing working. Blended arrowroot n powder in but still nothing. In desperation I tried microwaving mixture for 30 seconds which left me with broken mayo. I then poured mayo through a fine mesh strainer separating curds from liquid. Blended curds then slowly readded the liquid portion. Ended up with prefect mayo! I think making sure your eggs are at room temperature before you start is essential!

    • Hi Lalita,

      Milk mayonnaise can be tricky, since it’s easier to get eggs to emulsify with oil than milk. Was this full-fat milk? And what kind of equipment are you using- a food processor, immersion blender, high-speed blender? A combination of cold ingredients and whipping at high speed should help.

      Be sure to add the oil VERY gradually, just a few drops at a time, in a very thin stream. Try refrigerating what you’ve already made for an hour or two, then adding 1-2 teaspoons of oil as slowly as you can, and blending constantly at high speed. This should help to get your mixture to the thickness that you’re looking for.

      Good luck!

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