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Easy to Make, Homemade Harissa Mayonnaise

I love scouring the condiment aisle at any market I find myself in. When traveling it’s one of the most interesting aisles to explore.  You can learn so much about people and their food culture.  I never knew mayonnaise was so easy to make!

As part of my preparation to move to Morocco, I’ve been trying my hand at creating things I know may not be easy to find or won’t taste the way I expect. Mayonnaise is certainly found in Morocco but why buy it when it’s so easy and inexpensive to make?

Moroccan Recipes_Harissa Mayonnaise

What I learned from this experience was that I can really make something very simple unique and delicious.  I envision many more mayonnaise variations in the future.

Harissa Mayonnaise

If you have a food processor, I think it’s really the best and quickest way to make mayonnaise.  If you don’t have one, you can use a whisk to pull it together but it will be more tricky.  I also use my regular blender to make this but it may not work if you have blades that have a big gap in the bottom of the cup.

Harissa Mayonnaise
Yield: appx 1 cup

Harissa Mayonnaise

Making your own mayonnaise is not only easy to do but the flavor is even better with a dash of harissa.


  • 1 egg + 1 yolk organic eggs
  • 1 tsp harissa (add more to make it more spicy)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups olive oil


  1. I think it's really important to use fresh, organic eggs. The egg won't be cooked so the best quality you can use is really best.
  2. In the bowl of the food processor, add the eggs, salt, vinegar and harissa.
  3. Turn the food processor on.
  4. After about 20 seconds, begin to slowly stream the olive oil through the top spout. Do not stop the food processor.
  5. Watch the contents of the bowl and continue to add the oil until the mixture comes together.
  6. As soon as it begins to look like mayonnaise, stop.
  7. Refrigerate immediately, and keep in a cool place for up to a week.
  8. If you decide you would like to increase the heat, you can add more harissa by mixing it into the mayonnaise.

More Moroccan Condiments to Make!

Date Ketchup

Charmoula Marinade Recipe

Make Your Own Moroccan Preserved Lemons at Home

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