Quick and easy, homemade sriracha mayo (spicy mayo) recipe for a creamy, spicy and garlicky sauce that you can use on snacks, sandwiches, salads, veggies, and sushi!
The first time I had sriracha mayo, I was blown away by how creamy and delicious it was and I simply had to re-create it at home so that I can put it on everything.
When I got home and tried to make it, my homemade spicy mayo flavor didn’t really have the same flavor and kick that it had outside at restaurants. I thought to myself, how hard could it be? I just needed to mix mayonnaise and sriracha mayo right?
After experimenting with different ratios of sriracha to mayo, I started to notice that the spicy mayo wasn’t very spicy so I increased the amount of sriracha but I noticed that it watered down the mayonnaise and made it runny and no longer creamy. To offset that, I decided to add ground cayenne to give it that kick instead, and ta-da! I figured out my missing ingredient was and this has been my version of homemade spicy mayo ever since!
INGREDIENTS FOR SRIRACHA MAYO
If you’re wondering what my version of spicy mayo is made of, here is a quick list and summary of what I use to make it!
- Japanese Kewpie Mayo – I like to use Japanese Kewpie Mayo for Sriracha mayo, which you can usually find at an Asian grocery store but I have found it at Walmart and specialty grocery stores as well. It has a bit more flavor than the standard mayonnaise because of the MSG in it but if you can’t find Kewpie mayo, you can definitely substitute it with standard mayonnaise (Hellman’s) but I wouldn’t use Miracle Whip for this recipe. I personally find Miracle whip is too sweet for this recipe and has less of a creamy buttery flavor.
- Sriracha Chili Sauce – There is no substitute for Sriracha Chili sauce for this recipe. The combination of garlic, vinegar, and hot peppers is what makes this spicy mayo delicious. Sriracha has been increasingly popular these days and can be found in any grocery store now.
- Ground Cayenne Pepper– Adding ground cayenne pepper the sauce gives the sriracha mayo a bit of a spicier kick and a stronger pepper flavor which gives the sauce a bit more flavor. A little goes a long way, so if you don’t like spicy things, just put a small pinch and work your way up with taste testing until it is the right amount of spiciness for you.
- Garlic – Garlic is not traditionally in sriracha mayo and is optional but I but highly recommended it. I recommend grating it so you don’t have big chunks of garlic in the sauce. Start with just half a clove of garlic and do a taste test and add more if you want it garlickier. I like using 1 full garlic clove.
HOW TO MAKE SRIRACHA MAYO AT HOME
Making spicy mayo at home is super easy and literally takes a few minutes to make by just combining 3 ingredients: Kewpie Japanese mayonnaise, Sriracha chili sauce, and ground cayenne pepper! If you like garlicky sauces, I highly recommend grating a clove of fresh garlic into it as well, just make sure you finely grate it in so you don’t bite into chunks of garlic.
To make grating the garlic easier, I use a porcelain/ceramic grater. I highly recommend one as a kitchen tool if you use a lot of grated garlic and ginger in your cooking. If you don’t have a grater, you can definitely finely chop the garlic with a knife, but make sure the garlic is chopped super fine so you don’t bite into large chunks of garlic in your sauce. Alternatively, you can also use a garlic presser or a zester/grater microplane.
Garlic graters don’t need to be expensive or fancy and can usually be found at your local kitchen stores. I found mine at a thrift store, but if they are hard to find locally, you can pick them up online as well.
DO I NEED TO REFRIGERATE SRIRACHA MAYO?
Since sriracha mayo contains mayonnaise and mayonnaise contains eggs, you definitely should refrigerate your spicy mayo if you have leftovers. If you make a big batch of it, use a clean spoon to scoop out what you need from the bowl of spicy mayo each time you want to use it – this is so you don’t contaminate the batch with bacteria which will cause mold to form on it. I keep it in the fridge for no more than 2 weeks but this recipe is so easy that I find that I like to make small batches anyway and it never lasts more than 2 weeks.
WHAT CAN I USE SRIRACHA MAYO ON?
Here is a list of things I like to use spicy mayo on! It’s definitely not limited to just my list and if you have a unique use for it, let me know! I’d love to try it out.
- Sandwiches, to give it a bit of a spicy garlic kick and creaminess
- Salads, such as pasta salads or chopped vegetable salads
- Dipping sauce for snacks and appetizers, I love using it on tater tots or sweet potato fries
- Rice/Noodle Bowls, mixed with hoisin sauce and fish sauce
- Thick and hearty party dips (such as crab dips, cream cheese dips, etc.)
If you’re looking for more ideas on what to use spicy mayo on, here are a few recipes I like to use it on!
- Crab and Cheese Spring Rolls
- Crispy Chicken Pakora
- Honey Miso Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Crispy Hash Browns
- Bacon Cheeseburger Potstickers
- Crispy Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken
LOOKING FOR MORE SAUCE RECIPES? TRY THESE!
- Vietnamese Fish Sauce Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham / Nuoc Mam)
- Thai Satay Peanut Sauce (From Scratch)
- Ginger Scallion Sauce
- Creamy Coconut Dip
- Creamy Honey Sesame Dip
DID YOU MAKE THIS SPICY MAYO RECIPE?
If you made this sriracha mayo (spicy mayo) recipe leave me a comment to let me know how it went! I also want to see! Follow Pups with Chopsticks on Instagram, snap a photo, and tag and hashtag it with @pupswithchopsticks and #pupswithchopsticks. I love to know what you are making!
Sriracha Mayo (Spicy Mayo)
- garlic grater or garlic press
- In a small bowl, mix the mayonnaise, sriracha chili sauce and ground cayenne pepper together until everything is well combined.
- (Optional, but highly recommended) If you are adding garlic, grate it finely and put it in the bowl with the sauce and mix everything together. Start off by grating half a clove of garlic and mix it into the sauce. Do a taste test to make sure it is a good level of garlickiness. If you want it more garlicky, add the full clove.
- Enjoy with snacks, sushi, veggies or sandwiches!
- Japanese Kewpie Mayo - I like to use Japanese Kewpie Mayo for Sriracha mayo, which you can usually find at an Asian grocery store but I have found it at Walmart and specialty grocery stores as well. It has a bit more flavor than the standard mayonnaise because of the MSG in it but if you can't find Kewpie mayo, you can definitely substitute it with standard mayonnaise (Hellman's) but I wouldn't use Miracle Whip for this recipe. I personally find Miracle whip is too sweet for this recipe and has less of a creamy buttery flavor.
- Ground Cayenne Pepper- Adding ground cayenne pepper the sauce gives the sriracha mayo a bit of a spicier kick and a stronger pepper flavor which gives the sauce a bit more flavor. A little goes a long way, so if you don't like spicy things, just put a small pinch and work your way up with taste testing until it is the right amount of spiciness for you.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.