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A dish filled with mayonnaise seasoned with spices.
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Spicy Mayonnaise

A recipe for the best homemade spicy mayo, using pantry staple ingredients and spices.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer, condiment, dip
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spicy mayo, spicy mayonnaise
Servings: 20
Calories: 54kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $0.90


  • bowl
  • whisk
  • airtight container


  • 1 cup mayonnaise Homemade or store bought
  • tsp cayenne pepper More or less to taste for heat
  • tsp smoked paprika
  • tsp white pepper Can substitute black
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt More or less to taste, or optional. See recipe notes below on sugar and salt content of various mayonnaise.
  • tsp sugar See recipe notes below on sugar and salt content of various mayonnaise.


  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until combined.
    spicy mayonnaise ingredients with labeled ingredients
  • Taste test for salt and sugar levels (different brands of mayonnaise and homemade mayonnaise can yield very different levels of sweetness and sodium).
    metal bowl and whisk mixing spicy mayonnaise on a marble counter top
  • Store in an air tight container for up to one month (if using homemade mayonnaise) or date/instructions printed on store bought mayonnaise container.
    A mason jar with a plastic lid to store homemade spicy mayonnaise in the fridge.


  • Use either homemade or store bought mayonnaise. BUT- be aware that the saltiness and sweetness vary WIDELY from mayo to mayo, so do some taste testing if you are unsure about the mayonnaise you are using. Miracle whip or a similar dressing like mayo will likely need no additional sugar at all, and should be omitted from the recipe. 
  • Homemade mayonnaise (in particular my recipe on this website for homemade mayonnaise) has relatively low salt and sugar content compared to store bought. You may want to add additional amounts of these two ingredients. Again: taste test your mayo to find out if you need to adjust the salt or sugar. 
  • Generally, store bought mayonnaise lasts for months when opened in the refrigerator. Store according to the directions on the container. 
  • Homemade mayonnaise lacks strong preservatives like store bought mayonnaise, however it can last from 2-3 weeks (generally) in the fridge. This will also vary depending on the type of egg you use. 
  • Cayenne pepper is very hot. If you are aiming to lower or increase the heat, the cayenne pepper is more sensitive to change than the white pepper (or black pepper-although white is slightly hotter than black). i.e. a little goes a LONG way. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg