How to Make Spicy Mayo

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Learn how to make spicy mayo with just 3 simple ingredients in just minutes! Perfect for adding to sushi, poke bowls, on a sandwich, or dipping tofu or cauliflower bites.

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Learn how to make spicy mayo with just 3 ingredients in 3 minutes flat! Instead of buying an overpriced bottle of spicy mayo at the store, why not try this homemade version made with no additives – just mayo, sriracha, and lime juice? This spicy mayo is a delicious sauce for sushi and great for dipping other foods like cauliflower bites, crispy tofu, and chicken, or as a spread on sandwiches!

Spicy mayo in small bowl with spoon dipped and lime wedges off to the side.
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Spicy mayo is an easy-to-make Asian condiment with some of the best spicy, tangy flavors in a creamy sauce, perfect for drizzling and dipping. Even better, it stores well in the fridge for a quick topping whenever you need it! Try adding in a few mix in’s to make it unique to your taste with a few suggestions below.

WHY learn to make spicy mayo

  • It’s only 3 ingredients. That’s right, no fancy recipe here, just simple ingredients and a bowl. Whisk together mayo, Sriracha (Japanese hot sauce), and a splash of fresh lime juice for a delicious hot mayo.
  • Bring the restaurant experience home. There’s no mystery to spicy mayo. It is a simple recipe and too easy to make at home in just a few minutes! Top all your favorite Asian dishes with a classic condiment like my Asian noodle salad.
  • Great for dipping just about anything! Sure, this spicy mayo recipe for sushi is the most common of its uses, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised dipping all kinds of food in it, like chicken tenders, meatballs, and veggie fritters, too.

Ingredients to make spicy mayo

  • Mayonnaise: Any mayo will work, but If you’re feeling adventurous, try making my homemade mayo!
  • Sriracha: Sriracha is the best hot sauce for spicy mayo. It is thicker than most hot sauces, and its sweet and tangy flavors are more complex, adding depth to this mayo sauce.
  • Lime juice: A fresh squeeze of lime juice will give you a zing of citrusy flavor and balance the heat.

HOW TO MAKE spicy mayo

  1. Add the mayo, hot sauce, and juice to a bowl.
  2. Whisk until completely combined and smooth.
2 image collage of recipe ingredients in bowl before mixing and after mixed.

TIPS FOR making spicy mayo

  1. Adjust the heat. The ratio of hot sauce to mayo is entirely up to you, but a good start is to combine a ½ cup of mayo with 1 tablespoon of sriracha and adjust the heat from there. If it’s too spicy, add a bit extra mayonnaise, or to kick it up a notch, squeeze in some extra hot sauce a teaspoon at a time until it to you’re liking.
  2. Use Japanese mayo. While you can use any mayo you’d like, to get a richer, creamier result, grab Japanese mayonnaise instead. It has a bit more flavor than regular mayo.
  3. Store in mason jars or a squeeze bottle. Keep spicy mayo on hand by keeping it store in a small covered jar or bottle in the fridge for a quick condiment for all your recipes. A squeeze bottle is ideal and just as convenient as using store-bought.

spicy mayo variations

  • Add ginger. You can use fresh ginger or ginger powder, but the taste of it goes really well with spicy mayo. I recommend a small thumb of ginger or ½ teaspoon of the powder.
  • Add garlic. Again, you can use fresh minced garlic or garlic powder, but this is another way to give the sauce a little kick in flavor.
  • Try it with toasted sesame seed oil. Sesame seed oil is very popular in Asian cuisine and can give this sauce a nutty flavor, delicious aroma, and distinct taste.
  • Substitute the sriracha. If you don’t have any sriracha on hand, or prefer not to use it, try it with another hot sauce or cayenne pepper.

recipes to serve with spicy mayonnaise

HOW TO STORE spicy mayo sauce

Transfer the sauce into a sealable container and store it in the refrigerator.

HOW LONG WILL this spicy mayo recipe LAST IN THE FRIDGE?

When stored properly, spicy mayo will last up to 1 month in the fridge.

CAN I FREEZE spicy mayo?

I do not recommend freezing mayo, as with most mayo-based recipes, the consistency and freshness are ruined after being frozen.


What is spicy mayo used for?

Use this spicy mayo recipe for chicken, poke, sushi, and sandwiches. It is also great for dipping in anything that you want to add a little bit of heat to.

Is spicy mayo and Yum Yum sauce the same?

While they are similar, mayo is a combination of mayo and hot sauce, whereas Yum Yum is made savory with tomato paste and spices.

What’s the difference between American mayo and Japanese mayo?

Kewpie or Japanese mayo is much richer than American mayo as it uses egg yolks instead of the whole egg. Japanese mayo is also much thicker and creamier, with a sweet and tangy umami taste. You can find Japanese mayo down the Ethic aisle in most grocery stores, but regular mayonnaise works just as well for this spicy mayo recipe for sandwiches and such.

Chopsticks holding a piece of crispy tofu and dipping it into spicy mayo with lime wedges off to the side.

Condiments are usually one of the more straightforward recipes, so learning to make spicy mayo homemade tops the list for easy and delicious. Whether using your spicy mayo recipe for chicken, sushi, or as a spread-on sandwich, you’ll love the flavor and simplicity. It is perfect for making ahead of time and storing in the fridge for all your condiment needs.

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How to Make Spicy Mayo

Learn how to make spicy mayo with just 3 simple ingredients in just minutes! Perfect for adding to sushi, poke bowls, on a sandwich, or dipping tofu or cauliflower bites.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 8 servings
Course Condiments
Calories 96
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
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  • Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until completely combined and smooth.
  • Serve immediately or cover and store in refrigerator until ready to use for up to one month.


There are 8 1-tablespoon servings, or ½ cup total.
Store in a sealed jar or container up to 1 month in the fridge.


Calories: 96kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.2g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 132mg, Potassium: 6mg, Fiber: 0.01g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 12IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.04mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine Japanese
Course: Condiments
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