saffron aioli

saffron aioli

Saffron aioli is a rich, fragrant sauce that is perfect for sandwiches, fries, salads or as the main attraction of a grand aioli platter. Serve with your favorite vegetables, seafood, meat and crackers!


  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 small garlic clove, mashed into a smooth paste, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 cup neutral oil (such as canola or grapeseed)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Meanwhile, place the whole egg in a heat-proof bowl and pour boiling water over top. Let sit 1 minute. Pour off water and crack egg into a blender or small food processor. Add saffron water, 1/4 tsp garlic paste, mustard, lemon juice and salt. Alternatively, combine it all in a bowl and whisk by hand. Blend until combined and frothy. 

  2. With the blender on medium-low speed, add the neutral oil then the olive oil in a thin and slow stream until the aioli is thick (this should take about a minute). Taste, use a spoon to stir in more salt or garlic, if desired.


Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Keywords: saffron aioli, homemade aioli