Originally inspired by a local sushi restaurant, I went through a number of different aioli recipes until I finally found a basic combination of ingredients, all of which have become the foundation for this and a couple of other recipes. We enjoy this on just about everything - crab cakes, fish tacos, sushi, vegetables, you name it... If you enjoy this, please also try my curry and saffron aioli recipes for a different twist... A couple of notes with respect to ingredients. Avoid substitutions where possible - I tried a number of different recipes before I arrived at this one, and some of them weren't so pleasant... Please consider using Hellman's original mayonnaise when making this recipe - avoid using Kraft, Miracle Whip, and sweet mayonnaises at all costs. If you use a low fat mayo, I also recommend Hellman's. Chili garlic oil can be found at just about any asian grocery - the main ingredients are garlic, chili, and oil. It is very thick in appearance and looks like the result of dried chilies, garlic, and oil being pureed in the food processor. This isn't to be confused with Sriracha or chili sauce. While chili garlic oil is a great condiment, it tastes very different than chili paste. If you need a photo example of chili garlic oil to assist you in your shopping adventures, z-mail me.
- Combine mayonnaise, and lemon juice with a wire whisk, mixing together until uniform.
- Add pressed garlic and chili paste and continue to mix once again until uniform in texture.
- Serve aioli in a small ramekin, bowl, or directly on top of food and garnish with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Serve cool to slightly below room temperature.
I first had Chili Aioli with calamari at a Karl Strauss restaurant in San Diego. This is very close to what I remember. Great with calamari or fish tacos. I used chili paste rather than chili oil.
don't think this is what i was looking for but, it's good