Miracle Whip from Mayonnaise

"I usually use mayonnaise but I have a few recipes that require the extra kick of Miracle Whip. Since I always have mayonnaise on hand, this recipe allows me to make only the required amount of Miracle Whip. I started with the Miracle Whip recipe from Top Secret Recipes. Miracle Whip is more tart than Mayonnaise but adding a vinegar mixture makes the resulting dressing too thin. This recipe solves that problem. I used Hellman's Mayonnaise and I have also made the diet version with Hellman's 1/2 Fat Mayonnaise.(Serving size: 1 tbsp)"
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Ready In:
1 3/4 cup




  • Measure vinegar into small non-reactive saucepan. (e.g. Stainless steel or teflon coated).
  • Add cornstarch and let soften for a minute or so. Stir with non-metal spoon or whisk to remove any lumps.
  • Add sugar, paprika, garlic and mustard powders.
  • Heat on medium high, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches a full rolling boil.
  • Remove from heat, stirring well. The mixture will be the consistency of thin pudding. It will thicken as it cools.
  • Add to mayonnaise and stir well to combine. Chill for use in a cold salad or use as is in a recipe.
  • NOTE: To make smaller amounts of Miracle Whip, mix at the ratio 1/2 tsp of additive to 1 tbsp of mayonnaise. Store unused portion of additive tightly covered in the fridge.
  • If storing additive, discard any film that develops on top as this will never mix properly into the mayonnaise.
  • Replace sugar with Splenda and/or use Lite Mayonnaise for a diet or diabetic version.

Questions & Replies

  1. I was sad to see cornstarch in this recipe because that means it can not be used for low-carb or keto diets. Can anyone think of a way to tweak this to take out the cornstarch? Thanks
  2. If miracle whip is supposed to be a cheaper version of mayonaise, how come mayonaise is one of the many ingredients.
  3. recipe for remoulade dressing


  1. Holy chicken sandwich; it works! Many thanks, and much appreciation from Mexico, where Miracle Whip is not sold. This is amazing, thank you so much.
  2. I tried this first, without the paprika, because of the color. Then I added the paprika. The taste difference was very subtle. It was absolutely delicious, both ways! I can’t wait to see if my omnivore family will even notice that there’s something different in my tuna noodle salad??????
  3. I added powdered sugar that had a little cornstarch already in it. Just added a little more. I didn't have mustard powder so I put a few drops of the spicy mayo with the seeds in the mix instead. I also used apple cider vinegar. I was able to satisfy my craving totally, and it tasted enough like Miracle Whip to fool my taste buds. But it did taste better, and it had a kick that set the philly cheesesteak that I was eating all of the way off!
  4. I have a son who is allergic to egg yolks. I've discovered some decent mayonnaise substitutes, but not any miracle whip ones. So THANK YOU for posting this. My entire family approves of this recipe. (Even my miracle whip hating husband.) So, no, it doesn't taste exactly the same. We think it's better.
  5. I halved this recipe because like the poster, we use Hellman's mayo but needed Miracle Whip for a recipe. (NOTE: Do not place your nose over the pot while cooking, as the vinegar is quite strong during the thickening process.) While this does not not really have the taste or color of Miracle Whip, it is extremely delicious! We used it for the recipe needed, and on some breaded and fried chicken breast sandwiches and it was sooooo yummy! Thanks for posting. :)



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