Chef John's Mayo Method Steak Sauce


This is my patented method for quick, easy mayo-based sauces like this steak sauce. The formula is mayonnaise plus salty, plus spicy, plus acidic, plus herby equals awesome. All ingredients are to taste.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon oil from canned anchovies

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon harissa


  1. Combine mayonnaise, anchovy oil, lemon juice, rosemary, and harissa in a bowl. Let stand about 5 minutes to blend flavors before serving.

Cook's Note:

Salt could be capers, soy sauce, fish sauce, or anchovies. The acid could be lemon juice, lime juice, or many kinds of vinegar. Any chile paste or hot sauce will work. Any herb will work.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

104 Calories
11g Fat
1g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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