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Chef John's Mayo Method Steak Sauce

Rated as 4.88 out of 5 Stars

"This is my patented method for quick, easy steak sauces. The formula is mayonnaise plus salty, plus spicy, plus acidic, plus herby equals awesome. All ingredients are to taste."
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10 m servings 104
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 cup)


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  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 vinegars. Any chile paste or hot sauce will work. Any herb will work.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 104 calories; 11.1 0.7 0.7 7 150 Full nutrition

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I used mayo, soy sauce, lemon juice and dried basil. Yum. I even used this sauce to dunk artichoke leaves.

Really good..made it with steak..had to use some anchovie paste as that is what I had and it works well in this. Like to have anchovie paste in the frig as it keeps a long time and is good in m...

Thank you Chef John, another excellent recipient.

I made this recipe following the exact ingredients. I even used the same Harissa and oil from canned anchovies. I'm OCD what can I say! Anyway once again I was not disappointed. Great blend of f...

This was great Chef! The way you worked in a Humphrey Bogart theme referring to his former wife. So this weekend I'll be searing a steak served with your sauce for our "dinner and a movie"....

very good! I unfortunately did not have all the ingredients called for but followed to the best of my accurateness in intention. I only had mayo. The rest of the ingredients I had on hand were p...

Sooo Good and easy. Can be used on lots of dishes. Will definitely make many times.

I will make this every time I cook a steak. It was fab. My friends want my recipe. They ain't gettin' it.

I did add capers, soy sauce, and sriracha. Used it for blackened salmon. Very good. Will make again.