Luscious and creamy homemade Bacon Aioli ready in minutes! This super addictive and mouthwatering garlicky spread uses only a few simple ingredients. With a kick of smokey flavor and crispy morsels of bacon in every bite, you will be begging for more!

And you must try the bacon aioli sauce with my Frozen Salmon in Air Fryer recipe with 0 prep time! What a match made in heaven!

Want more quick meal ideas? Check out my Cosori air fryer recipes.

Bacon aioli sauce with creamy texture and crispy bacon bits served in a ceramic bowl

Why we love this sauce so much

If I didn’t have your attention on bacon, let me tell you why this bacon aioli recipe will be your new favorite condiment.

  • Ready in minutes: Super quick and easy recipe needing only a handful of pantry staples.
  • Exploding with smokey flavor: Smokey delicious bacon, crisped to perfection in every bite.
  • Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 friendly: Makes a perfect dip or sauce. Sugar-free and low carb!
Ingredients needed to make aioli with bacon

What is bacon aioli made of

Aioli, bacon flavored in particular, is a fantastic way to transform ingredients you already have on hand into a delectable sauce. Add it to Kale Asian Slaw for a unique flavor, or spread it on a whole 30 breakfast sandwich for a super tasty way to start the day.

  • For the sauce: Turkey bacon (or pork bacon), mayonnaise, coarse sea salt, ground pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and lemon juice.

Ingredient substitutions

  • Fresh garlic: For a robust, more intense flavor, use fresh minced garlic cloves instead of powdered garlic.
  • Types of bacon: You can use pork bacon, maple flavored bacon (maple bacon aioli! Yum!), or try a hardwood smoked variety.
  • No smoked paprika: No worries. You can use regular paprika alone or with a tiny drop of liquid smoke.
  • Add extra good fat: You can also incorporate the bacon grease into the aioli for extra flavor!

Pro tip:

  • Use quality mayo: Use your favorite store-bought mayo or splurge a little; try Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen. It will be worth it.
  • Fresh lemon juice: For a fantastic flavor that pops, use fresh lemon juice.

Equipment needed

With a few standard kitchen tools, you’ll be whipping up some killer bacon aoli in no time!

(This recipe doesn’t require a food processor, but if you want homemade mayonnaise made from scratch with egg yolks and olive oil, you will want to check out my friend’s whole30 mayo).

  • Chef’s knife
  • Cutting board
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Rubber spatula/ Spoon
  • Small food processor (Blender/Immersion blender), optional
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass storage containers/Mason jars

How to make the sauce

This recipe comes together so fast! Follow my step-by-step instructions and turn a handful of ingredients into the savory smokey bacon aioli taste your taste buds have been begging for!

Step by step photo on how to make bacon aioli
  1. Crisp bacon: Pan sear bacon strips on the stovetop until crispy. Dice into small pieces.
  2. Combine mayo with seasonings: Add the mayo, garlic, smoked paprika, salt, black pepper, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix the sauce: Add the bacon (reserve 2 tsp) and gently fold it into the sauce.
  4. Garnish: Sprinkle the finished aioli with the reserved crispy bacon pieces.

Variations

Bacon aoili is perfect all on its own, but that’s no reason not to try to jazz it up now and then. Check out some fun ideas below.

  • Mustard: For added flavor and spice, try adding a little bit of English or tart dijon mustard.
  • Fresh herbs: chop some fresh chive, spring onion, or other seasonal herbs for a fresh twist.
  • Kick up the heat: Add some cayenne or red pepper flakes for extra flavor and spice.
  • Pancetta: To make your flavorful spread a little extra, swap out the bacon for some crispy pancetta.
  • Relish: The addition of pickle relish adds excellent texture and flavor, or add my Paleo Kimchi for a spicy Asian twist. Delicious!

Storage

  • Store your leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Be sure to whisk your aioli before serving.

Ways to use the sauce

The possibilities are endless; a sauce this rich and creamy and bacon-y deserves to be on all the food! Try out a few of my favorite ways listed below.

Common FAQs

What does bacon aioli taste like?

Bacon aioli is a delicious condiment with layers of mellow garlic, smokey bacon flavor, and a hint of lemon.

Can you freeze aioli?

I don’t recommend that you freeze aioli sauce.

Can you make it ahead?

Yes! I prefer to let homemade aioli rest for a few hours before serving, allowing the sauce to develop great flavor and a super creamy texture.

What’s the difference between aioli and mayo?

Though primarily thought of as synonymous, mayo is the emulsion of egg yolks and oil, whereas authentic aioli recipes must consist of olive oil and garlic (source).

A side close shot shows delicious taste of aioli made with crispy bacon inside of a bowl

More delicious sauces!

Are you looking for more amazing sauces and dressings? I have you covered. Homemade sauces can make everything from your favorite sandwich to the fanciest dinner next level; here are a few you should try.

Umami Tips

  • Use turkey bacon: For a lighter mild flavor.
  • Crisp up the bacon: Mouthwatering crispy bacon bits add fantastic texture.
  • Allow to chill: Chill the sauce for a few hours to develop a fantastic flavor and creamy texture.
  • Versatile: Use as a sauce, dressing, or spread. Fantastic on everything!
Bacon aioli recipe served in a bowl with a spoon inside of the bowl
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Bacon aioli recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Servings: 12 tablespoons
Author: ChihYu
This Bacon aioli recipe is incredibly creamy and ready in miutes! With crispy bacon in every bite, this garlicky spread is great for burgers, fries, sandwiches, steak, chicken, and more! Makes a little more than 1 cup.
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Ingredients 

  • 3 slices turkey bacon, or pork bacon
  • 1 cup mayo
  • ½ tsp coarse sea salt
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika powder
  • ¼+1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, about half of one whole lemon juice

Instructions 

  • Crisp up the bacon on a stovetop. Dice to tiny bite sizes. Set aside 2 tsp of bacon for garnish use.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine mayo with salt, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, and lemon juice. Stir-well.
  • Add in the bacon and stir again to combine well so that every spoonful of aioli has little chunks of bacon bits.
  • Garnish with the reserved 2 tsp bacon on top.

Notes

  • Use quality Mayo: Use your favorite store-bought mayo or splurge a little; try Tessemae’s or Primal Kitchen. It will be worth it.
  • Fresh lemon Juice: For a fantastic flavor that pops, use fresh lemon juice.
  • Allow to chill: Chill the sauce for a few hours to develop a fantastic flavor and creamy texture.
  • For storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Be sure to whisk your aioli before serving.
  • Pair the sauce with burgers, fries, sandwich spread, or my how-to cook Frozen salmon in an air fryer. They are a match made in heaven! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp, Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 295mg, Potassium: 23mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 54IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: dressing, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon aioli, What is bacon aioli
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