Mayonnaise is often used as a condiment in sandwiches and burgers, or even as a dipping sauce, but this food item surprisingly can be used in many different ways.
Here are some unique ways on how to cook with this creamy condiment!
1. Cakes and Cupcakes
Mayonnaise can make cakes very moist. It may sound strange to add it in desserts, but if you think about it, mayonnaise is made up of eggs and oil, so it can be used as a replacement for eggs and butter in your recipe.
2. Scrambled Eggs
Instead of adding milk or water, put in a dollop of mayonnaise to make your scrambled eggs creamier. You can even level up your egg dish by adding some choice ingredients to make an amazing omelette. We suggest a Korean-inspired one that features finely chopped kimchi or some Musangchae—spicy pickled radish—for that mild heat.
Favourites like the Chinese-style hot prawn salad, potato salad and coleslaw all feature mayonnaise as the creamy element that adds richness. Level up your side dishes by adding an Asian twist to it. Try a Japanese salad that features shreds of crabstick, mangoes and julienne cucumbers topped with fish egg roe, or a creamy salted egg prawn salad. Another innovative twist features a Chinese coleslaw made up of shredded cabbages, carrots and sriracha sauce for that heat.
4. Sandwich Filling
Got some extra roast chicken or meats? Shred them and add in some pickles, minced onions and mayonnaise to create a sandwich filling that evokes nostalgic memories of mom’s cooking. You can even take it up another level by adding in miso to incorporate that Japanese umami, or even some Szechuan for that sought-after oriental spiciness. Play around with breads—whole wheat for health-conscious diners, black brioche buns with activated charcoal for the adventurous folk, or even a panini for those who want it simple.
5. Marinades and Rubs
Mayonnaise can be used to keep meats moist when you bake, roast or even grill them! You can apply a thin layer on proteins, especially fish before grilling it on the pan so it does not stick. On the other hand, if you’re planning to roast chicken, you can brush a layer of mayonnaise before putting it in the oven, so that the skin becomes crisp. Plus, you wouldn’t need to baste it later! You can even incorporate it in lean ground meat for that extra fat that makes burger patties lock in that moisture.
If you think about it, mayonnaise is mostly fat—a combination of oil and eggs, which are almost always used to make food taste better, so these easy cooking recipes are a great way to add some pizzazz to your menu!