A simple, traditional Spanish dipping sauce that packs a massive punch.

Not quite the same consistency as a traditionally made Alioli, but this is a fantastic treat for us happy campers.


  • 5T Olive oil
  • 1t Vinegar
  • .25t Course salt
  • 2 average garlic cloves
Add olive oil and vinegar and this is all you need in order to make Alioli. Easy.


Usually this food is made with a pestle and mortar. I do not know about you, but I do not take one camping! Today, at home, I tried a campers version, using what most of us might have in a tent or camper van. It takes quite a time and is fairly hard work too, but it is well worth the effort.

Grate the garlic, with their skins on, ideally using a fine grater. Alternatively smash the cloves with a rock, or a knife and put your mashings into your little bowl.
My left over garlic gratings.
  • Grate garlic into your little bowl
  • Add salt
  • Mash the grated garlic into the finest possible paste by using the back of your spoon pressed and rubbed against the side of your bowl
  • Add the vinegar to your bowl and carry on mashing your garlic, salt and vinegar together
Mashing garlic, salt and vinegar together
  • Now begin to add your oil a little at a time, mashing the garlic mix until it firms up and becomes creamy looking. I use half a teaspoonful of oil at a time, or less, and press the spoon very firmly and rapidly around and around the side of the bowl.
Only add more oil when your mix looks like this.
  • Repeat, dripping in the oil and madly mashing until you have a reasonable amount of paste.

I find this method does not give a very stiff dipping paste. It is more of a dipping sauce. A pestle and mortar gives fantastic results; did I mention that?

Here is some I made earlier by using our pestle and mortar.

The resulting sauce is delicious and is great when used for:-

  • Dipping bread into
  • Drizzling onto sushi before rolling them and dipping the sushi into at the table as you eat them.
  • Adding to curry just before serving
  • Dipping onion bhajis into
  • Adding to a marinade, say; lime, ginger and coconut.
  • Drizzle over pizza just before, or after cooking
Homemade Alioli made by using a pestle and mortar.

Making this simple food is simply hard work. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy.

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