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In Our Pantry: Mayonnaise

We think of mayo as magic in a jar, these delicious uses for this favorite condiment show why.

Deputy Food Editor
wooden spoon and knife with mayonnaise
Photography by: Armando Rafael

Don’t hold the mayo. In fact, embrace it even more -- and not just in sandwiches. This creamy condiment adds decadence to all kinds of recipes, from a golden crust on seared shrimp to a souffle top on a tuna melt. But mayonnaise’s ultimate off-label use is in baking. Whip up our super-tender chocolate cupcakes, and spread the word.

hellmans organic mayo
Photography by: Bryan Gardner

Our Pick

Hellman’s (or Best Foods, on the West Coast) has a mild, not-too-lemony flavor that lends itself to cooking. We love the organic version, too.

open face tuna melt

Open-Face Tuna Melt

A quick turn under the broiler does wonders for mayo -- it gets light and puffy and develops a crisp brown shell. Here, it's amped up with Dijon and Parmesan and makes an irresistible topping for an open-face tuna, pickle, and provolone sandwich.


Get the Open-Face Tuna Melt Recipe
chocolate mayo cupcakes
Photography by: Armando Rafael

Chocolate-Mayo Cupcakes

As a replacement for butter and oil in this recipe, mayo creates a lighter crumb and creamier frosting.


Get the Chocolate-Mayo Cupcake Recipe
sriracha shrimp
Photography by: Armando Rafael

Sriracha Shrimp

A thin coat of mayo on shrimp is all you need to keep them from sticking to the dry pan -- no oil required!


Get the Sriracha Shrimp Recipe
Photography by: Marcus Nilsson

2 More Ways Mayo Can Moonlight 

1. Put it on corn for a tangy, melty twist on butter.


Get the Grilled Corn with Mayo and Bacon Recipe


2. It also removes water marks from wooden furniture! With a cloth, rub mayo into a stain, leave it overnight, and wipe it off in the morning -- the oils will replenish the dried-out wood.