Piment d’Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce Recipe


Piment d’Espetette chiles come from a group of 10 villages (one of which is called, Espetelle) in the Basque region of South Western France.  The slightly sweet chiles are most commonly ground into a coarse powder.  You may substitute crushed red pepper flakes, however the flavor will be very different.  This is truly an amazing Piment d’Espelette mayonnaise Sauce.

Piment d’Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce recipe, comments, and photos were shared with me by Karen Calanchini, Food Stylist and Photographer, of Redding, CA.   Karen says, “We have tried it with hamburgers, French fries, vegetables, fish, grilled steak, sandwiches, and as a base for vinaigrette.  This is very tasty with everything!”


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Piment d'Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce   Piment d'Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce


Piment d'Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce Recipe:
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Piment d'Espelette Mayonnaise Sauce Recipe
Servings: 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons shallot, freshly-chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh-squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons aged Sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (choose a good-quality one)
  • 1 teaspoon piment d'Espelette chile pepper powder*
  • Coarse salt or sea salt
  • Black pepper, freshly-ground
  1. In a medium-size bowl, combine shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, and lime zest.  Cover and let stand 30 minutes.

  2. Whisk in the mayonnaise and the Piment d'Espelette chile pepper.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.  

  4. Can be made 1 day ahead.  Store in the refrigerator.


Source:  Recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine, May 2010.

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