Kewpie mayo is the perfect partner to your favourite home-cooked meals, from Japanese and Korean to a few surprise ideas in between! Here’s our top picks for the BEST Kewpie mayo recipes so you can use up that bottle to the very last squeeze.
Why We Love Kewpie Mayo
Kewpie mayo is one of our favourite Japanese condiments along with okonomiyaki sauce and creamy sesame goma dare sauce. Similar to regular mayonnaise, but with a depth of flavour and unique tang all of its own!
As a condiment it pairs amazingly well with so many meals, from homemade creations through to your favourite takeaway treats like fish and chips or fried chicken.
As an ingredient it’s perfect to add to homemade sauces and savoury dips as well as slathered in your favourite burgers or potato salad.
Whether you prefer the original or your own homemade Kewpie style mayo, you’ll always want to keep a batch in the fridge ready to go when you need it most!
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What is Kewpie Mayo?
Kewpie Mayonnaise is a Japanese-style mayonnaise made with egg yolks instead of whole eggs for extra creamy texture and flavour. It’s seasoned with rice wine vinegar and often contains MSG, giving it a rich umami flavour very different from western-style mayonnaise.
It comes in soft plastic squeeze bottles with a special nozzle to let you create those ultra fine lines of mayo across dishes like okonomiyaki pancakes and takoyaki.
In addition to the original flavour, it also comes in other flavour combinations like sriracha mayo, wasabi mayo and yuzu mayo.
For an MSG and plastic-free Kewpie experience – we highly recommend making your own homemade mayo version.
Kewpie is becoming more widely available over time. Look for it in the Asian aisle of major supermarkets, from Asian groceries or import stores, or buy it online if you can’t find it locally.
Unfortunately no, store-bought Kewpie mayo bottles aren’t recyclable and must go to landfill, which is why we now prefer to make our own Kewpie-style mayo at home.
Yes you can, it won’t have quite the same flavour but will still be delicious homemade mayonnaise!
Whether homemade or store-bought, Kewpie mayo should always be stored in the fridge to maximise its shelf life. Store-bought Kewpie can last for 10-12 months before opening, then should be used up within one month. Homemade Kewpie is made without preservatives, so will last around 2 weeks in the fridge if stored in an airtight container.
Use it anytime you would reach for a bottle of regular mayonnaise! It pairs perfectly with goma dare in a homemade coleslaw dressing or creamy sesame dressing, drizzled over a chicken salad, tucked inside hand-rolled sushi or slathered on top of a sushi bowl.
Melissa Maeyama02/06/2022 at 2:10 am
I love the crab salad or surumi imitation crab salad served in Japanese restaurants but I want to make it at home. Is it best to use Kewpie mayonnaise and does anyone have a recipe to make this? I have searched the web and cannot find a basic recipe. Help please!!
Wandercooks02/06/2022 at 6:36 pm
Hey Melissa! Try this recipe for the crab salad. It would definitely use Kewpie mayonnaise. 😀 Hope that helps!