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Top 12 BEST Recipes with Kewpie Mayo


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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Small dish of homemade Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise.

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.

Japanese mayo in a small dish with karaage chicken pieces.
1 Minute Kewpie Mayo – Japanese Mayonnaise [Bullet Blender]
All the flavour of Kewpie mayonnaise – ready in under a minute! This will be the creamiest and tastiest homemade mayo to have on hand. Use Japanese mayonnaise for anything that calls for mayo.
Click here for Homemade Kewpie Mayo
Homemade Kewpie Mayonnaise in a jar with spoon on a plate.
Fried Tofu used in Gado Gado salad.


Where can I buy Kewpie?

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.

Are Kewpie mayo bottles recyclable?

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.

Can I make it without dashi?

Yes you can, it won’t have quite the same flavour but will still be delicious homemade mayonnaise!

Can it be left out?

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.

How else can I use it?

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.

Amazing Kewpie Mayo Recipes for Dipping Sauces

Top view of goma dare topped with sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Goma Dare – Japanese Sesame Sauce
A creamy, nutty, Japanese sesame sauce known as Goma Dare. It's perfect for dipping pork and veggies in shabu shabu hot pot, drizzling over crisp salads or freshly cooked noodles.
Goma Dare – Japanese Sesame Sauce
Small dish with gochujang mayo and popcorn chicken in the background.
Quick Gochujang Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce
A tasty spicy dipping sauce you can whip up in 2 minutes flat. Just 4 ingredients and you'll be ready to dip just about anything in this quick gochujang mayonnaise!
Quick Gochujang Mayonnaise Dipping Sauce
White dish filled with creamy sesame sauce and a dash of rayu.
Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing
Grab your hot chips, burgers or sushi bowls – it’s time to slather them in Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing. Whipped up in a minute, this versatile Japanese sauce is SO necessary with your next meal!
Sarah’s Creamy Sesame Dressing

The BEST Recipes to pair with Japanese Mayo

Okonomiyaki topped with sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, bonito flakes and seaweed flakes.
Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe – Japanese Savoury Pancakes
Okonomiyaki are Japanese savoury pancakes packed with flavour and SO easy to make! Ready in less than 30 minutes, these 'as you like it' pancakes are sure to be the new family favourite.
Easy Okonomiyaki Recipe – Japanese Savoury Pancakes
Plate of takoyaki balls topped with homemade takoyaki sauce, kewpie mayonnaise, aonori and katsuoboshi.
Quick & Easy Takoyaki Recipe
A quick and easy Takoyaki recipe you can cook in minutes with just one chopstick. Make at home using five secret topping combinations. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and packed full of flavour. 
Quick & Easy Takoyaki Recipe
Chicken nanban with a big layer of homemade tartar sauce on top.
Japanese Chicken Nanban with Tartar Sauce
Fried chicken in a light egg batter cooked to perfection in a sweet and sour sauce, Japanese Chicken Nanban is a dinner you’ll want on rotation. Topped with homemade tartar sauce for the most delectable combination!
Japanese Chicken Nanban with Tartar Sauce
Spinach Cob Loaf with top crust removed.
Quick & Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
Spinach Cob Loaf is a classic Aussie party dip and such an entertainer's delight. You'll need just 6 easy ingredients, and your friends will be begging for the recipe!
Quick & Creamy Spinach Cob Loaf Dip
Taking a slice of Vietnamese pizza (banh trang nuong).
Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)
Vietnamese Pizza (known as Bánh Tráng Nướng) is essentially grilled rice paper used as a pizza base. This super popular Vietnamese street food snack is easily cooked at home with any toppings you have on hand. We love cooking this crispy rice paper pizza topped with egg, spring onion, cheese, and canned meat (especially TUNA – yum!) finished with mayonnaise and sriracha.
Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng)
Close up shot of colourful Japanese potato salad on a plate.
Creamy Japanese Potato Salad
Try this easy Japanese potato salad recipe with crispy bacon and kewpie mayonnaise! It's bright, colourful, full of flavour and guaranteed to disappear fast. Perfect as a side for BBQs or add to a homemade bento lunchbox!
Creamy Japanese Potato Salad
Burger on a white plate dripping with bbq sauce.
The Best Japanese Style Burgers
Sink your teeth into these homemade Japanese Style Burgers, guaranteed to satisfy. Angus beef mince and umami flavours get together in this crispy, succulent burger packed full of fusion-flavours.  Oh, and don't forget the winning combination of Kewpie mayonnaise and Japanese BBQ sauce.
The Best Japanese Style Burgers
A hand holds up a hand rolled sushi cone.
Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand Roll Sushi
Temaki sushi is the EASIEST way to make hand roll sushi at home, no bamboo mat or rolling skills required. All you need is sushi rice, seaweed wrappers and your favourite fillings, and you'll be ready to enjoy a sushi party in no time!
Temaki Sushi – Easy Hand Roll Sushi
Close up shot of sushi bowl with teriyaki tofu and vegetables.
Quick Teriyaki Tofu Sushi Bowls
Sushi bowls are the ultimate meal after a busy day – healthy, flavour-packed and FAST to bring together. Try them with teriyaki tofu, teriyaki chicken, or simple tuna and mayo, and use pre-cooked sushi rice for even faster prep!
Quick Teriyaki Tofu Sushi Bowls

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  • Reply
    Melissa Maeyama
    02/06/2022 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!!

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