Just 3 minutes and 3 ingredients to make this Smoked Paprika Aioli. This paprika mayo dip sauce is so creamy and delicious, you won’t believe it’s vegan!

A sweet potato fry being dipped into a bowl of smoked paprika aioli sauce.

In this post you’ll learn:

A white bowl of smoked paprika mayonnaise dip with a spoon sticking out.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • šŸ”„ Smoky Sensation: Experience the thrill of a barbecue without firing up the grill ā€“ this paprika dip brings the smokiness straight to your taste buds!
  • šŸŒ¶ļø Bold Flavor Boost: Elevate your dishes with that bold flavor with a smoky punch!
  • šŸŽ‰ Effortless: Achieve that gourmet vibes without the hassle!
  • šŸŒ± Versatile Wonder: From fries to sandwiches, this paprika sauce is the all-purpose sauce.

What is Smoked Paprika Aioli?

Smoked paprika aioli / smoked paprika mayo dip is a creamy and flavorful sauce that combines mayonnaise, smoked paprika powder, and lemon juice. This particular recipe takes only 3 minutes to make so what else are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking! šŸ‘Øā€šŸ³

Close-up of a sweet potato fry after being dipped into smoked paprika dip in a white bowl.

What Does Paprika Aioli Taste Like?

As you can imagine from the ingredients, paprika aioli is a zesty condiment packed with umami paprika flavor and a bit of sweetness. If you’re using smoked paprika powder instead of regular sweet paprika powder, you will also get a hint of smokiness.

All of that makes this smoked paprika mayonnaise perfect for dipping, spreading on sandwiches, or enhancing various dishes!

What is Smoked Aioli Made Of?

Three ingredients to make our smoked paprika aioli dip:

  • Mayonnaise: You can use store-bought mayo, but did you know that you can make an Oil-Free mayonnaise in just 3 minutes? You can opt for either cashews or silken tofu as the base ingredient for a vegan mayo!
  • Smoked Paprika Powder: The star ingredient, this smoky powerhouse adds depth and a hint of barbecue flavor to elevate your aioli.
    • If this is not accessible to you, you can sub with regular paprika powder (sweet paprika powder), noting that you will not get a smoky flavor that way.
    • Another tips you can try is to add a bit of liquid smoke for that smoky goodness.
  • Lemon Juice: Brightens up the aioli, adding a zesty kick!
Mayonnaise, smoked paprika powder, and lemon juice on a white marbled background with labels.

How is Aioli Different from Mayo?

Traditionally, aioli is made just by pounding garlic and olive oil, whereas mayo typically uses eggs and oil, but without garlic. Although mayonnaise contains eggs whereas aioli does not, this eggy flavor is usually mild. But more often than not, you would notice the difference in the garlic.

So in short, you could say that aioli is the same as garlic mayonnaise, although technically the traditional aioli does not contain eggs. And if you’re vegan, fret not because you can still enjoy a creamy delicious plant-based mayo using my Vegan Oil-free Homemade Mayonnaise, just like what I did here in this smoked paprika dip!

Marbled look of mayonnaise mixed with smoked paprika powder in a white bowl.

What is a Smoked Paprika Powder?

Smoked Paprika Powder is a spice derived from dried and ground red peppers that have been smoked over an oak fire. It originated in Spain. This particular paprika imparts a distinct smoky flavor that is not present in regular paprika powder.

These days, you can buy them at spice shops, Spanish grocery stores, or Amazon. Unfortunately, your regular supermarkets might not carry them, or they tend to be very expensive there.

For more information about smoked paprika, see this article from Simply Recipes.

How to Make This Smoked Paprika Dip

Just one step: Whisk or mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, and you’re good to go!

It’s that simple!

Serving Suggestions

Dip this paprika sauce using some (sweet potato) fries like with my Crispy Adobo Fries, or any vegetables (both raw and roasted).

They’re also great as a sandwich spread. So think of using it in this 5-Minute Avocado Bagel Sandwich, or this Quick Hummus with Bagel. You can also dip the smoked aioli with some pita bread for a fusion food combo.

Storage and Meal Prep Instructions

Storage: Keep any smoked paprika mayo leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.

Meal Prep: Elevate your meals by preparing this Smoked Paprika Aioli in advance for use throughout the week. Store it in the fridge for up to a week and enjoy the smoky goodness whenever you need a flavor boost.

Someone dipping a fry into a white bowl of smoked paprika sauce, with a white background.

FAQ

Can I freeze this paprika aioli recipe?

No, do not freeze this as it will change the texture of the aioli.

Can I add garlic to this smoked paprika aioli dip?

Although I do like garlic, I didn’t add it to this recipe since the taste easily overpowers the paprika taste. So nope, I would not recommend doing so.

However, I do have two garlic bread recipes where you could add as many garlic as you want! Check out my Healthy Whole Wheat Garlic Bread (with Olive Oil), or this Garlic Bread using Regular Sliced Bread.

A bowl of smoked paprika aioli dip with nice swirls and a spoon on a white background.

Looking for more dips & sauces?

If you want more smoky recipes, try my BBQ Aioli recipe which is also done in 3 minutes! Or check out my Raspberry Chipotle Sauce, or this Raspberry Chipotle Cream Cheese Dip for your next party appetizers.

If you’re a fan of spicy food, try one of my spicy sauces: from Indian Tandoori Mayonnaise, Indonesian Sambal Aioli Dip, Korean Gochujang Aioli, and another one from Korea: Kimchi Aioli.

And if you’re a fan of paprika in general, check out this Creamy Tandoori Sauce Pasta recipe!

Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!

3-Minute Smoked Paprika Aioli (Mayo Dipping Sauce)

One sweet potato fry being dipped into a bowl of smoked paprika aioli mayo sauce.
Just 3 minutes and 3 ingredients to make this Smoked Paprika Aioli. This paprika mayo dip sauce is so creamy and tasty, you won't believe it's vegan!
Jem @ The Fruity Jem
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Serving Size 8 Tablespoons

Ingredients

  • Ā½ cup mayonnaise (115 grams) I used my homemade vegan mayo (recipe in the Notes below) but feel free to use store-bought ones
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika powder see notes below for substitutions
  • lemon juice from half a lemon (about 2-3 teaspoons)

Instructions

  • Whisk or combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, and you're done! It's that easy! šŸ˜‰

Notes

Notes
  • Smoked Paprika Powder
    • You can sub with regular paprika powder (the same as sweet paprika powder), noting that you will not get a smoky flavor that way
    • Another tip you can try is to add a bit of liquid smoke for that smoky aroma.
  • Storage & Meal Prep
    • Keep any leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Calorie Information
    • The calorie information is for 1 serving (1 Tablespoon).

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Packs a lot of flavor from the smoked paprika. It’s a bit expensive but definitely worth it.

  2. 5 stars
    Been making flavored aioli after your aioli series. Thanks, everyone enjoyed it!