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What Is The Best Substitute For Kewpie Mayo? 6 Great Alternatives

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by Maria Foster

Japanese cuisine has a lot of unique condiments that can be hard to replicate anywhere else in the world.

In this guide, I’ll focus on kewpie mayo, which, thanks to social media, has risen in popularity all over the world.

This type of mayonnaise isn’t always the easiest to find, so knowing what you can use as an alternative can be helpful.

Kewpie Mayo 6 Best Substitutes For It

I’ve found the following to be the best replacements:

  • Kenko Japanese Mayonnaise
  • Mayo Ramen
  • Avocado Mayo
  • Yum Yum Sauce
  • Spicy Mayo

But I’ll cover each of these below to help you find the best substitute for your tastes.

What Makes Kewpie Mayo Special?

So, what exactly makes Kewpie mayo such a distinct condiment or ingredient to use in cooking, and what qualities are you looking for in a potential substitute?

Well, quite a few things!

The ingredients that go into Kewpie mayo, while similar to other mayonnaise condiments, are slightly different.

Rice vinegar is usually added to the eggs that go into this mayo, as well as vegetable oil instead of soybean extract.

The result is a mayonnaise that is slightly thinner and runnier than traditional American mayo, as well as being more tangy and a little sweeter.

Kewpie mayo is a very popular condiment for sushi platters. It can also be used for extra flavor in sandwiches and burgers and is a great dressing for salads of all kinds.
So, we have the bar set by Kewpie Mayo.

Now, let’s see how our substitutes fare against it!

6 Substitures For Kewpie Mayo

1. Homemade Kewpie Mayo

Is it a cop-out to simply say that the best substitute for Kewpie mayo is just… more Kewpie mayo? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

However, what could be a better replacement for this unique mayo condiment than mayo that you can make for yourself?

Generally speaking, the process for making homemade Kewpie mayo is pretty simple, too.

Simply mix some standard mayo with rice vinegar, a dash of vegetable oil, and a little sugar, and you’ll have the perfect way to make Kewpie mayo at home with only a few ingredients.

All of them are easily bought in stores these days.

2. Mayo Ramen

If you don’t want to make your own Kewpie mayo, or you want something similar but with a slightly different flavor, what other condiments can you use as a Kewpie mayo alternative?

Well, for me, Mayo ramen has to be one of the best out there.

It’s a combination of the spicy broth that a good chicken ramen recipe will give you and the sweet and creamy texture of Kewpie mayo that we all love.

In terms of a rich range of flavors, Mayo ramen is second to none.

That egg flavor, coupled with both sweetness and a little hint of chicken, is an amazing flavor for any Japanese cuisine meal.

It’s not a perfect substitute, it should be said. This is more of a whole recipe that uses mayonnaise to get a similar taste and texture to Kewpie mayo rather than a condiment alternative itself.

Still, it tastes a lot like Kewpie ramen and is a delight to chow down on. And sometimes, that’s all that a good substitute needs to do!

3. Avocado Mayo

If you’re looking to go in the opposite direction of extra flavors, from chicken to veggie, then avocado mayo is the way to go for you.

As the name suggests, this mayo alternative is made with pulped avocado.

This gives the mayo a slightly nutty flavor to go along with the egg and sweet aspects that you’re familiar with.

It’s like Kewpie Mayo but with a little extra.

One of the things that I like about this alternative is its health benefits. With fewer carbs and fats in it, it’s a great healthy substitute for standard or Kewpie mayo.

Plus, it’s still good to be used in sandwiches and burgers like Kewpie mayo is, as well as served alongside a plate of sushi.

Now, if you were expecting an avocado-based mayonnaise substitute that is good for vegans, we’re sorry to disappoint. This still has egg products in it (it is still mayo, after all).

However, if you love your mayo extra smooth, a nice light sweet veggie flavor, and packing some healthier nutrients for your body, this is the substitute for you!

4. Yum Yum Sauce

Yum yum sauce is a popular condiment in Japan that is known for its sweet and spicy flavor, as well as its creamy texture.

Made from tomatoes and paprika, this alternative has a very different flavor to Kewpie, being notably more spicy, with it including paprika and PSG in it.

However, it still has that sweet element to it, and the spiciness from the paprika is an interesting stand-in for the boldness of the rice vinegar.

It’s certainly a different flavor when added to many foods like sandwiches and sushi platters. But it’s one that you should consider.

5. Spicy Mayo

If you’re looking for simple substitutes that you can pick up or make anywhere, then you can’t go wrong with a good spicy mayo.

The exact spices that go into a bottle of spicy mayo will vary depending on the brand it is from, or the extra ingredients you choose to add to your own.

Traditional Japanese spicy mayo tends to include both sriracha and wasabi to get that extra spicy flavor to it, but paprika or chilies are a common ingredient, too.
I will note that sriracha spicy mayo has that element of sweetness that helps make it closer to Kewpie than other types, but all are great options to consider in your burgers or Japanese platters, especially if you love the heat!

6. Kenko Japanese Mayo

So, rounding off this list of mayo condiments, we have another classic Japanese mayo variety that will serve you well as a Kewpie mayo substitute.

Kenko Japanese mayo is a particularly creamy condiment and might not be quite as thin or smooth as Kewpie mayo.

But, it does have a lot of the other aspects of Kewpie’s flavor profile that make it such a popular food item.

Keno Japanese mayo has that same slightly sweet taste to it, thanks to the rice vinegar that goes into it. So, in terms of flavor, they’re a pretty close match to each other.

Plus, it can be used in virtually all the same recipes. If anything, its slightly thicker consistency might help it not run off many foods where that texture isn’t necessary, especially in a burger or sandwich!

Final Notes

So, as you can see, Kewpie is a tricky condiment to try and sub with other ingredients.

But with options like these, you’re more than set for a tasty condiment carnival of flavor!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Kewpie mayonnaise and regular mayonnaise?

Kewpie mayonnaise differs from regular mayonnaise mainly because it is made with only egg yolks instead of whole eggs and uses rice vinegar instead of distilled vinegar, giving it a creamier texture and a slightly sweeter taste.

Which mayo is closest to Kewpie Mayo?

The mayo closest to Kewpie Mayo in terms of taste and texture is likely Japanese-style mayonnaise brands that mimic Kewpie’s unique characteristics, though specific brand recommendations can vary.

Is Kewpie mayo healthier than regular mayo?

Kewpie mayo is not necessarily healthier than regular mayo; both are high in calories and fats, but Kewpie’s unique ingredients do not significantly alter its health profile compared to traditional mayonnaise.

About Maria Foster
Maria Foster
Maria Foster is a mother of 3 and she and her husband of 23 years share their home with 2 faithful dogs. Besides being CEO of the household and active in her community, Maria is the lead contributor to Food Champs and loves to try new food ideas and kitchen accessories to make easier and more delicious meals.
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