Wasabi Mayo Dip is that special appetizer you make when something ridiculously delicious, but just a little surprising, is what the occasion needs. Addictively creamy with a horseradish-like kick, it’s the perfect partner for crisp asparagus, salmon, kabobs and more. This zesty little number is guaranteed to be your most requested party dip. But shhh- its “1 step” kind of easy to make!
Classic Wasabi Mayo Dip is one of those recipes that shows up in your town’s spiral bound Junior League cookbook in the special occasion section- elegant, unusual, set aside for showers, grad parties, Easter brunches and the holidays.
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And though it’s been around for years, my first taste was at a Christmas party. Served up with crisp green beans, we all huddled around it, dipping up every last bit, guessing at its ingredients and wondering how we could get our hands on the recipe.
It was a hit, the favorite of the night! Wow, with all the appetizers and h’or douerves laid out, who would have guessed green beans and a simple little dip would have been the first (and only) empty platter!
What Does Wasabi Mayo Dip Taste Like
Wasabi Dip closely resembles a creamy horseradish sauce or might even bring to mind a spicy Dijonnaise. And that is not surprising since Wasabi, a root also known as Japanese Horseradish, is a member of the plant family that includes both mustard and horseradish.
Most of your guest will never guess that Wasabi is the star of the show until you tell them. When you do, they will love it even more because of its special ingredient!
I’ll walk through an overview of ingredients & steps in this section along with helpful tips!
Look for specifics at the end of the post in the recipe card.
- real mayonnaise– cuts the bite of the wasabi/can be halved with Greek yogurt
- Wasabi paste (not powder)– found on the International food aisle of your local grocery store or at a local Asian market
- Worcestershire sauce– adds just a hint of smoky, savory flavor in the background
- lemon juice– acid to brighten the recipe
- minced garlic– more savory flavor
- sugar– balances the bite of the wasabi
How To Make Wasabi Mayo Dipping Sauce
Whisk. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth and all ingredients are well-blended. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
Let the flavors marry. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Serve. Spoon dip into a pretty serving bowl or into individual “shooter” cups for your guests to enjoy.
Tips For Making The Best Wasabi Dip
- For a lighter dip option, half the mayonnaise with Greek yogurt. This yogurt/mayonnaise combo delivers the same delicious flavor!
- Some recipes use soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce. I prefer the smoky, umami flavor that Worcestershire sauce brings to the dip over soy sauce. But if you love soy, you might want to try it.
- We crave that horseradish type kick Wasabi has, so I tend to add just a bit more than what is listed in the recipe. If you love that kick too, taste the dip after you’ve whisked all the ingredients together and add more wasabi until you get the level you like. The dip doesn’t get hotter as it sits, so you don’t have to worry about that.
- Wasabi paste is what is recommended for this recipe, not Wasabi powder.
What To Serve with Wasabi Mayo Dip
Classic Wasabi Mayo Dip has made the rounds through Junior League cookbooks as a party vegetable dip for decades. Blanched asparagus is the traditional partner of choice, but we also love it with crisp green beans, roasted baby potatoes, carrots, radishes, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers and mushroom caps.
But, the deliciousness doesn’t stop there. Wasabi dip is divine with bites of salmon, chilled shrimp, mini salmon patties and crab cakes. For a little crunch, dunk fried mushrooms, fried green beans or onion rings.
Use it as an aioli on your favorite burger, sandwich or drizzled over a grilled kabob.
How to Store Wasabi Dip
If you make this easy dip recipe a day or two in advance (it does get better with time) or perchance have leftovers (I have never…), then just cover it tightly with plastic wrap or put it in an air tight container and refrigerate.
Leftovers can be good for several days depending on how long your wasabi mayo dip sat out when originally served.
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Classic Wasabi Mayo Dip
- ½ cup real mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon wasabi paste, a generous teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon white granulated sugar
- Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth and all ingredients are well-blended. Taste and adjust ingredients as needed.
- Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.