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Toum Garlic Spread

Let me show you how easy it is to make this Toum Garlic Spread with oil, lemon and garlic. Greeks call it “skordalia”, French and Spanish versions are ”aioli” and the Lebanese take is called “toum.” Mayonnaise in consistency and is great with so many things. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: garlic aoili recipe, homemade garlic spread, toum recipe
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 21kcal


  • 28 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups of vegetable oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • OR
  • For Half Recipe:
  • 14 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  • Add the garlic and salt in the food processor and run for 10-20 seconds to purée.
  • Stop the processor and scrape garlic down the sides, then run processor again until you get a fine paste.
  • From this point on keep processor running until completed. With food processor on, start pouring the oil at a very slow rate, a third of a cup at a time. After adding the first third cup you will start seeing the garlic emulsify and turn into a paste already.
  • Next pour in a 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice very slowly. Wait on it a few seconds until the lemon juice is well absorbed. Then go back to repeating the same process of slowly adding a third cup of oil, waiting a few seconds, then adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice until you’ve used all ingredients. This process should take 8-10 minutes.
  • The result should be a thick sauce, mayonnaise like in consistency. Place in a airtight jar and keep refrigerated.


NOTE: Please use fresh garlic as the peeled variety gives another flavor. I use this often on sandwiches, spreading then grilling breads, under the skin of chicken prior to roasting etc. so it gets used often. This makes 4 cups. Halve the recipe if you don’t plan on using it as often.


Calories: 21kcal | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 12mg | Vitamin C: 1.6mg | Calcium: 5mg