Chili Oil Recipe (How to Make Chili Oil) (2024)

Hi Mike and Patty,
Ralph here from South Africa.
I LOVE your site. These recipes are amazing!

I have a variation of this chili oil which I've evolved from a recipe on another site, which I'd like to share. This is not a 5 minute version, though 🙂

Unfortunately, down here we don't get shallots, so I used red onions, and some spring onion (I think in the US you'd call them green onions... which are apparently NOT exactly the same as scallions, but I'm sure scallions would work fine).
It's also really hard to find a decent variety of chilis other than bird's eye, Jalapeno, Habs and a few others, so I've tweaked the recipe according to what I have managed to get my hands on. In future I will rather get seeds and start growing my own. But for now this is what I used.

Below are the ingredients and their quantities used in my last batch (I weighed and recorded everything as I went along. Please note I'm in South Africa so we use the metric system (liters and grams) so please convert to pounds, ounces, gallons...etc:

2L sunflower cooking oil
76g Serenade chili
39g red Bird's Eye chili
252g green Jalapeno chili
150g dried chili flakes
75g white salad onions (short spring onions, white and green parts - green onions in the US)
Cloves from 4 heads of garlic (+- 300g)
3 red onions (530g)
3 Knorr Chicken stock cubes
1 Knorr beef stock cube
120g brown sugar (not the sticky kind. Same consistency as white sugar, but a light brown, almost caramel colour. That's the sugar we use at home. I'm sure ordinary white sugar would be just fine).
100g sesame seeds (optional for extra crunch and flavour - leave these until very last).

This is the 2nd time I've made this recipe, and this time around I used your recipe and video instructions to roast the chilis beforehand. This is of course optional. I was just intrigued by the idea of different flavours coming out during the roasting.

Chop up the chilis, garlic and onions to a course mixture and set aside.

In a large pot heat the oil on a medium heat. My stove settings go up to 12. I had it up to 5, so it's just below halfway on the dial. (I used a pot because a pan is not deep enough for 2 liters of oil - I'm sure a wok would work, but then cooking time may be reduced... a pot takes a bit longer, I'd think)

When the oil is hot enough, put the dried chili flakes, sugar and broken up stock cubes into the oil and fry for about 5 minutes.

Then add the onion, chili and garlic and fry, stirring often so it doesn't stick.
Fry this for another 25 minutes, so the total cooking time since you added the flakes etc is about 30 minutes.

Then I turned up the heat to 8/12 (2 third heat on the dial) for another 20 minutes (total cooking time so far is around 50 minutes). During this part you need to stir almost constantly as it is possible to burn the mixture. The reason I cranked up the heat on the stove is that it almost crisps the chili mix, which I really love. If you don't care, don't mind, or don't have a full hour, you can take it off the stove at this point. But seriously... leave it on 🙂

And then for the last 10 minutes, add the sesame seeds. The reason I added the sesame seeds so late is because I'm scared of burning them and don't want to ruin the entire batch by putting them in too early and risk burning them. If anyone knows f they can survive longer in hot oil without spoiling or burning, let me know.
But I put in for the last 10 minutes.

That's it. Remove from the stove and let it cool.
I first used a ladle to get the chunky mixture into the jars, filling each one about halfway. Then I shared out the oil to fill each jar.
Seal and put in the fridge.

The only thing that worries me is some of the comments in this post about using within a month or it'll go off. I hope that by keeping it in the fridge, it'll last a bit longer. From the last batch I made, I gave so many away, my remaining jars got used up before a month was up.

Anyway, check it out, play around and have fun.
Thanks for reading this, and thank you for this amazing page!!

REPLY: Ralph, thank you for sharing this. Sounds great! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

Chili Oil Recipe (How to Make Chili Oil) (2024)


What is the best oil to make chili oil? ›

Since you're cooking the oil at high temperature, you can use oils such as corn oil, canola oil, teaseed oil, or peanut oil. These oils are also known as neutral oils, which means they don't impart strong flavors.

How long will homemade chilli oil last? ›

How Long Does Chili Oil Last? Homemade chili oil can last for 2-3 months when stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place at room temperature, and even longer in the refrigerator, though shelf life can vary depending on ingredients used.

Which chilli is used in chilli oil? ›

The best one to use in my opinion are Sichuan chilli flakes. These are the ones used in most commercial chilli oils. They produce a deep red colour whilst also providing heat. Sichuan chilli flakes also tend to have slightly fewer seeds in comparison to the Italian counterpart.

Can you put chili powder in chili oil? ›

Chili pepper powder - Essentially, Chinese chili pepper powder is added to give the chili oil extra red color. If you prefer, you can use Korean fine chili powder (gochugaru) as substitute.

Is homemade chili oil healthy? ›

Is chilli oil healthy? Chilli oil can be healthy in moderation as it contains capsaicin, which may boost metabolism and have some health benefits. However, it's high in calories and should be consumed sparingly.

Is crispy chili oil the same as chili oil? ›

Unlike the chili oil made simply of crushed chilies and oil I found at many Hong Kong noodle shops as a kid, chili crisp is a condiment that incorporates aromatics and sometimes other ingredients fried until crunchy, and other seasonings that can vary based on brand or recipe.

Why did my chilli oil go Mouldy? ›

Fresh chillies have enough water content that they will go mouldy even when put in oil. The easiest thing to do is dry them first.

Can you use fresh chilis in chili oil? ›

The short answer is – yes! You can make hot chili oil using fresh or dried chilies, so it's totally up to you what option you choose.

Does chili oil get better with age? ›

To ensure the best quality and flavor, it is generally recommended to use chili oil within six months of opening the container. Personally, we've kept chili oils for longer than a year. Some of them do become more spicy while others tend to lose some of its flavor.

Do Italians use chilli oil? ›

In Italy and in many recipes, whole and/or crushed hot peppers are simply combined with extra-virgin olive oil and then left to sit together for a few weeks until the oil has become thoroughly infused with the heat of the peppers.

Why is chili oil so good? ›

However, in our opinion, chili oil really became famous due to the very subdued and slow-release spice it contains, as well as how it gives an instant Asian tinge to any recipe it's used in. That versatility is a big part of why chili oil is so popular.

What is the Chinese brand chilli oil? ›

LGM or Lao Gan Ma is the most famous brand of chilli oil used throughout China.

What is chili oil made of? ›

Chili oil is typically red in color. It is made from vegetable oil, often soybean oil or sesame oil, although olive oil or other oils may be used. Other spices may be included such as Sichuan pepper, garlic, or paprika. Commercial preparations may include other kinds of oil, water, dried garlic, soy sauce, and sugar.

Do you put salt in chili oil? ›

Season The Oil

Let cool for a few minutes, then add sesame seeds, sugar and salt to taste. The salt and sugar give a balance of flavor to the chili oil, while the sesame seeds provide an aromatic nuttiness to the oil! Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Is olive oil good for chilli oil? ›

Ingredients for Italian Chili Oil

While it is important to use a flavorful olive oil, the most prominent flavor in this condiment is the heat. So, the delicate flavor of a very high-end, extra-virgin olive oil will likely become masked.

Is grapeseed oil good for chili oil? ›

In China, it's common to use soybean oil or peanut oil for making chili oil, but grapeseed oil or even canola oil will work.

Is avocado oil good for making chili oil? ›

Chili Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a wonderful medium for oil infusions because of its mild, buttery flavor. Heating helps to infuse the oil faster (and kills off bacteria that could potentially spoil the oil) and the high smoke point of avocado oil allows for heating without degrading the oil.

Is grapeseed oil good for chilli oil? ›

Ideally, you want a neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point. An oil with a strong flavor will compete with the garlic and chili flavors. I chose grapeseed oil for this easy chili garlic oil recipe. It is very neutral in flavor and has a smoke point of 421 degrees.

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