Homemade Crispy Chili Oil

Updated: Jul 16

Homemade spicy chili oil with crispy garlic, shallots, and ginger, all tossed with fresh herbs and ground spices. Chili oil is a versatile condiment that will add a welcome hit of heat and flavour to almost anything you cook. This is one recipe we can’t live without and we are sure you can’t either!

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What to Eat Chili Oil With?

I love a good chili oil drizzled over my homemade momos (similar to dumplings). But chili oil works with just about any dish where a little kick of spice could be added. Here are 7 ways to to eat chili oil:

  1. Pour it on noodles

  2. Drizzle over potatoes

  3. Spoon it over fried eggs

  4. Toss it with cucumbers

  5. Add it to salad dressing

  6. Top it with wontons

  7. Use it like hot sauce

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Homemade Crispy Chili Oil Recipe

  • 3 cups dried red chillies

  • ¼ cup fried shallots

  • 3 tbsp fried garlic

  • 3 whole star anise

  • 4 green cardamom pods, crushed

  • 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • 2 tbsp sea salt

  • 10 garlic cloves, finely sliced

  • 3 cups vegetable oil or peanut oil

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Ingredient Tips & Substitutions

Sugar - If you are conscious about adding refined sugar, opt for brown sugar or honey to sweeten.

Oil - Peanut oil or vegetable oil works best for this recipe, olive oil is fine too, however it adds an olive flavour to the overall condiment.

Homemade Crispy Chili Oil Instructions & Steps

Step One

Cut your dried chilis in half and deseed (too much chili seeds can make your oil bitter).

Place the dried chillies in a food processor and blend until roughly chopped. (Medium size chili)

Step Two Pour the chopped chillies into a medium to large bowl. Add the fried shallots, fried garlic, star anise, cardamom pods, ginger, sugar, and salt. Set aside for later.

Step Three In a small pot, place the garlic and the oil. Place over a medium heat and allow the oil to heat up and start sizzling. Cook the garlic for another 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is golden crisp. Turn the heat off and let the oil to cool for 2-3 minutes. Then carefully pour the warm oil over the chilli mixture. Mix until well combined.

Step Four Transfer the chilli oil mixture into a jar of choice. Serve after 24 hours. The longer it sits the more potent the flavours and colour becomes, making for a richer taste.

Let us know your thoughts on our Home Chili Crispy Oil!

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes

Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Serving: Serves 4