Make Your Own Chilli Oil – Simple and Easy Recipe

by Hot Juan on August 8, 2009 · 7 comments

in Recipes

Chilli oil is very simple to make, unlike other infused oils you will need to heat the oil to get the best out of the chillies.


  • 1 Bottle Olive Oil 250ml  (You can also use other oils)
  • 5-10 Finely Chopped Dried Chillies (Depends on size and type)
  • 1-2 Whole Dried Chillies
  • 1-2 tsp of Paprika Powder (Optional)

Warm the oil gently and add the finely chopped dried chillies, you can select the dried chillies you like best, the more you add the hotter.

You could add finely sliced garlic to the oil with the chillies for an interesting combination, or even Star anise, cardamon pods.

Gently warm the oil for about 5 minutes to infuse the chilli heat into the oil, then leave to cool.

Once cooled sufficiently, sieve the oil back into the bottle using a funnel, we need to remove the pieces of chilli, cooked seeds and slices of garlic if used.

Slit the whole dried chillies length ways and carefully de-seed if required and add to the bottle, the oil is best stored in the fridge.

It is important to use dried chillies due to the risk of encouraging Botulism bacteria to form in the anerobic atmosphere which is created.

Chilli oil like this is great added to a pizza or used in a stir-fry, or even used to make a warm salad dressing.

Rapeseed oil is a great alternative for chilli oil due to it being healthier than olive oil and it can be used for frying and also for salad dressings.

If you feel do not feel confident making your own Chilli oil you could buy ready made Chilli Rapeseed oil from from Grim Reaper Foods who make a standard Chilli Oil called Vengeance, a Garlic Infused oil called Tempest and an Oak Smoked oil called Incinerator.

All the oils are cold pressed and do not have any of the potential risks associated with homemade Chilli oil.

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avatar Arnoln January 8, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Always use more chillis than any advertised recipe, you want your chilli oil to be hotter than you’ve ever imagined.


avatar Jo December 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

chilli oil


avatar Adam December 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Be careful….. the oil can start to go mouldy and be potentially harmful. When the oil starts to go cloudy or the chillis start to go mouldy throw it all away.


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