Introduction: How to Make Red Hot Chili Oil

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Hot Chili Oil is a common condiment for Chinese and Szechuan food. Its also the secret ingredient for extra zing in prepared dishes like Kung Pao noodles and Pot Sticker Dipping Sauce.

If you've got 15 minutes and a few simple ingredients, you've got Hot Chile Oil at your fingertips!

  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 cup Hot Red Chiles- fresh - Jalapeno, Serrano, etc. As long as they're RED and hot! ;-)
  •  1 teaspoon white sugar
  • Heavy bottom Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Small bowl
  • Small glass container for finished Chili oil

Measure the sesame oil into a small dish. Set aside.

Cut the peppers in half, clean out the seeds and chop coarsely. You'll need approximately 1/2 cup.

Pour the canola oil into a heavy bottom sauce pan. Heat over medium high until the oil is very hot and shimmering.  Slowly add the Seasame oil and stir. If the oil is boiling hard, raise the pan from the heat just temporarily. It might smoke a little, so be prepared.

Next, add the chopped Chili peppers to the oil. If the oil threatens to boil over, again, raise the pan from the burner until it settles down. Reduce the heat to medium-low Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the sugar. Simmer 5 minutes longer until the oil is red, or orange as the case may be. ;-)

Remove the saucepan from the heat, set aside until the oil is cool. This can take up to 15 minutes, so don't get in a hurry and burn yourself.

Place a fine mesh strainer on top of a small bowl and pour the chili oil into the strainer. Pour the strained Chili Oil into a glass container. Seal and refrigerate.

This recipe makes approximately 1/2 cup of Hot Chili Oil and will keep for 1-2 months if refrigerated.

You can also refrigerate the leftover chilis for future use. Maybe a batch of Scrambled eggs? lol... you know I'll think of something!



mark.andersen.1293 (author)2014-10-17

(To the tune of 'The Lumberjack Song' - Monty Python)

Oh, I'm a Chili-Head, and I'm Okay,

I sweat all night and I sweat all day.

Great Recipe :-P

jessyratfink (author)2012-05-18

I'm going to need to make some of this. :D My boyfriend and I seem to be making our food hotter and hotter as the years go by. This will be perfect!

bajablue (author)jessyratfink2012-05-24

Funny how our taste buds adjust to heat and tend to crave more as we become desensitized.

Thank you for commenting, Jesse!

fred27 (author)2012-05-23

I was thinking of making the sort of chili oil where you leave the whole chillies in oil for ages, but might have to give this ago with this year's crop.

bajablue (author)fred272012-05-24

The addition of dried whole chilis could only improve this oil.

It's a terrific homemade gift idea, too... thanks for commenting!

l8nite (author)2012-01-28

Don't throw away the chillies ! chop them up and add to a cheese spread or on a burger or.....

Chill oil isn't just for cooking, I use it to keep pests away from my plants and trash cans, once a dog has learned what that smell means it will keep them from chewing on furniture or shoes, it will even repel most insects in the garden. I use a light weight cooking oil and a spray bottle.
keep the spray edible and you can even spritz your food....

bajablue (author)l8nite2012-01-28

Chili Oil Spritz?

You're a GENIUS l8nite!!!

Thanks for the great suggestions!!!

l8nite (author)bajablue2012-01-28

lol.. naaaa, .just a chilli head who like variety

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