This spicy, salty and crunchy homemade chili garlic oil is the perfect condiment to spoon over your breakfast toast, eggs or literally anything else that you want to jazz up.
What’s best is the fact that it is super easy to put together- it literally takes a few minutes. Make it in a big batch over the weekend and enjoy it for weeks.
Scroll down and read on to get a quick gist of everything you need to know about making it the right way.
Ingredients For the Recipe
- 1 head of garlic cloves thinly sliced
- 3 shallots thinly sliced
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise pods
- 10 Szechuan peppercorns
- 1½ cups vegetable oil
- ¼ cup chili flakes
- 2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
How to Make the Homemade Chili Garlic Oil
Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s what you need to do to make this super flavorful and versatile dip.
Heat the oil and add shallots, garlic, cinnamon, star anise, jalapenos and peppercorns in a medium saucepan and heat over medium low.
Cook for 10-15 minutes or until garlic and shallots are just golden brown, stirring occasionally.
In a separate bowl, combine salt, sugar, soy sauce, chili powder and chili flakes.
Once the garlic and shallots are finished cooking, remove the star anise and cinnamon from the oil.
Turn off the heat and add the spice mix to the oil
Serve over rice noodles, dumplings, chicken, eggs, soup; the opportunities are endless!
Frequently Asked Questions
The recipe calls for the use of some classic ingredients, but you can, of course, experiment and give it your twist if you want to.
If you want it to have a bit of a spice kick, add some crushed black peppercorns or dried árbol chiles- or both!
If you prefer the chili crisp having a bit of a bulky texture as opposed to it being a runny oil, add some crushed roasted peanuts into the mix.
Sesame seeds can also be a good addition to the chili crisp.
Letting the crunchy chili crisp stay in the refrigerator for a few days will allow its flavors to develop even more, which is why it is always a good idea to make this in a big batch.
Once you’re done making it, allow it to cool down completely before you transfer it to a glass jar or container and refrigerate it.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Homemade Chili Garlic Oil
Making the chili crisp might be super easy, but having these little tips and tricks handy can really make a difference and help you get the textures and flavors right.
- To lend the homemade chili garlic oil an extra authentic Asian flavor, use sesame oil instead of vegetable oil.
- If you don’t have sesame oil, peanut oil is the next best alternative.
- Want the chili oil to have a bit more texture? Add some more shallots and garlic.
- Fancy a more earthy aftertaste to the oil? Throw in some grated or sliced ginger too.
- Adding some mushroom powder into the oil after you’ve mixed everything together is a great way to give the chili crisp a bit of an umami boost.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
Your flavorful and crunchy chili crisp can be used to spice up pretty much anything! You can drizzle it over your avocado toast, spoon it over your eggs, add it to your soups or even just your bowl of ramen.