Homemade Chili Oil

Imagine drizzling a spicy, aromatic oil over your favorite dishes, instantly elevating them with a burst of flavor. Our Homemade Chili Oil is not just any condiment; it’s a game-changer for your kitchen, promising to transform your meals with rich, complex flavors.

There’s something undeniably magical about the fusion of heat, spice, and rich flavors that chili oil brings to your culinary creations.

While many chili oil recipes rely on animal-derived ingredients, we’ve crafted the perfect vegan chili oil that’s not only simple to make but also incredibly delicious.

Homemade Chili Oil Recipe

In this recipe, we’ll take you through the steps of infusing aromatic spices into vegetable oil and blending them with a harmonious blend of chili flakes, sesame seeds, fresh garlic, and a touch of sweetness.

spoonful of homemade chili oil

The result? A mouthwatering vegan chili oil that’s versatile enough to be used as a dip, drizzle, or condiment, elevating any dish it touches. Get ready to embark on a spicy, flavor-packed journey!

Avocado Oil:

The foundation of our homemade chili oil, avocado oil, is chosen for its neutral flavor and high smoke point. This makes it the perfect medium to infuse with various spices and flavors. It carries the heat and essence of the other ingredients, ensuring a smooth and versatile final product.


These tiny, aromatic gems add a depth of flavor that is subtly sweet yet pungently spicy. Cloves are a powerful spice that can bring warmth and complexity to the chili oil, enhancing its overall aroma and taste.

Star Anise:

With its distinct, licorice-like flavor, it contributes a layer of sophistication to the chili oil. This star-shaped spice adds a unique sweetness and an exotic twist, complementing the heat of the chili flakes.

Cinnamon Stick:

Not just for sweet dishes, cinnamon stick adds a woody, earthy flavor to the chili oil. Its sweet and spicy notes balance the heat of the chilis, adding a complex undercurrent to the oil’s flavor profile.

Bay Leaf:

A staple in many kitchens, bay leaf imparts a subtle herbal fragrance to the chili oil. Its mild and slightly floral flavor enhances the blend of spices, adding a whisper of the forest to the mix.

Chili Flakes:

The heart of the chili oil, chili flakes provide the fiery kick and vibrant color that define this condiment. The intensity of the chili flakes can be adjusted to suit your heat preference, making the oil customizable to any palate.

Szechuan Peppercorns:

Unlike regular peppercorns, Szechuan peppercorns add a unique, citrusy flavor and a tingling sensation to the chili oil. Their numbing effect complements the heat of the chili flakes, creating a multi-dimensional spicy experience.

Fresh Garlic:

Garlic adds a spicy, earthy base to the chili oil, grounding the fiery flavors with its robust taste. Minced fresh garlic disperses throughout the oil, infusing it with a sharp and comforting flavor.


A pinch of salt is essential to enhance and balance the flavors of the chili oil. It brings out the complexity of the spices, ensuring that the heat is flavorful rather than overwhelming.

Brown Sugar:

A touch of brown sugar adds sweetness to counterbalance the heat, creating a harmonious flavor profile. The molasses notes in brown sugar lend a slight depth and richness to the chili oil, rounding out the sharpness of the other ingredients.

Sesame Seeds:

These seeds offer a wonderful flavor full of depth and complexity, and are healthy as well. They are an optional addition that I personally love.

chili oil ingredients in bowls

How to Make Homemade Chili Oil?

  1. Warm the vegetable oil and infuse it with spices.
  2. Prepare the chili mixture in a heatproof bowl.
  3. Strain the hot oil into the bowl, mixing well.
  4. Allow it to cool before transferring it to a jar for storage.

Note: Customize the heat level by adjusting the amount of chili flakes. Store in a cool, dark place to maintain freshness.

Your vegan chili oil is now ready to be used as a dip, drizzle, or condiment to add a burst of spicy goodness to your favorite dishes. Try it with noodles, dumplings, stir-fries, or any other dish that could use a flavor boost.

Tips for Making Homemade Chili Oil

Here are some tips to help you perfect your homemade vegan chili oil:

1. Choose Quality Ingredients:

Start with fresh and high-quality ingredients. The better your chili flakes and spices, the more flavorful your chili oil will be.

2. Control the Heat:

Adjust the amount of chili flakes to your preferred level of spiciness. You can always start with a smaller amount and add more if needed, but remember that the heat will intensify as the oil sits.

3. Infuse Aromatics Gently:

When infusing the oil with cloves, star anise, cinnamon, and bay leaf, be careful not to overheat the oil or let the spices burn. Low to medium heat works best for this step.

4. Use a Fine Strainer:

To achieve a smooth and grit-free texture, strain the hot oil through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into the bowl with the spices and chili flakes.

5. Cool Before Storage:

Allow the chili oil mixture to cool to room temperature before transferring it to a storage container. This helps lock in the flavors without risking condensation inside the container.

6. Store Properly:

Keep your vegan chili oil in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It can be stored at room temperature, but refrigeration can extend its shelf life.

7. Let It Mature:

While your chili oil will be flavorful immediately, it will develop even more depth and complexity over time. Consider allowing it to mature for a week or two before using it for the best taste.

8. Experiment:

Don’t hesitate to customize your chili oil by adding other ingredients like dried mushrooms, ginger, or citrus zest for unique flavor profiles.

9. Shake Before Use:

The ingredients may settle at the bottom of the container over time. Give your chili oil a good shake before each use to distribute the flavors evenly.

10. Be Cautious with Application:

Homemade chili oil can be quite potent, so start with a small amount when using it in your dishes. You can always add more if you desire more heat and flavor.

Remember, making chili oil is as much about personal preference as it is about following a recipe. Feel free to adjust ingredients and quantities to create a vegan chili oil that suits your taste perfectly. Enjoy the culinary adventures that come with crafting your condiments!

homemade chili oil

How to Store Homemade Chili Oil?

Proper storage is essential to maintain the quality and safety of your homemade vegan chili oil. Here are some storage tips to keep your chili oil fresh and flavorful:

1. Airtight Container:

Transfer your chili oil into a clean, dry, and airtight container. A glass jar with a tight-sealing lid works well. Ensure there is minimal airspace in the container to reduce oxidation.

2. Cool, Dark Place:

Store the container in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and heat sources. A pantry or kitchen cupboard is ideal. Exposure to light and heat can cause the oil to become rancid more quickly.

3. Room Temperature or Refrigeration:

Chili oil can be stored at room temperature for several weeks or months, depending on the ingredients used. However, refrigeration is a safe option if you live in a sweltering and humid climate or want to extend its shelf life. Cold storage can prolong the oil’s freshness for up to six months.

4. Check for Spoilage:

Periodically check your chili oil for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, unusual color changes, or mold development. If you notice any of these, discard the oil immediately.

5. Avoid Moisture: 

Keep the container tightly sealed to prevent moisture and air from entering. Moisture can lead to the growth of bacteria and mold.

6. Shake Before Use:

Before using your chili oil, give it a good shake to distribute the ingredients evenly. Over time, some components may settle at the bottom.

7. Label and Date:

Label the container with the contents and the date you made the chili oil. This helps you keep track of its freshness and ensures you’re using the oldest batch first.

8. Freezing Option:

If you have a large batch of chili oil and want to extend its shelf life significantly, consider freezing it. Pour the oil into ice cube trays or small containers and freeze. Thaw individual portions as needed. Frozen chili oil can last for several months.

Following these storage tips, you can enjoy your homemade vegan chili oil for an extended period, ensuring it remains a flavorful and versatile condiment in your kitchen.

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Homemade Chili Oil

Enjoy the bold, spicy kick of this homemade vegan chili oil, knowing that it's not only delicious but also entirely cruelty-free. Share it with friends and family, and watch them be amazed by your culinary prowess. Get ready to elevate your meals with this versatile and delectable condiment!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chili oil
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 64 servings
Calories: 45kcal


  • 1 small saucepan
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 jar or other clean airtight container



  • Begin by heating the vegetable oil in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add in the cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf. These aromatic spices will infuse the oil with a delightful fragrance.
  • Allow the spices to gently simmer in the oil for approximately 5-7 minutes, being cautious not to let them burn. You’re aiming for the oil to become infused with the essence of these spices.
  • While the oil is infusing, prepare a bowl with the chili flakes, Szechuan peppercorns, finely chopped garlic, salt, and brown sugar. Adjust the chili flakes to your preferred level of spiciness.
  • Once the oil has taken on the aromatic essence, carefully strain it over the bowl containing the chili flakes and spices. The hot oil will release their flavors and create a spicy, aromatic blend.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for a bit, giving time for the flavors to meld together.
  • Once cooled, transfer your homemade vegan chili oil into a clean, airtight container. Store it in a cool, dark place for optimal flavor preservation.
  • Your vegan chili oil is now ready to be used as a dip, drizzle, or condiment to add a burst of spicy goodness to your favorite dishes. Try it with noodles, dumplings, stir-fries, or any other dish that could use a flavor boost.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 1097IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

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