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DIY Chili Oil

Making your own flavorful chili oil at home couldn’t be easier! This spicy condiment is great on Chinese foods or to add heat to any of your favorite foods.

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It’s no secret that I love hot sauce. I regularly have at least 3 different types stashed around my kitchen, and actually right now, I have 6. They’re all different, and they all serve their own special purpose.

Included in the 6 is my newest hot sauce obsession, Chili Oil. It’s not your typical hot sauce per se, but it’s hot, and it’s a sauce, so there you go.

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I had never even tried chili oil until recently, maybe about 4 years ago, and didn’t start to truly enjoy it until about 2 years ago. Previously, the few times I had tried it, it was often bland – just chili and oil. But my favorite local Chinese restaurant changed my mind. They make their own delicious version – it’s salty, savory, a little sweet, and of course, spicy. The tiny bowl they bring is always gone by the end of the meal. I definitely needed to recreate my own to keep on hand at home.

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Making chili oil (at least making GOOD chili oil) is not simply steeping chilis in oil – you need to add other ingredients to add flavor. Soy sauce adds salt and umami. Sugar adds sweetness. Garlic, cinnamon, and star anise add more depth of flavor. The result is a thick, spicy paste that is absolutely delicious smeared on green onion pancakes or tossed with otherwise plain noodles.

Not a fan of heat? Make sure to use chili flakes or powder that are less spicy – Korean gochugaru would be a great option.

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DIY Chili Oil

Making your own flavorful chili oil at home couldn’t be easier! This spicy condiment is great on Chinese foods or to add heat to any of your favorite foods.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 36
Calories: 30kcal


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup chili flakes (see note)
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce (see note)
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled and lightly crushed
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns (optional)


  • Add oil to a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until it measures 300Β°C on an instant read thermometer. Remove pot from heat and stir in the chili flakes, soy sauce, sugar, salt, garlic, cinnamon, star anise, and peppercorns (if using).
  • Cool mixture completely and remove the garlic, cinnamon, and star anise before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and serve with your favorite foods.


Use Sichuan chili flakes if you can find them.Β  Gochugaru (Korean chili powder) is a slightly sweeter, less spicy option. You can also use regular old chili or red pepper flakes, and your chili oil will be coarser, as those flakes tend to be larger. I like to use a combination of the three types.
To make this chili oil gluten free, use gluten free soy sauce or Tamari.


Serving: 1teaspoon | Calories: 30kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 3g
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Chili Oil Nutrition Notes:

The above nutrition information uses low sodium soy sauce, which is what I always use at home. It does not include the garlic, cinnamon, or star anise as those are not actually consumed.

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    February 21, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Thanks for the recipe! I live in Madison, so I am just curious which is your favorite Chinese restaurant. I haven’t found what I think is good Chinese in the midwest yet.

    • Reply
      February 21, 2019 at 12:51 PM

      Thanks for reading! The restaurant I was referring to is Taigu in Middleton. It’s just a small place, and they specialize in handmade noodles, which are SO good! My kids also really like their dumplings and green onion pancakes, and my husband and I love the Beef with Pickled Cabbage. I’d definitely recommend giving it a try if you haven’t yet πŸ™‚

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