This quick and easy garlic chili oil recipe is made in minutes with a few simple ingredients!
This spicy oil is perfect for drizzling over ramen noodle bowls, sautéing veggies, dunking dumplings and potstickers, and so much more!
Chili oil is a classic condiment featuring vegetable oil infused with spicy dried chili peppers.
While sesame or soybean oil are traditionally used, I like to use my go-to avocado oil and jazz up the simple oil and pepper combo with some toasted sesame seeds and crispy fried garlic.
This recipe comes together crazy fast! You’ll simply heat the oil and gently fry the garlic and sesame seeds for a minute or two until the edges are very lightly golden.
The hot oil is then poured over crushed red pepper flakes (or your favorite ground, dried chili peppers) and allowed to cool. That’s it!
Uses for Garlic Chili Oil
I LOVE using garlic chili oil as a sautéing oil and drizzling oil for ramen bowls.
Another awesome use for this spicy chili oil as a sautéing oil for noodles, vegetables, or even proteins like chicken, beef, shrimp, or tofu.
It’s also delicious as a dipping oil for dumplings and potstickers.
Since we are using fresh garlic here, it’s best to make what you plan on using within a few days (or just what you need for a particular dish or recipe).
To save it for a 3-4 days, simply keep leftover spicy garlic chili oil in a small sealed jar in the fridge. I use a mini mason jar.
The oil will thicken while chilled but thin when heated or brought to room temperature. Easy peasy!
Garlic Chili Oil Recipe
Let’s get spicy! Here’s the recipe:
Spicy Garlic Chili Oil Recipe
- 1/4 cup avocado oil or vegetable oil
- 3 cloves garlic , peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 TBSP toasted sesame seeds
- 1 TBSP crushed red chili flakes
- Add crushed red chili flakes to a small heat-safe bowl and set aside. I like using crushed red pepper flakes, but multiple varieties will work here!
- Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium pot over medium heat.
- Once hot, add thinly sliced garlic and pan fry, stirring often, until garlic is just beginning to turn golden, approx. 2 minutes.
- Stir in sesame seeds and cook an additional minute until garlic is crisp and toasty. Take care not to overcook the garlic as it will continue crisping once removed from heat.
- Carefully transfer mixture to the red pepper flake bowl. Mix well and allow to cool.
- Use as a dipping oil for dumplings or potstickers, as a base or drizzling oil for ramen noodle bowls and soups, and as a stir fry oil for sauteeing veggies and protein. Enjoy!
If you get a chance to try this spicy garlic chili oil recipe, let me know!
Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!
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ALSO! Totally unrelated but if you’re looking for a good dipping oil for bread, you have GOT to check out my restaurant-style Olive Oil and Herb Bread Dip — it’s soooooo good!