Garlic Chili Oil Recipe for Ramen, Dumplings, and More!

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!

Garlic Chili Oil

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!

Spicy Chili Oil with Garlic and Sesame Seeds

Uses for Garlic Chili Oil

I LOVE using garlic chili oil as a sautéing oil and drizzling oil for ramen bowls.

You’ll find this recipe featured in my Spicy Shrimp Ramen Bowls as well as my Vegetarian Ramen. It would also be awesome with my Mushroom Ramen Soup!

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.

Ramen Noodle Bowls Collage

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
5 from 4 votes

Spicy Garlic Chili Oil Recipe

My 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!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Chili Oil Recipe, Spicy Garlic Chili Oil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 71 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons


  • 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


  1. 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!

  2. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a medium pot over medium heat.

  3. Once hot, add thinly sliced garlic and pan fry, stirring often, until garlic is just beginning to turn golden, approx. 2 minutes.

  4. 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.

  5. Carefully transfer mixture to the red pepper flake bowl. Mix well and allow to cool.

  6. 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!

Recipe Notes

Prefer a kiss of smoky sesame oil flavor? You cam replace a little of the avocado oil with pure sesame oil. It’s delicious!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Serving size is 1/2 TBSP of chili oil. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Garlic Chili Oil Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 297IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Garlic Chili Oil and Ramen Toppings

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!

Hungry for More?

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!

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  • Marla Brock

    5 stars
    This is sooooo good on ramen noodles with half of the chicken flavor packet that comes with the noodles. It’s addictive!!!

  • Lauren

    5 stars
    Hi I made this and have some leftovers. How would I store this and how long would it be good for?

    • Hi Lauren! Pop it in the fridge (because of the garlic) and it should be good around the same time-frame as regular leftovers. I haven’t checked 2021 regulations if you want to give them a glance, but previously the rule of thumb was about 4 days or so for leftovers. The oil will solidify when chilled and you’ll just bring it back to room temperature before serving to have it go right back to liquid state. It’s great for using for more ramen dishes and also makes the most amazing stir fry sauce for veggies and veggie fried rice. Love it so!

  • Tim Yu

    Can you use fresh chillis?

    • Hi Tim! So far I’ve always made it with dried, but I bet it would be glorious with fresh chilis! Simply adjust amount added based on preference and you should be good to go.

      • Sruthi

        How can you store the chili oil? For how long can it last in the refrigerator?

        • Hi Sruthi! I’m unsure about 2021’s new food safety standards so for sure check those out! For us personally, I’ll keep the chili oil in the fridge for a week or two (I make it pretty often instead of doing a big batch) and bring it to room temp before drizzling as it thickens a bit when chilled.

  • Susan

    5 stars
    This chili oil looks amazing! I love how it can be used to create so many different recipes – perfect when you need to make a quick dinner.

  • 5 stars
    Girl, you are making me crave a ramen bowl hardcore now! Love how simple it is to make your own chili oil like this. It’s one of those things that takes homemade versions of takeout foods to the next level!

    • Doooooo it! I actually just made more this morning b/c that ramen craving is unstoppable, lol!

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