Homemade Chilli Oil

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Homemade Chilli Oil Recipe

Homemade Chilli Oil

Looking for a way to add some heat and flavour to your dishes? Homemade chilli oil is the answer! This simple recipe uses readily available supermarket ingredients to create a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used in a variety of dishes, from noodles to stir-fries to dumplings. The best part is that it can be stored in your pantry for up to a year, so you can enjoy the spicy goodness anytime you want.

  • Total Time: 11 mins
  • Yield: Makes approximately 1.5 cups 1x


Units Scale
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 8 cardamom pods (see note 1)
  • 1 cup of oil (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup1/2 cup crushed chilli flakes (see note 3)
  • 1/4 cup chilli powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt flakes


  1. Heat a medium-sized pan on low heat. Add the star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, Sichuan peppercorns and cardamom pods. Toast for 1 minute, stirring continually.
  2. Add the oil, and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes so that the spices gently infuse the oil with their flavour.
  3. Set the oil aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the chilli flakes, chilli powder, and salt in a heat-proof jar.
  5. Strain the oil into the jar directly over the chilli and salt mixture. Use a spoon to stir.
  6. Add one star anise, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf back into the jar.
  7. Keep sealed in the pantry for up to 1 year.


Note 1 – Use the palm of your hand to gently flatten/crack the cardamom pods to stop them from sputtering during cooking.

Note 2 – I used olive oil because I don’t mind the taste of it in my Asian dishes. If preferred, you can use neutral-flavoured oil such as peanut, canola, or vegetable oil.

Note 3 – I use half a cup of chilli flakes because I like thicker chilli oil. Start with 1/4 cup and add more if needed at the end until you reach your desired consistency.

MAKE AHEAD AND LEFTOVERS – Store in an air-tight container in the pantry for up to 1 year. 

This recipe is inspired by Marion Grasby’s Chilli Oil recipe, which you can view here.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 mins

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