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Authentic Chili Oil Recipe
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Authentic Chili Oil

Authentic chili oil recipe using sichuan peppercorns and star anise for aromatics.
Course Condiment
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword Chili Oil, Hot Pepper Oil
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 cup

Equipment

  • Medium Sauce Pan
  • High-Temp. Food Thermometer
  • Fine Mesh Strainer

Ingredients

Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 0.5 cups Chili Flakes coarsely ground
  • 0.5 tsp Salt

Aromatics

  • 2 pods Star Anise
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds toasted
  • 1 stick Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 2 Green Onions white ends only

Instructions

  • Using a medium saucepan, toast the sesame seeds at medium heat for 2-3 minutes, or until they begin to turn light brown. Place in small bowl.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Using the same sauce pan, add the oil and slowly bring the temperature up to about 300F.
  • Add the star anise, cinnamon, bay leaf, sesame seeds and sichuan peppercorn. Do not add the green onions yet. Cook the aromatics for 30 minutes, keeping temperature consistently between 275-325F.
  • When 5 minutes remain, add the green onion.
  • While the aromatics cook, combine the chili flakes and salt in a heat-safe container (use ceramic if possible). Stir thoroughly.
  • Remove the infused oil from heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. The temperature should be around 200F.
  • Strain the oil directly into the chili flakes. Discard aromatic ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

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