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Homemade Chilli Oil

Totally addictive addition to dumplings, noodles and stir-fries, this chilli oil carries aromas and flavours of Asian chilli powder, plus star anise, cardamom, Sichuan peppercorns and other toasted spices. Store in an airtight jar for up to a year.




5 minutes

10 minutes

Makes 1 cup

1 cup neutral-tasting oil (e.g. peanut, rice bran, vegetable or canola)

4 whole star anise

1 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

3 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns

8 cardamom pods

½ cup Asian chilli powder*

2 tsp sea salt

Step 1

Place the oil in a saucepan over low heat.

Step 2

In a separate small frying pan, toast the star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, Sichuan peppercorns and cardamom pods over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke. Then add the spices to the warm oil. Turn the heat under the oil up to medium and wait for the spices to gently sizzle. Cook at a gentle sizzle for 4-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Place the chilli powder and salt in a heat-proof jar or bowl. Strain the oil over the chilli salt mixture. Add the bay leaves, cinnamon stick and star anise back into the oil mixture and gently stir. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight jar. Use within a year.

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– Asian chilli powder has a mixture of chilli powder and some chilli seeds. Find it an an Asian grocer.

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What our customers say

Rated 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 stars (based on 6 reviews)
Very good0%
September 26, 2022

Crack Chili Oil

I have to make a batch every month because I put this on everything. I refuse to eat my cucumber without it. I put it on everything even remotely Asian’ish or not even close… boiled potatoes, marinated chick peas, black beans LORD so good!! Even on my split pea soup!!

This recipe is your gift to the world!! God working thru you to give us the previous gift!!

Life changing – A MILLION THANK YOUS!!!!!

August 25, 2022

Excellent chilli oil recipe

Tried this recipe for Marion’s chilli oil recipe, and it is fantastic! I doubled the quantities to make a bigger batch. Easy to follow recipe, and after a month, it was ready to be used. It’s got a kick to it, but it’s also very fragrant and delicious. You can put it in anything that requires a spicy boost an Asian-style dish, or add to any soup or broth. Thanks once again, Marion!

August 24, 2022

Should have reviewed years ago

We’ve been making this for years & gifting it to loved ones. We don’t go through many meals without adding it. Easy to add other flavours too to change it slightly *chefs kiss*


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