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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.


Homemade Chilli Oil

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.

  • Notes

    – 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

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Corinne R.
July 26, 2023


Marion makes Asian Cuisine look easy and uses ingredients that for the most part are easy to get.

March 14, 2023

The best flavour!

I have to admit I tried one other recipe but it definitely did not turn out anywhere near as good as this recipe. So I’ve been making this chili oil almost since it was first posted. The flavour is dynamite and the fragrance is divine. We use it on so many different things: noodle dishes, dumplings, soups, our nourish bowls, the possibilities are endless. LOVE IT. Thank you so much for sharing this really easy and utterly delicious recipe.

February 1, 2023

Great job

Thanks for your information and cooking advice on Asian food keep good work

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