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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Amazing Chilli Oil


Have just made this for the first time, wow…wow!

So much better than shop bought, easy and so delicious 😋

Thank you for sharing your beautiful recipe Marion 🥰

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I’ve watched Marion’s Kitchen quite often and have tried many of her recipes, with fabulous results!!

I really trust her, and appreciate the relaxed manner in which Marion teaches a recipe!

My pantry includes chile oil, chile oil crisp. My freezer has delicious dumplings at the ready for quick entertaining! Thank you Marion!


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Simply Amazing.....


I hve made this multiple time and every one loves this other day I made marion noodles and I realized I hve no chilly oil so quickly went to store and 2 different type of chillies oil…and I regret it…I wasted my money for buying oil.from store. There is no comparison of marion chillie oil…so good. Just perfect

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