Chile Oil

Andrea Nguyen, Asian Dumplings

Makes just over 1 cup

This can be bought prepared at Asian grocery stores, but it's very simple to make at home. It's a great way to add some flavorful heat to a dish.


  • 1/4 cup red pepper flakes or coarsely ground chiles
  • 1 c peanut oil

Put the chile flakes in a dry jar. In a small saucepan, heat the oil to 325 to 350. Pour the hot oil into the glass jar. The flakes will sizzle and swirl and then settle down. Let it cool completely before covering and then let the oil mature a couple of days before using. It will keep for months in the cupboard.

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