Chili pepper oil: you can make it at home

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Chili pepper oil: you can make it at home

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Chili oil is aromatic, tasty, as spicy as you choose: use it on your dishes for a boost of originality!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Seasoning
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 Oil bottle
Calories 110 kcal


  • Bottle
  • Funnel
  • Gloves


  • 40 g Dried chilis
  • 1 l Extra virgin olive oil


  • Wear gloves.
  • Remove the stalk from the dried peppers and crumble them gently with your hands
  • Use a funnel to place them in a bottle that you will have sterilized beforehand.
  • Add the extra virgin olive oil and close the bottle tightly.
  • Store the chili oil in a cool and dark place. You will be able to enjoy it after 2 - 3 days.
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Chili oil will add spiciness to many dishes and give them an interesting edge: it’s great on pasta and main courses, but also on bruschetta and salads. It is also very easy to prepare: here are a few tips.

Chili oil: which kind of peppers shall we use?

To prepare chili oil, you can use any kind of chili peppers (as hot as you like!) provided they have been dried. You can find them off the shelf but if you grow your own chili peppers and want to use them you can dry them yourself.
Rinse the peppers under running water and dry them well. Now, you have two options:
  • Either you string them on a thread to form a necklace (making sure to separate them with knots) and then hang them in a well-ventilated place inside the house,
  • or you can arrange them on a clean cloth and put them under the sun, remembering to cover them with a dish towel and bring them inside at night.
Both methods are good but of course the latter is faster (5 - 7 days can suffice).
The peppers are dry and ready for your oil when:
  • They will have shrunken and look shrivelled.
  • They will easily crumble in your hands.

Chili oil requires extra virgin olive oil!

We know that there is no need to remind you ... but we will anyway! To obtain a good chili oil you need a strong extra virgin olive oil, possibly fruity, for a good pairing with chili.
It is important to know that good quality extra virgin olive oil will not only improve the taste of your food but will also preserve it against oxidation and alterations of flavor.
For our chili oil we used the Casolare Fruttato Intenso Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is 100% Italian, dark green and unfiltered. Its powerful structure is ideal for whoever loves strong flavors.
Characterized by a highly fruity taste and very intense aroma, it gives this condiment a unique flavor, ideal to boost any dish.
Now that you have learned the chef’s secrets you can be sure that your chilli pepper oil will be a rave!

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