Easy Authentic Home-made Chili Oil

Chili Oil, the quintessential Chinese condiment. As with almost anything else, chili oil is much better home-made. Incredibly easy as well — only requiring 5 minutes of active time!

A home-made chili oil will top any store-bought chili oil by ten-fold. If you haven’t been making your own, you are seriously missing out.

Chili Oil is the perfect accompaniment of any pancake, bun, dumpling, noodles, or porridge.

Home-made Chili Oil

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by George L. Course: CondimentCuisine: ChineseDifficulty: Easy


Prep time


Cooking time



Chili oil, the quintessential Chinese condiment — the perfect accompaniment of any pancake, bun, dumpling, noodles, or porridge.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil (or other neutral oil)

  • 1 inch ginger, peeled

  • 2 cloves garlic, kept in their pods and smashed

  • 1 whole star anise

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/3 cup red chili flakes (Chinese)

  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, grounded

  • 1 teaspoon ground five-spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar (substitute: rice vinegar)


  • Using a pestle and mortar, ground up the dried red chilis and Sichuan peppercorns (if you don’t have a pestle and mortar, a food processor works as well). In a heat-safe bowl, combine star anise, bay leaf, white sesame seeds, red chili flakes, five-spice, ground Sichuan pepper, salt, and Chinese black vinegar.
  • Heat vegetable oil on medium heat along with the whole peeled ginger as well as crushed garlic, left in their pods. When the ginger and the garlic both turn golden-brown, fish them out of the oil and immediately pour oil into the prepared heat-safe bowl. Be careful as the oil will sizzle as soon as it hits the spices.
  • Let the chili oil cool completely before transferring into a mason jar, or other air-tight glass container. Store in refrigerator.

Did you make this recipe? I’d love to see your recreations!

Tag @chez.jorge on Instagram and hashtag it #chezjorge

Like this recipe? Pin it and save it for later!

Follow us @thechezjorge on Pinterest

5 3 votes
Article Rating

Leave a Reply

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
4 days ago

Ingredients list five spice (but not red chilis). Directions reference chilis but not five spice. Seems something needs edited.