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Sesame chili oil recipe

A quick chili oil that features sesame, Sichuan pepper, chili flakes and garlic.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chili, chili oil, Chinese chili oil, garlic chili oil, homemade chili oil, Sichuan pepper, spicy
Servings: 1 jar
Calories: 1200kcal
Author: Gitanjali


  • 150 ml sunflower oil
  • 5 tbsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves garlic minced in a garlic press
  • 1 tsp Sichuan pepper lightly crushed in a mortar and pestle
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 bay leaf


  • In a small pot, heat the sunflower oil with the star anise, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf.
  • While the oil heats put the chili flakes, Sichuan pepper, and crushed garlic in the jar where you'll be storing the oil. Mix quickly with a fork so that the ingredients blend together.
  • Once the oil is very hot but not boiling, CAREFULLY pour it onto the chili/garlic mixture. It will bubble, so be careful! But don't worry, it will soon stop.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the mixture once it has stopped bubbling. Give it a good stir with a spoon. Let it sit on the countertop until the oil has come to room temperature, then store in the fridge indefinitely!