4.91 from 10 votes
Chinese Chili Oil
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
A perfect Chinese chili oil combines strong aroma and bright red color
Course: Sauce and paste
Cuisine: Sichuan
Keyword: Chili oil
Servings: 20
Calories: 22 kcal
  • 7 tablespoons red pepper flakes ,Sichuan style pepper flakes is fried before curshing
  • 1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or 1/2 cup more for adjusting
Spices (it is ok to skip some of the spices, but keep the musts)
  • 1 thumb ginger ,must
  • 2 bay leaves ,must
  • 3 star anise ,must
  • 1 bark Chinese cinnamon
  • 3 scallion whites ,must
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn ,must
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 Amomum tsao-ko ,Cao Guo
  • 3 amomum kravanh ,White Dou Kou
  1. Heat the spices in oil over the slowest fire for around 5 minutes until the scallion white becomes slightly brown and you can smell the strong aroma. Filter all the spices out and leave the oil in the pot.
  2. Place around 5 tablespoons of red pepper powder in a bowl.
  3. Re-heat the oil in the pot until slightly smoky and then pour half of the hot oil over the red pepper powder. Rest the left oil for 5 minutes.
  4. Add another 2 tablespoons of red pepper powder, 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seed and 1/4 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn in the bowl. Pour the left half oil again.
Recipe Notes

The nutrition facts is calculated based on one bottom of the oil 

Nutrition Facts
Chinese Chili Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 22 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Potassium 64mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 17%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.