4/6/10

How to make chili oil at home

A few days ago I was working out at my apartment's little gym and watching Bobby Flay. I know some people think that he's arrogant (some would use stronger words than that), but I really like him and his show. As part of the show, he made chili oil, which I thought was a brilliant idea!

Here is my chili oil using dried de Arbol peppers from a sample of dried peppers I received from Marx Food in Seattle.
Ingredients
6 dried de Arbol peppers
1 cup vegetable oil


Directions
1. In a hot cast iron skillet toast the peppers until they become aromatic.
2. Let the peppers cool a bit, then cut off the tops and remove all the seeds.
3. In a blender puree the peppers with the oil.


4. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, discarding the remaining bits of the dried peppers.


5. Pour the rest of the "clean" oil into a jar or a bottle. Keep in the refrigerator.



I haven't used this oil yet, but it looks and smells divine! I think it would be good drizzled on salads or added to stirfrys or as part of a marinade for beef or chicken.
How would you use this chili oil?

14 comments:

Chow and Chatter said...

this is awesome i work for The Great American Spice Co. and am writing a blog post on chillis could I feature your recipe and link to you?
rebeccasubbiah at yahoo dot com

Rebecca

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

I bet it does smell divine! Great post - and while Bobby seems to come off as arrogant to some people I tend to think he's NOT. I love him!

YukiAme said...

It tastes very good, I've done it, but in a much easier way: you just have to put the peppers into a bottle with olive oil and in a few days or so you have aromatic olive oil and indeed it's great in salads :)

♥peachkins♥ said...

It looks so great for cooking...

Veggie Belly said...

I love chili oil, and im so glad to see this recipe! love the step by step pictures. thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

Awesome homemade chili oil, sounds nice and spicy!

nicole said...

this looks absolutely delicious!
when you try it out, let us know how spicy it is!

K said...

Yum, looks good! I like chili oil on top of Asian noodle-based dishes (hot or cold), or mixed in as part of a dipping sauce. Hope you get good use out of the oil!

Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog said...

I was just watching a food program that used lot of chili oil...I don’t know the spicy-power of this one ;)

Cheers,

Gera

grace said...

what a great idea! what would i use this on? EVERYTHING! within reason, of course. :)

Irina said...

I would try adding it to fried rice. I bet sesame chili oil would be great for that.

Megan said...

Your pictures are so gorgeous. I can't believe how clear and perfect the final product is. I'm kind of a wimp, so I'm trying to think of other kinds of oil I could make. The chili oil looks really pretty, but it might be too spicy for me. A small splash here and there would probably liven up just about anything though!

tigerfish said...

I usually associate Chinese (Szechuan) cuisine with this oil. Use it with Szechuan peppercorn and go *numb* ;p

BlueToYou said...

that's a pretty neat idea. i never think of making oils...