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!

5 Star Foodie 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...