Chilli oil

Neven Maguire's fiery flavoured oil is quicker to make at home than to buy and the ingredients are probably in your storecupboard already
Chilli oil
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  • Serves: makes 225ml
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 225 ml olive oil

Tips and Suggestions

To make more chilli oil, simply double or triple the quantities accordingly, however flavoured oils tend to be best made in small quantities and used quickly to prevent deterioration.


1. Put the chillies and oil in a saucepan and warm gently for about 5 minutes to allow the flavours to infuse. Set aside to cool completely.

2. Transfer the mixture to a sterilized glass bottle, seal and store. Use within 2 months of opening. You can use the infused oil in vinaigrette or simply drizzled over a tomato salad with a splash of balsamic vinegar. It is also excellent as an ingredient in marinade for chicken, fish or Mediterranean vegetables.

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