Infuse oil

How to Infuse Oil with any flavour?

How to infuse oil with any flavour? Easy! There’s only one principle technique that you need to know, so you could infuse your oil with any flavour your heart desires. And, it’s in this post!

Today, I’ll explain the basics of oil infusion, share some extra tips/cooking hacks and give away 3 awesome ideas for flavourful oils, and an extra bonus recipe at the end.

You don’t need any fancy equipment to infuse your oils with different herbs and spices, and you do not need to spend a fortune to buy them ready-made in stores. All you need is to read this post and watch the video below to learn this vital cooking technique that Chefs and restaurants had been using for ages to satisfy your sophisticated palates. 

Now you can do it as well, no sweat!

You can watch the full video of me explaining the oil infusion technique here

Garlic infused oil

  • 165g Garlic cloves (peeled & whole)
  • 10ea fresh Bay leaves
  • 3.5g black Peppercorns
  • 1L Canola / Rapeseed oil

Ingredients, you’ll need

Directions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a sauce pot.
  2. Cover with oil.
  3. Start the oil on low heat and bring the internal temperature to 180F-212F (80C-100C).
  4. Simmer keeping this temperature for 2 min to infuse the oil, or simmer for 30 min to make confit garlic and infuse the oil.
  5. Cool down to room temperature.
  6. Strain. Keep the oil (and optionally confit garlic) for your further culinary needs.

Shrimpy Spicy infused oil

  • 10ea large Prawns (shells only)
  • 5ea fresh Bay leaves
  • 2ea fresh Chili peppers
  • 15g Chili powder
  • 1g Coriander (dry&whole)
  • 1ea Star anise
  • 1.2g black Peppercorns
  • 4ea Cloves (dry&whole)
  • 3g Cinnamon sticks
  • 1L Canola / Rapeseed oil

Ingredients

Directions

  1.  Place the washed and dried prawn shells, bay leaves, sliced chili peppers, coriander, star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon and cloves in a sauce pot.
  2. Cover with oil. 
  3. Start the oil on low heat and bring the internal temperature to 180F-212F (80C-100C).
  4. Simmer keeping this temperature for 2 min to infuse the oil.
  5. Take off the heat and add the powdered Chili (to avoid burning), mix and cool down to room temperature.
  6. Strain the oil through a cheese cloth. 
  7. Enjoy your spicy shrimpy infused oil!

Herbal lemony oil

  • 100g fresh Spinach
  • 12g fresh Mint
  • 20g fresh Lemongrass
  • 1L Canola / Rapeseed oil

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Prep all the ingredients: chiffonade herbs and Lausanne the peeled Lemongrass. 
  2. Place everything in a sauce pot.
  3. Cover with oil. 
  4. Start the oil on low heat and bring the internal temperature to 180F-212F (80C-100C).
  5. Simmer keeping this temperature for 2 min to infuse the oil.
  6. Cool down to room temperature.
  7. Strain the oil through a cheese cloth. 
  8. Enjoy your herbal lemony infused oil!
Infuse oil

BONUS recipe - Feta infused spicy smoky oil

Ingredients

  • 10ea Garlic cloves (peeled & whole)
  • 1ea Orange (peels only)
  • 4 fresh Bay leaves
  • 1ea fresh Chili
  • 2tsp  Chili powder
  • 2tsp smoked Paprika powder
  • 5ea fresh Thyme springs
  • 400g cubed Greek Feta cheese
  • 1L Olive oil
  1. Toast garlic cloves, orange peels and fresh Chili on a hot pan.
  2. Place the toasted ingredients, as well as bay leaves and thyme springs in a sauce pot.
  3. Cover everything with olive oil.
  4. Start the oil on low heat and bring the internal temperature to 180F-212F (80C-100C).
  5. Simmer keeping this temperature for 2 min to infuse the oil.
  6.  Take off the heat and add the powdered Chili and Paprika, mix.
  7. Cool down to room temperature.
  8. Pour the infused oil over the cubed Feta. 
  9. Let the oil further infuse with Feta flavours and the Feta to marinate in this flavourful oil for a day or two in the fridge (in an airtight container). 
  10. Strain the oil and keep the oil and Feta for your further culinary needs.
  11. Enjoy these 2 awesome products!

Tools, you might need for this recipe

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Stainless steel strainer
Food Digital Thermomether
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