If you’ve tried chili oil, you probably already use it on everything; if you’ve never tasted it, prepare to get hooked. This easy chili oil recipe can be made with common pantry staples (or at least easy-to-obtain ingredients) like smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, vegetable oil, ginger, and garlic (copious amounts of it, in fact).
There is a lot of chopping involved, but you’re richly rewarded for your efforts, with a fragrant, spicy oil that’s full of crunchy, crispy bits of shallot and garlic—and tastes amazing on everything from fried eggs and pizza to vanilla ice cream (seriously, try it)!
Special Equipment: Along with a good sharp knife, a cutting board, and a medium saucepan, you’ll need a heat-proof bowl, a fine-mesh strainer, and some sort of jar to store your chili oil.
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