Dip or drizzle; this simple, quick, and flavorful basil garlic olive oil is guaranteed to take your food to the next level. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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This oil is easy to make and takes no time at all. I’m sure it will become a staple in your house because it’s so incredibly flavorful and oh so versatile. I highly recommend giving it a shot if you have some extra basil lying around from your garden or leftover from another recipe. It can be used as a dip for bread or simply be drizzled on pasta, soup, salad, meat, etc.
Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)
- Extra-virgin olive oil: Since it is a prominent ingredient, it’s best to use a high-quality olive oil if you can.
- Fresh basil leaves
- Red pepper flakes: Feel free to leave them out if you don’t like the added spice.
- Black pepper
How do you make basil garlic olive oil?
It’s pretty much impossible to mess up, so I’m confident just about anyone can make it. Just add the extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil (washed and destemmed), garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to a food processor or blender, pulse until smooth, and voila!
Basil oil is best served immediately but may be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. If refrigerated, it should be brought to room temp prior to use. It can also be frozen for future use. Simply pour the oil mixture into an ice cube tray and stick it in the freezer overnight. Remove cubes from the tray and store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to 12 months.
How to use basil oil:
Here are just a handful of ideas:
- As a dip for sliced bread, breadsticks, or these garlic Parmesan bread bites.
- Drizzled over veggies or a salad.
- Tossed with pasta.
- Drizzled over soup like this creamy tomato soup.
- As a marinade for chicken or shrimp.
If you make this basil oil I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light and happy cooking ya’ll ♥
Dip or drizzle; this simple, quick, and flavorful basil oil is guaranteed to take your food to the next level. Naturally vegan and gluten-free.
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, packed
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Add basil, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper to food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Add olive oil and pulse until well combined. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to three days. Bring to room temp prior to use.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc