Chili Garlic Oil

"How to make CHILI GARLIC OIL (Sa Tế Ớt Tỏi)? I think you guys have been asking me for this chili garlic oil recipe ever since i first posted on IG! And I finally got around to it now, more than a year later ? that's some master level procastination for ya ? I always have a big jar or two sitting in the fridge. A spoon of this umami yumminess makes everything so much tastier!! I put it in soup, stir fry, noodles, stew, fried rice, all kind of sauce, grilled meat and seafood... This lasts in the fridge for a long while so make a big batch! I use my little kitchenaid chopper to mince everything!"
-- @the.colors.of.yum

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The perfect condiment for any dish! Make your own umami-filled Garlic Chili Oil to enjoy!
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  • 1 cup minced garlic
  • 6 medium shallots, minced
  • 1/2 cup bird's eye chilies, minced
  • 1/3 cup Thai chili powder (Maesri brand, fine ground)
  • 1 + 1/4 cup flavorless oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar or honey (I use sugar in the raw)
  • 1 tablespoon premium fish sauce or tamari (I use red boat brand)


  • Step 1

    Heat oil over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in minced shallots and stir well. Add in minced garlic. Slowly and constantly stir the mixture so it's cooked evenly.

  • Step 2

    When garlic and shallot are somewhat caramelized and turn slightly golden, lower the heat and add in minced chilies. Cook for 2 mins.

  • Step 3

    Turn heat to the lowest setting and add in chili powder, sugar and fish sauce. Stir to combine. Cook for 1 min or until the mixture slightly thickens, then turn off heat.

  • Step 4

    Let rest in the pan until the mixture is completely cool. Transfer to a clean glass jar. Store in the fridge.