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Ultimate 5-minute chili oil

This is the ultimate and easiest 5-minute chili oil that you can quickly make. It's definitely a delicious serving partner for fried rice, noodles, dumplings or toast!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: chilioil
Author: woonheng


  • 2 tablespoons dried minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
  • ½ cup gochugaru Korean chili flakes
  • ½ cup dried chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • cup of cooking oil* see notes


  • Place the dried ingredients in a large heat-proof bowl in this order - garlic, shallot, 2 types of chili flakes. Then, add sugar, salt, and soy sauce.
  • Meanwhile, place the oil in a tall small saucepan and heat to 360°F - 370°F (182°C -187°C).
  • Carefully pour to the chili ingredients. Hot oil will scald.
  • Using a long spatula or a pair of chopsticks, stir the ingredients with hot oil until dry chili flakes can be seen.
  • Once cooled, the chili flakes will settle at the bottom and you'll get a layer of oil at the top.
  • Store in a jar for future use or serve right away.



  • Note that I like more chili flakes than oil. If you prefer more oil, please use 2 cups instead.
  • Oil - Yes, you can use flavored oil such as adding bay leaf, star anise, or cinnamon stick when heating the oil. 
  • Don't forget to check my Cooking Tips above.