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Chile Oil

Serrano peppers are slightly pointed and very hot. They are often used in guacamole and salsa and can also spice up a stir-fry.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 Serrano chiles, sliced diagonally
  • 3 sprigs oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander seeds

Directions

  1. Step 1

    In a small saucepan, combine canola oil, 2 serrano chiles, 2 sprigs oregano, and coriander seeds. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Strain oil into a bottle; discard solids. Add another whole serrano chile and oregano sprig to the oil for garnish. The chile oil can be stored, refrigerated, for a few days; if the oil becomes cloudy, discard immediately.

Source
Everyday Food, July/August 2003