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Garlic-Chile Oil

  • yield: Makes 5 tablespoons


  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Step 1

    Using a chef's knife, coarsely chop garlic with red-pepper flakes. Gather into a pile; sprinkle generously with salt.

  2. Step 2

    Place flat side of knife blade on top of garlic, with sharp side of blade facing away from you; press down firmly, pulling knife toward you. Repeat until a paste forms.

  3. Step 3

    Combine in a small bowl with vegetable oil.

Everyday Food, March 2006