Homemade Chili Crisp - Spicy Chili Oil with Crispy Bits
Homemade Chili Crisp - Spicy Chili Oil with Crispy Bits
This homemade chili crisp recipe is easy to make, the perfect condiment for spooning over anything from vegetables to eggs, meats and more. Learn how to make chili crisp at home. It's a lot like the brands you can find in stores, but you can totally customize it.


  • 1.5 cups vegetable oil or use peanut oil
  • 2 serrano peppers rough chopped
  • 1 shallot rough chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic rough chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns or use Sichuan peppercorns
  • ¼ cup red chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika or use a Gochugaru seasoning blend, or cayenne for more heat
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce adds umami
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon msg optional - use sea salt as an alternative
  • OPTIONAL ADDITIONS for extra flavor
  • 1 3- inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 star anise pods


  1. Add the oil to a small pot along with the serrano peppers, shallot, garlic, peppercorns. Add the cinnamon stick and star anise pods, if using.
  2. Heat the oil to medium-low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the ingredients in the pot brown. It could take longer for the bits to brown and crisp depending on the size of your chopped peppers and oil temperature.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes. The flavors will infuse the oil even further.
  4. In a separate heat-proof bowl, mix together the chili flakes, paprika (or Gochugaru), soy sauce, sugar and msg.
  5. Strain the oil into the chili flake mixture. Reserve the crispy serrano-shallot-garlic bits in the strainer and set them aside for now to cool, which will allow them to fully crisp up.
  6. Pick out the cinnamon stick and star anise pods (if using), then swirl the crispy bits back into the oil.
  7. Cover and refrigerate overnight to let the flavors develop even more. Stir before serving.

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