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how to make basil oil!

Basil Oil Recipe


You’ll find a multitude of uses for Basil Oil! Made with the simplest of ingredients; fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper,  in just a few minutes, you’ll have a flavorful condiment to elevate dishes you are already making. Vegan, nut-free, gluten-free.


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup mild olive oil, more to desired consistency
  • 1 garlic clove- if you love garlic, add two.
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper more to taste
  • Optional: red pepper flakes or Aleppo Chili flakes


  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until blended. Alternatively, you can pulse this in a blender, but it’s such a small amount it may be hard to get the blender going- so if using the blender, I usually make a double batch.
  2. Taste and adjust salt, pepper and lemon to taste. Add chili flakes if you like. 
  3. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to a week. Or freeze with a thin layer of olive oil or lemon juice over the top, to prevent the color from turning.


For a clear basil-infused oil ( vibrant green) blanch basil leaves in salted boiling water for 30 seconds, cool under cold water, pat dry. Blend with just the oil, pulsing, but not too smooth. Let this sit for a few hours or overnight fo best color, then strain, removing all the solids. You will have a clear emerald green oil that you can season with salt and little lemon juice.


  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 0.6 g
  • Sodium: 59.4 mg
  • Fat: 11.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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