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This basil oil recipe is a delicious, versatile condiment that can be used to flavor bread, fish, meat, or vegetables. It makes a great homemade gift, too.
Basil is plentiful this time of year, and I have an abundance of it in my garden and my farm share. I love to make lots of pesto to store in the freezer and enjoy throughout the winter.
I recently tasted a restaurant appetizer that inspired me to branch out a bit. After one bite of basil oil drizzled on flatbread, I knew I wanted to recreate this flavorful dish at home.
To make this basil-infused oil, you simply blend the ingredients in a high powered blender and store it in the refrigerator. I like to blanch the basil leaves in boiling water before blending in order to preserve the bright color.
This homemade basil oil recipe can be served with bread, or try it as a flavorful sauce over pasta, fish, meat, grilled vegetables, or salad. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week, and you can also freeze it for future use. If you have a cabinet that isn’t too warm, you can also store this at room temperature.
Try my peach tomato basil salad for another delicious way to use up basil from the garden.
- 2 cups basil leaves loosely packed
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 1 3/4 cups olive oil divided
- 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
- Blanch the basil leaves in boiling water for 10 seconds. Drain the basil and transfer it to a bowl of cold water.
- Drain the basil again and place it in a food processor. Add the garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil. Process well.
- Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of oil to the food processor and pulse to combine. Scrape down the sides if needed.
- Store the basil oil in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Basil Oil Recipe Price Breakdown
This oil costs $3.01 to make and it yields about 2 cups. Basil oil is a delicious flavoring for many different meals, and it also makes a great gift.
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(Note: The images in this post were updated in 2018.)