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Basil Oil

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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.

This basil oil recipe is so easy to make! It's a delicious topping for many dishes, and this recipe makes a great holiday gift.

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.

Homemade basil oil is so easy to make in the blender.

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.

Basil Oil

This homemade basil oil is a delicious topping on bread.
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5 from 2 votes
This basil oil recipe is a delicious way to use up fresh summer basil from the garden.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:0 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes



  • 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 high powered blender. Add the garlic, salt, and 1/2 cup olive oil.  Process well.
  • Add the remaining 1 1/4 cups of oil to the blender 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.


Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 32
Calories: 11kcal
Cost: $.09 per tablespoon

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.)


  1. 5 stars
    Just picked my basil. Will make this oil. Also, picked our garlic (about 50 lbs) and will dry before I place in burlap to store..

  2. does that 11kcal mean 11 thousand calories for the whole batch? looks fantastic and I am going to make it right now!

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