Spiced Ginger-Scallion Oil

This flavorful oil tastes great as a dip, drizzled over roasted veggies, as a topping for chicken and noodles, and added to fried rice, to name just a few ideas.

Spiced Ginger-Scallion Oil
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
1 1/2 cups


  • 1 cup peanut or vegetable oil

  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed

  • 3 whole star anise

  • 3 cardamom pods, crushed

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

  • 2 bunches scallions (12 to 14 scallions total), trimmed, roughly chopped

  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger (1 oz.), peeled and sliced

  • 4 fresh Thai chiles, stemmed


To make the Scallion Oil:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine oil, garlic, star anise, cardamom, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Bring just to a simmer over medium; reduce heat to low. Gently simmer 30 minutes or until garlic is toasted and brown and oil is very fragrant.

  2. Meanwhile, in a food processor process scallions, ginger, and chiles until very finely chopped. Transfer to a medium metal bowl and add 1 tsp. salt. Set a fine-mesh sieve over bowl.

  3. When oil is done, increase heat to medium-high until sizzling. Immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Discard ingredients in sieve. Let oil cool. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 1 week or freeze up to 3 months. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

172 Calories
18g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 172
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 198mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 24.5mg 123%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 100mg 2%
Folate, total 13.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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