Need some Sichuan hot chili oil? You can make it at home, and it’s not complicated at all. I learned this from a native Sichuan chef. Easy and authentic!
3 tablespoon red chili flakes
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 cup oil
Put 2 tablespoon red chili flakes and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds into a ceramic or ceramic container, mix thoroughly.
Heat oil in pan, when the oil gets a little smoky, turn off the heat immediately.
Pour hot oil onto chili flakes and sesame seeds, stirring while pouring.
(The process is basically completed here. The following steps are optional. They are used to enhance the chili oil’s bright, red color.)
Divide remaining red chili flakes into 3 portions, each containing 1 teaspoon.
Let the oil cool a little, then add 1 teaspoon chili flakes, stir to combine.
Let the oil cool a little more, then add 1 more teaspoon chili flakes and stir to combine.
When the chili oil has cooled down to room temperature, add the remaining 1 teaspoon chili flakes and mix well.
Note: Do NOT use chili powder, fine chili powder becomes bitter when mixed with hot oil.