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Garlic Oil

If you have ever wondered why Chinese restaurants always serve the BEST garlic recipes, that is because of their secret garlic oil that makes everything taste delicious! Savory, delicious, and packed with umami flavor, my secret garlic oil is a staple family condiment that I have ready to go in the fridge at all times! PLUS, this is perfect for those that love garlic but hate peeling garlic every time they cook! You NEED to make this garlic oil and drizzle it on top of your vegetables.
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese
Keyword: 20 Minute Recipes, Asian Food, Asian Recipe Easy, Asian Recipes, Asian Recipes for Dinner, Authentic asian recipes, Chili Oil, Chinese Food, condiments, dinner Ideas, Easy, Easy Recipes, GARLIC RECIPE, Healthy, Healthy Asian Recipes, QUICK RECIPES, Staple Recipes, Taiwanese Food, Taiwanese Recipes, VEGETARIAN, Vegetarian Recipes
Yield: 5 Cups


  • 1 lb of Garlic - peeled and top chopped off
  • 3 shallots peeled
  • 4 cups of oil grapeseed oil is my personal favorite
  • 3 Thai red chili optional
  • 1 tbsp of Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Vegetarian Oyster Sauce
  • 0,5 tbsp of Salt
  • 1 tbsp of Chicken Powder optional


  • Add garlic and shallots into a food processor, and process until minced.
  • Wash and rinse HALF of the garlic mixture in cold water, and press out all the excess water. This step will prevent the garlic from burning.
  • Add oil and garlic to a pot, and turn the heat to medium. Once it started slowly sizzling, fry for 7-8 minutes.
  • Keep an eye out, and keep stirring to prevent the garlic from sticking to the bottom and burning.
  • Turn the heat off, and add in chopped red chili, the rest of the garlic, sugar, vegetarian oyster sauce, salt, and chicken powder.
  • Turn the heat back up to medium-low, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Store it in a jar, and once it cools down, you can store it in the fridge for one month


There are so many recipes you can make with this garlic oil. For example, drizzle the garlic oil and soy on your eggs, and enjoy it with rice for the perfect breakfast. Or steam any vegetable of your choice, such as bok choy, spinach, and cabbage, and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of garlic oil for an easy, healthy, and quick dinner! Or my personal favorite, wrap enoki mushroom with the garlic oil in tinfoil and bake at 380F for 10-15 minutes or until soft for Chinese bbq style baked enoki mushroom. When mixed with soy sauce, the garlic oil also makes the perfect hot pot of dumpling dipping sauc