Chile oil adds pleasant heat and flavor to a dish. It can be made with vegetable oil or peanut oil too, depends on what you plan to do with the finished product. I got this recipe from my sister's friend. She owns a Thai grocery in Dijon. She told me garlic and fish sauce make its more flavorful. I reserved the deep-fried garlic for the garnish.
- 1/2 cup whole dried red chilies
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
1. Toast the chilies over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until the color changes slightly and they become fragrant. Remove from heat, and grind.
2. Heat the oil, add garlic. Cook until the garlic is golden brown, strain and discard the garlic.
3. Place the chilies into a jar, pour in the hot oil and fish sauce.