The fresher your chili flakes are, the more flavorful your oil will be. You may also want to use a mild-flavored olive oil (some are labeled “light tasting”) to allow the flavor of the chili flakes to shine through.
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup dried red chili flakes
- Place olive oil and chili flakes in a small saucepan. Heat together over low heat. You don’t want the oil to smoke or boil at all. The surface should just begin to shimmer. Remove from the heat and let the oil steep for an hour or so. Pour everything into a clean lidded bottle or container. Oil will keep up to 2 months.
- The oil will intensify over time.