Infused oil is a supersimple way to add new dimensions of flavor to your food. You can incorporate it into oil-based sauces and dressings, or just drizzle onto a dish to finish it. Their only downside: cost. Thankfully, you don't have to shell out a month's rent to stock your fill your cabinet with artisan-made bottles. It's easy, rewarding and cheap to make your own flavor-packed infused oils. Here's how. (P.S. They make amazing gifts.)
1. Chive Oil
This quick, zesty oil is a great way to finish a creamy spring soup like vichyssoise.
2. Herb-Infused Olive Oil
No herb is forgotten in this oil. It gets its vibrant flavor from a mix of chives, parsley, basil, rosemary and thyme.
3. Lemon Verbena Oil
Drizzle this infused oil over steamed vegetables or sautéed fish or chicken or use it to make a fragrant vinaigrette.
4. Olive-Infused Olive Oil
This is a great dual-purpose technique; the olives flavor the olive oil as they steep, and the oil in turn preserves the olives.
5. Basil Oil
There’s nothing better than this savory oil drizzled over a caprese salad.
6. Spicy Scallion Oil
This piquant oil gets its heat from red pepper flakes.
7. Mustard-Curry Oil
Curry powder, white wine and Dijon mustard flavor this complex oil.
8. Annatto Oil
Annatto seeds, also known as achiote seeds, are used throughout Latin America to add a distinctive red color to sautéed foods. This oil is an easy shortcut.