There are numerous uses for basil oil! Prepared with the simplest of ingredients, in just minutes you’ll have an aromatic flavor that will enhance your already-prepared dishes.
Basil oil is one of those things that makes everything better. Drizzle over avocado toast, toss in soup, or drizzle over anything you like to add a touch of color and flavor. Unlike pesto, it’s vegan and nut-free.
We used to (our catering days) make a more complicated version of this, which I share in the recipe notes, but these days, out of laziness, I just toss everything in the food processor and puree. Dead easy. I usually make a double batch — in fact, I have some of this Grilled Broccolini with Buratta in the fridge right now, and so far I’ve used it on our eggs, on turkey sandwiches, and over halibut. A five-minute recipe with great success!
Ingredients in basil oil
- Basil- Sure, but if I’m low on basil, I add flat-leaf parsley as well if I need to.
- olive oil – Use a drink that is not too bitter. If you are sensitive to bitterness, it may affect the taste.
- Fresh clove of garlic– adds a little flavor boost.
- lemon juice– a hint of acidity is nice here, plus I feel like it keeps it bright green as a result.
- salt pepper and optional chilli flakes.
How to make basil oil
Simply add basil, olive oil, and garlic to a food processor or blender and blend until well combined but not too smooth. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, a generous pinch of salt and pepper, and chilli flakes to taste. Pulse again.
Storing Your Basil Oil
Store basil oil in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. Basil oil can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen. Pour a thin layer of lemon juice or olive oil on top when freezing to keep the basil oil bright green.
Ways to use basil oil
- Mix into salads – grain salads, bean salads, pasta salads!
- Drizzle basil oil over eggs or avocado toast.
- Drizzle over lasagna or pasta for color and flavor.
- Add to sandwiches and wraps.
- Drizzle over roasted or grilled vegetables, goes well with fish.
- Toss in soups or risotto.
You can also use it as a base for grilled vegetables, fish or meat, or even a caprese salad, spreading the ingredients over it.
On the home front: It’s been a while since I checked in. We’re spending the summer here in Spokane and we’re in great spirits. I enjoyed gardening, weeding and planting and just getting my hands in the dirt. it feels so good This year I mainly planted herbs. Our puppy Lumi has now grown into a full-fledged dog. He is still sweet but can be argumentative at times. There lives a mommy skunk under our shed that Lumi spotted a few nights ago as I was about to go to bed. That was fun. 😉
Whip up some basil oil and please let us know how you use it – we always love to hear about your creations – xo
There are numerous uses for basil oil! Made from the simplest of ingredients; With fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper, you get an aromatic seasoning in just a few minutes that refines your already prepared dishes. Vegan, nut free, gluten free.
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor and grind until combined. Taste and season with salt, pepper and lemon. Alternatively, you can chop it up in a blender, but the amount is so small it can be difficult to get the blender going. So when I use the blender, I usually double the amount.
- Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. Or freeze with a thin layer of olive oil or lemon juice to keep the color from changing.
For a clear basil-infused oil: blanch basil leaves in boiling salted water for 30 seconds, cool under cold water and pat dry. Blend only with the oil, pulsating, not too smooth. Let the mixture sit for a few hours or overnight, then drain and discard any solids. You will get a clear emerald green oil that you can season with salt and a little lemon juice.
- Serving size: 1 tablespoon
- Calories: 102
- Sugar: 0.6g
- Sodium: 59.4 mg
- Fat: 11.3g
- Saturated Fatty Acids: 1.6g
- Carbohydrates: 1.9g
- Fiber: 0.1g
- Protein: 0.2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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