Basil Oil Recipe

This basil oil recipe will show you how to make basil infused olive oil, a technique you can use for making herb oils of any kind.

Please pay particular attention to the sterlization process for the jars. This is an important step in ensuring the long term use of your basil oil. Although the ingredients are few, please do provide extra care in following the process of the basil oil recipe.


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves


Sterilize a jar with an airtight lid by submerging the jar and the lid in a pot of water so that the water comes at least one inch over the top of the jar. Bring that water to a boil and boil the jar for at least 10 minutes. Remove the jar with tongs and dry completely before filling.

Roughly chop the basil leaves, just enough to release some of their essential oils. Combine the basil leaves and the oil in a small, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer the oil with the basil leaves to your sterilized jar and seal.

Store in the refrigerator for up to one month. Strain before using.

Important to Note:

* When you are making herb oils it is important to use an olive oil whose flavor your like a great deal, especially if you will be using your oil as a dipping sauce or a key ingredient in your recipe.

** It is very important to refrigerate your basil olive oil to keep it fresh. You should also write the date on the jar and do not use it after one month.

*** If you will be giving your basil infused olive oil as a gift you will want it to be pretty as well as delicious. Try using one of the varieties of basil plants with an interesting color such as African Blue Basil, Purple Ruffles Basil or Red Rubin Basil.

Sauce & Marinade

Here are a few more sauce and marinade recipes to consider.

Basil Dressing Flavored Mayonnaise (Basil Mango)
Parsley Basil Salad Dressing Basil Lemon Salad Dressing and Marinade
Basil Butter Classic Basil Pesto Recipe
Walnut Pesto Recipe Basil Cream Sauce
Basil Shallot Mustard Basil Paste
Presto Pesto Spinach Basil Pesto

Dried Herb Recipes

If you are looking for something to spice up your meals, you might want to give these dried herb mixes a try.

Bouquet Garni Recipe
Herbes de Provence
Pasta Blend
Vegetable Seasoning
Italian Seasoning Recipe

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