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Charred Habanero Oil

June 27, 2018
3 Ratings
Photo by Rocky Luten
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 cup
Author Notes

Habanero peppers are known for being very spicy, but they also have a subtle fruity flavor. Charring the habaneros adds an extra layer of flavor and depth. This simple condiment can be used on anything from fish to steak to eggs to pizza. It will last in your refrigerator for months. Sometimes, the only difference between decent food and delicious food is a good condiment.

Feel free to use any spicy pepper instead of the habaneros. Experiment with different peppers and decide which pepper has your favorite flavor. —Josh Cohen

What You'll Need
  • 4 ounces habanero peppers
  • 1 cup neutral oil (canola or grape seed)
  1. Remove the stem from the habaneros. Slice the habaneros in half and remove the seeds. You don't need to be perfect here, if one or two little seeds are still left, that's fine.
  2. Place the halved habaneros on a rimmed baking sheet, skin side facing up. Broil the peppers until the outsides of the peppers are black and charred.
  3. Transfer the peppers to a blender. Add the oil. Blend until the peppers are pulverized. Transfer the charred habanero oil to an airtight container, and store in the fridge. Use a few drops on your favorite foods. Enjoy!

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  • Sarah O
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3 Reviews

Sarah O. July 24, 2018
Could I make this using dried habaneros? I’ve had some laying around for a long time that I’ve been meaning to find a purpose for!
Josh C. July 28, 2018
Hi Sarah O, I do not think you should make this recipe using dried habaneros. The fresh habaneros are charred, which adds a nice flavor, and I don't think you can char the dried habaneros in the same way. I'm sure you could make an interesting condiment using dried habaneros, but you would need a different recipe.
Ruth A. July 23, 2018