Burnt Garlic-Sesame-Chili Oil for Ramen Recipe

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Recipe Details

Burnt Garlic-Sesame-Chili Oil for Ramen Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 15 mins
Serves 16 servings
Makes 1 cup


  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil

  • 12 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tablespoons)

  • 1/4 cup roasted sesame oil

  • 2 red Thai bird chiles, finely minced

  • 6 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Kosher salt


  1. Combine canola oil and 10 cloves minced garlic in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until it starts to brown. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until garlic turns completely black, about 10 minutes (garlic will become very sticky in the process).

  2. Transfer mixture to a heat-proof bowl and add sesame oil. Transfer to a blender and blend on high speed until completely pulverized, about 30 seconds. Return mixture to saucepan and add chilies and remaining garlic. Cook gently over low heat until chilies and fresh garlic begins to bubble. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  3. Grind sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle or a food processor until roughly ground but some large pieces still remain. Stir sesame seeds and sugar into oil mixture. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a sealable container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
82 Calories
8g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 82
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 27mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)