Hainnanese Ginger-Scallion Oil Recipe

Hainnanese Ginger-Scallion Oil Recipe

[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

  • Yield:makes about 2 cups
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:10 minutes


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups sliced scallions (about 24 scallions)
  • 2-inch knob of ginger, grated on the medium holes of a box grater


  1. 1.

    Heat vegetable oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering (a scingle scallion dropped into it should sizzle immediately. Meanwhile, combine scallions and ginger in a medium bowl and season well with salt. When oil is hot, pour over scallions and ginger. It should sizzle for a few seconds. Allow to cool.

  2. 2.

    Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Serve with grilled meats, boiled chicken, on top of rice, or with anything else you'd like.