Garlic-Infused Oil and Dipping Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

This recipe is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse. Serve this sauce with a hot, crusty loaf of Italian or French bread, sliced. It's delicious!


  1. To make the garlic oil, in a small saucepan, gently heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and cook until it is fragrant but not colored, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. Cover and let steep for 1 hour.
  5. Strain into a sterilized bottle or jar and discard the garlic.
  6. Use within 24 hours. (Or store in a sterilized container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.)
  7. To make the dipping sauce, place the oil at room temperature in a shallow bowl or decorative plate.
  8. Swirl a drizzle of balsamic decoratively into the center.
  9. Sprinkle with the pepper flakes, salt, and ground black pepper, and top with a light coating of cheese.
  10. ***Cook time does not include letting the oil steep for 1 hour.


Most Helpful

I needed some garlic infused olive oil for a recipe so decided to use your method. It turned out perfect and my house smelled of garlic heaven. I promise to try the complete dipping sauce sometime soon.

DDW June 30, 2008

Soooo good. I added a handful of fresh basil. We then put the used garlic on some steaks for grilling. Wonderful. You need to use a good quality olive oil. Delicious!

aaquwaa March 31, 2008

DH and i enjoyed it with some crusty french loaf. Thanks.

Marmee-of-3 October 17, 2007

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