Best Basil Oil Recipe

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Quick and easy, this bright green basil oil is perfect for drizzling over fresh vegetables, eggs, or french fries. Here’s how to make basil oil.

Happy summer! We’re up to our ears in basil (we have 4 plants this year) and wanted to share a fun, easy recipe for using up some of that basil. Pesto is an obvious choice for basil, but what about bright fluorescent green basil oil? It’s simple to put together, easier and cheaper than pesto, and darn tasty. Here’s how to make basil oil.

The basic concept is: blanch the basil by boiling it for only 1 minute. Then plunge it into ice water to stop the cooking and keep that brilliant green color. After squeezing out all the water, blend the basil with olive oil. It yields a beautiful, verdant green sauce that tastes like summer. For the full recipe, scroll down to the recipe card below!


  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Start a small pot of water to boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  2. Remove the basil leaves from the stem and wash them; measure out 1 packed cup of leaves (make sure to pack the cup full for the best flavor). Once the water is boiling, add the basil and boil for 1 minute. Immediately turn off the heat, remove the basil and plunge it into the ice bath.
  3. Once the leaves are cool, remove them from the water and squeeze out as much excess water as possible, then dry them with a paper towel. (At this point the leaves will have wilted and reduced to a very small handful.)
  4. Place the blanched basil, olive oil, salt and pepper in a blender or in the cup for an immersion blender; blend until fully combined. Taste, and add additional salt if desired. Pour into a sealable container. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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