Recipe: Garlic and Lemon Oil

Garlic and Lemon Olive Oil, Courtesy:
Garlic and Lemon Olive Oil, Courtesy:

Instead of spending your money on fancy flavored oils, why not make your own?

12 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 cups extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons
2 pinches of red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. kosher salt




  1. Place the garlic in a small saucepan with the olive oil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. With a vegetable peeler, cut large strips of zest from each lemon and add it to the garlic oil.
  3. Add the red pepper flakes and salt and allow the oil to sit at room temperature until the flavors are infused.
  4. Store the oil in the refrigerator.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • As an alternative to lemon, you could instead use orange or grapefruit.

Yield: 2 cups

Source:, courtesy: Ina Garten, Show: Barefoot Contessa, Episode: Market Day



3 thoughts on “Recipe: Garlic and Lemon Oil

  1. Sophie - cookingtrips January 31, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Nancy, it’s funny because I use this recipe myself, but I do the thinking the other way around, that is to say that I make this preparation in order to eat the garlic as a tapas (after a few weeks marinating it becomes preserved garlic), and when we’re done eating the garlic, as I try to avoid any type of waste, I use the flavored oil for salads etc!


    • Nancy at Food Mingle Blog February 1, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Hi Sophie – I love that idea – what a great way to minimize waste! I would imagine that those garlic tapas are wonderful! Thanks for sharing that tip with us. – Nancy

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