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Basil oil in glass mason jar with silver spoon. More basil leaves and a green towel are in the background.
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5 from 4 votes

Basil Oil

A delicious, four-ingredient basil oil to enhance your enjoyment of a summer bounty of fresh basil! It takes just about 10 minutes to mix it up and you can enjoy it with nearly any dish you can imagine. I just love dunking some of my crusty sourdough bread in it, but it's wonderful on salads and grilled veggies or stirred into pasta.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Basil oil
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 120kcal



  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (tightly packed)
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice (1 lemon approx)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon ground black pepper (or use red pepper flakes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Boil water in a saucepan. Add the basil leaves and blanch 30 seconds.
  • Quickly remove the basil leaves to an ice bath--a bowl of ice-cold water.
  • Pat the basil leaves thoroughly dry using paper towels.
  • Place the basil in a blender with the extra virgin olive oil, salt, lemon juice and ground black pepper. Blend until smooth.
  • You can serve the basil oil as is, or put it through a cheesecloth-lined strainer to get a clear green oil.


  • Serving size is 1 tablespoon. Recipe makes approximately a cup of basil oil (unstrained). After straining volume will be slightly reduced.
  • Basil oil, like most herb oils, has a very short shelf life because of botulism concerns. Use up the oil the same day or refrigerate and enjoy within 2-3 days.
  • Make sure the basil is as dry as possible before blending.
  • Drizzle the basil oil over pasta, grilled or steamed veggies, salads and vegan steaks, or use it to dunk crusty bread.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 0.05g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg