How to Make Herb Dipping Oil

Nothing starts an Italian meal off like a basket of crusty bread and a bowl of dipping oil. Plain olive oil works well, as do basic pre-made flavored oils such as garlic olive oil or lime olive oil. To truly make this appetizer your own, however, create your own herb dipping oil. This allows you to customize the oil to suit your taste by including herbs that you like in proportions you enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbs
  • Small bowl
  • Olive oil
  • Spoon
  • Plastic wrap


    • 1

      Mix together the herbs you wish to include in your dipping oil in a small bowl. Some options include oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley, marjoram. Try any other herbs you enjoy.

    • 2

      Add a small amount of olive oil to the herbs and stir well to make a thick paste. Mash the paste with a spoon for a moment to help release the herbs' flavors.

    • 3

      Pour enough olive oil into the bowl to create a dipping oil with the consistency of your choice. Stir well to blend the herbs evenly throughout the oil, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight.

    • 4

      Remove the dipping oil from the refrigerator approximately an hour before you wish to serve or consume it. This allows the oil to warm to room temperature, which it should be when served. Serve the oil with plenty of bread.

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