You’ll eat this crispy, spicy condiment on literally everything.
This version, unlike the original (Lao Gan Ma’s Spicy Chili Oil) does not require Sichuan pepper powder or MSG, keeping it extra pantry-friendly. Don’t be surprised if this becomes your new favorite spicy condiment, as this chili oil packs layers of flavors and textured goodies like garlic and ginger. It’s guaranteed to turn all your meals—both savory and sweet—from good to amazing (seriously, try it on frozen pizza or vanilla ice cream).
You likely have everything you need for this easy chili oil recipe in your pantry, or can easily find it; be sure to use smoked paprika. If you can’t find star anise pods, use ground anise (you can do the same with the cinnamon). And be sure to let your fried bits cool completely in the strainer so they stay crisp!