How to Make Infused Olive Oil

Infused olive oil is a great way to add some extra flavor to your food. Learn How to Make Your Own Infused Olive Oil!

If you’re like me, you love cooking with infused olive oil. It’s a great way to add flavor to your dishes without using a lot of salt. Plus, it’s really easy to make your own infused oil at home. All you need is some olive oil and some herbs or spices. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to make your own infused olive oil, and I’ll share a recipe that you can use it in. So read on to learn more!

Infusing olive oil with fresh herbs is a simple way to add flavor to your cooking. There are a few different methods you can use, but the basic principle is the same: you submerge fresh herbs in olive oil and allow them to infuse for a period of time. The longer the herbs infuse, the more flavor they will impart to the oil. 



herbs in pot
Pots of Herbs on Your Porch Makes for Easy Harvesting

Which Herbs Are Best for Drying?

To dry herbs, simply hang them in an area where they will be exposed to the air. Let your herbstuffs rest overnight so that any moisture can evaporate and leave behind only their flavor!

When infused olive oil is used in cooking, the flavors of the herbs are released, adding a new dimension to your dish. Rosemary, sage, and thyme are all classic herbs that pair well with olive oil, but you can really use any herb you like. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorite!

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Rosemary, Basil, Sage, Parsley & Oregano
Herbs hanging on porch railiing
A Simple Way to Dry Herbs is to hang them with some twine

Drying your herbs doesn’t need to be complicated. Here I just used some twine and hung my herbs off the porch railing. 

Steps to Infusing Oil

Olive Oil Fusti

  • First, start with a high quality olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil will have the best flavor, but any good quality olive oil will work.
  • Next, choose your herbs. Fresh is always best, but you can also use dried herbs if necessary.
  • Once you’ve selected your herbs, gently crush or chop them to release their flavor.
Fresh Herbs & rolling pin on table
Gently Bruise Herbs to Release Flavor
  • Then, add the herbs to a clean glass jar and pour in the olive oil, making sure to completely cover the herbs.
  • Finally, seal the jar tightly and allow it to infuse for at least 24 hours before using. 

A few helpful tips:

  • Best to not wash herbs, unless necessary. Allow to dry thoroughly, if wet.
  • Bruise herbs with a rolling pin
  • Sterilize Glass Jars Prior to filling
  • Heat Oil on Low Heat
  • Use Oil within 2 months

Olive Oil in Saucepan

  • A few helpful tips:
    • Best to not wash herbs, unless necessary. Allow to dry thoroughly, if wet.
    • Bruise herbs with a rolling pin
    • Sterilize Glass Jars Prior to filling
    • Heat Oil on Low Heat
    • Use Oil within 2 months
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Garlic Oil is one of my very favorite oils

What You will Need to Infuse Olive Oil







Lemon Peels on cutting board

Infusing vinegar is another possibility. Since I had so many fresh lemons in the house, I decided to infuse the lemons with peppercorns for my vinegar. 

If you’re anything like me you love lemons! My family uses fresh lemons to make limoncello every year. 

Glass Bottles with Herbs Inside

And that’s it! infused olive oil is easy to make at home and adds a delicious touch to any dish.

My love of olive oil doesn’t stop with infusing olive oil for cooking. Did you know I have a skincare line of olive oil products, including a hand, face, and body cream made with just 4 natural ingredients? You may read more here.  

jar of body cream

Lavender Soap

Rose Bud Bath Salt


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One of my favorites is garlic-infused olive oil.  Try adding garlic olive oil to angel hair pasta with freshly grated cheese and San Marzano cherry tomatoes. It’s so simple and perfect for a fall dinner along with a Caprese salad.

bottles of olive oil with herbs inside

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The infused oil can be used in all sorts of dishes, from salads to pasta to desserts. It adds a flavorful boost that you can’t get from plain old olive oil. So why not give it a try?

With fall around the corner, you may enjoy this perfect summer-to-fall soup!

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8 Comments

  1. What a fabulous idea and post Susan. I am sure the oils are delicious.
    I will have to get David to try this.

  2. Great post, Susan! Your instructions are so clear. I definitely want to try this! Missy

  3. I love this idea. It would make such great hostess gifts or holiday gifts.

  4. What a fantastic way to use herbs all year, Susan. I’ve always wanted to know how to do this! Thanks so much for your easy-to-follow instructions. I can’t wait to make some for our home and to gift as well. Hope your week is a special one, CoCo

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