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Basil Oil – A Couple Cooks

This bright green basil oil is quick and easy to make, perfect for drizzling over fresh vegetables, eggs, or pizza. It’s a fun alternative to pesto and takes any recipe over the top!

Basil oil on tomatoes.

Why we love this recipe

Happy summer! We’re up to our ears in basil and wanted to share a fun, easy recipe for using up some of that basil. Pesto is an obvious choice for a bounty of basil, but what about bright fluorescent green basil oil?

It’s simple to put together, easier and cheaper than pesto, and extremely tasty. Alex and I love the bright green color and how it adds an herbaceous pop to whatever you use it on. Drizzle over tomatoes, pizza, caprese salad, and more!

Basil Oil Drizzle | Basil oil uses

Process for making basil oil

The basic concept for making basil oil is to blanch the basil by boiling it for only 1 minute, then plunging it into ice water to stop the cooking. This locks in that brilliant green color.

After squeezing out all the water, blend the basil with olive oil using a blender or immersion blender. It yields a beautiful, verdant green sauce that tastes like summer.

Basil Oil Drizzle | How to make basil oil

Ways to use basil oil in recipes

To us, simple and quick “non-recipes” like this basil oil are the stuff of summer! We picked up the best heirloom tomatoes we could find and covered them in the basil oil, which was visually stunning and perfect for a patio party appetizer. Enjoy, and let us know if you try it out! Here are a few ideas for ways to use basil oil:

Dietary notes

This basil oil drizzle recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and refined sugar free.

Frequently asked questions

What type of basil is best for making basil oil?

While you can use any type of basil, sweet basil (Genovese basil) is the most common and readily available variety, known for its classic basil flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can experiment with other varieties like lemon basil or Thai basil for a unique twist.

Can I use dried basil instead of fresh basil?

Use only fresh basil for making basil oil, as it yields a more vibrant flavor and aroma.

How can I use basil oil in cooking?

It’s a great way to add a burst of basil flavor to dishes like pasta, pizza, salads, or grilled vegetables. Just be sure to add it towards the end of cooking to preserve its delicate aroma and flavor.


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This bright green basil oil is quick and easy to make, perfect for drizzling over fresh vegetables, eggs, or pizza. It’s a fun alternative to pesto and takes any recipe over the top!

  • 1 cup basil leaves, packed
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

  1. Start a small pot of water to boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water.
  2. Remove the basil leaves from the stem and wash them; measure out 1 packed cup of leaves (make sure to pack the cup full for the best flavor). Once the water is boiling, add the basil and boil for 1 minute. Immediately turn off the heat, remove the basil and plunge it into the ice bath.
  3. Once the leaves are cool, remove them from the water and squeeze out as much excess water as possible, then dry them with a paper towel. (At this point the leaves will have wilted and reduced to a very small handful.)
  4. Place the blanched basil, olive oil, salt and pepper in a blender or in the cup for an immersion blender; blend until fully combined. Taste, and add additional salt if desired. Pour into a sealable container. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week.

  • Category: Essential
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Italian


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