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White bowl of bread dipping oil. Slices of bread are on the plate beside the oil.

Easy Bread Dipping Oil

This garlicky dipping oil goes great with slices of crusty bread.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced minced
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Dried basil
  • Salt
  • Sliced Bread


  • balsamic vinegar
  • freshly chopped herbs
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese


  1. Mix the olive oil and garlic in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Add a pinch of red pepper flakes and dried basil. Transfer to a small serving bowl(s). Sprinkle generously with Kosher salt. Add additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
  2. Optional: Drizzle the oil with balsamic vinegar, about 1 teaspoon. And/or top with freshly chopped herbs and grated parmesan cheese.

  3. Serve with sliced bread. Dipping oil should be served right away. Throw away oil if it's left at room temperature for more than two hours.

    Store leftover oil in the refrigerator for no longer than overnight. Raw garlic and olive oil can harbor botulism and should be thrown away after a day.

Recipe Notes

Storage Note:

This oil is unsafe to bottle and store. Raw garlic and oil can harbor botulism. Make this oil, enjoy it, and then throw it away.