Save Recipe Print
Total:
10 min
Prep:
10 min
Yield:
1 cup
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Directions

In a small bowl, combine 1 cup ice cubes with 1 cup water. Set it aside.

Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the basil leaves all at once, stirring to make sure they are submerged, and cook for 10 seconds. Immediately transfer them, using a slotted spoon, to the ice bath. Once they have cooled, remove the basil leaves and set them on paper towels. Squeeze the paper towels gently but firmly in your hands to absorb as much liquid as possible.

Pour the oil into a blender, add teaspoon salt and mix on high speed. While the machine is running, add half the basil leaves and process briefly. Then add the remaining basil and puree it (doing this in batches prevents bruising the leaves and keeps the color intact). Transfer the basil oil to a small container, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week. (If you like, strain the oil through a fine-mesh sieve.)

Photograph by Anna Williams

Get the Recipe

Over-the-Top Snickers Dessert

Get that classic Snickers flavor in every bite of this over-the-top pie.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Basil Pesto

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Oil and Vinegar Slaw

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Potato Basil Puree

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

Simple Broiled Flank Steak with Herb Oil

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bruschetta

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Browse Reviews By Keyword