For Soft Herbs like Basil, Cilantro, and Parsley:

  • 2 cups pure olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh herb leaves, stems removed

For Woody Herbs like Rosemary, Winter Savory, and Thyme:

  • 2 cups pure olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh herb leaves, stems removed


  1. Add herb leaves and oil to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  2. Add mixture to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 45 seconds.
  3. Strain into a bowl through a fine mesh strainer or chinois without pushing down on the mixture.
  4. Strain again through a paper coffee filter into a medium-sized bowl. Let the filtered oil settle for a few hours, then pour it off the dark liquid in the bottom of the bowl, if there is any.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and use within 1 week.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Flavored Oil
  • Method: Stovetop]

Recipe Created by Foodal

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How to Infuse Olive Oil with Basil and Other Herbs – Flavored Oils

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