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Lemon Basil Oil
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
22 mins
A delicious condiment bursting with the summery flavors of fresh basil and lemon. This Lemon Basil Oil is delightful for dipping and drizzling.
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Servings: 108 1-teaspoon servings
Calories: 36 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 cups fresh basil tightly packed
  • finely grated zest from 3 medium lemons
  • 1 cup sunflower oil or other neutral flavored oil
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  1. Bring a medium size pot of water to a boil. Add basil leaves and cook for 30 seconds. Quickly drain basil and rinse with cold water to stop cooking process.
  2. Wring as much water as you can out of the basil by squeezing it in your hand, then wrap basil in several thickness of paper towels and squeeze again.
  3. Add basil, lemon zest and sunflower oil to a blender container and blend for 1 minute until mixture is finely pureed.
  4. Pour mixture into a small saucepan and add olive oil. Heat on medium high heat for 1-2 minutes, just until mixture begins to bubble slightly at the edges. Do not boil!
  5. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer (the finer, the better) into a jar or storage container.
  6. Store in refrigerator for 1-2 weeks or freeze in small containers for 3-4 months.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Basil Oil
Amount Per Serving
Calories 36 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Potassium 1mg0%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.