Homemade Ra-yu

This is a delicious ra-yu (spicy sesame chili oil). You can make it easily at home! (This is not for chunky ra-yu.)

Ingredients: 120 ml

Red chili pepper
15 g
Vegetable oil
100 ml
Sesame oil
20 ml
Star anise
Sichuan peppercorns
1 clove
Sliced ginger
2 slices


1. Mix the red chili peppers with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil (not listed). This is to prevent the chili peppers from getting burned when you pour the hot oil on them later.
2. Crush the garlic clove so that the flavor will be extracted easily.
3. Put the star anise, sichuan peppercorns, crushed garlic clove, sliced ginger, vegetable oil and sesame oil in a cold pan.
4. Warm the pan over a very low flame, to draw out the fragrance of the aromatic spices into the oil.
5. Heat for 10 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic and ginger.
6. After 10 minutes, strain the oil through a sieve onto the chili peppers from Step 1. Mix well while the oil is still hot.
7. Leave the oil as is until cool. The ra-yu is done when the oil is cool, but if you leave it to mature for 2 days or so it will be even tastier.
8. For a chunky ra-yu, see Recipe ID: 1109359.

Story Behind this Recipe

Ra-yu is expensive if you buy it, but the homemade version is delicious and inexpensive!