Rosemary and Garlic Infused Olive Oil

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There are two things I mostly use in my savory dishes.. Fresh Herbs and Garlic.

My cooking starts with smashing, peeling and chopping some fresh garlic and ends with some handful of fresh herbs sprinkled for garnish and color. It amazes me that how just a hint of something can lift a dish to a whole new level.

There are some dishes where you don’t even need to add those garlic or herbs.. just infusing the oil with these ingredients can fill the dish with so much flavor. You can use them for pasta, salad, flavored rice dish or even bread.

The choice is really endless!

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I was ignorant about storing infused oil. I had absolutely no idea that it was possible until I came across some amazing pictures of infused oil. They looks so pretty and glossy that I had to try it !

When it comes to infusing oil, there are a few basics. I would recommend that you to do some reading on the ingredients and oil you are planning to use. After doing some reading, I learned that you should use light or flavorless oil. Also, for some herbs, you can use them fresh whereas for others, you need to use them dried.

Like in my case I used garlic and had to take some precaution related to that, like discard the garlic, heat the oil, and do not store the garlic in the bottle. 

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There is cold infusion and hot infusion and for most of the ingredients, you can use either. In case of cold infusion, you just pour the oil and the flavoring elements in a air tight jar and leave it in the room temperature for few hours. This method will take some time for the oil to get flavorful.

As I was using garlic I had to choose the hot infusion method. There is no exact science on what ratio you should be using for the ingredients, absolutely up to you! 

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Making flavorful oil is super easy and you can use them in marinade, bread-crumb toppings, stuffing, sauces, like I said before.. endless choices.

It not only adds flavor but also provides a visual appeal. 

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Rosemary and Garlic Infused Olive Oil


  • 4 to 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups olive oil, I used extra virgin


  1. Wash the rosemary springs and dry them completely.
  2. Pour the oil in a saucepan and bring to heat. It should take about 2 minutes. Make sure that you do not boil it.
  3. Now add the crushed garlic or minced garlic and let it cook for about 2 to 3 minutes in medium heat
  4. Switch off the heat and add rosemary to the oil.
  5. Let it cool completely.
  6. Use a clean dry bottle to store the oil . You can either strain the oil or leave the herbs in. It's extremely important to discard the garlic.
  7. You need to refrigerate this infused oil as we used garlic.
  8. Enjoy your infused oil!
  9. Please note:


Storage: Any infused oil should't be stored for too long. Specially if you using garlic.Couldn't find on the internet an exact storage duration. I would say make in small quantity and don't store more than 2 to 3 weeks max and that is what I have been following.

Precautions: When infusing oils, please be aware of the dangers of botulism. Here are some helpful links with more information:

Common Foodborne Pathogens: Clostridium botulinum

Heating Kills Botulism for Infused Oils



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  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    Jeno @ Week Nite Meals
    July 11, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Oh thank you Kankana so much for sharing this! I am a huge garlic lover, there’s always smashing and chopping garlic at every meal preparation. For some reason infusing herb and garlic in oil has never even crossed my mind, maybe it’s not something I grew up with, but your photos looks so amazing, this is a must try in the near future!

  • Miriam
    July 11, 2011 at 11:28 PM

    wow…that does look divine…must be so full of flavour..something like this must just make even a simple salad special….the rosemary you used looks so fresh n’ beautiful…:)

  • a spoonful of yumm
    a spoonful of yumm
    July 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM

    this is something different and unique . love the styling you’ve done :)thanks for the info 😉

  • Priya Sreeram
    Priya Sreeram
    July 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    lovely post kankana !

  • Shumaila
    July 12, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    This is such a great idea kankana! Thanks for sharing!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie
    Maria @ Scandifoodie
    July 12, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    I love rosemary and love using it with olive oil. This is fabulous!

  • Maris(In Good Taste)
    Maris(In Good Taste)
    July 12, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    This is very interesting and informative. The pictures are very lovely

  • purabi naha
    purabi naha
    July 12, 2011 at 1:50 AM

    I have heard of this infusion but never tried it myself. Great photography once again kankana! And yes, congrats on being featured at Top 9 in Foodbuzz for the Aam Dal recipe!

  • Rosa
    July 12, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    A great idea! That oil must be divinely fragrant. Perfect with fresh homemade bread.



  • nisha
    July 12, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    i love herb infused oils…but im too lazy to make them and take the easy option of just buying them 🙂
    dont olive oils make pretty pictures 🙂

  • sayantani
    July 12, 2011 at 3:25 AM

    beautiful beautiful….beeeeautiful clicks. now let me read the rest of the post.

  • Sissi
    July 12, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Rosemary and garlic combination must give a wonderful taste to oil. The only thing I infuse in oil are chili peppers, but I noticed that bringing the oil to boil is the only way to stop the oil from going mouldy.

  • daksha
    July 12, 2011 at 4:19 AM

    Never try before try some time nice click:).

  • mutfak gazetesi
    mutfak gazetesi
    July 12, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    It looks great. I love it a lot

  • Joanne
    July 12, 2011 at 5:04 AM

    I adore infused olive oils and this flavor sounds so delicious!

  • Maureen
    July 12, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    I love infused oils and don’t know what I did before I made them (or bought them) I like basil oil too. Great photos!

  • Sarmistha
    July 12, 2011 at 6:26 AM

    rosemary and garlic infused olive oil works wonder on a pc of french baguette.Love the way you have pictured and presented it.

  • Priya Mahadevan
    Priya Mahadevan
    July 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    I have been toying with this idea too since i am growing my own herbs – now you have convinced me to go headlong 🙂 beautiful pictures 🙂

  • Jessica
    July 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    I’m so glad I found your blog! You have beautiful recipes and delicious dishes! I always wondered why people don’t infuse olive oil more often. The possibilities definitely are endless. Love your rosemary and garlic olive oil!

  • Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    Radhika @ foodfor7stages
    July 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Rosemary and garlic are two gorgeous ingredients. They should make the oil smell divine.

    Love the picture with olive oil and bread.

  • Gopika
    July 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    This is an awesome idea.. Woww.. I have to try this.. Hats off! 🙂

  • Juliana
    July 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Love the infused oil although never tried to make them…thanks for the tips and will sure try it since I have all the ingredients handy. Beautiful pictures.
    Hope you are having a great week Kankana 🙂

  • Kim Beaulieu
    Kim Beaulieu
    July 12, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    This is just amazing. I am bookmarking so I can make it. Love infused oils.

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    July 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    I love rosemary.This is a perfect oil for to rub on my lamb chops 🙂 Looks pretty.You have captured the process of infusing oil with flavors very well!

  • lisaiscooking
    July 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Garlic and rosemary oil sounds delicious. I used to always have a bottle of chile infused oil that I used and re-made constantly. I need to start doing this again!

  • Kiran @
    Kiran @
    July 12, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Thanks for sharing this post on infused oils Kankana. Never knew the danger of not discarding garlic in these kinds of recipes. Good to know 🙂

  • Krithi
    July 12, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Was planning to make infused oils for a while now.. you have inspired me..
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  • aipi
    July 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    I could take some sourdough french bread and this oil and would be my anytime snack. The oil sounds really flavorful and your pictures totally do justice.

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  • rebecca
    July 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    looks awesome must make it sometime

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles
    Heidi @ Food Doodles
    July 12, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    That looks beautiful! What a perfect gift that would make. Thank you so much for going to such detail. I’m going to bookmark this post to try some time 🙂

  • Jana
    July 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    I’ve been wanting to try making infused oils but I didn’t really know where to start. You’ve inspired me to give it a shot!

  • Divya Yadava
    Divya Yadava
    July 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Beautiful pictures and a very informative post! Great work!

  • Kim - Liv Life
    Kim - Liv Life
    July 12, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    I love the idea of infusing my own!! I didn’t know that about garlic though, so good advice. I think I will do it in small batches so it would get used faster. Lovely shots too!

  • Treat and Trick
    Treat and Trick
    July 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

    Such a great idea to add a herb and garlic in oil, it must be aromatic. Thanks for sharing dear…

  • chinmayie @ love food eat
    chinmayie @ love food eat
    July 12, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Gorgeous gorgeous photos Kankana! New here and love your photos and recipes! thanks for visiting my blog 🙂

  • Tes
    July 13, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Beautiful post! The pictures said it all 🙂 Lovely 🙂

  • Mei
    July 13, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Thanks for visiting my blog ^___^
    What a lovely recipe for making oil! Thank you!

    @reply:I used my camera and made 3x the same pictures but me standing in 3x different position 🙂


  • Kelly
    July 13, 2011 at 4:14 AM

    Rosemary and olive oil is one of my all time favourite pairings – this post reminds me that I can do it myself… love it; thanks!

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    oh your pictures are just simply amazing. magazine quality and I am a tad bit jealous:) I love infused oils and this is one of my favorite combinations of flavors!

  • Chocolate Central (Michelle Benoit)
    Chocolate Central (Michelle Benoit)
    July 13, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Truly beautiful photographs. I just perused your site and found the dry figs and pecan puffs very appealing. I have some treasured dry figs (not easy to find quality ones in Mexico) I’ve been saving for a special recipe. I just found it.

  • Eating Deliciously
    Eating Deliciously
    July 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Great tips on infused oils. I love the flavors of rosemary and garlic together. On another note, your pictures are stunning!

  • Kankana Saxena
    Kankana Saxena
    July 13, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Thanks So much for dropping by and your kind words 🙂

  • Vicky
    July 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try this…

  • Ann
    July 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    What a great post! I love infused oils, but always make them as needed, rather than store them. I think this would be wonderful for having a group of folks over and serve EXACTLY as you showed!

  • torviewtoronto
    July 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    aromatic oil Kankana this looks wonderful

  • veronica gantley
    veronica gantley
    July 13, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Wow that oil looks great! It would make a geat homemade gift. Great pictures too.

  • manju
    July 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I have always wanted to but have always been scared of infusing oils, fearing botulism. I think I should just be bold and try it one time! Awesome pics, btw 🙂

  • Vanille
    July 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    A great idea to make your own infused olive oil ! Must taste terrific !

  • peachkins
    July 13, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    this is great for bread dipping.. just add balsamic vinegar ..thanks for giving me an idea..

  • Sandra's Easy Cooking
    Sandra's Easy Cooking
    July 13, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    This is too good..I wouldn’t stop dipping bread in it haha..your pictures are so beautiful Kankana..great recipe too!

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    Nami @ Just One Cookbook
    July 13, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Kankana, congrats on Top 9! I didn’t read this post yet, but I found your name on foodbuzz! This is a gorgeous post. Great idea to make your own rosemary/garlic infused olive oil. I’m going to do it and eat bread like restaurant style! Congrats!

  • Ann
    July 13, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    I knew this was a great post! Congratulations on making today’s Food Buzz Top 9!

  • Kimberley
    July 13, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Yum and yum. Classic and delicious.

  • Priti
    July 14, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    Beautiful and it’s taste wonderful with fresh baked bread ….Congrats on being top 9

  • Taste Junction
    Taste Junction
    July 14, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    Great info & the pics are so gorgeous!!

  • Curry and Comfort
    Curry and Comfort
    July 14, 2011 at 4:58 AM

    What a great idea. I never thought to infuse oil before. Thanks for all the tips and tricks. The photos are gorgeous too! Congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9! You’re doing a fantastic job. : )

  • Allie
    July 14, 2011 at 5:29 AM

    Wow, that oil looks AWESOME! I love all of the photos 🙂

  • wizzythestick
    July 14, 2011 at 5:50 AM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that 2nd picture. Infusing your oils is a great flavour boaster for sure.

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    July 14, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    Lovely click, Kankana! The oil must be very fragrant.

  • Jean - Culinary Topics
    Jean - Culinary Topics
    July 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Nice to meet you!
    Lovely cooking blog!
    I love cooking too and have my own cooking blog, but after seeing your blog, I feel mine is need much improvement. LOL….
    Great pictures too. How you make such a wonderful pictures? Do you make it by yourself?
    Anyway, I’m visiting your blog from a link at Blog Hop. 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 14, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      Thanks Jean! Yes all the photos are clicked by me 🙂

  • Mary
    July 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    Your beautiful pictures have just reminded me how much I love infused oils. Now I have some work to do :-). Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  • Natascha Kessler - Heaven on Hearth
    Natascha Kessler - Heaven on Hearth
    July 14, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    I love your presentation.This is such a great idea! Wonderful in so many dishes.

  • tinytearoom
    July 14, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    thank you so much for the tips. I never knew about the cold and hot infusions. I love dip leftover bread in EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Homemade infused oils are a fabulous idea!

  • Cheryl and Adam @
    Cheryl and Adam @
    July 14, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    Beautiful photos, Congrats on the Top 9!

  • briarrose
    July 14, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Beautiful pics. I love the flavor boost from infused oils.

  • torviewtoronto
    July 14, 2011 at 8:48 PM

    congrats on the top 9

  • jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet}
    jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet}
    July 15, 2011 at 4:06 AM

    I really want to try this! I’ve had garlic and rosemary olive oil at restaurants and absolutely loved it. But for some reason, never thought to try it on my own.

  • Maja
    July 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    I do this all the time and we love it! It goes nice with grilled meat, vegetable or fish 🙂
    So lovely photos!

  • Suman Singh
    Suman Singh
    July 15, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Beautiful and interesting post!! Loved the pics and the styling..too good dear!

  • Life is Full
    Life is Full
    July 15, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Hi, I’m glad you found my blog because now I found yours! This is an informative post, thanks for sharing. I like eating bread dipped in infused oil. Your photos are very well taken too!

  • Amy
    July 15, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Oh how helpful and interesting!! I love the photos too- gorgeous! I am on a basil kick these days and have heard basil-infused oil is delicious as well. I’m inspired and ready to go infuse… ^_^ thanks!

  • Harini
    July 18, 2011 at 7:46 AM

    The first picture in the thumbnail rushed me headlong into this post! Great clicks here. I love herb infused oils – garlic, thyme and rosemary.

  • Sarah
    July 19, 2011 at 5:17 AM

    “…how just a hint of something can lift a dish to a whole new level.” and I totally agree with you! You share here something basic in the noble sense of the word and absolutely indispensable in cooking: flavors. And your photos illustrate it beautifully! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Katie
    August 16, 2012 at 7:13 AM

    Thank you for posting this. The pictures are great. This is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that was not hard, did not take 1-3 weeks and was not a sauce. It took me a while but I then found this. Thank you again!