Heat the oil, star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, and Sichuan peppercorns in a small saucepan over medium high heat. When the oil starts to bubble slightly, turn the heat down to medium.
Let the oil cook for 30 minutes like this. If you start to see that slight bubbling die down, periodically turn the heat back up to medium-high, then back down to medium if it gets too hot.
When the oil is done cooking, the seeds and pods should be darker in color, but not blackened (that means they burned, which results in subpar chili oil). Let the oil cool for 5 minutes. In a separate heat-proof bowl, measure out the crushed red pepper flakes and salt.
Remove the aromatics from the oil. Slowly pour the oil over the chili flakes, and stir well. When completely cooled, transfer to a jar, and store in the refrigerator. The oil will keep for up to 6 months when stored this way (always remember to use a clean spoon to dip into the jar!)
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (10g)|
|Recipe Makes: 36 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 81 (99%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 9g||12 %|
|Saturated Fat 1.5g||8 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.9g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 0.3mg||0 %|
|Potassium 9.4mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 0.6g||0 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0.3g||1 %|
|Sugars, other 0.4g|
|Protein 0.1g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 82
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