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Easy Bread Dipping Oil Recipe

Our easy bread dipping oil recipe features extra virgin olive oil seasoned with a custom blend of Italian spices and Balsamic vinegar.

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The finished bread dipping oil served with bread.

I assume you’re here for the tasty appetizer oil. Starters like this one have been served in restaurants for years.

However, depending on your current situation, going out might not be an option.

If that’s the case, then making it at home is the perfect solution. So, how about we get started making this tasty, yet simple seasoned oil?

Looking for more small bites? Then check out our new caramelized onion and goat cheese tart, pico de gallo recipe, or use some Cajun compound butter on your favorite dish.

Sliced bread being dipped into the oil.

How to make your own bread dipping oil?

First, grab a small bowl. You could even use the serving dish. It doesn’t really matter.

Next, add in the dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Dried basil and other herbs in a decorative bowl.

Then, pour in the extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. Stir the ingredients to combine everything.

Last, serve the dish with a loaf of crusty bread or soft Italian loaf.

That’s it, your easy bread dipping oil recipe is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

The ingredients being combined with Balsamic vinegar.

Recipe Tips

  • In regards to the salt and pepper, I recommend starting with a pinch of each spice. Once you’ve added the Balsamic vinegar and oil, you can do a taste test and add more if needed.
  • For a touch of sweetness, you could add a drizzle of Balsamic vinegar glaze over the dipping oil.
  • The recipe can be cut in half if this makes more oil than needed.
  • If you’d prefer less oil and a stronger herb flavor, use ½ cup of oil, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of garlic with the same amount of herbs listed in the recipe.

What is the best olive oil for dipping bread?

Obviously, you want to buy a high-quality olive oil. Imported brands, that use cold-pressed processing procedures are usually the best. Just keep in mind that no matter what brand you choose, always use extra virgin olive oil for dipping and salad dressings. It has a light flavor and is perfect for dishes that don’t require cooking.

How long does bread dipping oil last?

When properly stored at room temperature, it should last about seven days. The longer the dipping oil rests, the more intense the flavor. Because, the spices are infusing the oil with their flavors.

The finished dish on a platter with crusty bread.
Sliced bread being dipped into the oil.

Easy Bread Dipping Oil Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 197kcal

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  • 2 tablespoons garlic cloves pressed or minced
  • ½ tablespoon basil dried
  • ½ teaspoon oregano dried
  • ½ teaspoon thyme dried
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary dried
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, and red pepper flakes (if using) in a small bowl. Pour in the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Stir to combine.
    2 tablespoons garlic cloves
    ½ tablespoon basil
    ½ teaspoon oregano
    ½ teaspoon thyme
    ½ teaspoon rosemary
    ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 cup extra virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Serve with crusty bread, sourdough, or a toasted baguette. Store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature, and enjoy within 7 days.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of about 2 tablespoons. Additionally, the listed calorie count does NOT include the bread in the photos. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, please refer to the post.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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