The Best Bread Dipping Oil

Bread dipping oil is a quick and easy way to add flavor and a touch of class to your next meal or party. Whether enjoyed as an appetizer or as a standalone indulgence, bread dipping oil has a way of turning an ordinary dining experience into a memorable one!

baguette slice being dipped in homemade bread dipping oil

High-quality olive oil is infused with aromatic Italian spices and crushed red pepper to create a bread dipping oil with a wonderful depth of flavor and just the right amount of seasonings. Served with crusty bread, it’s a classic dipping appetizer that everyone will love!

sliced bread being dipped in bread oil for dipping

Although we’re big fans of hearty dips like Franks Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip or Neiman Marcus Dip, and sweet dessert dips like Monster Cookie Dough Dip, sometimes, the best things are the most simple. This is one of those dip recipes!

We love to serve this bread dipping oil as a starter when we make Italian food, but honestly it can be enjoyed anytime with any cuisine…it’s also one of the best dips for charcuterie board!

baguette slice being dipped into bread dipping oil with spices

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Whether you’re entertaining guests or enjoying a cozy night in, our bread dipping oil recipe is the perfect accompaniment to any occasion. It’s versatile enough to pair with a variety of breads, from crusty baguettes to soft focaccia.
  • With just a handful of pantry staples, you can whip up a batch of this flavorful oil in no time (less than 5 minutes!). It’s a simple yet sophisticated appetizer that’s sure to impress.
  • Tired of waiting for a table at your favorite Italian restaurant? With our bread dipping oil, you can recreate that authentic dining experience right in your own kitchen. SO EASY!

bread slice being dipped in oil with spices


You’ll only need six ingredients to make this recipe. That’s it! We can almost guarantee that you have them all in your kitchen, and if, by chance, you don’t, they’re all in just two aisles at your local grocery store.

Everything you need to make this dipping oil is right here, but you’ll find the exact amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – The star of the show, known for its rich flavor and smooth texture. Use the best olive oil you can buy.
  • Minced Garlic – Adds a bold garlic taste to the oil, giving it depth and aroma.
  • Dried Basil – Brings a hint of herbal freshness to the mix, complementing the other flavors.
  • Dried Oregano – Provides a savory, earthy flavor that pairs well with the garlic and basil.
  • Crushed Red Pepper – Adds a touch of heat to the oil, giving it a spicy kick.
  • Salt – Enhances the overall flavor of the dip, balancing out the other ingredients and bringing everything together.

bread dipping oil ingredients on a counter

How to Make Bread Dipping Oil

Making this oil couldn’t be easier. Normally, this is where we would tell you to check the recipe card for exact instructions, but honestly, the highlights and the instructions are practically the same. This is literally the easiest dip in the world to make.

1. Using a whisk or fork, thoroughly combine all of the ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.

extra virgin olive oil being poured on spices to make bread dipping oil

a whisk with bread dipping oil ingredients in a clear glass bowl

2. Enjoy dipping oil with your favorite bread!

crust bread loaf next to prepared bread dipping oil

What to Dip in Bread Dipping Oil

As the name suggests, bread dipping oil is best served with bread. For the absolute best flavor, try these options:

  • Italian bread
  • French bread
  • Focaccia
  • Baguettes
  • Ciabatta
  • Sourdough bread
  • Crostini

french baguette slice being dipped in oil with italian spices

How to Store Bread Dipping Oil

Store this dipping oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid or an air-tight container (we like these small jars for storing dipping oils) for up to 2 months in the pantry away from light and heat.

Tips for Making Bread Dipping Oil

  • If you prefer no spice, feel free to omit the crushed red pepper. However, we advise against substituting it with other spices.
  • You can substitute sunflower oil or avocado oil for EVOO, but avoid vegetable or peanut oil for this recipe as they lack the intended flavor profile.
  • Any type of bread works well with this recipe, so feel free to use your favorite.
  • Serve the oil in a shallow, wide bowl for easy dipping. Ensure the seasoning is easily accessible by dipping the bread and swiping it across the bottom to gather spices in each bite.
  • Remember to give the dip a stir occasionally to intensify the flavors of the spices.

prepared bread dipping oil in a shallow white bowl

baguette slide being dipped in homemade bread dipping oil

Bread Dipping Oil Recipe

Bread dipping oil is a quick and easy way to add flavor and a touch of class to your next meal or party. Whether enjoyed as an appetizer or as a standalone indulgence, bread dipping oil has a way of turning an ordinary dining experience into a memorable one!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Course Appetizer
Servings 6
Calories 242 kcal


  • 3/4` cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Stir until fully combined.
  • Use immediately or store in a jar or airtight container in the pantry for up to 2 months.


Calories: 242kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 200mgPotassium: 19mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 0.05gVitamin A: 106IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.5mg
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