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How to Make Lemon Olive Oil

Olive oil and lemons are two superfoods. Olive oil is great for your heart and keeping your cholesterol in check and lemons promote blood circulation and contain necessary antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Infusing olive oil with lemon is a great way to add extra flavor and spice to dishes that include rice, pasta, potatoes, fish, vegetables, and poultry. A nice bottle of lemon infused olive oil also makes a lovely gift. Make lemon olive oil by soaking fresh, tangy lemon peels in a clean container of high quality olive oil.


  1. Buy 6 lemons from your grocery store, organic market or local produce stand.
    • Look for lemons that are fully ripe. A ripe lemon will feel heavy for its size, be bright yellow, and have a skin that is textured with a finely grained peel.
  2. Use extra virgin olive oil.If you do not have it, buy some from your grocery store. Extra virgin oil is best because it tastes light and can be used to cook with almost anything.
    • Plan to use about 3 cups (24 oz.) of oil to the 6 lemons. Many olive oil bottles come in a 1 liter (0.3 US gal) size, and this will work as well.
  3. Wash the lemons under cold running water.Allow them to dry by patting them with a paper towel or leaving them on a cutting board to air dry.
  4. Peel each lemon.Throw out any peels that have pieces of lemon flesh on them. Only the peel can be used in the infusion process, no fruit at all.
  5. Leave the peels to dry for at least 1 hour.If any moisture goes into the olive oil on the lemon peel, you will be at risk of growing bacteria or mold in your lemon olive oil.
  6. Put the dried lemon peels into any jar or container you have that comes with a tight fitting lid.If you are presenting the lemon olive oil as a gift, choose a decorative jar or something fancy.
    • Look for a 1 qt. (.95 L) jar for this method. If you start with fewer or more lemons and oil, you will have to adjust or use several jars.
  7. Pour the extra virgin olive oil into the jar, over the lemon peels.Seal the jar tightly.
  8. Allow the oil and lemon to sit for 2 weeks.Keep the jar in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
  9. Strain the oil through a sieve at the end of 2 weeks.You can discard the lemon peel that was used to infuse the oil with the lemon flavor.
  10. Return the oil to the jar, or select a new jar for presentation and storage.
  11. Look for ways to use your lemon oil.Recipes can be found in cookbooks and online, at sites such as The Food Network, and Epicurious.
    • Attach a recipe card with the jar of lemon olive oil if you are giving it away as a gift. Handwrite or print the recipe and ingredients on a small note card, and attach it to the bottle or jar with a piece of ribbon.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I take coconut oil instead of olive oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    No. The taste will be different.
  • Question
    Can I use this on my body?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can, though it would probably be better to use olive oil alone. Lemons can be somewhat irritating to the skin and can slightly lighten the skin, though the olive oil may somewhat buffer those effects. Olive oil is good for the skin.
  • Question
    is there a recipe where I can use lemon olive oil the same day I make it?
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    Community Answer
    Yes. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from one large lemon. Place in a small pan with 1/2 cup of oil of your choice (a light vegetable oil, olive oil, extra virgin olive oil, linseed oil etc). Warm on the stove on the lowest heat setting for 30 to 45 minutes. let cool then use. Ideally, you want to infuse oil over a longer period of time.
  • Question
    Can I use corn oil instead of olive oil?
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    Community Answer
    Corn oil is cheap, but different in taste, texture, and nutrition. It is not going to produce a good result, and would not taste good, for instance, drizzled on vegetables or fish. The oil is the primary ingredient of this dish, and using corn oil would ruin it.
  • Question
    Can I make lemon flavored olive oil by adding lemon concentrate? If so what are the proportions?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Lemon concentrate is made from the juice instead of the peel, so the result would contaminate the oil with moisture, making the final product cloudy and likely to spoil quickly. It really cannot be used.
Unanswered Questions
  • Can organic lemon extract in an oil or glycerin base be used in place of lemon peel?
  • How long will lemon oil last before losing its flavor?
  • What is the shelf life of lemon olive oil?
  • Can this be used for fragrance?
  • Can lemon zest be used to make lemon olive oil?
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  • Use organic lemons if you can. Many people prefer the taste of organic citrus, and appreciate the fruit is grown without pesticides or other chemicals.
  • Make sure the containers you use to hold the lemon olive oil are clean and dry. Any moisture in the oil will support bacterial growth and can cause botulism or mold to grow in your oil.

Things You'll Need

  • Lemons
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Knife or peeler
  • Jars/Bottles
  • Sieve

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