Rosemary, roasted garlic, lemon slices, and lemon zest come together to add a whole new dimension of flavor to your favorite olive oil.

Try drizzling some of this lemon rosemary infused oil on this Polenta Crust Roasted Veggie Pizza, on these Sheet Pan Roasted Veggies, or make a batch of these French Bread Dinner Rolls for dipping.

Two bottles of rosemary and lemon infused olive oil with a white ribbed towel, lemon slice and fresh rosemary.

If you aren’t quite sure how to make rosemary infused olive oil, you’ll find that infused oils are incredibly easy to prepare and are an excellent option to quickly add flavor to pastas, salads, bread and vegetables. Infused oils are super convenient to have on hand and super quick to prepare.

Herb-infused olive oils can be rather expensive to buy so making your own is a great option. Infused oils also make a great hostess gift so the next time you are invited to dinner, grab some fresh herbs and make up a few bottles.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Easy: There are just a few simple steps to follow to make this rosemary-infused oil recipe.
  • Flavorful: Once you’ve tasted how flavorful the oil can be, you’ll be making it all the time.
  • Versatile: You can easily change up the herbs, add more or less spice, use limes instead of lemons.
  • Multi-purpose: Infused oils can be used in many different ways.
Dried herbs and spices in a white bowl with an orange rim, measuring spoons and fresh rosemary on a wooden table.


  • Olive oil – Choose the best quality olive oil you can find. See the list below.
  • Garlic cloves – Roast the garlic for a more robust flavor.
  • Rosemary – Fresh rosemary, that’s been dried is best for infusing oil.
  • Lemon slices – Lemon slices add citrus notes to the oil.
  • Oregano – Dried is okay to use but if you have fresh you can dry it and use it.
  • Sea salt – Sea salt enhances the taste.
  • Crushed red pepper – Just a touch for a pinch of spice.
  • Lemon zest – Lemon zest deepens the citrus flavor of the infused oil.

How To Infuse Olive Oil With Rosemary

  • Step 1: Choose either one large bottle or two small bottles that have airtight caps or tops to make this rosemary olive oil recipe.
  • Step 2: Place the garlic and dry ingredients into the bottle or bottles.
  • Step 3: Add the fresh ingredients to the bottle or bottles; the lemon slices, lemon zest and rosemary.
  • Step 4: Use a funnel and slowly pour the oil into the bottle or bottles. Tilt the jar slightly so the oil trickles down the sides of the bottle.
  • Step 5: Refrigerate and use within 10 days.

Tips and Variations

  • Select the herbs you like the best and make sure they have been dried before you place them in the oil. Dried herbs carry less risk of developing bacteria.
  • If you plan on adding roasted garlic, keep the oil refrigerated for up to 10 days.
  • Choose a clean glass bottle with an air tight cap/ top.  Recycled glass bottles are a great choice but wash them well and make sure they are completely dry before filling them.
  • Select a high-quality olive oil; preferably organic, that contains no GMOs. It will make a world of difference! (See the list of olive oils below with links to shop!)
  • Omit the herbs and make homemade lemon olive oil and just infuse with fresh lemons.
  • Make sure to wash and dry the rosemary well before drying it out so that you reduce the risk of bacteria forming.
  • Stir in a dried red chili to make a spicy olive oil. This tastes amazing drizzled over pizza!
Lemon and rosemary infused bottles of olive oil on a white tea towel.

Not sure where to find a good quality organic olive oil? Here is a list of 5 favorites!


How long does rosemary infused oil last?

This recipe for infused oil will last up to 10 days in the fridge.

What is the best oil to infuse with rosemary?

Extra virgin olive oil is the best option to infuse with the flavor of rosemary.

What is rosemary infused oil good for?

Rosemary infused oil is great for salads, pasta, for dipping breads or to saute your favorite vegetables. Though some research shows it may also have topical benefits as it is considered anti-inflammatory and may help with pain relief.

How do you know if infused oil is bad?

If there is a change in its color, taste, texture or scent you should throw it away.

Make Ahead and Storage

Make this infused oil and store it in the fridge for up to 10 days. Infused oils can be poured into ice cube trays for freezing. This makes it super convenient to only use what you need.

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Rosemary and Lemon Infused Olive Oil
4 from 2 votes

Rosemary & Lemon Infused Olive Oil

by Silvia Ribas
This rosemary and lemon infused olive oil is an easy way to add flavor to pastas, salads, breads and more!
Prep: 8 minutes
Total: 8 minutes
Servings: 12 servings


  • 2 cups high quality olive oil
  • 4-6 garlic cloves roasted
  • 1 sprig rosemary fresh
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1 tbsp oregano dried
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest


  • Select a glass bottle that is large enough to hold two cups of oil or use two smaller bottles (per note no. 2). The bottle must have an air tight cap/ top.
  • Drop the garlic (roasted or raw, per note no. 1) and dry ingredients into the bottle.
  • Place the lemon slices inside of the bottle, pressing to stay against the sides. Also place the fresh rosemary inside, in a standing position.
  • Slowly pour the oil into the jar using a funnel. You can tilt the jar so the oil falls through the sides and not harshly over the ingredients. This may still stir the ingredients but eventually they will settle into the bottom.
  • Keep refrigerated. Use within 10 days


1. You can use raw garlic or roasted for extra flavoring. To roast garlic pre-heat oven to 400F degrees. Wrap the garlic in foil and cook for 40 minutes.
1. You can either make one big jar of rosemary and lemon infused olive oil OR divide the ingredients to make into two flavors. Lemon infused oils are excellent in pastas and fish dishes.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Course: Dressing, Oils
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  1. This is such a brilliant idea!! Especially considering how expensive the already infused ones are. I will totally try this. My husband LOVES eating just a slice of bread with olive oil. He’ll love me 🙂

  2. I just infused some extra virgin olive oil with a bunch of fresh rosemary, 3 bay leaves, coriander, tyme, poultry seasoning and fresh lemon zest. I’m going to brush this on my Thanksgiving turkey before it goes in the oven. Ab experiment yes, but I’m a decent cook and I think this is going to turn out pretty good! Do you all think I should maybe put slices of lemon in it to add to the flavor? Not sure if the zest will be enough. Thank you!

    1. Hi Emily! Glad you decided to try this recipe, you will find great use for it in many recipes. As for the lemon slice, you don’t have to if you don’t want, the zest is what adds the most flavor, so I think you are covered! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. Me encanto la receta, lástima que dure tan poco tiempo. Hay alguna forma de que pueda alargar el tiempo de conservación?

    1. Thanks Maricel. Unfortunately it is one of those recipes that you have to enjoy right away, it doesn’t last. Gracias (sorry no able espanhol)

    1. GMO’s are “genetically modified organisms” that is in most foods these days. Some experts believe they affect our health. Personally I try to stay away from it.