Baked Brie with Honey Chili Oil

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
October 27, 2023 | Updated on November 28, 2023

Baked brie topped with honey chili oil is a quick and easy recipe that yields the creamiest, tastiest melted cheese you’ve ever had. Serve it at your next party as an appetizer to impress a crowd.

Interested in more cheesy appetizer recipes? Try Korean Corn Cheese, Queso Blanco with Guacamole, and Whipped Feta with Charred Scallions next.

a crostini inserted into baked brie with honey chili oil

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Baked brie has a rich buttery, quality and as it melts, a luscious, velvety texture that makes it perfect for dipping. I could eat a tray of this on its own but topping it with honey chili oil adds a delicious depth of sweet and spicy flavors, making it even more irresistible! Of course, there are a million delicious ways to serve this cheese, and with this recipe, you’ll learn how to bake brie.

Why This Baked Brie Recipe Works

  • Perfect Party Appetizer – If you want to spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen, baked brie with honey chili oil is the way to go. It takes just 30 minutes to make.
  • Customizable – Wondering how to eat brie cheese if you don’t want to go with the chili oil idea? There are so many other tasty options. We’ll go over a few.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing – The stark contrast of the pale cheese with the deep red honey chili oil is visually striking. Wow a crowd with this dish on a charcuterie board, along with fruit, nuts, and crackers.
baked brie with honey chili oil

Tools You’ll Need

Ingredients You Will Need for Baked Brie

Baked brie can be made with just 1 ingredient but the honey chili oil adds another dimension of deliciousness.

Baked Brie

  • Round brie – Brie is a soft and creamy cheese to begin with. When it’s baked, it’s incredibly smooth and satisfying.

Honey Chili Oil

  • Avocado oil – This oil has a neutral taste that allows the other ingredients to shine.
  • Gochugaru – These Korean red chili pepper flakes are coarsely ground and have a slightly sweet, smoky, and fruity flavor profile.
  • Aromatics – Minced shallot, garlic, and ginger are a tasty flavor base.
  • Chili flakes – This provides the main heat and spice to the oil.
  • Kosher salt – I always choose Diamond Crystal.
  • Honey – This adds sweetness and balances the heat from the chili peppers. Honey also contributes to the thick, sticky consistency of the sauce.
  • Star anise – This provides warm, sweet, and spicy notes.
ingredients for honey chili oil

What to Serve with Baked Brie

  • Crostini
  • Grapes
  • Sliced genoa salami

How To Make Baked Brie

This baked brie recipe is incredibly easy to make. Pop the cheese in the oven and prepare your honey chili oil as the cheese bakes.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Remove and discard plastic wrapping and place the brie in an ovenproof dish. Score the top in a crosshatch pattern. Be sure not to cut through to the bottom of the wheel, you just want to score the top.
  3. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted through. Check brie at the 18-minute mark for doneness. While waiting on the brie, make the honey chili oil.
scored brie on a plate

Honey Chili Oil

  1. Add all ingredients (except avocado oil) to a heat-proof bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. If you have a kitchen thermometer handy, you want the temperature of the oil to reach 350ºF. If you don’t have a thermometer, you’ll want to achieve a noticeably thin, shimmery oil.
  3. Carefully pour the oil into the bowl containing the ingredients. You’ll notice a good amount of sizzling as the oil comes into contact with the spices–that’s expected.
  4. Leave the oil to cool for 5 minutes then carefully stir ensuring honey and well are mixed well. Set aside until ready to use. Once the oil reaches room temp, give the oil a swirl with a spoon, transfer to a sterilized jar, and keep refrigerated.
a spoon inserted into a bowl of honey chili oil

To Serve

Carefully place hot baked brie on a serving plate and top with the desired amount of honey chili oil. Pair with crostini, grapes, charcuterie, or crackers. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t forget to score the top of the brie. This allows any toppings to seep into the cheese for a more even distribution of flavor.
  • Do not overbake the brie or you run the risk of it becoming too rubbery to enjoy.
  • Serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven. You’ll want to gobble up this baked brie recipe fast because it cools within 15 minutes and becomes harder to scoop. However, you can reheat it in the microwave in 30-second intervals.
a crostini inserted into baked brie with honey chili oil

Other Baked Brie Toppings

  • Fig jam
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Pecans
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Puff Pastry Encase the cheese and bake it together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take the rind off brie before baking?

You do not have to remove the rind. It is an edible part of the brie that you can’t even distinguish once it is baked. But if you want to remove it, do so when the cheese is cold from the fridge so it’s easier. If you remove the rind before baking, the cheese will spread more.

How long do you leave brie in the oven?

An 8-ounce whole brie takes about 20 minutes to bake. Check it at the 18-minute mark.

What does baked brie taste like?

Brie has a mild, earthy, and slightly tangy flavor that is enhanced when baked. You can make sweet or savory baked brie depending on the toppings you add.

baked brie recipe with honey chili oil

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a crostini inserted into baked brie with honey chili oil

Baked Brie with Honey Chili Oil

Baked brie topped with honey chili oil is a quick and easy recipe that yields the creamiest, tastiest melted cheese you've ever had. Serve it at your next party as an appetizer to impress a crowd.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Vegetarian

Equipment

  • Kitchen Thermometer

Ingredients

Baked Brie

  • 1 8 ounce round brie

Honey Chili Oil

  • cup avocado oil
  • tablespoons gochugaru
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, minced
  • ½ tablespoon garlic, minced
  • teaspoons ginger, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, Diamond Crystal
  • tablespoons honey
  • 1 piece star anise

For Serving

  • crostini
  • grapes
  • sliced genoa salami

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Remove and discard plastic wrapping and place the brie in an ovenproof dish. Score the top in a crosshatch pattern. Be sure not to cut through to the bottom of the wheel, you just want to score the top.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted through. Check brie at the 18-minute mark for doneness. While waiting on the brie, make the honey chili oil.

Honey Chili Oil

  • Add all ingredients (except avocado oil) to a heat-proof bowl.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. If you have a kitchen thermometer handy, you want the temperature of the oil to reach 350ºF. If you don't have a thermometer, you'll want to achieve a noticeably thin, shimmery oil.
  • Carefully pour the oil into the bowl containing the ingredients. You’ll notice a good amount of sizzling as the oil comes into contact with the spices–that’s expected.
  • Leave the oil to cool for 5 minutes then carefully stir ensuring honey and blend together. Set aside until ready to use. Once the oil reaches room temp, give the oil a swirl with a spoon, transfer to a sterilized jar, and keep refrigerated.

To Serve

  • Carefully place hot brie on a serving plate and top with the desired amount of honey chili oil. Pair with crostini, grapes, charcuterie, or crackers. Enjoy!

NOTES

Depending on how generous you are with the honey chili oil, you may have leftovers. Place leftovers in a refrigerator-safe container and keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Leave on the counter 30 minutes before using to allow honey oil to come to room temp.
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