Black Garlic Oil for Ramen

Mayu (Black Garlic Oil) for Ramen

Black Garlic Oil for Ramen

This recipe for black garlic oil (also sometimes called burnt garlic oil, or “mayu” in Japanese) is intended to be used in ramen! This black garlic oil goes perfectly with my Tenderloin Tonkotsu Ramen. You can make it ahead of time so its ready to go for your next ramen night!

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My take on Japanese tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen, with pork tenderloin on top! Complete with recipes for my favorite toppings – soy marinated eggs (ajitama) and black garlic oil (mayu) slightly further down on this page. This recipe calls for a stock concentrate, which saves time and delivers SO much flavor!
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Homemade Tonkotsu Ramen

What is Black Garlic Oil?

Black garlic oil, called “mayu” (pronounced “mah-you”) in Japanese, is a common ramen topping, especially for tonkotsu ramen, that you may see on the menu at a ramen shop. The English name is a bit misleading, because this oil is not made from black garlic. A better name would be “burnt garlic oil” because the oil is made by cooking garlic until it’s completely burnt.

Homemade Tonkotsu Ramen - Black Garlic Oil

Can I buy Black Garlic Oil instead?

It’s very difficult to find black garlic oil for sale, you won’t see it on the shelves even at most Japanese markets. I’ve come across one brand of mayu for sale online, but it’s a very small container for a very high price. Luckily, it’s very easy to make at home! All you need is a few simple ingredients that can be found at most grocery stores in the US.

How to make Black Garlic Oil

The process is simple, just cook garlic in a neutral oil until it’s burnt, add some sesame oil, and blend the mixture. I like to pass mine through a fine mesh strainer to remove any large pieces, but that step isn’t necessary.

Remember that a little goes a long way! About 1/2 tbsp is a reasonable amount to add to a bowl, though I tend to overdo it a bit. Prepared black garlic oil can be stored in the fridge for a few months, just make sure to shake it up before using.

Homemade Tonkotsu Ramen - Black Garlic Oil
garlic in oil, just beginning to cook
Homemade Tonkotsu Ramen - Black Garlic Oil
garlic turning golden brown as it cooks
Homemade Tonkotsu Ramen
garlic has turned black – ready to remove from heat
Black Garlic Oil for Ramen
Blending the Black Garlic Oil with an immersion blender.

Dietary Restrictions – Tenderloin Tonkotsu Ramen

This dish is naturally Dairy-Free.

This dish is naturally Gluten-Free.

Black Garlic Oil for Ramen

A Note On Serving Sizes

A little goes a very long way with black garlic oil, so a typical serving is about 1/2 tbsp. This recipe make 1/2 cup, so about 16 servings. I like to use a little bit more than that in a large bowl of ramen, so taste your broth and decide if you want to use more!

Black Garlic Oil for Ramen

Black Garlic Oil for Ramen (Mayu)

Black garlic oil is an incredible topping for ramen, especially tonkotsu ramen! The name is a little misleading, mayu is made with burnt garlic, not black garlic, and can be prepared with a few simple ingredients!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Ingredient Prep
Cuisine American, Japanese
Servings 16 half tablespoon servings
Calories 50 kcal



  • Combine the vegetable oil and minced garlic in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic turns golden brown and then completely black, about 15 minutes. Once black, remove from heat.
    Black Garlic Oil for Ramen
  • Let the mixture cool for a few minutes, then transfer it into an immersion blender's cup (recommended) or into a standard blender. Add the sesame oil and blend until the garlic is completely pulverized.
    Black Garlic Oil for Ramen
  • Optional: pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer before transferring it into a storage container. Use a spoon or silicon spatula to press through as much as possible. This step removes larger pieces and results in a smoother oil, I do this every time.
    Black Garlic Oil for Ramen
  • Transfer the oil to an airtight storage container and store in the fridge for up to two months.
    Black Garlic Oil for Ramen


Use this black garlic oil in my Tenderloin Tonkotsu Ramen recipe!
This recipe makes about 1/2 cup, but a little goes a long way, about 1/2 tbsp is an appropriate amount to add to a large bowl of ramen.
Some research shows that consuming burnt food may be detrimental to your health. Please do your own research if concerned, and consider enjoying this black garlic oil in moderation. 


Serving: 0.5 tbspCalories: 50kcal
Keyword black garlic oil, mayu, ramen
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