Which Cooking Oil Is Right for You?

by in How-to, February 18th, 2014

It’s no longer just a choice between olive oil and extra virgin olive oil. We’ve broken down common cooking oils (plus a few new comers) so you can pick the right one for dinner tonight.

1. Canola Oil
The high smoking point of this neutral-tasting oil makes it your best bet for dishes like fried chicken or french fries. It’s also handy when making homemade mayonnaise.

2. Coconut Oil (Unrefined)
This trendy oil is praised as an all-natural vegan butter substitute. Use it for baking or quick sauteing, because of its low smoking point; use it as a spread for a hint of coconut flavor.

3. Corn Oil
This mild-flavored oil is inexpensive to produce and has a high smoking point for deep-frying but it’s refined, which means it is stripped of most nutrients.

4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This sweet and light oil is best for making dressings and marinades or simply drizzling over finished dishes.

5. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a refined version of extra virgin olive oil meaning it has higher smoking point for frying but fewer nutrients.

6. Peanut Oil
Peanut oil is best for deep-frying. Its high smoking point means the oil can be strained and recycled up to three times.

7. Sesame Oil
This fragrant oil gives a toasty note to stir-fries, sauces and vinaigrettes.

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Comments (2)

  1. lia says:

    i can't believe that this site recommends canola oil. I thought everyone had the information already that canola oil cannot be digested by the human body not to mention that 90% of all canola is GMO. Better to go with high heat safflower or sunflower. And NEVER cook with olive oil. The heat turns that pure oil toxic…so while it may taste good its doing lots of damage. Only use olive oil to drizzle on food after cooking or raw. I'm totally suppressed that it doesn't say anything bout that either.

    • Ben says:

      You are absolutely right lia, I am shocked and appalled that FoodNetwork would ever tell anyone to use Canola oil. The truth is, however, that there are many people, I would argue a vast majority, that do not realize that Canola oil is bad or they just don't care about taking care of their bodies.

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