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Ask a Foodie: How Do You Use Avocado Oil?

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Avocado on whiteQ. I picked up a bottle of cold-pressed avocado oil recently and wonder if you can fry in it, or is it just for salads? The bottle didn’t have much information.

A. Avocado oil, when you can find it, is a good oil to become acquainted with for a number of reasons. First of all, the oil is not pressed from the seed but from the flesh of the avocado. And, yes, you can fry with it. In fact, avocado oil has a smoke point of 520 degrees compared to the 485 degree smoke point of grapeseed oil.  That means it is especially good for quick-searing foods at high temperatures.

Also, avocado oil has vitamin E, as well as monounsaturated fatty acids. These acids are valuable in your diet because they help lower bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol. Obviously, you get these same benefits from eating avocado.

Finally, it has a subtle avocado flavor that tastes good and which you can use in much the same way you would use olive oil. Here are a few suggestions for using it:

  • Add it to dressings and vinaigrettes.
  • Use it for searing seafood, such as scallops or shrimp, quickly, then for drizzling over the finished product.
  • Mix it with a little freshly ground green peppercorns and spread over salmon, for broiling.
  • Pour it over fresh sliced tomatoes.
  • Drizzle it into a gazpacho or other vegetable-based soup.
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2 Responses to “Ask a Foodie: How Do You Use Avocado Oil?”

  1. Lisa says:

    This was wonderful information! How about a similar question — I have a bottle of grapeseed oil. What recommendations do you have for using grapeseed oil?

    • Hi Lisa – I’m smiling as i read your note because I, too, have a bottle of grapeseed oil in my pantry, and haven’t decided what to use it for. Its best use is for frying or searing because it has a high smoke point, meaning you can fry at hotter temperatures with it. It also has as mild, light flavor and doesn’t add its own flavor to the food you’re cooking. We’ve all gotten the message about olive oil, but grapeseed oil (and canola, for that matter, which is cheaper) also are healthful oils to use, as is avocado oil.
      Hope this helps — we both should open our grapeseed oil bottles this weekend and cook!