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SMOKING POINT AND PREFERRED CULINARY USES OF COOKING OILS

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SMOKING POINT AND PREFERRED CULINARY USES OF COOKING OILS

Different oils have different smoking points making them better or least suitable for different cooking methods. Other factors to be considered are the aroma and flavor. Here is a list of various cooking oils with the corresponding smoking temperatures and culinary uses. Hope it is useful for some of you.


Oil Name ºC ºF CULINARY USES
Avocado oil 271 520 Frying, sautéing, flavoring oil, salad oil
Safflower oil (linoleic) 265 509 Cooking, salad dressings
Rice bran oil 254 489 Cooking, frying, deep frying, salads, dressings. Very clean flavoured & palatable.
Mustard oil 254 489 Cooking, frying, deep frying, salads, dressings, marinades, flavoring.
Ghee, clarified butter 250 482 Deep frying, cooking, sautéeing, condiment, flavoring
Sunflower oil (linoleic) 246 475 Cooking, salad dressings, margarine, shortening
Olive oil (extra light) 242 468 Sautee, stir frying, frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Canola oil 242 468 Frying, baking, salad dressings
Soybean oil 241 466 Cooking, salad dressings, vegetable oil, margarine, shortening
Corn oil 236 457 Frying, baking, salad dressings, margarine, shortening
Sesame oil (light) 232 450 Cooking, deep frying
Peanut oil 231 448 Frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Palm oil 230 446 Cooking, flavoring, vegetable oil, shortening
Olive oil (refined) 225 437 Sautee, stir frying, cooking, salad oils, margarine
Almond oil 221 430 Baking, sauces, flavoring
Cottonseed oil 216 421 Margarine, shortening, salad dressings, commercially fried products
Olive oil (virgin) 215 419 Cooking, salad oils, margarine
Grapeseed oil 204 399 Cooking, salad dressings, margarine
Walnut oil 204 399 Cooking (most chefs refrain from using walnut oil for high temperature cooking, as heating removes some of the oil’s flavour & nutrition and produce a slight bitterness), cold dishes, salad dressings
Lard 201 394 Baking, frying
Butter, salted 200 400 Cooking, baking, condiments, sauces, flavoring
Butter, without salt 200 400 Cooking, baking, condiments, sauces, flavoring
Olive oil (extra virgin) 190 374 Cooking, salad oils, margarine
Coconut oil 177 351 Commercial baked goods, candy and sweets, whipped toppings, nondairy coffee creamers, shortening, regional stir frying
Sesame oil (dark) 177 351 Cooking
Hemp oil 165 329 Cooking, salad dressings,
Margarine, soft 160 320 Cooking, baking, condiment
Butter oil, anhydrous 150 302 Cooking, baking, condiment, sauces, flavoring
Margarine, hard 150 302 Cooking, baking, condiment




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