Substitute for Peanut Oil

If you have a peanut allergy and are dismayed when you read about peanut oil in a recipe, don’t get upset!  In this detailed guide, we are going to teach you everything you need to know about finding a substitute for peanut oil in a recipe.

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There are many different types of oils that can be used as a peanut oil substitute. Some popular substitutes include canola, olive, and grapeseed oil. Other oils you may want to try are avocado, coconut, or sesame seed oil. These substitutions will help if you have a peanut allergy and need to cook with other foods without compromising the flavor.

Top Substitutes for Peanut Oil

Now, let’s look at some of the top substitutes for peanut oil, I’ve ranked them in the order of my own personal preference, but anything on this list is a fantastic option.

Olive Oil

I use olive oil for just about everything, I just love it.  From salad dressings, to frying with olive oil, you can do it all with this versatile and healthy oil.  One thing to note is that some do think it has a flavor to it.  I’ve been using it for so long I don’t even think about that part, but it may be a concern for some.

Canola Oil – Top Peanut Oil Substitute for Frying

Canola is a great all around oil for everything with one big benefit over olive oil – it has no real flavor.  The great thing about canola oil is it is also very cost effective.  It is a great peanut oil substitute for frying because of its low cost and lack of flavor.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a great choice for things like dressings or adding to a recipe.  What I wouldn’t use it for is frying, purely because it is more expensive than most of the oils on this list.  It is great if you are going to sauté with just a bit of oil.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is great for so many things, especially cooking!  Besides being a replacement for peanut oil for sautéing and frying, it is also great as a butter substitute in baking recipes.  Some do think coconut has a flavor to it, so be mindful of how you are using it.  The only issue is some people do not like the flavor of coconut oil.  

Sesame Oil

This is of course, only a good option f you aren’t allergic to sesame!  Don’t miss our guide to replacing sesame oil in recipes if you are.  Sesame oil is best for sautéing, and for salad dressings.  I wouldn’t recommend it for deep frying due to its high cost and very strong flavor.  There is no mistaking if you are using sesame oil for something!

Can I substitute peanut oil for butter?

Butter has a high fat content, which means that it will make food taste really good without adding too much calories or unhealthy ingredients. The drawback is that butter can spoil quickly if not refrigerated and stored properly, unlike a shelf stable oil.

What’s the difference between peanut oil and vegetable oil?

There are several key differences between peanut oil and vegetable oil. Peanut oil is more expensive than vegetable oil and has a higher smoke point, which means it can be used for frying. Vegetable oils are not good to use in high-heat cooking.

Vegetable oils can also be a problem for food allergies, since many things can be classified as vegetable oil, and even blended together.  My top tip is to stick with single source oils for cooking.

What’s the difference between peanut oil and canola oil?

There are some differences when it comes to peanut oil vs canola oil.

Peanut oil is more expensive and has a higher smoke point, meaning it can be used for frying. Canola oil is cheaper and has a lower smoke point, so it’s not recommended for high-heat cooking.

Can you substitute olive oil for peanut oil?

Olive oil is a common oil that many already cook with.

It has a smoke point of about 320 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can be used for frying. Some people prefer to use olive oil over peanut oil because the flavor is more mild.

Here are some more top tips for replacing peanut oil in recipes:

  • What is the peanut oil being used for?  If it is for deep frying, be sure to pay attention to cost and flavors of alternative oils.
  • How much peanut oil is required?  This is good to keep in mind, as many oils may be have a bit of a flavor associated with them.
  • What type of recipe is it used for?  Is it a dinner, a dessert?  A breakfast.  Be mindful of oil flavors when picking your replacement for peanut oil.

There you have it, it is simple to replace peanut oil in recipes, no matter what the reason!

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