Avocado oil is exactly what it sounds like—the pressed oil from avocados. It’s commonly used in both recipes for the kitchen and products for your beauty routine (like shampoos and serums). With a high smoke point that reaches upwards of 500°F, it’s ideal for searing meats, pan-frying, and sautéing. The buttery flavor is an added bonus, and nutritional benefits of avocado oil include vitamin E, potassium, and antioxidants. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University reported that consuming “one avocado per day as part of a moderate‐fat, cholesterol‐lowering diet has additional LDL‐C, LDL‐P, and non‐HDL‐C lowering effects, especially for small, dense LDL.”
5 Ways to Use Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a versatile food staple you’ll definitely want within reach. Here are five ways to use it in your everyday cooking:
- Popcorn: Toss freshly popped kernels with avocado oil, then add favorite toppings like cheese, nutritional yeast, or herbs.
- Baking: EVOO and coconut oil are trusty baking ingredients, but sometimes they can impart a strong flavor. The neutral taste of avocado oil makes a great substitute for muffins, breads, and more.
- Smoothies: If you don’t have a fresh avocado on hand, you can still get a dose of healthy fats in your morning breakfast by adding a drizzle of avocado oil.
- Salads: Instead of trusty extra virgin olive oil, whisk up your salad dressing using avocado oil instead.
- Dips: When topping healthy sides like hummus or red pepper dip, use a drizzle of avocado oil to finish it off.
Top Avocado Oil Brands
For the best avocado oil options, turn to these three top brands.
For food staples, Primal Kitchen is a favorite brand of Thrive Market members. Its line of paleo- and keto-friendly condiments, protein bars, dressings, and sauces are always reliable add-ins to your favorite dishes.
Founded by a naturopathic doctor, Chosen Foods is an easy way to introduce ancient superfoods into your diet. From dressings to sprays, mayos to cooking oils, this brand has everything you need to cook healthy meals at home.
Best Avocado Oils to Cook With
There are a handful of avocado oils to choose from—here are our top picks.
Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Spray
It’s everything you love about avocado oil, but in spray form! The high smoke point of this spray can handle anything you dish up, and helps keep calories in check since you’ll naturally use less of it when sautéing veggies or meat.
Primal Kitchen California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
This extra virgin avocado oil is made from 100 percent California fruit. The avocados are freshly picked, pressed immediately, and minimal processing keeps flavors intact.
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
Try this refined avocado oil that’s mild in flavor and perfect for your daily cooking needs. Store it within easy reach so you can grab it for whipping up stir-fries, whisking marinades, and more.
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Try This Salmon Burger With Avocado Salsa
Lighten up burger night with this flavorful seafood patty made with non-GMO salmon, paprika, and a pinch of cayenne. The avocado salsa cools everything down and is the perfect creamy addition.