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When it comes to cooking oils, there are lots of options. Extra virgin olive oil (commonly known as EVOO) used to be the kitchen darling, but these days, you can opt for everything from avocado oil to coconut oil. There’s really no use in picking favorites here—each oil serves a different purpose, has different nutritional benefits, and is the best choice for different cooking applications (more on that below). The key is to start experimenting. You might discover an affinity for avocado oil in your salad dressing, or love searing your tofu in coconut oil. The sky’s the limit but one thing’s for sure: with a pantry full of cooking oils, you’ll be ready for anything.
Best Uses for Cooking Oils
You can’t really go wrong when cooking with oils, but some are better suited to different applications. Here’s what we mean.
- High-heat cooking: When you’re turning up the heat, choose oils that can withstand warmer temps without breaking down. Coconut oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, and other neutral oils are the best picks here.
- Moderate to low heat cooking: In addition to all the options above, you can utilize a wide range of cooking oils here, like olive oil, organic palm oil, or sesame oil.
- Raw preparations: For salad dressings, drizzling, or dipping, the nuances of each oil can really come through. This is a great time to lean on fruity olive oil, nutty walnut oil, or rich avocado oil.
Top Brands of Oils
Fill your cabinets with cooking oils from some of the best brands out there.
Nutiva is known for being fueled by superfoods. From hemp-based protein powder to rich coconut oil, there’s something for every meal of the day. Sustainable farming practices and strong relationships with local farmers make this brand a Thrive Market favorite.
For all your cooking needs, Spectrum Naturals has you covered. Whether you choose a premium oil or vinegar, mayo or shortening, this brand is vigilant about sourcing practices to ensure you end up with the best product possible. It’s also committed to sustainable efforts such as lowering its carbon footprint.
California Olive Ranch
Founded in 1998, California Olive Ranch works with family farmers in Northern California to help them make the switch to modern technologies that aid in efficiency without losing the time-honored traditions that have helped make this olive oil one of a kind. The extra virgin options are all certified by the California Olive Oil Council.
Wondering what Thrive Market members are loving these days? Here are the best cooking oils to stock in your pantry.
California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This olive oil uses locally grown olives that are cold-pressed, releasing a subtle floral aroma. Perfect for everyday drizzling, salad dressings, or roasting your favorite veggies, this olive oil will enhance anything it touches.
Thrive Market Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This bottle is made with 100 percent certified Koroneiki olives from Greece. Grown, harvested, and bottled on a single estate in Crete, this olive oil has brighty fruity flavors and a slightly pepper finish.
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Free from additives and filled with the benefits of this well-known superfood, Dr. Bronner’s coconut oil is fair trade certified, organic, and sourced from local farms in Sri Lanka.
Organic Cooking Oils
If going organic is a priority, make the switch to these cooking oils we know you’ll love.
Spectrum Naturals Organic Refined Sunflower Oil for High Heat
For your next stir-fry, be sure to pour a turn of sunflower oil into the wok. This golden oil delivers monounsaturated fats and is a great option for both cooking and baking.
Napa Valley Naturals Organic Toasted Sesame Oil
This expeller-pressed oil is made from roasted sesame seeds and delivers a smooth and nutty flavor. Use it for sauces, marinades, or drizzling atop your favorite Asian dishes.
Thrive Market Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Our very own coconut oil is certified organic, fair trade, non-GMO and made from sustainably harvested coconuts in the Philippines. Use it for frying, baking, and more—this coconut oil will be your pantry MVP.
Cholesterol Free Oils for Cooking
When you’re closely monitoring your diet, these oils will help you avoid added cholesterol.
Nutiva Organic Liquid Coconut Oil
This liquid coconut oil is easy to use and doesn’t need to be melted prior to adding to favorite recipes. The smoke point can reach up to 350°F, making this oil a great option for moderate heat cooking and baking projects.
La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil
This handcrafted walnut oil has a distinctive, nutty quality you won’t be able to get enough of. The walnuts are roasted to perfection, then expeller-pressed for a rich oil you can use for salad dressings, baked pastries, fish, and more.
Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
This refined avocado oil is mild in flavor, making it an extra versatile addition to your pantry line-up. It’s stable in high-heat, so you can reach for it when making stir-fries, searing fish or meat, and more.
Our Best Tips and Hacks for Cooking With Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, and More
When it comes to cooking with favorite oils like olive oil and coconut oil, we’ve got plenty of tips to get the most out of each one.
Tips for Cooking With Coconut Oil
Cooking with coconut oil can be a great way to increase your intake of beneficial nutrients like medium-chain triglycerides. Get our best tips and favorite recipes.
The Differences Between Coconut Oil and Olive Oil
These top oils go head to head when we break down their benefits, uses, nutritional value, and more. And let’s be honest, you don’t really have to choose between these two powerhouse oils, but it’s good to know the best ways to enjoy them.
How to Use Olive Oil for Your Hair
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