If you're thinking of switching from olive oil to avocado oil, there are some things you might want to know about it first. In this article, we'll tell you what to expect in terms of flavor, texture and recipe uses.
Let's get to it...
What Does Avocado Oil Taste Like?
Just like avocado, avocado oil is very mild in flavor. You might find it a little buttery and nutty. In fact, vegan butter is one of the things you can make with avocado oil, which we'll get into below.
We can tell you that avocado oil definitely has a lighter taste than olive oil. Many people prefer it because of its neutral flavor, which does well in cooked, uncooked and baked recipes.
Avocado Oil Texture
The texture of any oil is going to be slick and somewhat thickened, but avocado oil does have a little more of a creaminess to it than olive or vegetable oil.
Avocado oil can also be heavier than other oils you cook with or use for salads. Just like the taste is considered buttery, the texture is also akin to melted butter.
Can You Taste Avocado Oil?
Many avocado oils are so mild that they almost have no taste at all. But even the flavorful avocado oils will become less pronounced in flavor as they're heated.
For folks who aren't fans of extra virgin olive oil's rich flavor, avocado oil can be a good alternative. However, it may add nuttiness to baked goods.
Is Avocado Oil Best for Cooking?
Different oils are good for different types of cooking. Some vegetable oils stand up to deep-frying, for example, while others will start to smoke as they approach higher heats, making them unsuitable for frying.
Fortunately, avocado oil is one of those oils that can be consumed in its raw state, cooked with or fried with. It won't smoke until the cooking temperature reaches roughly 500 degrees, which is very high. The higher temperatures on your stove top are likely to stay at 400 degrees or less.
Avocado Oil Serving Tips
So what can you do with avocado oil? A lot! You can make salad dressing and vegan butter for starters. Let's take a look.
This video shows you the steps to making fabulous, homemade vegan butter. Here's what you'll need:
- Soy milk
- Apple cider vinegar
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Soy lecithin granules
- Salt (optional)
Here's a way to use avocado oil for salads. You'll learn how to make a zesty dressing of avocado oil, coconut vinegar and fresh ginger to toss with romaine lettuce, mango, bell peppers and avocado.
The neutral to mildly nutty flavor of avocado blends well with salad dressing, sauteed veggies and even baked goods like banana bread. You'll love how versatile avocado oil is—and don't be afraid to jump right into your own homemade vegan butter. You'll be impressed with your culinary mastery.