What exactly makes avocado oil so good for you? Avocado oil is derived directly from the flesh of pressed avocados. This special fruit is chocked full of healthy monounsaturated fats, phytosterols to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, and antioxidants like vitamin E, lutein and beta-carotene. Expeller pressed avocado oil, like Chosen Foods 100% Pure Avocado Oil, is especially good for you because those nutrients are preserved and passed to your taste buds with delicious results.
The best part? Using avocado oil for cooking is even easier than you can imagine. The hardest part will be keeping it stocked in your pantry fast enough. Here are a few easy ways to cook with avocado oil that will surely make you an avocado oil convert.
1. Make a better marinade.
Avocado oil is light, fresh, and buttery tasting, making it perfect to marinate meats and vegetables. At least 2 hours before grilling, add avocado oil to your favorite spices in a Ziploc bag. Get creative and add veggies, meat or whatever your creative mind comes up with. Let the flavors sink in for two hours before firing up the grill. For enhanced flavor, marinate overnight.
2. Fry freely.
Frying has a bad reputation for being unhealthy not only due to the calories but due to the dangers associated with burning oil. When oil burns, it can become bad for our health as the chemical structure breaks down.
Avocado oil is by far the safest oil for high heat cooking, like frying, due to its extremely high smoke point (as high as 500°F). You can use avocado oil just like your regular frying oil to reduce the risk and make a healthier choice. At Chosen Foods, we rigorously test the smoke point and fatty acid profile of our avocado oil at every stage of its life – guaranteeing the safest possible end product. Wondering where to buy? Find local stores here.
3. Dressing up dressings (and condiments).
Avocado oil is the perfect way to make healthier dressings and condiments since it’s loaded with healthy fats. These healthy monounsaturated fats have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, improve arthritis and even reduce belly fat when replaced for carbs! Do a 1-for-1 swap with vegetable oil for your next salad dressing, mayo, or aioli for a healthier and more delicious condiment sure to please.
4. Take it to the stovetop.
If you love coconut oil, but don’t love the taste of coconut oil on every dish you eat, get excited. Avocado oil is not only healthier, but it also tastes as light and fresh with a flavor that's even milder than olive oil. This makes it perfect to use while sautéing, stovetop grilling or in recipes wherever olive oil is traditionally used. In addition, avocado oil's smoke point is much higher than olive oil's.
Now that you know how to cook with avocado oil, we invite you to get creative and share your recipes! The Chosen Foods team loves nothing more than finding new, delicious recipes to sample and feature using this incredible superfood ingredient.