Your All-Important Guide to which Cooking Oils to Use for Your Restaurant

Your All-Important Guide to which Cooking Oils to Use for Your Restaurant

Cooking oil is one of the most important ingredients you should have in your stock if you are operating a restaurant or other type of dining establishment, a catering service, etc. The thing is, there are different kinds of oils which can be use for cooking. Such as peanut oil and sunflower oil, but there are oils which are ideal for raw dishes and salads as well, such as extra virgin olive oil. So, the big question is, which oils should you use for which dishes and preparations? Here’s your all-important guide to which cooking oils to use for your restaurant or food establishment.


For dishes which don’t need high heat

When it comes to dishes which don’t need high heat, the best oil to use would be olive oil. This is because olive oil we know have a low rate of burning (or smoke point). Essentially speaking, it’s not a good idea to use olive oil for deep frying. You can use olive oil for sautéing onions and garlic, for instance, and it’s ideal for pasta as well. Olive oil also goes very well with bruschetta, which doesn’t require too much time in the oven, and of course, extra virgin olive oil is perfect for salad dressings. Bulk olive oil can be purchased from some good suppliers; just make sure that the oil is of the best quality and well-sourced.

For stir-fried dishes

If you have some dishes which need to be stir-fried, the best oil to use is coconut oil. The great aspect of coconut oil is that it smells wonderful whilst it’s being cook. And it’s a stable oil which can handle a lot of heat. Coconut oil that we know have a higher rate of burning (or smoke point) if we compare to olive oil. And it goes well with stir-fries, especially Asian stir-fries which use ginger and other aromatics.

For fried dishes

The best oil to use when you are frying is peanut oil, as it has a high point of burning or smoking and contains a good balance between polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. For instance, if you are serving a dish such as eggplant parmigiana which requires the frying of eggplants, peanut oil is a good choice.

For regional dishes

If you have some regional specialties or Asian specialties, a good oil to use would be sesame oil. As it is frequently use in Korean, Chinese, and Indian food Restaurant. The flavour of sesame oil is quite distinctive (it’s nuttier than other oils except for peanut oil) and it goes very well with dishes such as tikka masala chicken or kebabs. Sesame oil is also know for having a high burning point. And it has a good balance between monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats as well.

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