Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Smoke Point

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better…

Smoke Point: the point where a fat or oil breaks down into potentially harmful and possibly carcinogenic materials containing free-radicals.  In other words, the point at which an oil has been heated beyond what is recommended, becomes dangerous, and tastes overwhelmingly unpalatable.  Unrefined oils, like extra-virgin olive oil, tend to have lower smoke points.  Refining oils (taking out impurities) tends to increase the smoke point.  The table below lists the average values for smoke points of various common fats.

* Note: For sautéing, deep-frying, stir-frying: use an oil with a minimum smoke point of 350-375, such as canola, avocado or safflower.  For dipping, dressings and marinades: use your low smoke point oils like an unrefined flax, walnut or extra-virgin olive oil.

 The Smoke Point Of Common Fats and Oils

Oil/Fat

Smoke Point °F

Unrefined canola oil

225°F

Unrefined flaxseed oil

225°F

Unrefined safflower oil

225°F

Unrefined sunflower oil

225°F

Unrefined corn oil

320°F

Unrefined high-oleic sunflower oil

320°F

Extra virgin olive oil

320°F

Unrefined peanut oil

320°F

Semi-refined safflower oil

320°F

Unrefined soy oil

320°F

Unrefined walnut oil

320°F

Hemp seed oil

330°F

Butter

350°F

Semi-refined canola oil

350°F

Coconut oil

350°F

Unrefined sesame oil

350°F

Semi-refined soy oil

350°F

Vegetable shortening

360°F

Macadamia nut oil

390°F

Refined canola oil

400°F

Semi-refined walnut oil

400°F

High quality (low acid) extra virgin olive oil

405°F

Sesame oil

410°F

Cottonseed oil

420°F

Grape seed oil

420°F

Virgin olive oil

420°F

Almond oil

420°F

Hazelnut oil

430°F

Peanut oil

440°F

Sunflower oil

440°F

Refined corn oil

450°F

Refined high-oleic sunflower oil

450°F

Refined peanut oil

450°F

Refined Safflower oil

450°F

Semi-refined sesame oil

450°F

Refined soy oil

450°F

Semi-refined sunflower oil

450°F

Plain olive oil

460°F

Soybean oil

495°F

Safflower oil

510°F

Avocado oil

520°F

DK


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