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Best oil to use for stir fry ?

asked by a Whole Foods Market Customer over 4 years ago
6 answers 10948 views
added over 4 years ago

Peanut oil is a good choice because of its high smoking point. Do not use if you have peanut allergies...

Kristen Miglore

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added over 4 years ago

It's best to use something with a high smoke point so you can get your wok really hot without burning the oil -- peanut, especially, but also canola, coconut and grapeseed oil are good choices.


June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 4 years ago

I usually use peanut oil, but sometimes grapeseed.

added over 4 years ago

Coconut oil is great but can have a distinct flavor & aroma of its own (BTW, it pairs great with plantain), peanut oil would be my first suggestion.

added over 4 years ago

I usually use sesame oil because of the great flavor it lends the dish. I believe it has a slightly lower smoke point than peanut oil, but it's not too far off. I've never caught it on fire, anyway (yet).


pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 4 years ago

Agree with peanut oil comments (it also adds an authentically Asian flavor). But that grapeseed oil is a close runner up. I sometimes add a small amount of chili oil to the former (that combines soybean oil with chili powder---makes you strong).