Best oil to use for stir fry ?

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pierino June 7, 2011
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).
 
beyondcelery June 7, 2011
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).
 
Panfusine June 7, 2011
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.
 
ChefJune June 7, 2011
I usually use peanut oil, but sometimes grapeseed.
 
Kristen M. June 7, 2011
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.
 
Helen's A. June 7, 2011
Peanut oil is a good choice because of its high smoking point. Do not use if you have peanut allergies...
 
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