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10 Best Ways To Substitute Vegetable Oil In Your Cooking

Vegetable oil is the most common oil variety you'll find required in recipes because it is neutral. But you don't have to let the absence of this food staple stop you from making your favorite meals. Instead, choose from this compilation of the best food items that are healthier and can easily replace it in a 1:1 ratio.

By Cookist

The ideal substitute for vegetable oil holds important benefits for your health and it has the same consistency as vegetable oil which means it can be used in a similar ratio to it. In other words, you can use the same quantity as you would have for vegetable oil. They are:

1. Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is obtained from the meat of coconuts; it is naturally solid at room temperature and therefore requires melting. The best property of the coconut oil is its relatively high smoke point which makes it ideal for tons of recipes, including frying and baking.

2. Mashed Fruit or Fruit Puree

Best believe that any fruit puree can be used as a healthy substitute for vegetable oil. This is, however, limited to baking, sautéing and stir frying. You can blend a mix of your favorite fruits, depending on the taste profile you want in your dish.

3. Olive Oil


Olive oil is extracted from the fruit of an olive tree and contains monounsaturated fatty acids that have been proven to reduce risks of heart disease. It is most ideal for sautéed dishes or making savory condiments like marinade and salad dressing.

4. Yogurt

Another healthy option on this list is yogurt which is best suited as a substitute for vegetable oil in baked goodies. The dairy product can add a creamy, thick texture as well as a slightly tangy taste to any pastry. The best option is a plain low-fat yogurt unless you want to kick up the flavors with vanilla and other flavored yogurt.

5. Avocado Oil


Avocado oil is obtained from the pulp of the avocado fruit, and is a healthy, delicious alternative to vegetable oil. The pros of avocado oil are that it can be used in any cooking method, its high smoke point as well as its signature creamy, buttery flavor. On the other hand, the con is that this oi

6. Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is another unique alternative for vegetable oil. It is, however, less popular than the other options on this list because of its characteristic pungent flavor. This oil is best suited to seasonings and sauces as well as in stir-fried foods. You definitely don't want to add this one to baked sweets!

7. Flaxseed Oil


Also known as linseed oil, this healthy oil is derived from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant. Flaxseed oil is a well-suited vegetable oil substitute for salad dressings, marinades, or drizzling over foods, but it doesn't work well for cooking over heat or baking as it is not a heat-stable oil.

8. Butter

Although not particularly healthy, butter remains one of the best and most affordable substitutes for vegetable oil. When melted, it makes an efficient shortening for pastries.

9. Applesauce


Believe it or not, unsweetened applesauce makes a great substitute for vegetable oil in your baked goods, particularly in breads, cakes, and muffins. The nutrient-laden sauce contains few calories and adds moisture and natural sweetness. What's not to like!?

10. Ghee

Ghee is a form of clarified butter, which means that it is void of all the milk solids and water. It has a high smoke point and is known for a rich, nutty flavor that makes it popular with bakers.


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