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Olive Oil Fry pan vs. Oven cooking

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2013 at 3:06 AM

I have a question about cooking with olive oil.

recipe calls for olive oil as a ingredient for cooking some nuggets in the oven. the temperature calls for 400 degrees.

I have seen on numerous posts that olive oil smokes / oxidizes at 375 degrees.

So I guess I am wondering if its fine to use it as an ingredient rather than the cooking oil with direct heat say in a frying pan?

thanks, hope that's not confusing

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on August 08, 2013
at 06:33 PM

good point, and thanks

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Well what I have noticed is that there are different brands depending on where you live, however there is a brand called Spectrum that has little to no coconut flavor at all. Rainforest Coconut oil is pretty good as well and it is package in North America if that matters to you. Coconuts come from Phillipines though.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:41 PM

why are you using oil for a wash, why not use egg? Eggs are hihgly touted in paleo terms and should be consumed everyday. I use an egg wash then dip in coconut flour, then back into egg wash and then into Almond flour. Just a thought...

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on July 24, 2013
at 07:23 PM

So basically if i am dipping the chicken into the olive oil, and then rolling it in the almond flour and spices i should be fine at 400 degrees in the oven is what your saying?

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on July 24, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I use the nutivia organic in the yellow jug. I drink 2 to 4 tablespoons a day. We cook with it quite a bit, but for some reason i can always taste the coconut say when making chicken with garlic salt pepper in the pan, the taste always comes through. Any other brands that you would suggest? Thanks

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:05 PM

is to cook on a non-conductive pan or put the food on aluminum foil, which won't get up to the temperature of the pan easily.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

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on July 24, 2013
at 01:05 PM

Matt's correct, the food won't reach 400f while in the oven (nor should it really reach it on a frying pan, as it'd be inedible either way); the reason people don't recommend frying in olive oil is because when frying, the oil is a medium between the pan (which CAN hit 400f or higher depending on the material and heat source) and the food (the oil is what keeps the food's temp from rising too quickly and burning it). Theoretically, if you greased a pan in olive oil and cooked the nuggets in the oven that way, the oil could still reach its smoke point that way, but the easy way around this

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 24, 2013
at 12:57 PM

I mean, technically smoking (burning) is oxidation, but that's a different oxidation reaction than what most people refer to when they talk oxidation.

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(10611)

on July 24, 2013
at 11:59 AM

Oxidation smells like rancidity or drying paint in my experience, not smoke.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 24, 2013
at 10:51 AM

Your food never gets up to 400F when cooking in the oven though, you'll be lucky to hit 200F. Olive oil is fine at that temperature.

Also, smoke point is not the same as oxidation.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 24, 2013
at 11:59 AM

Oxidation smells like rancidity or drying paint in my experience, not smoke.

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:41 PM

why are you using oil for a wash, why not use egg? Eggs are hihgly touted in paleo terms and should be consumed everyday. I use an egg wash then dip in coconut flour, then back into egg wash and then into Almond flour. Just a thought...

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:05 PM

is to cook on a non-conductive pan or put the food on aluminum foil, which won't get up to the temperature of the pan easily.

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on July 24, 2013
at 07:23 PM

So basically if i am dipping the chicken into the olive oil, and then rolling it in the almond flour and spices i should be fine at 400 degrees in the oven is what your saying?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on July 24, 2013
at 12:57 PM

I mean, technically smoking (burning) is oxidation, but that's a different oxidation reaction than what most people refer to when they talk oxidation.

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on July 24, 2013
at 01:05 PM

Matt's correct, the food won't reach 400f while in the oven (nor should it really reach it on a frying pan, as it'd be inedible either way); the reason people don't recommend frying in olive oil is because when frying, the oil is a medium between the pan (which CAN hit 400f or higher depending on the material and heat source) and the food (the oil is what keeps the food's temp from rising too quickly and burning it). Theoretically, if you greased a pan in olive oil and cooked the nuggets in the oven that way, the oil could still reach its smoke point that way, but the easy way around this

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on August 08, 2013
at 06:33 PM

good point, and thanks

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235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

on July 24, 2013
at 12:32 PM

Personally I do not cook with Olive Oil, I only use it in it's raw state for salads and stuff. I cook exclusively with Coconut Oil. Especially when frying, Coconut Oil can be used at high temps and provides a world of health benefits. You can have flavorful or flavorless(almost) Coconut Oil as well. Make sure you get a good quality Coconut Oil as they are not all made the same. Try a few smaller containers until you find one you like.

Good luck and have fun!!

Fad6cc45c86408332aaf337d68e7b8c2

on July 24, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I use the nutivia organic in the yellow jug. I drink 2 to 4 tablespoons a day. We cook with it quite a bit, but for some reason i can always taste the coconut say when making chicken with garlic salt pepper in the pan, the taste always comes through. Any other brands that you would suggest? Thanks

235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

(421)

on July 25, 2013
at 02:48 PM

Well what I have noticed is that there are different brands depending on where you live, however there is a brand called Spectrum that has little to no coconut flavor at all. Rainforest Coconut oil is pretty good as well and it is package in North America if that matters to you. Coconuts come from Phillipines though.

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56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on July 24, 2013
at 03:32 AM

Yes, I would not do that to olive oil. Not sure what you can, in fact, do. Heavily refined oils do have a higher smoke point than partially refined, my instinct is to cook at lower temperatures, but if not, find a smoking point table on the web and pick another oil.

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