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So, what's the final word on cooking with extra virgin olive oil?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Some people say to never heat EVOO because... it'll break down and do bad things to you (or something). I haven't really seen any science on this, so I'm wondering what the deal really is.

Tonight I roasted some vegetables drizzled with EVOO and salt in the oven at 425 F for 30 min. It looked like the oil was bubbling on the baking sheet a little, but I didn't see or smell any smoke.

Is it ok to use EVOO like this? Should I use coconut oil, tallow, ghee, or some other fat instead? I've also heard stuff like "light" olive oil and "virgin" olive oil are better for cooking than EVOO. Is that true?

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on February 23, 2013
at 04:27 PM

What a helpful answer to my question! (If you care, I happen to like the taste of olive oil).

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on February 23, 2013
at 04:50 AM

Why bother? You get much better results cooking with lard or tallow.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:58 AM

And yet, we'll still argue about it for now until the cows come home.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:27 AM

I know of no good reason why extra virgin olive oil would be a bad cooking oil. Its low PUFA content and polyphenols make it pretty oxidation resistant, and it doesn't have a particularly low smoke point compared to the other fats. The fear of cooking with olive oil is overblown in my opinion.

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on February 23, 2013
at 01:58 AM

And yet, we'll still argue about it for now until the cows come home.

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on February 23, 2013
at 02:13 AM

theres nothing wrong with cooking with EVOO at all. except its a waste of EVOO. use cheaper oils for frying

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