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What oil to replace vegetable oil in a sauce recipe?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2011 at 12:27 AM

So, I found this recipe for xo sauce, which sounds pretty amazing, but it calls for two cups of vegetable oil.

I don't think olive oil would quite be the right flavor. I do think coconut oil would be an excellent flavor combination, but I worry that it would change the viscosity of the sauce fairly significantly (or separate out and harden).

Suggestions?

/edit: Ooh. What about ghee? I haven't really cooked with ghee much.

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on July 17, 2011
at 02:06 AM

just tried the xo sauce recipe with ghee. Not bad! though I did cheat a little and add some olive too. The pork and shrimp flavors really dominate so go for it!

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Unfortunately, shipping looks like a minimum of $7.20 from Mountain Rose Herbs (to me, at least).

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Welcome to our neck of the woods, Amy! The recipe looks great. Can't wait to try it out. Peanut oil is probably pretty perfect for the recipe, but most of us try to avoid peanut products for the most part (though, there are definitely worse options out there). Thanks for the recipe and reply!

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:46 PM

That IS totes what I want here. :)

Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Eh, I don't really have any delusions of being 100% paleo-perfect myself (especially since there's so much confusion as to what "paleo" is these days). Thanks!

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on July 14, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Oooohhhh does it ship free at that price? The Amazon price that I cited above ships free.

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on July 14, 2011
at 01:11 AM

what an awesome recipe- thats some umami right there. i agree with the light olive oil or macadamia nut oil, favoring the later. looks incredibly delicious!

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on July 14, 2011
at 01:08 AM

FYI, you can get organic macadamia nut oil for $12 for 16oz at mountain rose herbs!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 14, 2011
at 01:02 AM

For those who are dairy free, I've found mac oil to be a great dairy alternative to butter when added to veggies (like sweet potatoes) in modest amounts.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 14, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Yo, that mac oil right here is stupid delicious. Love it.

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I agree. For this application, I would use a light olive oil. Not 100% Paleo-perfect, but in the ballpark.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Ghee has a similar viscosity to coconut oil, though it would probably be delicious.. but buttery. I would experiment with making just half a batch, or less, with some other (nut-based?) vegetable oil. Sorry i don't have ideas about that... oh, except "Light" olive oil doesn't have as much olivey flavor and might work just fine!

2f361c2cec9ddf7409bf0094977aac1e

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I agree. For this application, I would use a light olive oil. Not 100% Paleo-perfect, but in the ballpark.

Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

(407)

on July 14, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Eh, I don't really have any delusions of being 100% paleo-perfect myself (especially since there's so much confusion as to what "paleo" is these days). Thanks!

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D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Depending on your cost / benefit, I'd give macadamia oil a try. I've gotten the NOW organic macadamia oil on Amazon - 16 oz. bottle for $15. 16 oz. = the two cups that you'd need. Yes, pricey for sure, but if you are using the sauce here and there for little hits of flavor - and not all in one go - it could be worthwhile.

Pros for macadamia oil:

  • Liquid at room temp

  • High MUFA / low PUFA content makes it suitable for higher heat cooking in a pinch. For super high heat stir-fries, you could also add the sauce made with mac oil to your dishes after the meat and veggies come off of the stove burner/wok, to avoid unnecessary oxidation.

  • Delicious yet understated buttery/nutty flavor that combines well with many flavor profiles

Cons:

  • Probably couldn't serve your sauce (if it has the mac oil) to someone with nut allergies.

  • Kinda pricey, depending on how fast you'd go through your sauce

what-oil-to-replace-vegetable-oil-in-a-sauce-recipe?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 14, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Oooohhhh does it ship free at that price? The Amazon price that I cited above ships free.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 14, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Yo, that mac oil right here is stupid delicious. Love it.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 14, 2011
at 01:08 AM

FYI, you can get organic macadamia nut oil for $12 for 16oz at mountain rose herbs!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on July 14, 2011
at 01:02 AM

For those who are dairy free, I've found mac oil to be a great dairy alternative to butter when added to veggies (like sweet potatoes) in modest amounts.

Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

(407)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Unfortunately, shipping looks like a minimum of $7.20 from Mountain Rose Herbs (to me, at least).

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:59 AM

My immediate thoughts are macadamia nut oil/avocado oil - the soft flavour in both of these should not affect the XO flavour and sunflower oil. Regarding the sunflower oil my understanding is that Paleo peeps are on the fence about it. Some say ok, some say no. Same with Palm and Palm Kernal oil which were others I thought of.

Using coconut oil would be super tasty, agree! You should try a batch and see if you'll just need to bring it out when you're prepping food so it could be ready to go by the time you need it. Hmm...

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Yeah I'm not sure about ghee in this case, it has a very buttery/nutty flavour.

I'd vote for lite olive oil (cheap), walnut oil, or avocado oil (not so cheap).

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on July 14, 2011
at 06:43 AM

Light olive oil should work fine for you. It doesn't have the strong flavor like the virgin or extra virgin does. Back when I still ate cake I used to use it for that and it worked well so I imagine it would work for your recipe too.

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97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on July 14, 2011
at 02:23 AM

Don't use ghee. I find asian (non-indian asian) food doesn't go well with the buttery flavors of ghee. You can try a really bland olive, but it might be a little non-paleo since it requires you to heat the oil.

I think traditional chinese cooking uses peanut oil, but that's not paleo either.

Because there's pork in the recipe, why not try using pork fat?

97c04f87a752ff0a5cf6be9d806c0334

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on July 17, 2011
at 02:06 AM

just tried the xo sauce recipe with ghee. Not bad! though I did cheat a little and add some olive too. The pork and shrimp flavors really dominate so go for it!

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on July 14, 2011
at 01:11 AM

Hello.

I'm the author for the Homemade XO Sauce. You replace the vegetable Oil with Peanut Oil.

Thank you for enjoying my post. It makes me happy.

Kindest Regards, Amy @ tinytearoom

Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:53 PM

Welcome to our neck of the woods, Amy! The recipe looks great. Can't wait to try it out. Peanut oil is probably pretty perfect for the recipe, but most of us try to avoid peanut products for the most part (though, there are definitely worse options out there). Thanks for the recipe and reply!

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

I would definitely go for light olive oil. I pretty much use it for everything that I don't want to taste like olive oil or coconut oil. It pretty much tastes like nothing, which is totes what you want here :)

Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:46 PM

That IS totes what I want here. :)

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on July 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Walnut oil perhaps? Expensive, but might be worth an occasional treat.

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