Achiote Oil

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Achiote oil

Prep Time: minutes
Cook Time: minutes
Yields: cups oil
Difficulty:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup achiote or annatto seeds
  • salt a pinch
  • Pinch of salt
Difficulty:
You can keep achiote oil in a jar with a tight lid at room temperature for one week, or you can store it in the fridge and it will last about two weeks.

Achiote oil is made from annatto seeds and olive or vegetable oil - depending on your preference. Vegetable oil allows the achiote to have a more neutral taste. It's used in many Latin American dishes to add flavor and color, for example: yellow rice. You can sometimes find achiote oil in your local latin super markets, but if you cannot, this is a super simple recipe for you to make your own achiote, or annatto oil, at home.

The achiote oil can be used to sauté onions, garlic, and other vegetables, but you can also use it on fish and chicken before grilling. You can also add some to mashed potatoes, rice, bread dough or pasta dough before cooking. It adds a delicious taste!

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over low, heat oil for 2 minutes and add annatto seeds and salt.
  2. Once oil reaches an orange, almost red color, after approximately 10-15 minutes, take out from heat and let cool.
  3. Strain and store in a glass container, preferably in fridge but you can also keep it on your counter.

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