Who would have ever thought that one day we would write about sunflower oil scarcity? We certainly don’t, we can tell you. Yet the reality is no different. Therefore: the best alternatives to sunflower oil.
You may have noticed that sunflower oil is currently difficult to obtain due to the war in Ukraine. The shelves in the supermarket are as good as empty; online, the product is either not available or extremely expensive. Fortunately, there are alternatives.
Alternatives to sunflower oil
Peanut oil looks about the same as sunflower oil and has the handy property that it can withstand heat very well. That makes it extra suitable for frying , although you can also make mayonnaise with it. Or use it as an alternative to sunflower oil in this scallion oil .
Note: People with a peanut allergy should avoid peanut oil – also called peanut oil or groundnut oil.
Rapeseed oil falls in the same list as sunflower and peanut oil . Good to know: this oil is the only oil from Dutch soil, made from yellow flowers that grow all over the country. You can also use this to make mayonnaise , or to bake, roast and deep- fry to your heart’s content.
The subtle flavor of ghee (or clarified butter) works particularly well as an undertone to Indian dishes . If a recipe for saag paneer , butter masala or biryani calls for sunflower oil, you can also use ghee with confidence.
The same goes for coconut oil: feel free to use it as an alternative to sunflower oil when preparing curries, rice, soups or sauces for noodles. If you don’t want your dish to taste like coconut, opt for deodorized coconut oil. Deep – frying with coconut oil is also possible, but do not heat the oil higher than 180 degrees.
You can use cheap, mild olive oil to fry vegetables, meat or fish . This type of olive oil is – in contrast to the often more expensive extra virgin variant – refined, so that you can also heat the oil to a higher temperature.
Salad oil is often a mix of soybean oil and rapeseed oil, or simply pure soybean oil. You can use it both cold and warm , making it a handy alternative to sunflower oil.
In short: plenty of choice!