Recipe Detail Achiote Oil

Achiote Oil

Achiote Oil

This oil is used to ad d color and flavor to dishes. Use it in place of vegetable oil in the dishes in this book. Look for annatto (achiote) seeds that are a bright-reddish color; seeds that are brownish in color are old and have probably lost much of their flavor.



1. Combine the oil, annatto seeds, red chile, and bay leaf (if using) in a nonreactive heavy saucepan and allow the mixture to steep for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Bring the mixture to a low and gentle boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool thoroughly.

3. Strain the oil through a very fine sieve. Pour the strained oil into a bottle and cap tightly. Refrigerated and tightly capped, this oil will remain usable up to six months.


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