Those seeking a diet lower in cholesterol, having less saturated fat or using only vegetarian ingredients will find substituting olive oil for butter is an easy, healthy and tasty alternative for cooking and baking.
Frying and Sautéing
For frying and sautéing, our extra virgin olive oil can replace butter at a 1-to-1 ratio. In fact, with our fused and infused extra virgin olive oil, you will discover many new ways to introduce new flavors in your dishes.
Try garlic olive oil in a stir fry or scrambled eggs Or, replace the butter with EVOO for a delicious bread dipping experience. To add flavor to olive oil, try adding a few drops of balsamic vinegar and some Italian spices.
Baking with Olive Oil
Baking with olive oil in place of butter has been around for centuries, especially in Mediterranean cooking.
When baking items with more delicate flavors, choose from our smoother, more mellow olive oil (like our Butter EVOO) over the more peppery, pungent selections. Or, if you intentionally want to add some essence to your baking, the possibilities are endless.
For example, to kick up the heat in a batch of cornbread, try substituting the butter with our Chipotle Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Our Whole Fruit Blood Orange EVOO can gave a lovely fruity essence to a batch of brownies providing a subtle but noticeable hint of orange.
|1 Teaspoon||¾ Teaspoon|
|1 Tablespoon||2 ¼ Teaspoons|
|2 Tablespoons||1 ½ Tablespoons|
|¼ Cup||3 Tablespoons|
|⅓ Cup||¼ Cup|
|½ Cup||¼ Cup + 2 Tablespoons|
|⅔ Cup||½ Cup|
|¾ Cup||½ Cup + 1 Tablespoon|
|1 Cup||¾ Cup|
Keep in mind, substituting olive oil for butter may not work for recipes that require the consistency of butter or shortening – like cake frosting that needs to hold up at room temperature. A brushing of olive oil can also be used instead of butter to prepare baking pans and cookie sheets before adding the batter or dough.