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Smoke Points: Refined coconut oil vs. Olive oil . . .

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Created April 03, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I was trying to sear salmon and I put unrefined virgin coconut oil in the pan and it immediately smoked.

Here's a list of smoke points for various oils:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_point

I'm thinking of buying a jar of REFINED coconut oil for this type of application, though I use UN-refined for regular consumption.

What are your thoughts between olive oil vs. refined coconut oil for my searing needs?

Thanks, Mike

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0 · November 02, 2013 at 1:16 AM

I've personally moved from Coconut oil to Ghee for cooking for this reason. I always find that it smokes less. I take Coconut oil as a supplement and use it as a topical these days.

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41544 · April 05, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Easy answer: eat more olive oil. I go through a quart a month! :)

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1021 · April 05, 2013 at 1:18 AM

ghee is stupid simple to make

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1418 · April 05, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Fixed it, thanks!

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3280 · April 05, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I think you mean high smoke point. As a lazy caveman, I don't see me making it, but good suggestion!

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41544 · April 04, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Small molecules that get extracted away from the refined product likely burn (smoke) at the lower temperature.

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396 · April 04, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Interesting. But what accounts for the 100 degree difference in smoke points between refined and unrefined coconut oil?

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2097 · April 03, 2013 at 10:48 PM

weird..i was under the impression that coconut oil had a higher smoke point than olive oil. Maybe the olive oil goes rancid easier at those higher temps making the coconut oil better? Also i dint realize tht unrefined was that low smoke point! perhaps refined is the healthiest for searing..?

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3280 · April 05, 2013 at 1:14 AM

I think I'm going to buy some REFINED coconut oil instead of using olive oil because the coconut oil is more stable, will last years, and I don't have to worry about it going rancid. I don't use olive oil for other things so even if I buy a small bottle, it will take me forever to use it, and it will likely go bad.

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41544 · April 05, 2013 at 1:51 AM

Easy answer: eat more olive oil. I go through a quart a month! :)

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41544 · April 03, 2013 at 11:52 PM

MCTs generally have lower smoke points that LCTs. MUFAs/PUFAs actually have better smoke points than do saturated fats as well.

Crazy huh? Every paleo source suggests nearly the opposite with regard to unsaturated fats.

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396 · April 04, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Interesting. But what accounts for the 100 degree difference in smoke points between refined and unrefined coconut oil?

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41544 · April 04, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Small molecules that get extracted away from the refined product likely burn (smoke) at the lower temperature.

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1262 · November 02, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Yes, unrefined oils are all over the place, the tabulated numbers can not be trusted and you have to try it on your own. But for refined, they can generally be trusted. I do, in fact, use refined coconut oil now.

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0 · November 02, 2013 at 1:05 AM

My internet search came up with using ghee for any temperature over ~325ºF and Avocado oil as having the highest smoke point with lower content of PUFA compared to other vegetable oils

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1418 · April 04, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Try using ghee, you can make your own. It has a very high smoke point, and you can deep fry with it.

http://ilovetraditionalfoods.blogspot.ca/2013/03/how-to-make-ghee-at-home-clarified.html

I'm sorry this doesn't answer your very specific question though comparing olive oil with coconut oil.

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1418 · April 05, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Fixed it, thanks!

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1021 · April 05, 2013 at 1:18 AM

ghee is stupid simple to make

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3280 · April 05, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I think you mean high smoke point. As a lazy caveman, I don't see me making it, but good suggestion!

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0 · November 02, 2013 at 1:16 AM

I've personally moved from Coconut oil to Ghee for cooking for this reason. I always find that it smokes less. I take Coconut oil as a supplement and use it as a topical these days.

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