20 Great Ways To Use Avocado Oil For Cooking And Beauty

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Last Updated on April 2, 2024 by Share My Kitchen

There are a variety of oils used in cooking, but it’s good to have to have this one on hand. It has a light taste, rich flavor, low saturated fats, and high monounsaturated oils.

What is this marvel oil pertaining to?

Prepare to learn more about avocado oil.

Avocado oil is a healthy oil, and is a go-to oil for a variety of healthy recipes. It is incredibly versatile, so this article has a compiled list of 20 different uses, tips, and tricks to help you get started.

Use Avocado Oil As A Substitute for Butter

1. In Baking

As a health-conscious baker, you might be always looking for healthier alternatives to make your decadent desserts less sinful. This is where avocado oil comes in.

You can substitute avocado oil for butter in a recipe that calls for it. This will not affect the texture or taste. You may actually find your favorite recipes even more delicious without butter.

This substitution is a leap forward, but it’s a good experiment.

2. Over Popcorn

It is common to choose popcorn when you crave salty potato chips.

However, if you only buy whole kernels and seasoning your popcorn on your own, it’s great to make it macro friendly.

Adding avocado oil is the answer.

It has a rich, buttery flavor which gives just the right amount of flavor to not feel like you are missing out. However, avocado oil will help you control your health goals.

Keep in mind that a little avocado oil goes a long way. It is still oil rich in fats, even if they are healthy fats. 

3. Spread on Toast

Avocado oil is a great substitute for butter in everyday food like toast.

Rather than spreading layers of butter or flavored jams on toast, you can try drizzling avocado oil on top with eggs on the side. It’s quick and easy to make a healthy breakfast.

However, you may opt to drizzle oil on toast with a sprinkle of cinnamon if you want something sweeter.

Avocado oil can be used not only to replace butter but also for both extra virgin olive oils or coconut oil.

Use Avocado Oil As a Substitute for Cooking Oil

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is great to use, but you might not find it appealing if you find strong coconut flavor in your dishes not to your liking.

This can sometimes be a great way to elevate a dish, but it is not always a good idea. Sometimes it only adds an odd dimension which does not compliment the other flavors in the dish.

Using avocado oil as a substitute for coconut oil in recipes, you can keep the heart health benefits without the flavoring changing.

Additionally, avocado oil can also be used as an alternative to extra virgin olive oil.

5. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Avocado oil, like olive oil, is high in monounsaturated fat. So, it can be substituted for olive oil in nearly any recipe.

Avocado Oil As For Dressings & Condiments

6. Salad Dressings

Balsamic vinegar is one of the most popular salad dressings. However, there are times when people just want the taste of good oil and vinegar.

You can choose avocado oil rather than extra virgin olive oil when you start craving. It is the oil that works best.

The avocado oil balances out the tart balsamic taste, and it becomes light and delicious.

7. Mayo

Avocado oil as a substitute for mayonnaise has been tested, and it worked technically. However, it is recommended to use avocado oil for a Paleo Mayo recipe which calls for it.

A lot of Paleo mayo recipes require an emulsifier, and they do not work well with a blender. This can prove to be quite cumbersome, so you can try the Nom Nom Paleo recipe. It’s much simpler.

This recipe doesn’t require a blender, but it will still give you the creamy mayo texture that you crave.

Mix the following ingredients together in a bowl:

  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon Juice (you may use freshly squeezed lemon juice)

Next, whisk while you carefully add 3/4 cup of the avocado oil.

When avocado oil as a substitute for mayonnaise has been found effective and tasty, it is easy to make the leap and be creative. You can now make an aioli dipping sauce.

8. Spiced Aioli

Most of the ingredients are already in your pantry, but if not, you can easily find them on your next grocery trip.

Here are the ingredients needed:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • A handful of basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/8 cup of avocado oil

Combine all of the ingredients except avocado oil. As with the mayonnaise recipe, slowly add oil to the mixture until it becomes creamy.

This sauce can be used as a dip for nearly anything. You can also store it in the fridge for several days if you want to make it ahead of time.

Next, you try infusing avocado oil with herbs to make an even simpler dipping sauce.

9. Herb Infused Oil

This is the easiest way to infuse oil with herbs:

Mix a little balsamic vinegar with avocado oil, dried Italian herbs such as oregano, basil, and top it off with freshly cracked black pepper.

Then, this oil can be used to dip your crusty bread or to drizzle over a piece of grilled fish.

Cooking With Avocado Oil 

10. Egg Swap

This swap is perfect for those who love fried foods.

Let’s suppose you love fried chicken. There is a healthier alternative to frying your chicken rather than to dip it in egg wash, flour, or breadcrumbs, then fry it.

Begin by dipping your chicken in avocado oil. Then, coat the chicken with breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven. You won’t need as much oil to bake the chicken, but you will still get that crispy chicken taste.

You could also drop the breadcrumbs altogether, and use avocado oil as a marinade.

Avocado oil is great for pan searing, stir-frying, and grilling due to its high heat resistance.

11. Marinade for Grilling

Keep in mind that grilling meat at high temperatures without the right marinade can cause dryness and tastelessness.

Use an oil that can withstand heat to preserve the moisture in your delicious grilled meal. It will also absorb the juicy, buttery flavor of the avocado oil.

Start by putting some fresh seafood and chicken in a Ziploc bag with some spices and avocado oil. Then, let it marinate in the fridge for two hours. However, if you have a short time, letting it sit for 5-10 minutes could make a huge difference.

Once the meat has been marinated, you can simply grill it. Then, discard what’s left of the oil marinade, and choose the vegetables to go with this delicious meal.

12. Grilled Veggies

Avocado oil does not only make meat taste better on the grill.

In fact, there is nothing better than sprinkling avocado oil directly on grilled vegetables.

13. Stir Fry

If you have been wondering what kind of oil is best to use when stir frying, the answer is avocado oil. It is not only rich in buttery flavor, but it also works well with high heat.

However, stir frying needs a large wok, and a lot to clean up. So, another option, especially if you are cooking dinner for two people, is to pan sear the meat.

Fortunately, avocado oil is also great for pan searing.

14. Pair with Light Meats

Avocado oil is lighter in taste, so it works well with meats like chicken or white fish such as tilapia or scallops.

You need to pan-sear both sides of the meat to get a golden or light brown exterior and a buttery flavor inside.

This will satisfy the sensation of eating rich buttery sauces without any of the extra fat.

Finally, avocado oil can also be used as a drizzle for bread, fruits, soups, and pizza.

Use as a Drizzle

15. Over Pizza

Avocado oil is something you may use as a drizzle on pizza. However, it is not for the regular, heavily greased take-out pizza. Instead, if you are looking for a lighter pizza, get a flatbread and top it with fresh garlic, a bit of part-skim mozzarella, and a drizzle of avocado oil.

The flavors blend wonderfully, and this will definitely satisfy your craving for pizza without compromising your healthy diet.

16. Fruit Salad

You might be wondering, “Why would someone drizzle oil on fruit?”

However, keep an open mind because avocado oil drizzled on fruits is simply delicious.

Here, you can skip the usual fruit salad, and instead stick with sweet fruits mixed with savory ingredients. Avocado oil is an excellent complement to the sweetness of fruit.

Here’s a recommended fruit salad combination:

Combine watermelon and low-fat feta cheese on top of spinach. Then, you can drizzle the avocado over it. This salad is perfect for summer because it’s not only light, but also refreshing.

You can always accompany your salad with a large bowl of soup. It’s also a great way of getting double the amount of vegetables, and getting properly full.

17. Soups

Add a little drizzle of avocado oil right over your soup to increase its flavor. The buttery flavor seeps through the soup, creating a richness which will surely prevent you from adding pre-packaged crackers.

Use Avocado Oil For Your Skin

18. Reduce Sun Damage

A natural oil can be used as a weak sunscreen. Avocado oil is an excellent choice if you want to use something completely natural instead of the stuff you can buy in the drugstore.

19. Leave-In Conditioner

You may use a small, or dime-sized, amount of avocado oil onto your freshly washed hair as a leave-in conditioner. It will prevent you from dealing with a dry, itchy scalp. Additionally, it will give your hair a natural shine, and will make your hair feel super soft.

However, this is not a subject that has been thoroughly researched, but it’s worth a try.

20. Dry Scalp Treatment

Avocado oil can be used in the shower to deep condition your hair. After shampooing, apply the avocado oil to your scalp. Then let it sit for about a minute before you rinse it off.

Remember that most lotions contain a form of oil, so they can be used in the same way.


Avocado oil can be used in everything from baking to grilling to lotions to leave-in conditioners. Hopefully, this article has taught you about the versatility of avocado oil. It is one of the healthiest oils available. In addition, it creates delicious, unexpected flavor when added to food, and it provides different natural health benefits.

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