Achiote Oil

Annatto seeds

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Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 11 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Achiote oil is made from annatto seeds and olive oil. It's used to flavor and color many dishes such as yellow rice. This recipe is so simple, you'll wonder why you haven't tried it before.

You can keep achiote oil in a jar with a tight lid at room temperature for four to five days.


  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons achiote seeds

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oil and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the seeds begin a steady bubble.

  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let stand for a minute.

  3. Strain the oil.


  • Do not overheat the oil and seeds. Overheating will turn the seeds black and the oil green. The oil will be ruined.