Achiote Oil

Annatto seeds
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  • 11 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 1 cup (4 portions)
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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 4-5 days.

What You'll Need

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

How 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.

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


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 510
Total Fat 57 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Unsaturated Fat 41 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 2 mg
Carbohydrates 1 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)