Unlock Canola Oil’s Tasty Flavors With Brilliant Cooking Ideas

Unlock Canola Oil’s Tasty Flavors With Brilliant Cooking Ideas

Plus, start your healthy cooking journey with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil

Not just for frying, canola oil is the key to whipping up finger-licking good grills, tasty salads, moist cakes and more!

Frying

Adobo Empanada (Fried Meat Pies), recipe here.

This healthy oil is made by crushing tiny black seeds nested in pea-like pods, to achieve a smooth, light oil that is high in “good fats” of omega 3 and 6, along with vitamin A. The best part? Canola’s versatility lets you fry, bake, marinade, grease and grill with ease. Find out what delights can be made with this household staple below, starting with one of the most popular cooking styles in the Philippines – frying.

With a neutral flavor profile and high-smoking point, canola oil truly lets the aroma and taste of your favorite deep-fried cuisine shine. The Japanese swear by it for creating that crisp tempura shell, the Indians use it to deep fry those hearty, stuffed samosas. And in the Philippines, deep-fried empanadas are one of the country’s best-tasting snacks! And if you ever feel like having something more savory, more crisp, and addictively bite-sized, try a finger-licking Proben, or deep-fried chicken skin too.

So, if you’re like us and love frying, do it the healthier way – with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil. It contains phytosterols which may help reduce cholesterol. As you may know, phytosterols occur in plants and have been known to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It may help lower cholesterol by up to 15% with proper diet and exercise. Did you also know? Canola oil has the lowest level of saturated fats or “bad fats” compared to other vegetable oils. It is high in unsaturated fats or “good fats” which includes Omega 3 and 6.

Batter and Baking

Classic Banana Cake, recipe here. Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, and Golden Fiesta Palm Oil (a more affordable option) makes it moist and tasty. Photo: Golden Fiesta  

In baking, you can use canola oil interchangeably with butter. You can also use Golden Fiesta Palm Oil, a cheaper alternative if you’re on a budget! Both oils are ideal for making super moist cakes like this Classic Banana Cake or dense pie crust for decadent chocolate or spiced pumpkin pies. The richness it lends to your bakes means it pairs well with equally heavy and rich ingredients like cream cheese in Italian cannoli or a very delightful veggie carrot cupcake.

Canola oil can be substituted at a 1:1 with other oils in baking, but if you are swapping out butter with canola oil, use ¾ cup for every cup of butter instead. This helps keep your dough’s texture consistent. However, the good thing about using canola oil or palm oil when you bake is that these oils keep your bakes moist but not soggy. They’re really good to use in bread type cakes, muffins, and pastries too!

One things though, if you’re using canola oil in cookies and biscuits instead of butter, it’s good to space them further apart as your cookies will spread more.

Salads, sauces and marinades

Love the spicy, moreish Sichuan chilli dip with that hint of liquorice? Canola oil is the base ingredient for many sauces and marinades in Asian cuisine, allowing you to simmer those aromatic spices like Sichuan pepper corns, cloves and cinnamon without interfering with their flavours. It’s heavily used to create a variety of sambals or chilli paste like Sambal Goreng Terasi or Sambal Balado and for Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. 

Chicken Inasal (Filipino Grilled Chicken), recipe here.

The entire range of salad dressings, from Honey Mustard to Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing can also be whipped up with canola oil as a substitute with a 1:1 ratio as well. Canola oil contains more vitamin E than olive oil and can also be stored for longer without going rancid – a double win here!

For marinades, canola oil acts as a medium to transfer fat-soluble flavours to your delicious Chicken Inasal (Filipino Grilled Chicken) or tongue-numbing Mala Chicken Steak. It also prevents sharp or acidic flavours from dominating, rounding out the flavor profiles of your savoury dishes.

Grilling and Roasting

Slow Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Lemon Herb Vinaigrette, recipe here.

Meats, vegetables, seafood and even fruits develop that amazing deep flavours and the slight char when grilled. Beyond drizzling canola oil over your Slow Roasted Salmon with Potatoes and Lemon Herb Vinaigrette or the spicy-sourish Sambal Stingray, canola oil can also be mixed with tomatoes, chillies, honey, lemons and vinegar to create thick barbeque sauces to slather over your grilled ribs, beef, seafood or chicken.

Barbeque sauces should be applied near the end of the cooking process to prevent them from burning. Simply baste your chosen meat with the sauce in the final five to ten minutes of cooking to achieve the ideal textures and taste.

Greasing cookware

This application should come as an almost no-brainer. Canola oil is great for greasing your baking trays, pots and pans for cooking, and its high smoke point prevents it from browning too quickly on the stove or in the oven. It prevents your dough, meats and vegetables from sticking to your cookware better than butter would.

There’s plenty of ways to grease your pan, from pouring the canola oil directly and spreading it around with your fingers to using a silicone basting brush (which is what we would recommend), or soaking a paper towel in some oil before rubbing it around the cooking surface.

So, which oil to pick?

Well, we love in particular, Golden Fiesta Canola Oil, and let’s see why.  

Some facts about it:

1. Protects the heart

As you may know, phytosterols occur in plants, including canola seeds, and they have been known to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It may help lower cholesterol by up to 15% with proper diet and exercise.

2. Supports overall health 

Made from the seeds of canola flowers, canola oil has the lowest level of saturated fats or “bad fats” compared to other vegetable oils. It is high in unsaturated fats or “good fats” which includes Omega 3 and 6. Moreover, canola oil has a Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio of 1:2, which is considered a healthy balance of the two fats that is vital for overall health.

2. Strengthens immune system

Golden Fiesta Canola Oil also contains Vitamin A which is vital for the different processes in your body, especially when it comes to strengthening your immune system.

This article was published in association with Golden Fiesta Canola Oil. 

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