The Best Temperatures and Uses for Common Cooking Oils

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Anyone can toss some oil into a pan and cook, but if you want to up your cooking game, consider using different oils based on the dish you’re… Read…

We’ve talked about why you should have more than one cooking oil in your kitchen, but this graphic breaks down the differences between them nicely. It shows you smoke points for common oils, and their most popular uses, all in one good-looking chart.

One of the biggest reasons you’d want multiple oils in your kitchen, especially more than just olive oil, is because different oils smoke at different temperatures, which means they lend themselves—and their flavor—best to different cooking methods.

For example, ghee (clarified butter) or avocado oil both have high smoke points (well over 500 degrees F) so they’re great for high-heat cooking, frying, and broiling in ways that sesame or pumpkin oil, which have lower smoke points (closer to 300 or 400 degrees F, respectively,) are not.

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