Are there specific optimal temperature ranges to be mindful of when cooking with coconut oil?


Quick Answer

Coconut oil is best suited for midtemperature cooking and should be kept below its 350 degrees Fahrenheit smoke point. The smoke point is the temperature at which a fat begins to break down, and any impurities will start to burn, releasing toxic components and causing the fat to become inedible.

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Coconut oil is a high-fat-content oil extracted from the meat of ripe coconuts. Its status as a saturated fat gives it a melting point of 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Coconut oil is recommended for use in baking and in gentle pan-frying techniques such as sauteing or stir-frying. Refined coconut oil's smoke point is 400 degrees Fahrenheit — 50 degrees higher than that of unrefined (virgin) coconut oil — due to having had impurities filtered out.

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