A Quick Guide to Cooking with Paleo Oils

Using an oil effectively is more than just throwing it on a pan and heating it up. There are some oils that should never even be exposed to heat. Here is a quick reference for how you should be using Paleo oils. A good rule of thumb is to never let an oil discolor or begin to smoke. While some recipes may require you to heat your fat source to the point of smoking, it is best to err on the side of caution, as smoking or discoloration may indicate that the oil has become denatured, negating many of the health benefits.

Keep it off the fire

Cod Liver Oil
Flax Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil

Low Heat
Suitable for baking or stove top cooking over a low flame.

Sunflower Oil
Pumpkin Oil

Medium Heat
Suitable for higher-heat baking (400-450 degrees) and stovetop cooking with a medium flame.

Olive Oil
Sesame Oil
Hazelnut Oil

High Heat
Bring on the flame: These oils can handle just about any heat you can throw at them.

Coconut
Lard
Ghee (clarified butter)
Palm Oil

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