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Types of Cooking Oil

Whether you're creating the perfect stir fry or concocting a marinade, cooking oil is a necessary staple to any kitchen. Here, you can find liquid cooking and fryer oils in various sizes and types so you can bake bread and saute any dish to perfection.

Considerations When Choosing Cooking Oil

When choosing between different types of cooking oil, there are two things you want to consider:

1. Smoke Point

A cooking oil's smoke point indicates the temperature at which an oil breaks down and ceases to be useful. For instance, deep frying requires oil with a high smoke point.

2. Application

Oils have three basic uses:

  1. deep frying
  2. light frying / sauteing
  3. creating sauces

Some even work as multi-purpose oils, and can be adequately used in all applications. Keeping the application and smoke point in mind, use this guide to find the cooking oil that is best for you.

Types of Commercial Deep Fryers

If you're looking to deep fry chicken, vegetables, and other comfort food, check out these types of frying oils with features that range from economic, healthy, or non-transferable with flavors.
Boxed Admiration creamy fryer oil

Creamy Fryer Oil

Ingredients: Canola oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying

  • Added Advantage: Healthy alternative to high-fat frying, retains excellent fryer life if filtered daily

Boxed AAK Oasis expeller pressed premium creamy liquid shortening

Expeller Pressed Premium Creamy Liquid Shortening

Ingredients: Canola and soybean oils

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying

  • Added Advantage: No flavor transfer and contains contains zero trans fat

Boxed Magic Fry clear liquid shortening

Magic Fry Clear Liquid Shortening

Ingredients: Soybean oil and special anti-foaming additives

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying

  • Added Advantage: Buttery taste without added cholesterol

Boxed Admiration Pro Fry liquid shortening

Admiration Pro Fry Liquid Shortening

Ingredients: High oleic soybean oil and special anti-foaming additives

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Heavy-duty frying applications

  • Added Advantage: Healthier alternative to other frying oils

Jug of Admiration 17.5 lb. 100% peanut oil

Peanut Oil

Ingredients: 100% peanut oil

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Deep frying and stir fry

  • Added Advantage: Doesn't absorb or transfer flavors

Boxed AAK Oasis peanut oil blend

Peanut Oil Blend

Ingredients: 50% peanut oil, 50% soya oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: All-purpose deep frying and stir fry

  • Added Advantage: Economical substitute for peanut-oil

Boxed Healthy Brand 100% peanut oil

Healthy Brand 100% Peanut Oil

Ingredients: Peanut oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying, deep frying

  • Added Advantage: Doesn't transfer flavors

Jug of LouAna cottonseed oil

Cottonseed Oil

Ingredients: Winterized cottonseed oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: All-purpose deep frying and stir fry

  • Added Advantage: Economical substitute for peanut oil with a high smoke point

Boxed Admiration canola frying oil

Admiration Canola Frying Oil

Ingredients: Canola oil, TBHQ, Dimethyl Polysilixone (anti-foaming agent)

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying

  • Added Advantage: Healthier alternative to other frying oils

Types of Oil for Light Frying / Sauteing

Whether you're searing, sauteing, lightly frying, or even creating signature infused flavor oils, these types of oils have various smoke points, flavors, and multiple different uses.
Jug of Pan Whiz butter alternative

Pan Whiz Butter Alternative

Ingredients: Soybean oil, salt, vegetable lecithin, artificial buttery flavor, colored with beta-carotene. TBHQ added to protect flavor, and Dimethyl Polysiloxane (anti-foaming agent)

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, sauteing

  • Added Advantage: Ready-to-use formula resists burning, scorching, and spattering

Jug of Admiration 17.5 lb. 100% soya oil

Soya Oil

Ingredients: Soybean oil

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Inexpensive and healthy

Jug of Admiration pure vegetable salad oil

Pure Vegetable Salad Oil

Ingredients: 90% soybean oil, 10% vegetable oil

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Making dressings and frying non-breaded items

  • Added Advantage: Great source of Omega-3 fatty acids

Tin of Del-Destino Superior Quality 100% pure olive oil

100% Pure Olive Oil

Ingredients: Refined olive oil

Smoke Point: 460 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: High-heat cooking, vinaigrettes, signature infused flavor oils

  • Added Advantage: High-quality, versatile oil that is a product of Italy

Tin of Primio d'Oro extra virgin olive oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients: 100% cold pressed olives

Smoke Point: 405 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Finishing oil on salads, marinades

  • Added Advantage: High-quality oil with pronounced and smooth flavor

Box of 100% Atlantic Organic organic sunflower oil

100% Organic Sunflower Oil

Ingredients: Organic sunflower oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Searing and sauteing

  • Added Advantage: Healthier alternative to other traditional frying oils

Box of Oasis corn oil

Oasis Corn Oil

Ingredients: Corn oil

Smoke Point: 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying, cooking, baking

  • Added Advantage: High-quality oil with pronounced and smooth flavor

Jug of Admiration corn oil

Corn Oil

Ingredients: 100% corn oil

Smoke Point: 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying, cooking, baking

  • Added Advantage: Versatile in application and naturally resistant to breakdown

Jug of Oasis pan & grill cooking oil

Pan & Grill Cooking Oil

Ingredients: Partially hydrogenated soybean oil, lecithin, artificial butter flavor, beta carotene (color) TBHQ and Citric Acid (to protect flavor), Dimethyl Polysiloxane (anti-foaming agent)

Smoke Point: 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Baking, cooking, pan or griddle frying

  • Added Advantage: Features a buttery flavor

Tin of Del-Destino olive pomace oil

Lira Olive Pomace Oil

Ingredients: Olive pomace oil

Smoke Point: 460 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying, sauteing

  • Added Advantage: Light flavor won’t detract from natural flavors of food

Jug of Oasis pan and grill oil

Salute Brand Premium Blend Soy Salad Oil

Ingredients: 75% soybean oil, 25% olive oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Dressings, sauteing, baking, light frying

  • Added Advantage: Contains healthy antioxidants

Box of Excelle non-GMO soybean oil

Non-GMO Soybean Oil

Ingredients: Non-GMO soybean oil

Smoke Point: 440 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Non-GMO recipe

Box of Healthy Brand Soya Bean Salad Oil

Soya Bean Salad Oil

Ingredients: Soybean oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Inexpensive and healthier than other oils

Types of Oils for Sauces and Dressings

A house-made dressing or vinaigrette can take a simple salad or protein-heavy dish to the next level, creating a one-of-a-kind and exclusive menu item in your restaurant.
Jug of Admiration vegetable oil

Soya Oil

Ingredients: Soybean oil

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Inexpensive and healthy

Jug of Admiration vegetable oil

Pure Vegetable Salad Oil

Ingredients: 90% soybean oil, 10% vegetable oil

Smoke Point: 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Making dressings and frying non-breaded items

  • Added Advantage: Great source of Omega-3 fatty acids

Jug of Salute Brand premium blend soy salad oil

Salute Brand Premium Blend Soy Salad Oil

Ingredients: 75% soybean oil, 25% olive oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Dressings, sautéing, baking, light frying

  • Added Advantage: Contains healthy antioxidants

Box of Excelle non-GMO soybean oil

Non-GMO Soybean Oil

Ingredients: Non-GMO soybean oil

Smoke Point: 440 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Non-GMO recipe

Box of Healthy Brand Soya Bean Salad Oil

Soya Bean Salad Oil

Ingredients: Soybean oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Light frying, baking, and making dressings

  • Added Advantage: Inexpensive and healthier than other oils

Multi-Purpose Oils

From baking or frying to making popcorn or vinaigrette, these multi-purpose oils are perfect for all different types of cooking applications that need oil.
Jug of Admiration vegetable oil

Canola Oil

Ingredients: Canola oil

Smoke Point: 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying breaded items, sauteing, and making salad dressings

  • Added Advantage: Versatile in application with a neutral flavor that won't overpower dishes

Box of Organic canola oil

100% Pure Organic Canola Oil

Ingredients: Organic canola oil

Smoke Point: 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying breaded items, sauteing, and making salad dressings

  • Added Advantage: Versatile in application with a neutral flavor that won't overpower dishes

Box of Organic soybean oil

Organic Soybean Oil

Ingredients: Organic soybean oil

Smoke Point: 460 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Cooking, baking, frying, and making salad dressings

  • Added Advantage: Low in saturated fats and high in beneficial fatty acids

Jug of Salute Premium Blend soya olive oil

Soya Olive Blend Oil

Ingredients: 90% soybean oil, 10% olive oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Making dressings, cooking, baking, sauteing, and light frying

  • Added Advantage: Versatile, all-purpose oil

Jug of Olioro olive oIl blend

99:1 Soy / Olive Oil Blend

Ingredients: 99% soybean oil, 1% olive oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Making dressings, cooking, baking, sauteing, and light frying

  • Added Advantage: Versatile, all-purpose oil with olive oil flavor

Jug of Viva oil blend

75:25 Soya / Olive Oil Blend

Ingredients: 75% pure vegetable soya oil, 25% imported olive oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Making dressings, cooking, baking, sauteing, and light frying

  • Added Advantage: Versatile, all-purpose oil with olive oil flavor

Box of Admiration canola oil

Admiration Canola Oil

Ingredients: Canola oil

Smoke Point: 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Cooking, frying, and making salad dressings

  • Added Advantage: Healthier alternative to other oils

Box of Prime non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil

Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil

Ingredients: Non-GMO expeller pressed canola oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Cooking, frying, and making salad dressings

  • Added Advantage: Non-GMO and expeller pressed (no chemicals)

Tub of avocado oil

Avocado Oil

Ingredients: Avocado oil

Smoke Point: 570 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Baking, cooking, frying, or making vinaigrettes

  • Added Advantage: Exceptionally versatile and contains heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory properties; great for health-conscious cooking

Tub of Golden Barrel pure coconut oil

Coconut Oil

Ingredients: Coconut oil

Smoke Point: 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Baking, cooking, frying, or making popcorn

  • Added Advantage: Exceptionally versatile and all-natural

Jug of Grape Ola 100% grape seed oil

100% Grape Seed Oil

Ingredients: Refined grape seed oil

Smoke Point: 420 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Baking, cooking, frying, or enhancing salad dressings and marinades

  • Added Advantage: Exceptionally versatile as well as preservative and cholesterol free

Box of canola oil

Healthy Brand Canola Fry Oil

Ingredients: Canola oil, TBHQ and citric acid (to protect flavor), Dimethyl Polysiloxane (anti-foaming agent)

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Baking, cooking, frying, or sauteing

  • Added Advantage: Most nutritious oil

TIn of Del-Destino 100% pure sesame oil

100% Pure Sesame Oil

Ingredients: 100% pure sesame seed oil

Smoke Point: 420 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: High-heat cooking, stir-frying, sauces, and marinades

  • Added Advantage: Imparts dishes with rich, nutty flavor

Shortening Oils

Shortening oil is best for all of your baking purposes, such as frying donuts, making frosting, cutting into pie dough, and using as the fat in baked goods.
Box of AAK Foodserve Donut Fry Shortening

Oasis Donut Fry Shortening

Ingredients: Partially hydrogenated soybean oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Donut frying

  • Added Advantage: Ensures superior glaze retention

Ramekin of all-purpose shortening

Zero Trans Fat All Purpose Shortening

Ingredients: Palm oil and cottonseed oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Frying dough, baking, and making icing

  • Added Advantage: Versatile product with zero trans fat

Ramekin of donut fry shortening

Zero Trans Fat Donut Fry Shortening

Ingredients: Palm oil

Smoke Point: 450 degrees Fahrenheit

Ideal For: Donut frying

  • Added Advantage: Zero trans fat

How to Clean Fryer Oil

When using cooking oil for deep frying applications, it’s an economical decision to continuously filter and stabilize your fryer oil in order to prolong the life of your oil, ultimately cutting down costs. Watch the video below to learn how to get the most use out of your fryer oil!


Although you may want to prolong the life of your oil as long as possible, it's very important to continuously test the quality of your oil. As your fryer oil breaks down over time, polar substances build up, increasing the your risk of serving undercooked food. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions to test the quality of your fryer oil!

MirOil FQA Frying Oil Test Strips

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