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7 Healthy Swaps for Rice Bran Oil in Cooking

You ever had one of those moments where you’re standing in the baking aisle, completely overwhelmed by the choices of oils?

The other day, we were hit with the realization that maybe, just maybe, we could switch things up a bit from our usual rice bran oil.

Let’s talk about some healthier swaps. There are plenty of options out there that are not only good for us but also bring a tasty twist to our meals.

We’ve done the homework, so here are seven swaps you can try out in your next culinary creation. Ready to switch things up? Let’s start!\

7 Easy Substitutes for Rice Bran Oil

Here are seven alternatives to rice bran oil that can add a nutritious punch to your cooking and baking:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dish
Avocado OilMild, butterySmooth1:1Salads, sautéing
Grapeseed OilNeutralLight1:1Baking, frying
Sunflower OilMild, nuttyLight1:1Frying, sautéing
Canola OilNeutralLight1:1Frying, baking
Peanut OilNuttySmooth1:1Stir-frying, frying
Sesame OilStrong, nuttyThick1:2Asian dishes, marinades
GheeRich, butteryThick1:1Indian dishes, sautéing

1 – Avocado Oil

First, let’s talk about avocado oil. We love it because it’s smooth and light. It’s a fantastic all-rounder. Ever tried making a stir-fry with it? Game changer.

Use it just like rice bran oil, one-for-one. It’s versatile for dressings, sautéing, and even baking. We find it has a buttery, mild flavor without overpowering your dishes.

Another plus, it handles high heat like a champ. You can fry up those crispy delights without any worry. We’ve got more insights in our guide on avocado oil substitutes. Check it out for more tips!

2 – Grapeseed Oil

Next up, grapeseed oil. We tried it, and let’s just say, we’re hooked. It’s got a light, nutty flavor that goes well with almost anything. Perfect for salad dressings and sautéing vegetables.

Grapeseed oil is another heat-resistant marvel, making it perfect for frying and roasting. Use the same amount as rice bran oil, one-to-one. Fine-tuning the flavor is easy with this versatile oil.

We’ve got a full rundown on grapeseed oil substitutes if you want to dig deeper. Trust us, it’s worth the read.

3 – Sunflower Oil

The sunflower oil is our MVP in the pantry. It’s light, neutral, and super versatile. We use it just about anywhere – from frying to baking.

It has a slight nuttiness that’s really pleasant. Plus, it’s great for high-heat cooking. Fry up your favorites with confidence.

Like rice bran oil, replace it one-to-one in recipes. We often swap it in stir-fries and even in savory baked goods.

Want more options for sunflower oil swaps? Check out our detailed guide on sunflower oil substitutes.

4 – Canola Oil

Canola oil is our go-to for its neutral flavor and versatility. It’s like the friend’s friend that gets along with everyone.

We use it in everything: frying, baking, and sautéing. Ever tried it in your pancake batter? It’s a smooth operator there.

Substitute ratio: one-for-one with rice bran oil. It’s got a mild taste that blends well without overpowering.

Perfect for high-heat cooking. We whip up crispy fried treats with it without a hitch.

For more detailed insights on using canola oil, check out our canola oil substitutes guide!

5 – Peanut Oil

Peanut oil is like a hidden gem in our pantry, but more understated. We dig its subtly nutty flavor that adds an extra layer of taste to our stir-fries and deep-fried goodies. It doesn’t scream peanut, just whispers it.

Use it one-to-one with rice bran oil. Perfect for high-heat cooking. Our fried chicken comes out crispy without a hitch.

Ever tried peanut oil on roasted veggies? It’s a whole new level of yum.

Interested in learning more? Check out our peanut oil substitutes guide.

6 – Sesame Oil

In terms of flavor, sesame oil is a game-changer. It has a rich, nutty taste that’s totally unique. We love using it in Asian dishes like stir-fries and sauces.

A little bit goes a long way. Use it sparingly at one-to-two with rice bran oil for depth.

Sesame oil thrives in low to medium heat cooking – perfect for adding to dressings and marinades. Ever tried it with roasted veggies? It’s a revelation.

Interested in other options? Check out our sesame oil substitutes for more ideas.

7 – Ghee

Last but definitely not least, let’s chat about ghee. We’re all about that nutty, rich vibe it brings. Ghee has this warm, caramel-like flavor that feels indulgent without being heavy. We love using it for sautéing veggies and even spreading it on toast.

The cool part? You can use it one-for-one with rice bran oil. It’s fantastic for high-heat cooking, just like your classic frying sessions. Oh, and bonus – it doesn’t burn easily.

Feeling intrigued? If you want more ideas, check out our detailed guide on great ghee substitutes.