Best Macadamia Oil Substitute

macadamia nut oil and macadamia nuts

Macadamia oil offers a high smoke point, so if you are out of macadamia oil and need a great substitute you will want to use an oil with a similar smoke point.

So what are the best substitutes for macadamia oil?

The top substitutes for macadamia oil are avocado oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, or virgin olive oil.

Depending on what you have on hand and what you need a macadamia oil replacement for will dictate the best option for you. Read on for more on each alternative and how and when to use them.

Macadamia Oil Alternatives

Because macadamia oil has a high smoke point of 410 degrees it is best to use a similar replacement oil. All of the following oils provide an excellent alternative.

Macadamia nut oil is produced in Hawaii and Australia and therefore is not always available at your local grocery store. If you find yourself unable to secure it for your next recipe simply do a 1:1 substitution with one of the following oil alternatives.

Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil and avocado

Avocado oil offers a higher smoke point than macadamia nut oil (520 degrees) as well as a subtle, pleasant flavor.

When I need a replacement for macadamia nut oil my first choice is avocado oil. It works incredibly well in every recipe that calls for macadamia oil as well as offering a great fats profile ideal for imparting great flavor.

Use a 1:1 ratio when subbing in avocado oil for macadamia nut oil.

Grapeseed Oil

grapeseed oil and red grapes

Grapeseed oil offers a subtle flavor as well as a high smoke point making it an excellent macadamia nut oil substitute.

It will take the place of macadamia nut oil in any recipe without altering the flavor too much. It is readily available at most super markets too making it easy to stock your pantry with.

Grapeseed oil can be used in baking, cooking and sautéing. Use a 1:1 replacement ratio.

Coconut Oil

coconut oil in cup and coconuts

At 350 degrees, coconut oil has a lower smoke point than macadamia nut oil. But refined coconut oil offers a higher smoke point of 400 degrees making it the better option for sautéing.

Because of the low smoke point coconut oil should not be used when frying and instead one of the top two options should be used.

When subbing in coconut oil go with a 1:1 ratio. This is the most readily available oil that makes a great substitution for macadamia nut oil.

Olive Oil

olive oil in jar on table outside

Another great alternative for most types of cooking when you’re out of macadamia nut oil. The smoke point ranges from 375-405 degrees meaning it should not be used for frying.

Olive oil works very well in almost any recipe that calls for macadamia nut oil. Simply use a 1:1 ratio.

Where Can You Buy Macadamia Nut Oil

Because macadamia nut oil is not produced in large quantities you will likely only find it at specialty grocery stores and health food stores.

I have found it stocked at my local Whole Foods so that is another great place to check.

Bottom Line

Macadamia nut oil is an excellent cooking oil but it can be challenge to locate. When you select a substitute for macadamia nut oil it is important to keep in mind how you are going to use it and what the alternative oil’s smoke point is.

Avocado oil and grapeseed oil are the best all around macadamia nut oil replacements but as long as you’re not frying, olive oil or coconut oil are excellent alternatives.

Written by Liv

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