Annatto oil

Annatto oil

By
From
7000 Islands
Makes
1 cup
Photographer
Jana Liebenstein

A number of Filipino classics, such as chicken inasal, pancit palabok and kare-kare are characterised by a reddish colour or finish. Natural red annatto oil is the secret ingredient. Making annatto oil in advance greatly reduces the legwork later. Annatto seeds are available from Filipino and Mexican grocery stores.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250ml vegetable oil
or 250g butter
60g annatto seeds

Method

  1. Place the vegetable oil and annatto seeds in a frying pan over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture just comes to a simmer, about 1–2 minutes. If using butter, heat the butter until just melted, then add the seeds and cook for 1–2 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and set aside to allow the flavours to infuse for 1 hour. Strain into an airtight container discarding the seeds, then seal with a tight-fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Tags:
Filipino
Philippines
Asian
South
East
SBS
7000
Islands
Islander
Yasmin
Newman
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