When people talk about cooking oils, the conversation often begins and ends with olive oil. But it's not the only game in town. A host of other oils can be used to create sweet and savoury dishes – and these oils can often be easier to use and a lot healthier for you. One of the most versatile is macadamia oil.
Boasting a wonderfully smooth buttery flavour, macadamia oil is great for roasting, baking and deep-frying, and can also be used as a base for salad dressings and even a substitute for butter when baking.
One of the most important characteristics of macadamia oil is its high smoke point – between 210C and 234C degrees. That's important: an oil's smoke point is the temperature at which it sends up smoke and gives your food an unpleasant, bitter taste.
Another key feature of macadamia oil is its extremely high monounsaturated fat content, around 80% to 85%. Monounsaturates are, put simply, good fats and have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and help the body burn fat more easily.
For a delicious salad dressing, macadamia oil makes a great base. Our macadamia salad dressing recipe is quick and simple to make, just combine macadamia oil, red-wine vinegar, caster sugar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and apply liberally.
Macadamia oil also makes a fantastic base for a full-flavoured marinade. Our Moroccan lamb with macadamia rice pilaf recipe is a hearty and healthy meal, sure to prove a hit with your family. Lamb backstraps are marinated with a flavoursome mixture of macadamia oil, garlic, cumin and sumac.
A hot wok and macadamia oil is the perfect starting point for your next stir fry. This chicken, mushroom and macadamia stir fry is a quick and crowd-pleasing mid-week family dinner.
Another smart way to use macadamia oil is as substitute for butter. In this decadent spiced chocolate fruit cake recipe, raisins, prunes, rum and chocolate feature alongside the secret ingredient: half a cup of Brookfarm's Premium Grade Macadamia Oil. The cake is best enjoyed with a generous serve of vanilla ice cream or custard.
Breathing new life into the Sunday roast, lemon myrtle roast chicken with roasted vegetables offers an update on the classic roast chook. For an easy way to impress guests, our roasted potato skins with macadamias, bacon, rocket and blue cheese is a tapas-style party winner.
Macadamia oil is ideal for deep-frying, offering a healthier alternative to other frying oils. This beer battered fish with macadamia salt and pepper dust perfectly shows off the benefit of deep-frying with macadamia oil - the result is crisp and delicious battered fish.