Macadamia oil is a wonderful addition to any kitchen, as it has a unique subtle flavour, is versatile and has many health benefits.
Macadamia oil is a type of plant-based oil that comes from extracting (via cold pressing) the nuts or kernel of the macadamia, a tree nut which is native to Australia.
This oil has been gaining popularity in recent years as a healthy alternative to other cooking oils – it is a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your meals.
Now available at all major supermarkets, bulk food stores and speciality grocers, macadamia oil is easy to source for your pantry.
We invite you to explore the benefits of macadamia oil and get creative with these twelve inspired recipe ideas.
Health benefits of macadamia oil
Rich in monounsaturated fats
Macadamia oil is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. These healthy fats help lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Macadamias and macadamia oil are cholesterol-free, making them both great choices for maintaining heart health.
Macadamia oil is sodium-free, which makes it an ideal choice for people who are watching their salt intake.
Macadamia oil is sugar-free, which makes it a great option for people who are trying to reduce their sugar intake.
Macadamia oil is a pure, plant-based product that does not contain any animal ingredients.
Contains Vitamin E
Macadamia oil is rich in vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy skin, good vision, and proper immune system function.
Macadamia oil is rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your body against free radicals that can cause damage to your cells.
Macadamia oil contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation in the body.
Easy ways to use macadamia oil in your cooking
Marinade meats, chicken or fish in macadamia oil before cooking to add flavour and to tenderise food.
The mild, buttery flavour of macadamia oil makes a delicious base for healthy salad dressings.
Massage the skin of fish or chicken with macadamia oil and salt before baking or pan frying meats for a crisp and delicious result.
Substitute for butter
When baking, a 1:1 substitution of butter and macadamia oil works well. Replace one cup of oil for every one cup of butter in your baking recipe.
Pan or deep frying
An oil’s smoke point is the temperature at which it sends up smoke and gives your food an unpleasant, bitter taste. Because macadamia oil has a high smoke point, it can be used when pan or deep frying.
12 delicious and flavourful recipes using macadamia oil
1. Macadamia oil infused with Thai flavours
This recipe is perfect for adding some Thai-inspired flavours to your cooking. This oil is great for stir-fries, marinades, and dressings. When bottled beautifully it makes a thoughtful gift for a fellow foodie.
2. Go to macadamia oil salad dressing
This simple salad dressing is a great go-to recipe that you can use to enhance any salad.
3. Layered salad with ginger and soy macadamias
The dressing in this recipe is perfect for adding some Asian-inspired flavours to your salads. Just put all the ingredients in a jar and shake vigorously.
4. Macadamia romesco sauce
A delicious macadamia twist on a traditional Spanish sauce. Macadamias and macadamia oil add a sweet and rich quality in this recipe. When combined with the sharp and slightly smoky flavours of paprika and capsicum this sauce really shines.
Serve romesco sauce with BBQ vegetables, fish or chicken alongside lemon and lime wedges. It is also delicious served with cold prawns and oysters.
5. Macadamia mayonnaise
Using macadamia oil in this homemade mayonnaise adds extra depth of flavour. A few drops of Tabasco sauce is optional!
6. Macadamia aioli
Everybody loves the garlic hit of a good aioli, with many people preferring it to traditional mayonnaise. Great as a dipping or side sauce, this version, made with macadamia oil, has a nutty flavour that tastes amazing on burgers!
7. Macadamia crusted prawns
Spoil your guests with macadamia crusted prawns at your next party. Perfect when served with homemade macadamia aioli.
8. Moroccan lamb with macadamia rice pilaf
A hearty and flavourful meal, that’s perfect for dinner. The lamb is coated in macadamia oil, garlic and spices to marinade. Macadamia oil is also used to add additional flavour to the rice pilaf.
9. Chicken, mushroom and macadamia stir-fry
Fast to cook and full of goodness, this flavoursome dish is the perfect everyday meal for busy families.
10. Macadamia oil and rosemary cake
This unique combination creates a cake that really showcases the subtleness of macadamia oil and the delicate, buttery crunch of macadamias. Easy to whip up for afternoon tea or dessert, just add cream to serve and watch everyone come back for seconds.
11. Macadamia, raspberry and lime streusel cake
A scrumptiously pretty cake, the highlight has to be the perfect combination of macadamias with the tang of lime and sweetness of raspberries.
12. Macadamia slab cake
Adding macadamias and macadamia oil to this cake makes it deliciously moist with a lovely crunch. The crazy coloured icing and glittered macadamias are optional!
As your confidence grows in using macadamia oil you’ll find you can enjoy the health benefits of this oil while satisfying your taste buds!