At Mealtimes

Better for Your Family

By replacing chemically-extracted, refined oils such as margarine, shortening, canola, corn, and vegetable oils with extra virgin olive oil in everyday cooking, you will increase your family’s overall nutrition and add more depth and flavor to foods your family enjoys.

To learn more about the numerous health benefits associated with extra virgin olive oil, visit our section on Health Benefits & Nutrition.

Fits Your Food Budget

Extra virgin olive oil provides both health and nutritional benefits. There’s a California extra virgin olive oil to fit every budget. Look for labels bearing the COOC Seal as assurance that the oil has been assessed to meet criteria to be considered extra virgin grade. Purchasing certified extra virgin olive oil ensures that you are purchasing the highest-quality, best-tasting olive oil with the greatest range of benefits for you and your family.

Safe and Easy to Use

Extra virgin olive oil is a safe and healthy choice for cooking. The smoke point of extra virgin olive oil is about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, about 40 degrees higher than the temperature recommended for frying food. While cooking may reduce some of the fruity attributes of the oil, its overall nutritional profile remains much higher than other vegetable oils. COOC-certified extra virgin olive oil is a great choice to use in grilling, roasting, sautéing, frying and even baking! For tips on substituting extra virgin olive oil in baking, visit our page on Baking Tips.

Easy Recipes for Family Mealtimes: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is a Key Ingredient

Once you start experimenting with extra virgin olive oil, you’ll discover that the cooking applications are endless and the results are very satisfying. Replace other oils with extra virgin olive oil in the following ways:

Drizzle on Old Favorites
Roasted and Steamed Vegetables
Pasta, Pizza, and Sandwiches
Baked Potatoes
Sliced Tomatoes

Drizzle on Something New
Avocado Toast
Vanilla Ice Cream and Sea Salt
Grilled Corn with Lime and Sea Salt
Roasted Winter Squash or Yams with Fresh Herbs
Hummus or White Bean Puree
Grilled Bread

Use for Sautéing and Frying
Lightly Breaded Chicken or Fish
Fresh Garden Vegetables
Simple Stir-fries

Make a Quick Vinaigrette
Combine 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil with 1 tablespoon vinegar of your choice or lemon juice. Season with your selection of salt, pepper, garlic, fresh herbs, mustard, cheese or other spices.

Substitute for Other Fats
Brownies and Cakes

Substitute olive oil for butter or margarine in baking by using the following chart:

Butter/Margarine Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 TSP 3/4 TSP
1 TBSP 2-1/4 TSP
2 TBSP 1-1/2 TBSP
1/4 CUP 3 TBSP
1/3 CUP 1/4 CUP
2/3 CUP 1/2 CUP
1 CUP 3/4 CUP