Peanut oil is a generally mild tasting vegetable oil derived from peanut. Roasted and unrefined peanut oils may not have a neutral taste. Peanut oil is popular for deep frying and high heat sautéeing, due to its high smoke point.

Health considerations

Peanut oil is a source of vitamin E. The fatty acid composition of peanut oil is primarily (48%) monounsaturated oleic acid. A third is polyunsaturated omega-6 linoleic acid and 19% is saturated fats. The remainder is minute amounts of polyunsaturated omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. See: Oleic acid, Linoleic acid.

Keep in mind

Peanut oil may contain traces of allergenic peanut proteins. Highly refined oils are less likely to, and many individuals with peanut allergies can consume refined peanut oil, but consulting a doctor is encouraged.

May be found in

Peanut butter, peanut flavoured baking chips, confectionery, cookies, cakes, marinades, sauces, sold as is


The Peanut Institute

Alternative Spellings and Names

Groundnut oil, arachis oil

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