The most important decision to make before you deep fry is which oil to use. For everyday use, we recommend using the most popular choice – vegetable oil. However, there is no shortage of options.

Before you select an oil, have you chosen the right deep fryer? Countertop deep fryers are a great place to start – as they are easy to add to any commercial kitchen. 

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What to consider when selecting an oil

When choosing which oil to use, there are a few things to consider, including flavor, smoke point, and price. When deciding on the best oil for deep frying, take into account factors like flavor, smoke point, and price. And, get the scoop on which oils are considered the best and healthiest for deep frying, and as well as how to use them effectively.


Oil either has a flavor, or it doesn’t. Frying in a neutral oil is typically the best practice – as you don’t want your food to take on the taste of your oil. However, specific recipes can call for frying in avocado or peanut oil to create a particular flavor profile.

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Smoke Point

The smoke point is the temperature at which oil starts to burn and create smoke. If your oil gets too hot, it will fill your kitchen with smoke and could potentially create a dangerous situation. Every oil has a different smoke point, so consult the chart below before you start frying! For more information on smoke point, check out this informative article from Serious Eats.


Deep frying requires a large amount of oil, as food needs to be covered entirely to fry effectively. Due to the high volume – most restaurants and home cooks choose to deep fry with cheaper oil to keep costs down.

When you take these three factors into account, you are ready to choose an oil for deep frying. There is no right answer for everyone but here are a few recommendations from your friends at Central Restaurant Products.

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Deep frying with vegetable oil

Discover the top contenders for the best oil for deep frying, including vegetable oil, canola oil, and peanut oil, or read on for even more suggestions. If this is your first time deep frying, we recommend starting with old faithful – vegetable oil. You may wonder, what exactly is it? Vegetable oil is typically a mix of different plant-derived oils that are blended to create an affordable, neutral oil. While you won’t use it as a salad dressing or dip for bread, vegetable oil is an excellent choice for frying. It starts with a high smoke point, which makes it easy to use in any kitchen. The high smoke point, combined with a neutral flavor and low price, make it the go-to oil for deep frying.
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Deep frying with canola oil + healthiest options

If vegetable oil is option #1 for deep frying, then canola oil would be option #1A. Similar to vegetable oil, canola oil has a very high smoke point, neutral flavor, and is more cost-effective than other oils.

Canola oil also has the added benefit of being low in saturated fat, making it a healthier option for making typically unhealthy fried foods! Are you looking for the healthiest oil for deep frying? Consider options with low saturated fat and high smoke points. Explore the healthiest oil options for deep frying, such as canola oil and avocado oil—continue reading to learn more on the two.

Deep frying with peanut oil

One important consideration when using peanut oil is that some peanut oil can be an allergen. Highly-refined peanut oil is considered safe for most people with a peanut allergy. However – cold-pressed, expelled, and extruded forms of peanut oil are dangerous for those with a peanut allergy. If someone in your family has a peanut allergy or you are cooking for a large group, it’s safer to avoid peanut oil. 

If allergies aren’t a concern, then peanut oil’s high smoke point and low saturated fats make it an attractive option for frying. Just consider that it does not have a neutral flavor, and it costs more than vegetable or canola oil, so it isn’t the best first choice for everyday frying.

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Oils not to use while deep frying

Although it’s possible to cook with an oil having a low smoke point under specific conditions, we advise against it—especially in a foodservice kitchen dealing with larger quantities of food.

For this reason, we recommend that you avoid low smoke point oils like olive oil, soybean oil, and corn oil for deep frying.

The Importance of Fryer Recovery Times for Your Oil

No matter which oil you choose, one of the most important aspects of maximizing the life of your oil is to properly observe your fryer’s recovery time. Any time that you place food in your fryer, the temperature of the oil will immediately drop. If the food is simply refrigerated, the drop may not be as bad, but adding frozen food can make a significant impact on the oil temperature.

Lower temperatures mean more time needed to fry food to the desired temperature and consistency. More oil gets absorbed by the food, making it greasier and less appealing to the customer. That means having to refill your oil more often to make up for the oil lost from absorption.

Recovery time for fryers is the time it takes for the oil in the fryer pot to return to normal temperature after adding or removing food from the oil. Observing this recovery time will save both oil and energy, since the fryer will not have to work as hard to cook the food. A simple way to determine your fryer’s recovery time is to measure the oil temperature after you add cold food to it or remove hot cooked food from it, and time how long it takes for the temperature to return to the normal range.

Understanding your fryer’s recovery time will aid in determining the optimal interval between frying sessions and will assist in prolonging your oil’s lifespan while maintaining the crispiness and appeal of your food for your customers. Some deep fryers are designed to ensure faster recovery times.

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How do different fryer oils compare?

There isn’t one correct answer to which oil you should use for deep frying. Every situation and recipe could call for a different option. Here is a handy chart that should help you select the right oil for you.


  Neutral Flavor? Smoke Point Unit Price (per fl oz)
Vegetable Oil Yes 400-450°F .06 – .09
Canola Oil Yes 400°F .07 – .09
Extra Virgin Olive Oil No 325-375°F .25 – .39
Peanut Oil Yes 450°F .15 – .21
Sesame Oil No 350-410°F .62 – .70
Avocado Oil No 375-400°F .33 – .35
Grapeseed Oil Yes 390°F .31 – .37
Coconut Oil No 350°F .33 – .41

Deep Frying Food Guide

There isn’t one correct answer to which oil you should use for deep frying. Every situation and recipe could call for a different option. This handy guide should help you select the right oil for what you’re preparing.

Different foods cook better in different types of oil. While it isn’t always necessary to use a specific kind of oil, here are some frequently asked questions about food-pairing in a commercial deep fryer.

  • What is the best oil for deep frying chicken? Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying a turkey? Peanut Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying french fries? Peanut Oil or Canola Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying fish? Canola Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying doughnuts? Peanut Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying vegetables? Vegetable Oil or Peanut Oil
  • What is the best oil for deep frying egg rolls? Peanut Oil or Canola Oil 

No matter which oil you choose, make sure you are following the right safety procedures for deep frying and hall all the correct fryer equipment and accessories to make the process safe and easy.

If you’re looking to try deep frying in your restaurant kitchen, we have a full selection of commercial deep fryers to choose from!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Fryers

1. What is considered the healthiest oil for deep frying?

When aiming for healthier fried dishes, options like Canola Oil and Avocado Oil are often recommended due to their lower saturated fat content and high smoke points.

2. What is the best oil for deep frying seafood while keeping it healthy?

To achieve both crispy and healthy seafood, Canola Oil is a top choice, offering a balance between high smoke point and lower saturated fats.

3. What oil is considered the healthiest oil for deep frying vegetables to maintain their nutritional value?

For maintaining the nutritional integrity of fried vegetables, using Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil is advisable, as they possess higher smoke points and are better at preserving the nutrients.

4. What’s the best oil for deep frying foods without making them too greasy?

For a combination of flavor and a less greasy result, Peanut Oil is a popular option, as it has a high smoke point and low saturated fat content.

5. Overall, what do many foodservice providers consider to be the best oil for deep frying?

When looking for a versatile oil, Canola Oil often stands out due to its neutral flavor, high smoke point, and being considered one of the healthier options for deep frying.

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