North American Olive Oil Association Blog

Understanding Cooking Oil Smoke Points

Everything you know about smoke points is wrong. Smoke points are more than just a simple number. Read on to learn why.

EVOO Lemon Cake


This amazing lemon cake is getting rave reviews from the nutritionists and dietitians visiting our booth at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). The chefs at the Westin O'Hare (who created this for our annual Olive Oil Conference) were kind enough to share the recipe with us.


Why olive oil is the best oil for frying

Contrary to popular belief, olive oil is one of the best oils for frying.  The medium-high smoke point of olive oil exceeds the temperatures needed for frying. Furthermore, olive oil contains oleic acid and minor compounds that protect the oil from breaking down, even after reuse. 

Are you an olive oil expert?

Take this quiz to find out if you are an olive oil expert. 

How to improve store bought hummus

We love hummus, but we don't always have the time to make it ourselves.  Here's a tip to raise your store bought hummus to the next level!

The olive oil powder recipe you didn't know you needed

A standard technique of modernist cuisine is the transformation of high-fat liquids into powders. The resulting powders can be used to add visual interest, texture and flavor to dishes. At the 2016 Olive Oil Conference, the audience was treated to a demonstration by Olly Rouse and Joe Gould who transformed olive oil into powder. Our friends at Savantes tried it out. Here is the recipe.

(photo credit: Savantes)

Crock-pot baked potatoes with olive oil

Did you know that you can make baked potatoes in your slow cooker? Here is a super easy recipe for crock-pot baked potatoes made with olive oil. 

Sauces made with olive oil

Sauces and marinades made with olive oil are easy to make and are tastier and healthier than ones made with other oils and fats. Below are olive oil based sauces that are bright and flavorful. They pair perfectly with grilled meats, fish, and roasted vegetables, or they can simply be used as a dipping sauce. Make a batch and pour on any dish that needs a little kick!

Olive Oil Myths vs Facts

There is a lot of misinformation concerning olive oil on the Internet. Here's a side-by-side look at the myths and facts about olive oil.

How to avoid rancid olive oil

Some food bloggers are claiming that 50% of the olive oil sold in the USA is rancid and that Americans actually prefer rancid oil. While our testing shows otherwise, all oils do eventually go rancid. Learn how to avoid rancid olive oil and to detect rancid oils at home.