can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil



Use olive Oil instead of Vegetable Oil

Can I use Olive Oil instead of Vegetable Oil?

Yes, you can use olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and it’s a substitute you should try and make often. This is because the nutritional value in olive oil is substantially higher than that of vegetable oil. The key difference between the two oils is that vegetable oil is a refined oil, meaning that it is a blend of various vegetables that undergoes much more processing and chemicals to create a smooth product. Contrary to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is simply produced by cold pressing the olives without the aid of any heat or chemicals.

This is important to the nutritional value of the two oils, plants & vegetables at their core are packed with micronutrients and healthy antioxidants and polyphenols. When you then use heat to extract oil from the plants, like you would do with vegetable oil, these healthy nutrients disappear as they cannot withstand the heat. However, olive oil will retain all these nutrients as no heat is needed when extracting it. Read more about the health benefits of EVOO here.

So, not only will the flavor improve when you substitute vegetable oil for olive oil, but you’re also enriching your food and baking with healthy nutrients that will benefit you more in the long run! Read more about swapping Olive Oil for vegetable Oil here.


Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in cake ?

Baking a cake with olive oil might seem like an estranged concept, but it is one we highly recommend. Olive oil leaves your cake sponge incredibly delicate, moist and spongy, and removes the chance of the sponge being heavy or dense. The swap from vegetable to olive oil is a very simple one, and is one you should make, for both flavor and health reasons. Olive oil contains many more heart healthy fats and antioxidants, unlike the refined vegetable oil that loses most of its beneficiary qualities during its production.  

Olive oil works particularly well for flavored cakes, such as a chocolate or fruit cakes, as the subtle aromas of the olive oil enhance the flavors in the cake, here are some examples of different olive cake recipes for you to enjoy:  

Perfect Olive Oil Cake

Lemon Olive Oil Pound Cake

Chocolate Souffle with Olive Oil

Orange and Pistachio Yoghurt Cake

Mint Choc Chip Brownies


Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil in baking?

Olive oil is an extremely versatile type of cooking oil and can be used for anything from baking to frying to sautéing. When recipes call for the use of either butter or any other type of refined oil, such as vegetable oil, we highly recommend substituting this for olive oil instead. Not only will it bring new aromas to your baking, but it is also the healthiest source of cooking fat and contains healthy nutrients that refined cooking fats do not. 


Use Olive Oil in Place of Butter


In most baked goods, extra virgin olive oil can be substituted for butter or margarine. You will have to carefully add the oil to the recipe using the ratio of three parts extra virgin olive oil being equal to four parts butter. If the baking recipe calls for eight tablespoons of butter, you will substitute six tablespoons of olive oil.



Olive Oil

1 teaspoon = 3/4 teaspoon
1 tablespoon = 2 1/4 teaspoons
2 tablespoons = 1 1/2 tablespoons
1/4 cup = 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup = 1/4 cup
1/2 cup = 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons
2/3 cup = 1/2 cup
3/4 cup = 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon
1 cup = 3/4 cup



Substitute vegetable or canola Oil for Olive Oil

If your recipe calls for vegetable or canola oil, you should definitely substitute those oils with gourmet extra virgin olive oil. Any dessert recipe that calls for vegetable oil as an ingredient is a perfect chance to swap it for olive oil. In these recipes, the swap would be a one-to-one ratio. In other words, if the recipe calls for one cup of vegetable oil, you would simply use on cup of extra virgin olive oil. Imagine how the smooth, delicious flavor of gourmet olive oil will enhance the flavor of a chocolate or a carrot cake!


can ypu substitute olive oil for vegetable oil

Choose Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils

Incorporating gourmet olive oil in your baking recipes is best if you’re using high quality extra virgins such as those offered at Oliviers&Co. Using a low quality olive oil is akin to cooking with a wine that you wouldn’t want to drink. As chefs know, low-quality oils can bring with them an overpowering taste that can noticeably change the flavor of your baked goods.

Experiment with adding extra virgin olive oils to your recipes and gauge the reaction of your diners when they sample your baked goods with the delicious, nuanced flavor that only gourmet olive oil can bring.



use olive oil instead of vegetable oil for baking


can you use olive oil instead of vegetable oil

Olive Oil

Commonly used in cooking, for frying, or as a finish like salad dressing

Avocado Oil

High smoke point that’s good for frying

Beech Nut Oil

From the Fagus sylvatica nut, can be used for salad or cooking

Brazil Nut Oil

Good as a possible substitute for olive oil due to its mild & pleasant flavor

Cashew Oil

Also comparable to olive oil

Coconut Oil

Extracted from the kernel or ‘flesh’ of the coconut palm plant

Corn Oil

One of the most common oils sold in processed foods

Cottonseed Oil

Used for both salads & cooking, both domestically & industrially

Hazelnut Oil

Mainly used for its flavor in cooking

Macadamia Oil

Mild nutty flavor with a high smoke point for frying

Palm Oil

The most widely produced tropical oil & also used to make biofuel

Peanut Oil

Has a high smoking point & mainly used for frying

Pistachio Oil

Strong flavored oil with a very distinctive green color

Rapeseed Oil

One of the most used cooking oils

Safflower Oil

Used in the paint industry up until the 60’s, now used as cooking oil

Sesame Oil

Cold pressed for a light cooking oil; hot pressed for a darker/stronger flavor

Soybean Oil

Produced as a by-product of processing soy

Sunflower Oil

Also a common cooking oil & used for biodiesel


Discover which of these oils are the best and worst for your health.


Baking with Aromatic Olive Oils

Oliviers&Co has created unique Aromatic Olive Oils by specially fusing herbs, spices, & other flavoring agents with the freshly harvested olives during the crushing process.


Your daily dose of antioxidants & alittle bit of flavor

The higher the pressure used, & the faster it is released, the more quickly the infusion takes place & the more flavor is extracted.

Most Oliviers&Co producers use a traditional grinding method, the stone mill, to extract the oil from the olives. This is done within a 24 hour period in a cold press to reduce oxidation & retain the highest quality in content of the polyphenols, antioxidants, vitamins & most importantly flavor.


aromatic oil is perfect for any dishes, use it instead of vegetable oil



can you substitute olive oil for vegetable oil

Molten chocolate cake with Mandarine Olive Oil

To create this masterpiece, Oliviers&Co takes whole mandarin oranges from Puglia & presses them with olives at peak ripeness to produce a bold & fragrant olive oil. This fresh & citrus-y olive oil specialty is versatile & bold, holding its own in this simple, elegant rich & gooey chocolate cake.