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Achiote Oil/Aceite de Bija

This oil can be used in different rice (moros and locrios), meat and fish dishes to give them nice color.  Just remember, a little goes a long way so I usually make a small jar at a time and that lasts me a while.  Also, when using, be careful to get it on your hands or clothes because it stains very easily.

To make Achiote oil, you will need the following ingredients:

1 Cup of Achiote Seeds
1 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 Medium Jar or plastic container with a tight lid

Achiote seeds can usually be found in the international isle in the supermarkets where all of the Spanish brands are located.  They are very inexpensive, a jar sized like the one below can cost around $2.00 and last you a long time.

To make the oil, take one cup of vegetable oil and add it to a small pot and put the temperature on high heat.

Take one cup of the achiote seeds,

Add the seeds to the oil that is heating up,

Let the oil heat up and come to a boil,

As soon as it comes to a boil, turn the heat off and set aside.  The oil will turn into a dark orange color,

Take a jar, I usually recycle and use the empty honey jars instead of throwing them out and make sure it’s clean and dry,

When the oil has cooled, run it through a strainer.  The achiote seeds are VERY hard, therefore, it’s important to strain it well and not have any seeds in the oil when you cook with it.

Once the oil is strained, discard the seeds.

Pour the oil into the jar, be careful because this oil stains very easily, therefore, avoid spilling it or getting it on the counters or your clothes.

Make sure that the oil is at room temperature, then cover and set aside to use whenever you prepare a dish that could benefit from this oil. 🙂  A little bit of achiote oil, goes a long way when cooking with it.


Buen Provecho! 😉




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