Achiote (Puerto Rican Annatto) Oil

Photo by Helen (#1) C.

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

5

minutes

SERVINGS

2

cups

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

5

minutes

SERVINGS

2

servings

Ingredients

  • 2

    cups vegetable oil,

  • 1

    cup achoite (annatto) seeds

Directions

Mix oil and seeds together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until seeds start to bubble. Simmer over heat for 5 minutes, or until oil colors a deep reddish-orange. Cool, strain and store in a cool place. Substitute a little turmeric, paprika or saffron in a recipe if achiote is unavailable. This oil is used around the Caribbean to add a yellowish-orange color to dishes, especially arroz con pollo.

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