Oil Substitutes

What's a substitute for oil? Substitutes for oil include applesauce, avocado and other items used according to our substitution table. Whether you ran out of the oil your recipe calls for, your oil has gone bad or you are trying to cut down the fat content of your recipe; you need a vegetable oil substitute.

A vegetable oil substitute is the most common oil substitution needed, because the majority of oils sold are from vegetables and can usually be interchanged without huge differences in the resulting recipe. Whereas oils from other products such as nuts, fruits or seeds are not always as interchangeable.

Use the table below to find a substitute for oil that is right for your purposes.

Oil Substitutes

Oil Amount Substitute
Vegetable Oil substitute in Baking 1 Cup 1 Cup Applesauce
*OR* 1 Cup Fruit Puree (like blended apricots)
*OR* 1 Cup smashed Avocados
Vegetable Oil substitute for Frying 1 Cup 1 Cup Lard
*OR* 1 Cup Shortening
*OR* You can also use an equivalent amount of Canola Oil, Peanut Oil, Sunflower Oil or Blended Oil for frying. Olive Oil is not recommended because it does not heat to the proper frying temperature without burning.
Vegetable Oil substitute for Salads Any Equal amount of Canola Oil OR Blended Oil OR Sunflower Oil
*OR* Equal amount of Olive Oil for a heart healthy alternative

Remember that different types of oils may give a different flavor to your finished recipe. For instance, peanut oil does great for frying (provided you are not allergic to peanuts of course) but will give a nutty flavor to your salad that may not be desirable. Please substitute wisely.

Read our page on how long does oil last to find out more about different oils, including their shelf life and storage information.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.