Below is the recipe for Annatto Oil that I shared during a Caribbean Cooking class that I presented at the Savory Spice Shop in Raleigh, NC.
Annatto is described as being “slightly peppery with a hint of nutmeg“. I use Annatto Oil for adding both color and flavor to my recipes. It adds a wonderful golden hue to rice, vegetables, seafood and poultry. In my family, it is a key ingredient for making Pastelillos.
Please note that Annatto Oil is a deep golden red. It does stain easily, so, be careful not get it on your clothing.
Annatto seeds have health benefits too!
*Recipe Source: Miami Spice
1 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Annatto Seeds
- Heat olive oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Add annatto seeds. Cook until oil is reddish gold and the seeds begin to crackle (about 3 minutes).
- Strain oil into a clean container with a lid.