Annatto Seed Oil. Dầu hạt điều

Annatto Seeds and Rice Bran Oil

Annatto Seeds and Rice Bran Oil


Annatto Oil


I know what your thinking. What is Annatto oil right?

Annatto is used in many cuisines including Vietnamese. We use it mainly for its color.

Add a bit to your noodle soup broths and it is gives a beautiful yellow to orange color.

To make the Annatto oil we add annatto seeds to vegetable oil and let them leach out the vibrant color. Which in turn will mix with the oil.

Where do annatto seeds come from?

Annatto seeds are the seed of the achiote tree so this oil is sometimes called achiote oil. In Vietnamese we call it dầu hạt điều.

Now your up to speed with what annatto is, let get this well oiled machinen a hapening




2 Tablespoons Annatto Seeds

1 Cup Vegetable Oil (I’m using Rice Bran Oil)


You won’t believe how easy this is to make!

Step 1. Add your seeds to a small pan.

Step 2. Cover the Annatto seeds with the oil.

Step 3. Heat the oil to it starts to bubble.

(Don’t let the seeds burn as the flavour will go bitter)

Step 4. Turn the heat down as low as it can go and simmer for 1 minute.

Step 5. turn off the heat and let oil and seeds steep for 10 minutes.

Step 6. Using a meatal strainer drain the oil to another bowl to remove the seeds.

Step 7. Once the oil has completely cooled transfer to your storage container or jar.

Completed Annatto Oil

Completed Annatto Oil


There you go peoples, now its ready to use.

How easy was that!!


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  1. Tien Reply

    Oh I always thought this was a chilli oil. Thanks for showing us