Achiote Oil (Aceite de Achiote)

AchioteAchiote is also known as annatto seed and is used to give a yellowish color to food. Some people use it instead of saffron as a food coloring. Achiote can be found in Latin supermarkets and in some American grocery stores.

This spice is an important ingredient in Colombian cuisine. We use it to color our rice dishes, soups, stews and more.
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To make Achiote oil:

Heat 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil and ½ cup Achiote seeds in a small skillet over medium heat for about 2 to 3 minutes. Don’t let the seeds turn black. Remove the skillet from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes more. Strain the oil and store for up to 5 days at room temperature in a jar with a tight lid.

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  1. Jackellyne says

    I’m so happy to see all these dishes. They send me back to my childhood memories with my family and there wonderful cusine.

  2. mlee says

    For person that are cooking spanish food and are interested on using achiote there is good news, Now it comes in powder form, I love it and you save a lot of time . PR stores Mex also.

  3. Berryblue says

    Just make sure your strain the achote well and if you get severe headaches then it is cause by the achote and you should avoid cooking with it moving forward. Achote has properties in it that causes migraine headaches.

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