Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 5 mins

Also called Achiote Oil. Annatto seed (poor man's saffron) is used to color food. It's from South America. The golden-yellow oil is used to fry or marinade vegetables or meat. Which results in a bright orange surface. In Vietnam, batters are often prepared with annatto oil to achieve a more attractive color.


  1. Heat seeds and oil over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until the oil takes on a deep golden color.
  2. Watch for spattering as the oil heats. DO not overheat.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 4 hours.
  4. Strain and discard seeds and pour into a glass container.
  5. Keeps for up to 1 month in refrigerator, or 4-5 days at room temperature.
Most Helpful

5 5

I made this as a component of A Golden Chicken. Simple to make, and can be used as part of so many other recipes. Very nice color, too. Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT4

5 5

This makes for a lovely coloured oil witch is oh so lightly flavoured. I made it to use with Rita's Golden Garlic Potatoes Reviewed for ZWT3

5 5

Very pretty color and interesting flavor. Went great on Rita's Golden Chicken. Cant wait to try it in different recipes.