Lately I’ve been playing around with using different oils for my high heat sautés – and I think I found a winner: safflower oil for a crispy sauté. My favorite tempeh bacon sauté turned up crispier, lighter and beautifully browned when I used safflower oil instead of olive.
I think we all get used to our usual oil. Canola oil, vegetable oil, olive oil. But if you have browsed the “oil” section of any grocery store lately (especially my fave Whole Foods) you will notice a wide variety of oils. Hemp, walnut, avocado, coconut, macadamia, grapeseed, olive, canola, almond, peanut, sesame and more. So I branched out and tried my usual thick-cut tempeh bacon recipe (recipe below) with safflower oil instead of olive oil and the results were amazing.
The safflower cooked tempeh was lighter, crispier on the outside with a lovely tender inside – fully cooked. The oil produced a warm browning – almost looking burnt – but not tasting burnt at all. The oil has a light nutty, almost sweet flavor that reminds me of corn or a light peanut oil.
Safflower Oil Nutrition Facts. The great thing about safflower oil is that it has the same nutrition facts as the “healthier oils” like olive and canola. 1 tbsp = 119 calories 14g fat and 1g saturated fat. (similar to olive or canola oil)
Safflower oil comes from the seeds of the safflower plant. he Safflower plant is a member of the sunflower family. For cooking, look for a refined, high-oleic, high-heat, expeller-pressed safflower oil.
Safflower Oil-Crisp, Thick-cut Tempeh Bacon Recipe
my original recipe here
8 ounces tempeh, cut into 12 strips
2-3 Tbsp safflower oil
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp maple syrup
a few dashes of your fave dry spice (any variety: garlic, cumin, cayenne, chipotle, southwest blend..)
pepper to taste
1/4 tsp truffle salt (or regular sea salt) – salt to taste
optional: splash of rice vinegar for extra deglazing of the pan
1. Add safflower oil to high heat skillet.
2. Drop tempeh.
3. Allow to cook until sizzling and browned edges.
4. Flip tempeh.
5. Add spices, liquid smoke (carefully), salt and pepper.
6. Flip again.
7. Turn off heat. Serve hot,
cooking time: 4-5 minutes
Looking to pair with a healthy grain? Try Babble’s Quinoa Recipes for Kids!