Cooking Basics: 4 Uses of Olive Oil

Olive oil uses
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Olive oil is an indispensable ingredient in the kitchen, being that it’s frequently used and that most modern recipes require it. But if you’re a beginner and aren’t sure how to use it, let’s take a look at some of the basic uses of olive oil to get you started.

Pan Frying

Olive oil has become the go-to oil for pan-frying. Before you cook vegetables, meat, or fish on the stove, drizzle some olive oil on the pan first. This greases the metal and stops food from sticking to it. It also adds flavor and helps the food cook thoroughly.


Olive oil is an excellent addition to most salads. A simple drizzle of olive oil can transform bland lettuce and leafy greens into a respectable salad. It improves flavor as well as texture.


Another simple way to make the most out of your olive oil is to use it for dipping bread. Buy a nice loaf or French stick from a bakery, and dip it in a small bowl of olive oil. For best results, add a drop of balsamic vinegar to the oil.

Soups and Sauces

Adding extra-virgin olive oil to soups and sauces makes them far richer and full-bodied. It’s a go-to method for making most sauces more professional.