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Achiote Oil

Makes 1/2 cup Cooking time 3-5 mins

Achiote (also known as Annato) is a spice or condiment that is extracted from the seeds of the Achiote tree (Bixa Orellana). It's native to tropical climates and is very popular in South American and Caribbean cuisine. Its known for its nutty/peppery flavor + orange/yellow food coloring.

Achiote is most commonly used in the form of paste or oil. Both are extremely easy to make, but don't last more than 4-5 days, so I don't recommend making a large quantity.


  • 1/2 cup of olive oil

  • 1/4 cup of achiote seeds


  1. In a deep & small pan pour in the olive oil + achiote seeds & cook on medium high heat for 3-5 mins - depending on how potent you want the oil to be. TIP: Make sure you're stirring the seeds around so they don't burn.

  2. Pour through a strainer and let cool.

  3. Store in air-tight container in the refrigerator. Lasts about 4-5 days.


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