02/02/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What Type Of Cooking Oil You Should Use For Every Occasion

So many cooking oils, so much confusion. Are you supposed to use olive oil or canola oil when you stir fry something -- or neither? Is it okay to use coconut oil?

Like we said, it's perplexing. And then, if you're worried about how healthy each of these oils is and which one is really the best for your specific health and cooking needs, that's a whole different story.

Thankfully, the editors over at have helped sort all of this out for you in one very handy chart. They've listed the smoking points of almost every kind of oil you could imagine. They've also nicely laid out how much fat (and which kind) is in each one, its color, flavor, where the oil is obtained from, its nutritional benefits, and most importantly, exactly when to use the oil when cooking.

Check out (and print out) the infographic below -- you'll want to keep this one handy:


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Clarification: Canola oil comes from canola seeds which are genetically modified rapeseeds.



Cooking Oils