What is Hazelnut Oil?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Hazelnut oil is an increasingly popular nut oil, usually cold or expeller pressed from roasted hazelnuts, which may be alternately called filberts. It’s not the easiest oil to find, and it is fairly expensive. Most brands of hazelnut oil are exports from Turkey and parts of Asia where the hazel tree is native. A few brands of hazelnut oil are made in the US and come from Washington or Oregon. You may even find a brand or two grown and made in France.

Mixing hazelnut oil with canola oil will increase its stability at high heat.
Mixing hazelnut oil with canola oil will increase its stability at high heat.

If you like hazelnuts, you may really enjoy this oil. Its taste is quite similar to the hazelnut, and many call it a fairly strong taste. You might want to consider using part hazelnut oil in a recipe and mixing it with lighter oil like canola. This can increase its stability when exposed to high heat, and can cut down a bit on the flavor of the oil.

Hazelnut oil goes well with chocolate baked goods like brownies.
Hazelnut oil goes well with chocolate baked goods like brownies.

People use hazelnut oil in salad dressings, in baked goods, and in various cooking applications. It’s not the best nut oil for deep-frying, and it is high in saturated fat. It does not contain cholesterol though, for people looking for cholesterol free oils. A tablespoon (3.6 g) of this oil won’t make a significant difference in your diet, though it can impart extra calories. In a tablespoon, you get 120 calories, and 5% of the US recommended daily allowance (RDA) of saturated fat. It does have a high amount of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat too, and the three types of fat in combination can haves some health benefits.

Hazelnut oil and chocolate may be combined together for certain dessert recipes.
Hazelnut oil and chocolate may be combined together for certain dessert recipes.

Since hazelnut oil has such a strong taste, you can often use less of it, if you’re trying to impart flavor to a dish, but keep it lowfat. You can certainly cut down on the amount of oil you use in dressings and possibly in baked goods. Even while using a lesser amount, you’ll be providing lots of rich, creamy and nutty flavor.

Champagne vinegar and hazelnut oil can be drizzled over a green salad.
Champagne vinegar and hazelnut oil can be drizzled over a green salad.

One of the most delightful marriages of food is the combination of hazelnut and chocolate. People in Europe, and now increasingly in America, adore Nutella®, a hazelnut and chocolate spread. If you want to get that same kind of flavor, consider using hazelnut oil in place of less flavorful oils in baked goods with chocolate. A chocolate cake or brownies made with this oil can be decadent.

Hazelnut oil may be used in salad dressings.
Hazelnut oil may be used in salad dressings.

You’ll also find hazelnut oil as an essential oil, and in a number of skincare products. Companies boast of its restorative qualities and the fact that it has some astringency. It may be one of the oils best used on people who have occasional skin breakouts.

Look for this oil in natural foods stores, specialty stores and on the Internet. Do be prepared to pay quite a bit for it. This is an expensive oil and can easily cost about two US Dollars (USD) an ounce (.03 L).

Hazelnut essential oil is believed to offer a number of benefits for skin.
Hazelnut essential oil is believed to offer a number of benefits for skin.
Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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anon186801

Inexpensive hazelnut oil? Try Oil & Co.

EliseP

Is hazelnut healthier than any particular oils? And what types of chocolate should hazelnut be paired with? White, dark or milk chocolate?

anon117919

Where I can buy it inexpensively? Vi

anon117620

Your web site says hazelnut oil is expensive. Nowadays it can be produced and refined. The hazelnut oil price is competitive with sunflower oil and corn oil. Also, it's cheaper than olive oil.

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