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What is Hazelnut Oil?

Tricia Christensen
Updated May 16, 2024
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a DelightedCooking contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.
Discussion Comments
By anon186801 — On Jun 16, 2011

Inexpensive hazelnut oil? Try Oil & Co.

By EliseP — On May 11, 2011

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

By anon117919 — On Oct 12, 2010

Where I can buy it inexpensively? Vi

By anon117620 — On Oct 11, 2010

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.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a DelightedCooking contributor, Tricia...
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