What is Rice Bran Oil?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Rice bran oil is a natural oil that is created using the hull of the rice grain. Considered to be rich in antioxidants and several vitamins, it is used for cooking as well as in the creation of creams and other skin care products. When prepared as a cooking oil, it will usually keep for anywhere from six months to a year when stored at room temperature and out of direct sunlight.

Rice plants.
Rice plants.

One of the advantages of using rice bran oil in cooking is that the oil has a high smoking point. This means that it is ideal for frying foods without running the risk of overheating and burning the food before the meat or coated vegetables are cooked all the way through. Many cooks prefer rice bran oil because the ability to achieve a crunchy texture and a uniform color to the coating enhance the visual appeal of the finished product.

Rice bran oil is used as an ingredient in some skin care products.
Rice bran oil is used as an ingredient in some skin care products.

The creation of rice bran oil involves the pressing of the hull or bran of the rice grain. By pressing on the hull, small amounts of oil can be extracted and collected. The oil contains a hefty amount of vitamin E as well as fatty acids that lend a great deal of taste to it. The presence of a number of antioxidants also help to make it a healthier alternative for use in salad dressings and as an ingredient in baked goods.

Another attribute of rice bran oil is the mild degree of flavor that the oil lends to many recipes. When used in drying, the oil gently enhances any herbs and spices that are used in the coating of the meat or vegetables. As an ingredient in a salad dressing, it provides a slightly sweet taste that mixes very well with flavored vinegars and various spices. When used as oil in baked goods, it can help to provide a slightly nutty flavor to the overall taste of the baked good without interfering with any flavoring that was included in the batter.

While rice bran oil is thought to have originated in Japan, it has been used in many different countries. Until recent years, purchasing it in the United States required a trip to a local health food store. However, as more people search for healthier ways to prepare their favorite foods, this oil has begun to appear on the shelves at many larger supermarket chains.

Rice bran oil may be used to make a nutritious salad dressing.
Rice bran oil may be used to make a nutritious salad dressing.
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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I have a sensitive stomach but no problems using this oil. I had been cooking with olive oil and it worked along with garlic to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol. Now I am using rice bran oil, I can't wait to see what my numbers are now. I am on a low fat/calorie diet and have been eating fried shrimp once a week with this oil. It is great.


I have using some small plots ideal for cultivating rice. I would really like to know the process of how to make the rice bran oil.


Can rice bran oil be used for cooking the food of a patient suffering from cealic disease? Is it safe to use?


what can I use instead of rice bran oil when making a blueberry and coconut cake, because I cannot find it in my country?


I would like to share that we started using RCM Health Guard (Rice Bran Oil) in April and we are happy with the quality of this product.

The best thing happened that my daughter immune system become stronger and her health system has improved a lot.

I have recommended this product to my friends and family members too and everyone is highly satisfied with this product. It works like medicine for diabetes, blood pressure and heart patients, as well.


people say that if we use rice bran oil, get some stomach problems. is it true?

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