5 Amazing Corn Oil Substitutes

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There are plenty of corn oil substitutes in the market, whether you are looking for a healthier option or simply want to try something new in your recipes.

Corn Oil Substitutes

You may need corn oil substitutes because you’ve run out of this key ingredient, or if you want to change the flavor profile of your dish. A common cooking oil, corn oil is low in fat and lightly flavored. As well as being used as cooking oil, it is also often used in baking and sometimes in dressings. If you don’t have corn oil in stock, there are a number of good alternatives that will do the same job.

Canola Oil

Canola oil comes from the plant of the same name. Another plant-based oil, canola is light and neutral in its flavor. It can be a healthy substitute for corn oil, as it contains good fats. It makes a good replacement for corn oil in cakes and cookies. 

Close-up image of a container filled with corn oil and a small sack of corn surrounded with corn cobs

Corn oil is a valuable frying oil. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Peanut Oil

Peanut oil can be a good substitute for corn oil in baking recipes. It is another very mild oil, and should obviously be avoided if cooking for anyone with nut allergies.

Safflower Oil

Similar to peanut and canola oil in both flavor and thickness, safflower oil is pricier than many of the other options. However, if you happen to have this in stock, it can be a great substitute for corn oil in most recipes. 

A glass of safflower oil kept next to safflowers against a white background

Safflower oil is a popular cooking oil that comes from the seeds of the safflower plant. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Extra Light Olive Oil

Olive oil has a stronger and more distinctive taste than corn oil. For this reason, when using olive oil as a substitute, we recommend going with an extra light variation. It will work well at a 1:1 ratio as a replacement cooking oil or in some savory sauces, but isn’t suitable for baking.

Grapeseed Oil

One of the healthiest and also the most expensive of corn oil alternatives, grapeseed oil is low fat and offers a similarly light flavor. It functions as a particularly good substitute in salads and dressings.

Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is a good replacement for corn oil when cooking. It has a slightly higher level of saturated fats than corn oil, so it isn’t the best substitution if you are trying to cut down your saturated fat intake. The flavor is a little stronger than corn oil and some of the alternatives above, so it might not work well for dessert and dressing recipes.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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