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A jar of achiote oil

Traditional Puerto Rican Achiote Oil

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: oil
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican, Latin
  • Diet: Vegan


Achiote Oil is a commonly used Puerto Rican oil that is infused with annatto seeds that adds color and flavor to any savory dish.




  1. Start with your oil and seeds in a medium sized saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or until the oil begins to turn an orange/red color. Turn off the heat and allow the oil 5 minutes to cool.
  3. Using a mesh strainer or cheese cloth, strain the seeds from the oil. Store the oil at room temperature for up to a month.


If using ground annatto seeds instead of whole ones, skip the straining step and simply store the oil once it cools.