Can butter be substituted for vegetable oil?

In this brief study, we will answer the question, “can butter be substituted for vegetable oil?” We will also discuss replacement techniques as well as the variations in flavor caused by the use of butter.

Can butter be substituted for vegetable oil?

Yes, butter can be substituted for vegetable oil. Make sure to use the precise quantity specified in the recipe (for example, if the recipe calls for 1/3 cup oil, use 5 1/3 tablespoons butter instead of 1/3 cup oil). Allow it to cool for a short time after melting it.

Cooking with butter is one of the most straightforward replacements for cooking oils that we are aware of, and it enhances the flavor of everything it comes into contact with. However, replacing butter for canola or olive oil is not as simple as making a one-for-one replacement in the same recipe as before (like it is in baking). This is because butter has a lower heat tolerance than other fats and adds much more fluid and milk solids to your culinary endeavors.

Here’s all you need to know about swapping out butter for your favorite cooking oils anytime you run out of the good stuff!


1 teaspoon    3/4 teaspoon
1 Tablespoon2 1/4 teaspoons
2 Tablespoons 1 1/2 Tablespoons
1/4 Cup3 Tablespoons
1/3 Cup1/4 Cup
1/2 Cup1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons
2/3 Cup1/2 Cup
3/4 Cup1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon
1 Cup3/4 Cup

How to Make Food Taste Better With Butter?

Butter has the lowest smoke point of any fat, at a temperature of about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combining butter with another oil, such as canola or safflower, while cooking at higher temperatures is a good idea. Butter melts at 98.6 degrees, which is the same temperature as the inside of your tongue.

Remove the butter from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before using it to enable it to soften. When baking, use unsalted butter instead of salted butter since salt toughens the gluten in wheat and any extra salt may cause the dish to fail. When it comes to creating pastry and pie crusts, butter has a harder texture than shortening, which makes the dough a little more difficult to work with.

Crisco is a renowned brand of vegetable butter.

How to use butter as a cooking oil substitute?

  • When it comes to cooking, replacing butter for oil is not as simple as it appears, but it is also not difficult. However, although butter is mostly comprised of fat, it also contains water and milk particles, which may cause certain cooking techniques to become ineffective. A high-heat stir-fry, for example, would burn straight butter, but clarified butter may be used. Here’s a quick explanation of how to use butter in some of the most common cooking techniques.
  • When cooking on the stovetop, replace the oil with butter 1:1, but first allow the butter to melt, boil, and settle before adding the vegetables to the pan. This allows the moisture in the butter to evaporate and the fat to achieve a temperature that is appropriate before adding the shrimp or vegetables to the pan.
  • For the roasting, start with a cold stick of butter, cut it into large cubes, and distribute them evenly throughout the pan of vegetables before roasting. Make your ghee or clarified butter for roasting at high temperatures.
  • The smoke point of butter is lower than the smoke point of our recommended stir-frying oils. When making this dish, use ghee or clarified butter for the best results.
  • When it comes to fundamental pan-fried meals, butter is OK! Just as when sautéing, you’ll want to gradually melt the butter and allow the moisture to escape before adding your ingredients to the pan.
  • Not to be forgotten is that you may cook using a mix of butter and oil; this is especially helpful if your favorite cooking oils are running low or if you want the flavor of butter combined with the high-heat capabilities of oil.

Storage of butter

When butter is exposed to cold temperatures, it hardens. Therefore, it is recommended to store whipped butter in the fridge. Because of the preservatives in salted butter, it may be kept at room temperature for up to one week without becoming rancid. Unsalted butter, on the other hand, maybe stored for up to a week outside the fridge in an opaque butter dish.

Butter may be frozen in its original container as well as in a freezer bag that can be resealed after freezing.

Other FAQs about Butter that you may be interested in.\

What happens if you eat expired ghee?

What can I substitute for butter in cookies?

What happens when adding butter to melted chocolate?


In this brief study, we answered the question, “can butter be substituted for vegetable oil?” We also discussed replacement techniques as well as the variations in flavor caused by the use of butter.


Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.