Can you cook eggs in coconut oil?

In this brief guide we will address the question, “can you cook eggs in coconut oil?” as well as other questions pertaining to the subject at hand like how to cook eggs with coconut oil and what are the benefits of using coconut oil. 

Can you cook eggs in coconut oil?

Yes, you can absolutely cook eggs in coconut oil. Unlike  most vegetable oils, coconut oil is rich in saturated fats. 

However, this saturated fat is not associated with high levels of cholesterol and is actually beneficial for your health. This is because the type of saturated fat found in coconut oil is Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCT. Coconut oil is also believed to be positively associated with decreased risk of infections. 

The melting point of coconut oil is 76 degree fahrenheit. Due to this property, it may be a liquid or solid at room temperature depending on the season and the region that you live in. However, it is safe to consume in both states unless contaminated or spoiled.

In terms of safety, where the oil does show flexibility above and below its melting point, it should be noted that coconut oil must not be heated to its smoking point. Smoking point is the temperature at which the oil starts to produce/emit dense black smoke from its surface. This changes the chemical nature of coconut oil and harmful substances are produced.

The term, smoking point is generally used for oils. This temperature is less than the boiling point, but the oil becomes unsafe to consume after this point. You can read more about the smoking point of coconut oil and other facts here

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How to cook eggs with coconut oil? 

Cooking eggs with coconut oil is pretty easy. All you need to take care of is the fact that the coconut oil should not be heating beyond its smoking point. Here is how you can do it.

Making a sunny side up eggs in coconut oil 

Simply choose a non-stick pan and put about 1 Tbsp of coconut oil in it. If the coconut oil is solidified, mildly heat the pan until it turns liquid and spread evenly on the pan. Now put the egg as you normally would. Let the egg sit on moderate heat and take it out when ready.

Making scrambled eggs in coconut oil

We all know someone who would prefer scrambled eggs or fried ones any day! Well, if you are that person then this recipe is just for you. You can make scrambled eggs in coconut oil if you follow these simple steps.

  1. Prepare your mixture of scrambled eggs by whisking them properly with a little bit of milk. The quantity of milk depends on the number of eggs that you are cooking. If you add more milk, scrambled eggs will be fluffier but you will have to maintain the spices. It is up to you.
  2. Now take a non-stick pan and add coconut oil in it. Put it on medium heat to melt the oil (if solid). Once the oil completely melts, spread it properly on the pan. 
  3. Now add the eggs in the pan and whisk them gently with the help of a whisker or a spoon. Season your eggs with salt and pepper. You can also add a dash of chervil, basil, or thyme.
  4. Once your eggs are done, take them out and your fluffy, scrambled eggs are ready to be consumed. 

Benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is beneficial for a number of reasons. Many people use it for its nutritional benefits and when they want to cut down on calories. It is a healthy, flavourful and nutritious alternative to regular oil. 

  1. Coconut oil has lauric acid, which makes it resistant to the oxidation process. This is the reason why coconut oil can be used in cooking, making it suitable for cooking at high temperatures. Lauric acid is a very rare saturated fat. 
  2. It is rich in saturated fat, primarily Medium Chain Triglycerides – those that do not account for increased cholesterol levels. 
  3. Coconut oil can help you lose weight. 
  4. Coconut oil is good for patients with epilepsy that require ketosis inducing fats.

It must be kept in mind that consuming coconut oil in moderate amounts does not have any harmful effects on your body. Many studies are still being done to relate the consumption of coconut oil with body changes. Moderation is the key!

Conclusion

In this brief guide we have addressed the question, “can you cook eggs in coconut oil?” as well as other questions pertaining to the subject at hand like how to cook eggs with coconut oil and what are the benefits of using coconut oil. 

References

https://www.livestrong.com/article/514710-can-i-use-coconut-oil-to-cook-eggs-in-a-frying-pan/

https://www.food.com/recipe/scrambled-eggs-with-coconut-oil-497981

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/why-is-coconut-oil-good-for-you#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

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.