How much butter to replace vegetable oil?

In this article, we will answer the question “How much butter to replace vegetable oil?”, and what are the other substitutes of vegetable oil?

How much butter to replace vegetable oil?

For every ⅓ cup of oil, use 5 ⅓ tbsp pf butter instead. Butter works great in place of vegetable oil especially in baking, where it moistens the crumb and imparts a richness to the end-product flavor. Reduce the amount of liquid in your recipe for every cup of butter you use. Read on if you want to know what else can you replace vegetable oil with.

All you need to know about vegetable oil

Vegetable oil is extracted from the seeds of fruits and other plant parts like bran. Store-bought vegetable oil is usually a blend of different oils like soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower, etc, providing little knowledge on the product origin and processing techniques.

Vegetable oil does not overwhelm the recipe with its flavor because it tastes very neutral and is the go-to choice for frying food because of a high smoke point(400-450°F).

Vegetable oils are converted into margarine by partial hydrogenation of the unsaturated fats present in vegetable oils. The resulting hydrogenated product is more resistant to rancidity and much stable at room temperature.

Other alternatives to vegetable oil

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a good substitute for vegetable oil in recipes that require or are not affected by a mild coconut flavor e.g cookies, cakes, and muffins. Coconut oil has a higher saturated fatty acid content but it lowers the LDL by having an impact on the levels of HDL. Therefore, there is much debate over whether to label it healthy or unhealthy

Avocado oil

Avocado oil is rich in unsaturated fats and vitamin E. It makes for a good alternative to vegetable oil for frying, sauteing, searing, frying, and baking because of its neutral flavor. Avocado oil is expensive.

Extra -virgin olive oil

Extra-virgin olive oil has a pungent flavor and has a smoke point of 405°F. High in unsaturated fats, extra-virgin olive oil is a great substitute for vegetable oil where little or no cooking is not involved like salad dressings.


Butter is a great substitute for vegetable oil in baking. It has a very rich taste and provides a creamy texture while softening the crumb of baked goods.


It is not an oil but can be used instead in some recipes. As the name suggests, applesauce is made from apples spicy or sweet condiments. It is served as a side dish in many countries and is a good substitute for vegetable oil in recipes where moistening is required like cakes, cookies, muffins, and cupcakes. Adjust the spicy or sweet level in your recipe because this sauce has added condiments.

Peanut oil

Peanut oil is a good substitute for vegetable oil for curries and stir-fries because it does not pick up the odor of the other food ingredients. It has a mild and sweet nutty flavor and is high in saturated fats. Only a tbsp of peanut oil provides 11% of the RDI for Vitamin E.

Walnut oil

When heated, walnut oil develops a bitter taste. Therefore, its best use is in salads, for drizzling your fish or steak, tossing pasta, in cold sauces. It brings out a sweet nutty flavor when added to chilled desserts or ice cream. Walnut oil is packed with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fats.

Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed or linseed oil can be used in place of vegetable oil in salad dressing, marinades, and for drizzling steak or grilled vegetables.

Safflower oil

Low in saturated and high in polyunsaturated fats, safflower oil can replica vegetable oil in baking.

Grapeseed oil

Grapeseed oil can replace vegetable oil in pasta sauces, soups, dressings, and baking because of its nutty flavor.


The looks like butter but has a more concentrated nutty and roasted flavor. Use it for frying eggs and bread, tart rye crepes, or zucchini fritters.

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How to grease a pan using vegetable oil?

Yes, you can use vegetable oil to grease your baking pans. Most of the non-stick oil sprays contain vegetable oil. Vegetable oil has a high smoke point so it won’t burn. It will not overpower the flavor of any other ingredient in the recipe because it tastes neutral. There are two ways you can grease your pans using vegetable oil.

  1. Just take some oil on a paper towel and rub it all over the pan.
  2. Pour a little vegetable oil on the bottom of the pan and spread it all over using a brush.


In this article, we answered the question “How much butter to replace vegetable oil?”, and what are the other substitutes of vegetable oil?


Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.