Annatto Oil

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  • Makes

    250 ml

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Recipes from Brixton Village

Recipes from Brixton Village

By Miss South

Published 2014

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Fish, Wings & Tings

Annatto is a small seed also known as achiote and used throughout the Caribbean and Central America to flavour and colour foods. It imparts a subtle nutmeg-like taste and can be used in place of turmeric or saffron in dishes needing colour, but not as much flavour as they give.

Annatto oil is used in the marinade for jerk chicken and roast pork. It also makes fantastic mayonnaise.


  • 250 ml vegetable oil (not olive or palm oil)
  • 125 g annatto seeds


Gradually heat the vegetable oil and the annatto seeds in a saucepan and simmer for about 15 minutes. Allow the oil to cool, then strain and store in a glass bottle.