How to Use Truffle Oil: 3 Important Tips

By Jessica Lymberopoulos February 24, 2011 2 Comments

Truffle Oil and Reggiano Fries

Truffle Oil and Reggiano Fries

Knowing how to use truffle oil shouldn’t be a skill reserved only for professional chefs!

It may seem like an exotic ingredient, but don’t let that keep you from using truffle oil in your everyday cooking.

Truffle oil — which is an infusion of either white or black truffles and high-quality olive oil — has an earthy, mushroom-like taste. It can add a hint of sensuality to a variety of dishes and is surprisingly easy to incorporate.

If you’re curious about how to use truffle oil in your cooking, here are three important tips to get you started.

Use it as a finishing touch.

Don’t try to use truffle oil as a replacement for your regular cooking oil. Heat can actually spoil the flavor! Instead, use it raw as a finishing touch for your recipes, similar to how you would treat fresh herbs or other delicate seasonings.

Drizzle.

Truffle oil has a rich, assertive flavor, so add it to your dishes sparingly. Use it lightly like you would with butter or dressing, drizzling on a little bit of oil at a time until you get the flavor just how you like it. One teaspoon per person is generally plenty!

Be experimental.

Some of truffle oil’s traditional complements include pasta, eggs, and salads. Try sprinkling it over soups and warm vegetable sides (e.g., roasted potatoes, green beans). It’s also a popular topping for casual dishes like mac-n-cheese and popcorn. You could certainly add some extra romance to your next movie night by serving organic popcorn drizzled with truffle oil rather than butter!

Do you have your own tips for how to use truffle oil?

Photo 1 (cc) via Flickr user julesjulesjules m | Photo 2 (cc) via Flickr user Dimitri N.

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2 Responses to “How to Use Truffle Oil: 3 Important Tips”

  1. Peter says:

    I love truffle oil, especially on french fries!

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