The 10 Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil For All Your Cooking Needs, According To Experts

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If there’s one ingredient that’s as cherished by amateur home cooks as it is by professional chefs, it’s olive oil. Drizzle it over your favorite salad, use it to sauté a fresh piece of fish, or dip a crusty piece of sourdough in it for a classically delicious combination. Plus, unlike some other oils, olive oil is known for its myriad health benefits, thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, especially extra-virgin olive oil, a.k.a. EVOO.


But if you’ve ever walked through the oil section of any grocery store or searched for a new one online, you know that there’s a veeery wide range of options to choose from. There are Italian olive oils from the depths of Tuscany, Greek olive oils from the Aegean Islands, and American olive oils from the coasts of California and Hawaii. Some cost just a few dollars, while others come with a sizable price tag, and each one seems to claim a different name, be it “pure,” “extra-virgin,” or “refined.” Needless to say, the sheer number of olive oils available to choose from can be quite overwhelming—but it doesn’t have to be.


First and foremost, most chefs and olive oil experts say to stick with extra-virgin olive oil. “Extra-virgin olive oil is definitely the top choice when it comes to flavor, quality, and health benefits,” explains Serena Poon, a celebrity chef. But because EVOO has a relatively low smoke point of around 350 degrees, it is best if used raw, in dressings, sauces, and gravies slow-cooked over low heat, says Taylor Fazio, RD, CDN, a wellness advisor at The Lamby.


Once you’ve found some options that meet these criteria, you want to think about how you plan to use the olive oil as well as your personal taste. And if you’re still feeling a little intimidated by the world of extra-virgin olive oil, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites, all of which are great starting points.

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This content is strictly the opinion of Chef Serena Poon and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Serena nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.

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