Shopping for Oils

Type of Oil


Unit Price

(per fl oz.)

Canola Baking, frying, marinating, sautéing $0.07—$0.09
Olive Grilling, roasting, sautéing, spreads for breads $0.45—$0.47
Vegetable Baking, frying marinating, sautéing $0.06—$0.09
Peanut Stir-frying, roasting, deep frying, baking $0.15—$0.21
Sesame Stir-frying (light), dressings/sauces (dark) $0.70—$0.62

When deciding what kind of oil you are going to buy, consider what it will be used for and how much it costs.

The amount of oil you use may help determine which oil you use. For example, you may use a higher cost oil when sautéing and choose a less expensive oil when baking.

Source: Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Iowa State Extension