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Aside from imparting a different flavour, when baking and cooking can you substitute coconut oil for other oils (including butter) with the same results? I have been reading about the apparent health benefits from coconut oil, unless it's another fad!

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It depends on the application: coconut oil is highly saturated compared to most vegetable oils, so it is more solid at room temperature.

If you are using it as a medium to saute or fry, this is not going to matter very much.

If you are using it a baked item, it may or may not depending on the item. Most of the time in baked goods, you can substitute fats pretty freely, but you will get some change the in ultimate texture if you use a much more saturated fat.

In recipes which expect the oil to be liquid, you either have to melt the coconut oil before using it (if that is reasonably possible, for example in a muffin recipe), or not use it.

And of course, coconut oil may carry a slight flavor or aroma of coconuts.

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If coconut oil has a high smoking point (like vegetable oil) it could be used for deep frying although I don't know if that is true or not. It might be nice to make potatoes this way, imparting some mild coconut flavouring to them. –  John E Oct 22 '13 at 17:00
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350-450 F depending on whether stabilizers are added. –  SAJ14SAJ Oct 22 '13 at 17:06
    
Fat for deep frying is usually a mixture of coconut and palm oil (about 1:1 with minor variation depending on the brand) over here (germany). –  Anpan Oct 22 '13 at 21:13

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