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What should I use as an alternative to the combination of Soy oil and Sesame oil (1 teaspoon each) when I am frying fish in a pan?

I need at least one ingredient that can replace the Soy and Sesame oils for frying the fish in the pan.

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  • Do you mean sesame oil? Please explain more clearly what function and proportion the soy and sesame have.
    – jscs
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 2:14
  • @JoshCaswell Thanks Josh, I have update the question.
    – Jack
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 2:26
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    I don't understand what you're seeking. For instance, do you just not have any, and need a substitute? Or is it related to sodium content, taste, etc.?
    – daisy_ann
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 5:38
  • The reason is that one of my relative have allergy to both oil.
    – Jack
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 8:40

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You need to consider the role of the oils in the dish.

The soy oil is almost certainly used for its frying properties (to help prevent sticking, and more efficiently transmit heat from the pan to the food).

For this function, you can use any vegetable oil or shortening for frying, based on your dietary preferences and your relative's sensitivities. Grapeseed oil is an excellent choice with neutral flavor, and a high smoke point. Canola is also a good choice, as is refined peanut oil, and many others. Pick one that your relative isn't allergic to.

If animal fat is acceptable, frying in clarified butter (or ghee) is very delicious.

Sesame oil has a strong (and in my opinion, wonderfully delicious) flavor and aroma, and is used for that, not for its frying characteristics. You can leave it out, although it will change the flavor of the dish. There isn't really a substitute.

If your relative is allergic to all oils and you don't want to use butter or another animal fat, you could steam-griddle the fish, rather than frying it. Its a different technique, and will have a different texture and flavor (much less browning). Similarly, you could try en papillote, which requires no oil, or poaching--again no oil. It is very difficult to fry without oil or fat of some kind (perhaps, by definition, impossible since without the fat, you aren't frying but just dry griddling), but choosing another technique friendly to fish may avoid the problem.

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  • I agree with @SAJ14SAJ, there's no substitute for sesame oil's aroma and flavor. If you can't find sesame oil try pounding some sesame seeds and frying them in the dish. Or add another strong nut oil like walnut.
    – GdD
    Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 10:47
  • I like this answer. I need to go saute something now. Commented Dec 19, 2012 at 22:22
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Use any type of heat resistant fat in place of the oils. Any fat used will impart it's taste on the fish, so avoid lard and other animal fats. Traditionally fish is fried in canola, olive or sunflower seed oil.

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