Which oil is best for frying Italian doughnuts?


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I've made thousands of Zeppole throughout my career.

Don't use olive oil, you'll impart the wrong flavour profile.

Veg/Canola/Peanut, or any other neutrally flavoured high-temp oil suitable for frying will work.

PERSONALLY, I prefer Zeppole and other choux paste products baked on a parchment sheet, with a light mist of cooking spray.


I would expect Italians to use Olive oil.

I'd use whatever feels right for frying (peanut oil, canola...)

  • 3
    I’d expect them to use lard.
    – Spagirl
    Apr 2, 2018 at 20:04
  • Olive oil is too fragile for most (if not all) deep frying temperatures.
    – Catija
    Apr 3, 2018 at 12:27

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