Peanut Oil Versus Sesame Oil

Here is a quick compare between peanut oil and sesame oil.

Peanut Oil

Peanut oil is made from pressed, steam-cooked peanuts. Among western cultures, it is a more popular cooking oil than sesame oil as it is both inexpensive and relatively low in unhealthy saturated fats. It has a relatively bland flavor which makes it ideal for cooking because it doesn't absorb or transfer flavors. Peanut oil is an excellent frying oil with a smoke point slightly higher than that of sesame oil (450°F versus 410°F).



Sesame Oil

Sesame oil is made from pressed sesame seeds and comes in two varieties: light (made from untoasted sesames) and dark (toasted sesames). Light sesame oil has a rich, nutty flavor and a high smoke point, making it a good choice for frying. Dark sesame oil has a stronger flavor and a lower smoke point and is typically used in Asian dishes for stir frying or as a seasoning agent. Both varieties of sesame oil are high in polyunsaturated fat and antioxidants. Because of these antioxidants, light sesame oil is least prone among vegetable oils with high smoke points to turn rancid.