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Annatto Oil / Achiote Oil / Dau Mau Dieu Recipe from Vietnam

Sumit Malhotra
Annatto Oil / Achiote Oil / Dau Mau Dieu Recipe from Vietnam - Annatto Oil is an essential ingredient in many Asian and Latin dishes. Mild tasting and fragrant, the infused achiote oil adds vibrant orange-red color to your dishes. 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 5 Servings
Calories 80 kcal


  • 1/4 cup Vegetable oil Peanut oil is preferred
  • 5 teaspoon Annatto Seeds Achiote Seeds


  • Rinse annatto seeds with cold water.
  • Drain & transfer to a paper towel to dry for 15 minutes.
  • Add the vegetable oil to a saucepan and heat over medium flame.
  • Throw in the annatto seeds and stir well till the oil turns deep red.
  • After cooking for 3 minutes, turn off the heat.
  • Continue stirring and for another 2 minutes till the oil is still hot.
  • Remove from the stove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the oil & bottle.


  • Use a mild or neutral vegetable oil for this recipe. Peanut oil works very well.
  • Be careful during cooking as the seeds and oil will stain any porous material.
  • Do not overcook the achiote seeds because burnt seeds will result in a bitter taste.
  • The colour of annatto oil and my chilli oil with bhut jolokia¬† is almost the same, the taste however is immensely different. Both oils are made with peanut or groundnut oil.
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