How to Cook With Lime Oil

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Lime oil is a quick alternative to zesting limes.
Lime oil is a quick alternative to zesting limes.

Lime oil is extracted from the rind of limes. Most recipes using lime oil call for just a few drops because it has a very strong flavor, so a small amount goes a long way. Lime oil can be used in place of lime zest in any recipe or added to muffins, pies, mixed drinks or salad dressings to create a fresh flavor. Most recipes using lime oil are for sweet treats to counteract the bitter bite from the lime zest, although some savory recipes can use lime oil.

Things You'll Need

  • Salad dressing
  • Whisk
  • Italian dressing
  • White chocolate
  • Strawberries
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Corn syrup
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Instructions

    • 1

      Leave out the lime zest from a recipe that calls for it, and replace each tablespoon of lime zest with 1/4 tsp. of lime oil. A whole zested lime can be replaced with 1 tsp. of lime oil.

    • 2

      Use two drops of lime oil per 16 oz. of salad dressing or a muffin recipe yielding 12 muffins. Whisk in the lime oil before adding any chunky ingredients.

    • 3

      Add 1/4 tsp. of lime oil to meat marinades, and stir well. Add 1/4 tsp. of lime oil to 12 oz. of Italian dressing to create a chicken marinade.

    • 4

      Melt white chocolate and add 2 drops of lime oil. Dip strawberries in the sauce for a unique summer treat.

    • 5

      Mix 1 cup of confectioners sugar, 1 tbsp. of corn syrup, 2 tbsp. of water and 2 drops of lime oil to make an icing glaze for any sweet pastry or bread.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always add lime oil with other liquids to ensure that the small amount added has an opportunity to mix with the ingredients.

  • If lime oil is added to dry ingredients, it will only soak into the ingredients that it touches first.

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